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, 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.
Even better: You don’t have to spend a ton to get the look. Ahead, find the most adorable and affordable winter coats — we’re talking under-$150 affordable — that’ll last for seasons to come.
Winter coats for women
Double-Breasted Coat ($129.90, originally $240; nordstrom.com)
Whether you’re going to work or doing some outdoor dining, this classic, sharp coat is a timeless addition to any closet.
Faux Shearling Jacket ($92.40, originally $168; nordstrom.com)
Ever just want to wear your blanket all day? With this jacket, you can. Offered in a caramel drizzle color or sea salt white, this jacket feels as soft as a teddy bear.
The Mac Coat ($130; everlane.com)
Prepare for any weather Mother Nature throws at you with this versatile, water-resistant coat. Pair this transitional outerwear with dark-wash jeans and a blouse for a simple but put-together look.
UO Holly Puffer Coat ($59.99, originally $119; urbanoutfitters.com)
The UO Holly Puffer Coat puts a spin on the normal puffer jacket with these light gray and green options. Hide from the cold with this jacket’s elasticated cuffs and hand warmer puffs.
The North Face Women’s Resolve 2 DWR Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket ($89.95; amazon.com)
With over 25 colors, this jacket is perfect for warmer winter days where you still need to bundle up, but with lighter layers. Pair with a light shirt and pants and you’ll be ready to go hiking.
Winter coats for men
PureMsxMen’s Winter Jacket Thickened Waterproof Quilted Hooded Parka (starting at $129.99; amazon.com)
This windproof 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 Ultra-Warm Down Coat ($99.90, originally $179.90; uniqlo.com)
A favorite for men’s outerwear, this Uniqlo coat features moisture-absorbing, bio-warming padding on both sides, a water-repellent coating and a hood. Plus, it’s been specifically made to be easy to wear and take off so you can bundle up in a moment’s notice.
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 Hybrid Down Parka ($59.90, originally $129.90; uniqlo.com)
Made from down material, this functional coat features a water-repellent coating (great for snow), chest pockets and a hood.
Winter coats for extreme cold
TslaWomen’s Winter Ski Jacket (starting at $69.98; amazon.com)
This ski jacket isn’t just extra warm; it has three layers, a detachable hood, elastic cuffs, thumb holes, ribbed cuffs at the sleeves and zip-closure pockets perfect for winter sports.
Obosoyo Women’s Hooded Thickened Long Down Jacket (starting at $98.88; 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 $79.99; 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)
Eastlake Down Parka ($83.70, originally $279; eddiebauer.com)
This ultra-soft down parka is made with Responsible Down Standard (RDS) down and a Sherpa fleece-lined hood, collar and upper body to act as the perfect cold-weather layer. Be sure to use code GLACIER40 to get an extra 40% off at checkout.
Kenneth Cole New York Faux Fur-Trimmed Quilted Down Puffer ($59.98, originally $165; nordstromrack.com)
This down maxi coat comes in eight neutral colors, making it the perfect everyday winter coat.
J.Crew Perfect Lightweight Jacket ($69.50, originally $128; jcrew.com)
This rainproof jacket is the perfect layer for milder winter days.
Women Blocktech Parka ($39.90, originally $79.90; uniqlo.com)
This windproof and water-resistant 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.
Tommy Hilfiger’s Chevron Faux Fur Trim Hooded Puffer Coat ($147, originally $245; macys.com)
With nearly 5,000 purchases, this coat is an obvious fan favorite. It really has it all, with faux fur trim, zip pockets and water-resistant material.
Bagatelle Oversize Faux Leather Puffer Jacket ($103.60, originally $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 $19.99; amazon.com)
Warm, chic and functional, this hooded parka down coat checks all the winter boxes.
Spirit Sports Puffer Jacket (starting at $119.95; nordstrom.com)
This channel-quilted coat was created with heavyweight warmth and frigid days in mind.
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.