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Of all the winter items you might invest in, a coat is probably the one piece that’ll get the most use. Not only should the right outerwear be warm, be versatile and have day-to-day wearability, it should also add to your outfit — not just cover it up. “Outerwear is an important part of someone’s winter wardrobe,” says Los Angeles-based stylist Alyssa Sutter, whose clients include Lucy Hale and brands like Velvet Canyon and Wolf Circus. “Regardless of where you live — yes, even in LA — investing in outerwear is a must. A jacket or coat can be the missing key to polishing off your winter look.”

And even though your coat should carry you from year to year, that doesn’t mean you have to buy the first black puffer you find. Just like any other fashion category, outerwear is subject to the trend cycle too — although it’s a little slower than more of-the-moment items like shoes or bags. According to Sutter, 2020’s best winter coat trends include those with long, clean lines as well as more statement-making styles. “Outerwear will be bold, textured and reimagined,” she says. “I’m excited to see fun colors and prints, faux fur trim and full-length leather.”

Even better: You don’t have to spend a ton to get the look. Ahead, find the most adorable affordable winter coats — we’re talking under-$150 affordable — that’ll last for seasons to come.

Winter coats for women

Madewell Chevron Packable Puffer Jacket in Colorblock ($148; madewell.com)

Madewell Chevron Packable Puffer Jacket in Colorblock
Madewell Chevron Packable Puffer Jacket in Colorblock
PHOTO: Madewell

Madewell’s cult-favorite down-alternative coat made a comeback this season — this time with a hood.

Vero Moda Lynne Teddy Coat ($119; nordstrom.com)

Vero Moda Lynne Teddy Coat
Vero Moda Lynne Teddy Coat
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The olive green hue isn’t the only nod to the ‘70s in this editor-favorite coat. The wide lapels and fuzzy texture make it a timeless throwback that’s made for layering. According to one reviewer, the coat does run a bit large, so be sure to size up.

Everlane Live-In Coat ($125; everlane.com)

Everlane Live-In Coat
Everlane Live-In Coat
PHOTO: Everlane

Another editor favorite, Everlane’s tailored longline coat is an instant classic. Pair this wrinkle-resistant winter staple with a pair of light-wash jeans for a ‘90s-inspired vibe.

UO Marla Faux Shearling Longline Jacket ($149; urbanoutfitters.com)

UO Marla Faux Shearling Longline Jacket
UO Marla Faux Shearling Longline Jacket
PHOTO: Urban Outfitters

A faux shearling-lined coat makes for the perfect cozy topper. UO’s iteration is lined with plush fleece for extra warmth.

Marc New York Paige Boucle Coat ($134.75 with code FRIEND, originally $275; macys.com)

Marc New York Paige Boucle Coat
Marc New York Paige Boucle Coat
PHOTO: Macys

Pair this boucle coat with trousers and a hoodie for an elevated look that feels comfortably chic.

Winter coats for men

PUREMSX Men’s Winter Jacket Thickened Waterproof Quilted Hooded Parka (starting at $109.99; amazon.com)

PUREMSX Men
PUREMSX Men's Winter Jacket Thickened Waterproof Quilted Hooded Parka
PHOTO: Amazon

This wind- and waterproof coat comes in just about every neutral color you could think of and will keep you warm in the dead of winter.

Men’s Hybrid Down Coat ($129.90; uniqlo.com)

Men
Men's Hybrid Down Coat
PHOTO: Uniqlo

A favorite for men’s outerwear, this Uniqlo coat features moisture-absorbing, bio-warming padding on both sides, a water-repellant coating and a hood, and it’s been made to be much lighter than many of its wool counterparts.

Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft Insulated Half-Zip Pullover ($136; nordstrom.com)

Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft Insulated Half-Zip Pullover
Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft Insulated Half-Zip Pullover
PHOTO: Nordstrom

This pullover coat is insulated with PrimaLoft fill for bulk-free warmth.

Men’s Fishtail Parka ($99.90; uniqlo.com)

Men
Men's Fishtail Parka
PHOTO: Uniqlo

From Uniqlo’s collaboration with designer JW Anderson, this chic coat features water-repellant coating (great for snow), a drawstring waist and a hood.

Winter coats for extreme cold

Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Down Coat ($134.75 with code FRIEND, originally $275; macys.com)

Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Down Coat
Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Down Coat
PHOTO: Macys

This down coat isn’t just extra warm; it has a detachable faux fur-trimmed hood, ribbed cuffs at the sleeves and zip-closure pockets for extra warmth.

