27 Types of Coats and Jackets


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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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1

trench

Long Midi Trench Coat

London Fog
amazon.com


$119.99

$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. 

2

faux-fur

Sophie Faux Fur Coat

Apparis
saksfifthavenue.com

$325.00

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. 

3

peacoat

So Soft Cozy Peacoat

Free People
revolve.com

$77.00

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.) 

4

longline

Elaina Navy Coat

Hutch
coedition.com

$297.00

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. 

5

duster

Abbey Road Duster Coat

Free People
us.asos.com

$190.00

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.  

6

double-breasted

Double Breasted Cinch Trench Coat

Lark & Ro
amazon.com

$46.46

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. 

7

wool

Plaid Cocoon Wool Coat

kensie
amazon.com

$117.36

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. 

8

Parka

Longline Lightweight Parka

Asos Design
us.asos.com

$51.00

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.  

9

down

The ReNew Long Puffer

everlane
everlane.com

$175.00

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). 

10

Puffer

Packable Water Resistant Puffer Jacket

BERNARDO
nordstrom.com

$180.00

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. 

11

single-breasted

Plaid Hourglass Coat

& Other Stories
stories.com

$249.00

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.  

12

cocoon

Wool Cocoon Coat

J.Crew Mercantile
amazon.com

$128.00

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.  

13

suede or faux-suede

Faux Suede Trench Coat

Forever21
forever21.com

$58.00

Lookin’ for some subtle texture? Get in on these materials. Just stay away from any water or snow to avoid damage!

14

raincoat

Quayside Waterproof Hooded Jacket

JOULES
nordstrom.com

$119.95

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. 

15

cashmere

Cashmere Wrap Coat with Large Collar

De La Creme
amazon.com

$139.99

Ahh cashmere, arguably the fanciest of all fabrics. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also amazingly warm while still feeling ultra lightweight. 

16

teddy

Teddy Faux-Fur Coat

Avec Les Filles
neimanmarcus.com

$200.00

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. 

Vince Camuto
amazon.com

$149.91

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. 

18

bomber

Chicago Oversized Jacket

superdown
revolve.com

$98.00

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. 

19

shacket

Corduroy Button-Down Shirt Jacket

Urban Outfitters
urbanoutfitters.com

$59.00

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. 

20

quilted

Dolman Quilted Jacket in Moss

Free People
revolve.com

$198.00

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. 

21

denim

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. 

22

Anorak

Zip Front Hooded

Details
amazon.com

$47.62

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!

Perfect Moment
shopbop.com

$600.00

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. 

24

varsity

Classic Varsity Jacket

Opening Ceremony
saksfifthavenue.com

$395.00

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!) 

25

cape

Small Buffalo Plaid Cape Scarf

MADEWELL
nordstrom.com

$65.00

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. 

26

utility

Utility Jacket

Lucky Brand
amazon.com

$99.88

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. 

27

moto

Vivica Washed Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

cupcakes and cashmere
amazon.com

$104.56

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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