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With fall quickly approaching (emphasis on QUICKLY, like, Labor Day is almost here!!!) the time is near to break out all your coats. But if you’re in desperate need of new styles and want a primer on all the types, we’ve rounded ’em all up for you. Yes, sometimes they seem the same, but the length, cut, closures, and material can all make a big difference in how it actually looks on your body.
Another confusing thing is the distinction between coats and jackets—I mean, we all use them pretty interchangeably without much thought—but coats are typically longer and hit at your thighs or lower, whereas jackets usually end at your waist. But then again, there are cropped coats and long jackets, so what is the truth?!?! Anyway, below are generally the different kinds of coats and jackets you need to know about (if you don’t already do).
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Long Midi Trench Coat
$100.42 (16% off)
These are the ultimate transitional piece between winter and spring, and they feature buttons and a belted waist that you can adjust or tie. Usually they’re in shades of tan and khaki, but you can find ’em in other shades, too.
Sophie Faux Fur Coat
Want to feel like you have a blanket around you at all times? That’s where faux-fur coats come in, because, dang, are they cozy. With these you can get that super soft fur feel but still feel good about wearing it out.
So Soft Cozy Peacoat
While peacoats are usually double-breasted (meaning that they have two columns of buttons), this one still has its signature wide collar and front pockets. (And having this same exact one, I can attest that it is simply the best coat.)
Elaina Navy Coat
Like the name suggests, these are a longer overcoat style and have a sleek, simple silhouette. This one with its single button, knee-length, and textured sleeve details is undoubtedly chic.
Abbey Road Duster Coat
Loose-fitting and breezy, a duster is usually left open so it swings with each step. If you’re more drawn to oversize silhouettes, this gorge corduroy one is calling your name.
Double Breasted Cinch Trench Coat
These have overlapping front flaps with symmetrical columns of buttons on each side, so these styles wrap a little more snug around your body for a tighter fit.
Plaid Cocoon Wool Coat
If you live in a place with brutal winters, a wool coat definitely keeps any chilly air at bay thanks to its thick, heavy fabric. But just because the material it isn’t cute. Take this plaid one, for instance.
Longline Lightweight Parka
It’s wind-proof and has a hood to protect against any elements. This fall-appropriate burnt orange style is not only pretty, but it also has functional pockets and secure closures.
The ReNew Long Puffer
Not all puffer coats are down, but all down coats are puffers. Get it? But what is the difference, you ask? Down styles are made specifically using duck or goose feathers for insulation (and extra fluffiness).
Packable Water Resistant Puffer Jacket
And now, here’s your puffer. This style has a synthetic fill for insulation; plus, it’s amazingly lightweight and can fold down super tight if you need to remove it.
Plaid Hourglass Coat
If there’s only one column of buttons, then it’s single-breasted. It makes this plaid coat look minimal and elegant along with the front pockets.
Wool Cocoon Coat
Slightly oversize, this silhouette is super easy to wear over even the chunkiest knit. With this specific J. Crew coat, you can fold the collar down or keep it up for extra neck warmth.
suede or faux-suede
Faux Suede Trench Coat
Lookin’ for some subtle texture? Get in on these materials. Just stay away from any water or snow to avoid damage!
Quayside Waterproof Hooded Jacket
Speaking of water and snow, you’ll want a raincoat to prevent you from getting damp and miserable. It’s also another great transitional style: wear it with sweaters in the winter and then with T-shirts when it warms up.
Cashmere Wrap Coat with Large Collar
Ahh cashmere, arguably the fanciest of all fabrics. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also amazingly warm while still feeling ultra lightweight.
Teddy Faux-Fur Coat
This is similar to a faux-fur with its degree of fluffiness, but it’s closer to a coarser shearling material. While it was *the* coat of 2018, I’m betting it’ll definitely be back this winter.
Casting a net off the docks but make it fashion, right? A toggle coat is closely associated with fishermen and has its history in the Navy. This dark blue one has a zipper underneath the closures for extra security that goes all the way to the collar.
Chicago Oversized Jacket
Speaking of military origins, the bomber jacket is a classic silhouette. Worn by pilots (and now by everyone else), they’re characterized by large sleeves, and fitted elastic on cuffs, waist, and collar.
Corduroy Button-Down Shirt Jacket
Wear it as a shirt, or wear it as a jacket! What a low-key brilliant idea. This corduroy one has loose sleeves, which are perfect for layering long-sleeves and knits underneath; plus, it also happens to have an almost perfect 5-star rating.
Dolman Quilted Jacket in Moss
Just like the one your nana knits, but more appropriate to wear in public. The quilted fabric feels like a dream and it provides insulation since each little square usually includes padding.
Original Sherpa Trucker Jackets
You already know this one, duh, but it’s a staple that literally everyone needs in their closets. During colder months, invest in one that has sherpa lining, like this Levi’s one here.
Zip Front Hooded
Yes, this looks vaguely like a parka, but hear me out: anoraks are shorter and have drawstrings around the waist, like this one, so they can be cinched. It’s different, okay!
When you’re cruisin’ down some snow-covered slopes, you gotta have a jacket that protects against the icy wind—and any wipe outs you may have. While you can find other less-expensive versions, they can still cost ya, but it’s worth it for that sweet sweet insulation and aerodynamic silhouette.
Classic Varsity Jacket
A staple of the high school jock, a varsity jacket is like wearing your popularity over your shoulders. In all seriousness though they’re decorative and usually feature patches of your high school’s initials. You can also add pins in them for some extra flair. (Gotta make sure everyone knows you made honor roll!)
Small Buffalo Plaid Cape Scarf
Not the best in a blizzard, but they’re pretty great if you want to make a fashion statement in cooler temps. These are worn loosely over the shoulders and have holes that you put your arms through. If you’re into accessories, you can also add a belt over styles like this.
These typically have a boxy silhouette, no shortage of pockets, and are typically made of denim or waxed canvas—i.e., durable fabrics for roughing it. If you’re hiking or camping outdoors, you def wanna add one of these to your cart.
Vivica Washed Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Aka the type that needs no intro, but here it is anyways. The leather style has an asymmetrical zipper, studs on the collar, and is guaranteed to make you look like you own a motorcycle (or that you rode one at the very least).
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