Obosoyo Women’s Hooded Thickened Long Down Jacket (starting at $89.99; amazon.com)

Obosoyo Women
Obosoyo Women's Hooded Thickened Long Down Jacket
PHOTO: Amazon

Size up in Obosoyo’s hooded, full-length down coat — that way, you can add as many layers as you want.

Molodo Women’s Long Down Coat With Fur Hood (starting at $121.66; amazon.com)

Molodo Women
Molodo Women's Long Down Coat With Fur Hood
PHOTO: Amazon

Made for everyday wear, this long down coat is filled with 90% down and 10% feathers for freezing cold days.

Down winter jackets

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Coat (starting at $149.99; amazon.com)

Orolay Women
Orolay Women's Thickened Down Coat
PHOTO: Amazon

This bestselling down coat, better known as “The Amazon Coat,” boasts a fleece-lined hood, side zippers and six — count ‘em, six! — big pockets.

J.Crew Quilted Regent Blazer-Jacket With PrimaLoft ($88 with code LAYERUP, originally $148; jcrew.com)

J.Crew Quilted Regent Blazer-Jacket With PrimaLoft
J.Crew Quilted Regent Blazer-Jacket With PrimaLoft
PHOTO: J.Crew

J.Crew’s editor-favorite quilted jacket, which is made with down alternative, is the perfect hypoallergenic cold-weather layer.

Kenneth Cole New York Faux Fur-Trimmed Quilted Down Puffer ($79.97, originally $165; nordstromrack.com)

Kenneth Cole New York Faux Fur-Trimmed Quilted Down Puffer
Kenneth Cole New York Faux Fur-Trimmed Quilted Down Puffer
PHOTO: Nordstrom Rack

This down maxi coat comes in eight neutral colors, making it the perfect everyday winter coat.

Windproof coats

J.Crew Perfect Rain Jacket (starting at $76.80 with code LAYERUP, originally starting at $128; jcrew.com)

J.Crew Perfect Rain Jacket
J.Crew Perfect Rain Jacket
PHOTO: J.Crew

This rainproof and windproof jacket is the perfect layer for milder winter days.

UO Faux Leather Cropped Aviator Jacket ($149; urbanoutfitters.com)

UO Faux Leather Cropped Aviator Jacket
UO Faux Leather Cropped Aviator Jacket
PHOTO: Urban Outfitters

This faux leather jacket cuts through the wind with ease. Layer up with a thermal knit and a scarf for colder days.

Bernardo Hooded Windproof & Water-Resistant Insulated Raincoat ($116.90, originally $195; nordstrom.com)

Bernardo Hooded Windproof & Water-Resistant Insulated Raincoat
Bernardo Hooded Windproof & Water-Resistant Insulated Raincoat
PHOTO: Nordstrom

Remarkably, this water-resistant, windproof jacket is also breathable, according to reviewers. Its stand collar makes it fashion-forward too.

Puffer coats

Free People Weekender Puffer Jacket ($98; freepeople.com)

Free People Weekender Puffer Jacket
Free People Weekender Puffer Jacket
PHOTO: Free People

The lilac hue of Free People’s cozy puffer coat makes for a fun look, but don’t worry — it comes in black too.

Women’s Ultra-Light Down Cocoon Parka ($69.90, originally $79.90; uniqlo.com)

Women
Women's Ultra-Light Down Cocoon Parka
PHOTO: Uniqlo

You’d never guess this light-as-air pick is one of the warmest pieces of outerwear on the market. This super-soft puffer travels well too; it folds down into a packable square.

Bagatelle Oversize Faux Leather Puffer Jacket ($148; bloomingdales.com)

Bagatelle Oversize Faux Leather Puffer Jacke
Bagatelle Oversize Faux Leather Puffer Jacke
PHOTO: Bloomingdales

A street style mainstay, this faux leather puffer gives any winter outfit an instant edge.

Hooded parka down coats

Gymax Women’s Long Down Parka With Removable Faux Fur Hood (starting at $117.99; amazon.com)

Gymax Women
Gymax Women's Long Down Parka With Removable Faux Fur Hood
PHOTO: Amazon

Warm, chic and functional, this hooded parka down coat checks all the winter boxes.

Bernardo Packable EcoPlume Puffer Jacket (starting at $119.90, originally $195; nordstrom.com)

Bernardo Packable EcoPlume Puffer Jacket
Bernardo Packable EcoPlume Puffer Jacket
PHOTO: Nordstrom

This quilted coat has a removable bib that was made for truly frigid days.

Valuker Women’s Down Coat With Fur Hood (starting at $79.99; amazon.com)

Valuker Women
Valuker Women's Down Coat With Fur Hood
PHOTO: Amazon

Unlike most women’s down parkas on the market, this one lends extra warmth — and an hourglass shape.