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17 Types of Coats for Your Cold-Weather Wardrobe

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No matter how much time you spend putting together your outfits or incorporating the latest seasonal trends into your outfit rotation, there comes a time when function overtakes form and you have to hide your style away underneath protective layers. Covering up a well-planned look can be a bummer, but fall and winter coats don't have to be. Depending on the type of coat, your outerwear can reflect and enhance your personal style.

When it comes to choosing what types of coats you'll be wearing through the colder months, there are a few major factors to consider. First and foremost, the weather forecast is going to dictate your outerwear lookbook. Thankfully, our favorite fall and winter coat silhouettes can be translated over light- and heavyweight types of coats. For example, you can capture the elevated aesthetic and long lines of a lightweight trench coat in a warm woolen duster or cashmere peacoat.

To bring you the best and snuggliest coats for this season, InStyle tapped fashion expert Bella Gerard as well as stylist and author Andrew Gelwicks to break down the world of outerwear. From toasty puffer jackets to sleek and elegant trench coats, these are the 17 types of coats to know.

A Quilted Coat

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Celebs like Katie Holmes love quilted coats for the frostier parts of spring, but this outdoorsy style works equally well for fall and winter. They're a lightweight option that seals in warmth, making them especially ideal for folks who like to layer sweaters or cardigans. The style can evoke a bit of "grandma energy" (in a good way), so if that's not your vibe we recommend opting for a quilted coat in a vampy fall shade like copper, burgundy, or red.

A Duster Coat

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Halfway between a trench and a robe sits the duster, a long coat with a dramatic silhouette that never seems to slip out of style.

A Puffer Coat

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Gelwicks names mid-length puffer coats among his picks for iconic all-weather coats. "They're playful and statement-making," he says, adding "I love how they are functional and can completely transform an outfit."

A Duffle Coat

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To toggle or not to toggle? That's the question, at least when it comes to duffle coats, a type of coat made from a heavyweight, all-leather wool material, and featuring loop and toggle closures instead of buttons or zippers. The charm is found in the details of this less commonly spotted coat.

A Robe Coat

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According to Gerard, "A long robe coat might be the most timeless, versatile piece of outerwear one can invest in." This type of coat delivers the length of a trench or duster with a looser, slouchy fit. Its slightly oversized silhouette, which can be belted at the waist, offers endless styling options.

A Trench Coat

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"A nicely tailored trench coat is an absolute must-have for everybody's wardrobe," says Gelwicks. "The trench is adaptable to any outfit—elevating a casual fit, or simply complimenting a more formal or professional look." It's worth noting that trench coats, tailored or otherwise, are on the more lightweight end of the outerwear spectrum.

A Cape Coat

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"Don't shy away from the idea of a winter cape," says Gerard of this vintage style that she describes as "very Blair Waldorf meets Samantha (the best-dressed American Girl doll by a mile, of course)." When the weather calls for full-coverage outerwear, a cape coat delivers elegance and practicality.

A Shearling Coat

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Don't sleep on shearling. If you favor cropped silhouettes, a shearling moto jacket is the perfect type of coat to keep you warm when the temperatures drop. Meanwhile, full-length shearling coats are a great choice if you prefer to wear miniskirts or short dresses all year round.

A Peacoat

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Offering the warmth of a robe coat and the classic style of a trench, a timeless peacoat combines form and function, and is unlikely to ever go out of style. Traditionally designed in navy or black, khaki and tan variations are now much easier to come by.

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When shopping for this type of coat, pay close attention to fit as the slim silhouette might require you to size up if you plan on wearing thicker sweaters.



A Parka or Anorak

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Gerard and Gelwicks agree that a sporty down parka is one type of coat worth keeping on hand. "They keep you insulated and warm throughout each winter," says Gelwicks.

A Cashmere Coat

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A cashmere peacoat is an exquisite investment piece that will keep you cozy and stylish throughout the season and beyond. Since the magic of a cashmere peacoat is its luxe material and not its silhouette, this type of coat looks equally luxe in long and short styles.

A Leather Jacket

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The oversized leather jacket trend isn't going anywhere and we're extra delighted that this bulky silhouette is here to stay through the winter months. Not only is a leather coat in an aviator or moto style a classic piece of outerwear, but the roomier fit also allows you to comfortably layer on your chunkiest knit sweaters to your heart's content.

A Colorful Statement Coat

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A colorful statement coat might seem too bold for everyday wear, but there's good reason to consider adding one to your winter wardrobe. "The better my collection of coats, the easier it is for me to stick to a simple wardrobe underneath," explains Gerard.

A Cuffed Coat

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If you want your personal taste to be reflected in your outerwear but aren't quite ready to slip into a full-out statement coat, try easing yourself into the world of bold coats one cuff at a time.

A Leather Trench Coat

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The striking combination of a trench coat silhouette and the edginess of a leather jacket are combined in this type of coat, one of Gerard's favorite styles. "If I were to build a full coat wardrobe entirely from scratch, it would have to include a black leather trench," she says.

A Faux Fur Coat

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Faux fur coats aren't just playful, they're surprisingly good at doing a coat's main job: keeping you warm. It's never a bad idea to opt for a neutral-colored coat, but with so many vibrant faux fur coats out there, taking a step or two out of your color palette comfort zone can really pay off. To get started, take a look at the purses and bags you carry most often in the winter months.

A Shacket

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Perfect for weather that's chilly, but not cold, shackets—half-shirt, half-jacket—are becoming more and more of a modern classic type of coat.

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