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’s cult-favorite down-alternative coat made a comeback this season — this time with a hood.
Vero Moda Lynne Teddy Coat ($119; nordstrom.com)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
This pullover coat is insulated with PrimaLoft fill for bulk-free warmth.
Men’s Fishtail Parka ($99.90; uniqlo.com)
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)
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)
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)
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)
J.Crew Quilted Regent Blazer-Jacket With PrimaLoft ($88 with code LAYERUP, originally $148; jcrew.com)
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)
This down maxi coat comes in eight neutral colors, making it the perfect everyday winter coat.
J.Crew Perfect Rain Jacket (starting at $76.80 with code LAYERUP, originally starting at $128; jcrew.com)
This rainproof and windproof jacket is the perfect layer for milder winter days.
UO Faux Leather Cropped Aviator Jacket ($149; urbanoutfitters.com)
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)
Remarkably, this water-resistant, windproof jacket is also breathable, according to reviewers. Its stand collar makes it fashion-forward too.
Free People Weekender Puffer Jacket ($98; freepeople.com)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Unlike most women’s down parkas on the market, this one lends extra warmth — and an hourglass shape.