There comes a moment when it no longer looks totally ridiculous to be wearing a coat because it’s finally cold enough to necessitate one. In Texas, that moment usually happens sometime around Halloween. (Although, there was one freak year when I think I was still wearing shorts around Thanksgiving. Let’s hope that’s not the case in 2016.) Seeing as that is just a little less than three weeks away (seriously?!), I’m starting to shift my focus to outerwear.
Coats are one of those things that need to be as functional (read: warm, durable) as they are chic. They’re also expensive. And while I do really believe that some coats are worth the investment (see: this one), there are also plenty of fab styles that won’t break the bank. I’ve put together a hit list with the essentials – from simple styles to statement-makers – that are chic as can be and budget-friendly, too.
- The camel coat… If you don’t already have a camel coat in your closet, you need one. It will be the workhorse of your winter wardrobe. Try this one or this one.
- The navy coat… Since you probably already have a black coat (if not, take a look at this one), why not give navy a try instead? It looks so fresh for fall and pairs well with so many different colors – including black! I love the shiny buttons on this one. Bonus: it’s also water-repellent which is quite useful on those damp, winter days.
- The puffer coat… For those days when nothing but a long puffer will do, this one is a great choice. It’s under $175, and the belt will keep you from feeling like the Michelin Man. I also really love this winter-white option.
- The utility coat… This is the kind of coat that is best when you’re already layered up and just need something to top it off. I LOVE this hooded one from Tahari. The faux-fur trim makes it look a lot more expensive than it really is.
- The colored coat… The quickest way to brighten up a gray winter day? A colored coat! I usually opt for something in red/pink/orange family which explains why I love this one (under $150!).
This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.