February 23, 2019 | 45° F

From teddies to trenches, stay warm in winter essentials


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The temperature is continuing to drop, and it seems that fall is slowly leaving and the harsh cold of the winter months isn’t that far away. In order to prep for this, investing in a great winter coat is a must. If you’re going to spend money a coat, make sure it lasts this winter and future seasons as well will be your best bet. I know that not all of us want to wear a typical down jacket from The North Face, but lucky for us, there are tons of warm jackets that are super on trend.

Teddy coats

These coats are exactly what you’d think they are — coats that look like the fur of a teddy bear. These super trendy coats give a cozy, yet chic look to every outfit. Because of the fur on the outside, they will keep you warm all winter. They come in a variety of styles, with some being cropped or others looking just like a furry pea coat. The best thing about these coats are that you can wear them to just about any occasion. They’re versatile enough to wear over a pair of work out leggings to the grocery store or over a fitted dress for a night out with friends. 

Fur/Sherpa-lined aviator jacket

We’ve seen this coat done plenty of times, and there’s a good reason why. Slightly edgy and definitely practical, these coats are becoming a staple in everyone’s closet. It includes all of the style that comes with a leather jacket but adds the warmth of a fur coat. There is the Acne Studios jacket that popularized this trend, which would be a very big investment. Fortunately, so many other brands have jumped on the bandwagon and created their own styles that are still worth getting, but at a fraction of the cost. Zara always comes to the rescue when it comes to finding quality styles at an affordable cost, and their biker jacket looks just as great as the designer one. If you think you have too many leather jackets, suede aviator jackets are a good option to follow along with this trend. It adds a girlier touch to this otherwise edgy coat. 

Faux fur coats

No animals need to get harmed for this warm trend this upcoming winter! Faux fur coats can look as good as the real thing, and they’ll definitely make you feel good. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and pair your favorite outfits with a luxurious faux fur coat. One of the greatest things about a faux fur coat, aside from not hurting any animals, is that the price is much more affordable than the real thing. Draping on a longline coat over a pair of jeans and a sweater will not only be super cozy, but will elevate the look completely! A shorter, but super chic style can be worn out to dinner or heading to the office. It’ll make every outfit you wear look a little more expensive than it actually is. 

Puffer coat

These coats are probably what you think of when you hear winter coats. Many of us used to wear these coats when we were little kids, but now is the time for its comeback in adulthood. Puffers have gotten a makeover and are now super chic and are completely acceptable to consider them as fashionable. These classic coats are extremely warm and could definitely be worn in future seasons. They aren’t going out of style anytime soon. Aritzia has a puffer that comes in more than a dozen colors so the only difficult decision you’ll be making is what shade you want it in. If you want a little something different from the typical puffer, brands have made tweaks to the coat, such as the ASOS pink velvet coat. Puffer coats are a symbol of cold weather and they’re now a fashionable symbol. 

Trench coat 

Trenches are not for just detectives anymore. These long, belted coats have been seen all over the runway. They are a great way to make a really simple outfit look more put together. The classic trench has always been seen as beige, but they now come in so many different patterns and colors. Zara has a plaid trench that would look awesome thrown over a monochrome outfit. If solid colors are more your thing, trenches have been made in unlimited amounts of colors, like a super pretty blush that would be so cute over white denim. The only negative about these long coats is that it can cover the cute outfit you have underneath. Others have realized this negative too, so transparent trenches exist for us to follow the trend and not compromise hiding our look. 

Coats can be a tough investment since many believe they wil only last one season or break the bank. That never has to be the case once you find a coat that is both trendy and affordable. There are so many options for everyone, so you won’t be left out in the cold this winter. Stay warm everyone!


Leona Juan

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