Looks for Less: Cozy Coats to Curb the Chill

In most places, coats are an esseintial for winter weather, especially on the blustery January streets of New York or Chicago. Instead of feeling blue about the holidays being over or miffed your New Year’s resolution has already gone down the toilet, why not take advantage of the sales and get yourself a couple more coats? As you know, coats come in a variety of different styles for various looks and occasions, and not all of them cost as much as a luxury handbag. I’ve rounded up some inexpensive yet quality coat picks for style inspiration or for easy online shopping.

This parka from ASOS features a cinched waist and faux fur in an understated sophisticated navy color. It has many different pockets for your keys, wallet, lipstick iPhone, etc and is the perfect length to keep your upper half warm. This classic double breasted camel peacoat from Nordstrom basically has a built in scarf, as the top buttons up and around your neck. For slightly less chilly breezes, this moto jacket on sale from Urban Outfitters is very chic. The two toned neutral colors are complemented by contrasting textures- vegan leather and fuzzy faux Sherpa. Side note: vegan leather is a thing? I guess you learn something new every day!

Target has been doing a great job offering cuter clothes lately, and this colorful, unique blanket jacket is no exception. The color palette is gorgeous, and this coat would be great for next fall too. The faux fur is nice touch and the back has a flattering cut on the bottom. Lastly, this pick from Topshop is, in my opinion, the chicest and most flattering of the bunch. I love wearing jewel tones in the winter and this shade of emerald green would look gorgeous with many different ensembles, including over a dress for a late night dinner or paired with your favorite jeans for daily errands. It’ll brighten up everyone’s day and would look beautiful with an intricate necklace or a berry colored lip.


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The history of jackets and coats is pretty interesting. It’s widely thought that the jacket originated during the Middle Ages or early Renaissance as the jerkin, which is a more fitted version of the older short tunic worn by working class people. By the early eighteenth century, the jacket became standard clothing for people who worked in both the fields and servants working in urban settings.

The jacket had arrived as a staple for the sophisticated women’s wardrobe in April 1857 when the women’s magazine Corriere delle dame announced the arrival of the jacket. Longer morning coats were already very popular to wear around the house to keep warm.

Here’s hoping you’ll stay warm this winter in one of these coats. Happy New Year and cheers to 2017!

Pictured Above (from left to right):

ASOS Parka with Faux Fur Hood, $128

Target Mossimo Woman’s Blanket Multicolor Coat, $59

Urban Outfitters BDG Cozy Combination Moto Jacket, now $79

Topshop Longline Boyfriend Coat, $150

Nordstrom Thread & Supply Double Breasted Peacoat, now $38

– Claire Mykrantz

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