I am not a big fan of deep winter. Ask anyone and they will tell you that at the first sign of snow I go into profound hibernation. If I could find an empty bear cave I would make my life there until the first sign of sweet spring. That said, I do have a soft spot for coats. They just have a way of tying an outfit together as well as acting as the prelude to what is sure to be an outstanding outfit—or just the good old jeans and sweater. The fact that they lend themselves to be paired with a multitude of accessories put them on my must-have list. When it comes to finding the perfect winter coat, it’s best to follow the three “F rules”: Fabric, Fit and Fill.

When it comes to the fabric, just make sure to stay away from polyester or acrylic if warmth is a key factor in your decision. The best fabrics are wool and cashmere—though cashmere rings in at a much higher price (and is less durable), both materials raise the bar in sophistication. Although for us college students, wool is a more functional material.

As for the fit, the double-breasted coats are my favorite—add a cinched waist for a more fitted, elegant look or a straighter coat for those who like to pile on the layers. They all work well for the work to evening transition. Make sure to go shopping while wearing a blazer or thick sweater, and look at more oversized, swing or duffle styles.

Finally, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time outside or just for those mornings you can’t feel any of your limbs, try opting for a down-filled coat as well as a wool one paired with these amazing Lane Boots.

Check out these stunners at ALLSAINTS and Burlington Coat Factory.



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