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Our Fave Winter Outerwear at All Price Points

the best winter outerwear
Photo: Abercrombie | Design: theSkimm
Nov 4, 2021

Oh, the weather outside is frightful — but it’s only gonna get colder. So when you do have to emerge into the frigid winter air, it’s best to be properly prepared. Enter: these outerwear options that come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and price points. From thick puffers to coats without bulk, we rounded up something for everyone.

A lightweight, waterproof jacket with a fleece liner for warmth…

This option is totally adjustable, from the waist cinch to the cuffs. You’ll be able to keep wind and rain out, creating a better seal between you and the elements. One Skimm HQ’r loves it for its flexibility. It’s not bulky — so you’ll be able to move around without restriction. ($119.35+, Amazon)

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A Mackage down puffer that’s pretty sleek looking…

Made from nylon, this coat has a removable hood and an interior pocket. It’ll hug your body, so it provides a more snug fit than other puffers that may have a more boxy look. While it falls on the pricier end of the spectrum, the quality is impeccable, especially the down fill. ($750, Nordstrom)

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A sherpa-lined vegan leather shearling coat that has snap buttons…

Because sometimes zippers are hard to work when you’re caught in bad weather and your fingers are freezing. The fit is oversized, so it’s roomy enough to layer over a heavier sweater. It’s also incredibly chic, so it won’t detract from your winter-ready outfit. Several Skimm HQ’rs love this coat, noting how comfortable it is, even when wearing for hours. ($150, Abercrombie)

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A parka jacket with a cozy sherpa lining…

Freezing days are no match for this coat. You’ll be able to adjust the hood with the pull of a string — no struggling necessary. And if you forget a pair of gloves, you can slip your thumbs through the thumbholes to keep wind out. Some added bonuses? There’s a drawstring at the waist, a removable hood, and it’s water- and wind-resistant. You = snug as a bug. ($88, Target)

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A long down duffle coat for full coverage…

If you live in an area that gets really, really cold, keeping your butt and legs warm is very important. This option can handle temps as low as minus 55 degrees. It also has bonded channels, which means that it doesn’t have sewn seams that can leak heat. The pockets are lined with microfleece, there’s an interior chest pocket, and the hood is insulated as well. Translation: It’s incredibly warm. One Skimm HQ’r said it’s like wearing a sleeping bag in the best way possible. We’re sold. ($174.50, Eddie Bauer)

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Lighter outerwear pieces that are great for layering and easy to pack…

If you live in a warmer climate, this one will get the job done. But you can also layer these two coats under something heavier since they aren't puffy or hard to move in. One Skimm HQ’r recs both (this one too) since they’re so versatile. Wear ‘em on their own or with a vest — whatever the weather calls for. ($59.90, Uniqlo)

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A ton of options you can rent rather than buy…

Rent the Runway lets you browse jackets and coats by color, weather, occasion, designer, and more. So you can find the perfect option if you’ve got a big event coming up, or if you want a dependable staple for the season. Then you can simply return the item once you no longer need it. Memberships give you access to thousands of clothes at a flat monthly fee. And you can pause or cancel your membership at any time. Just pick the plan that works best for you and start shopping. (Prices vary, Rent the Runway)

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A wool peacoat that’s made from recycled materials…

It has double-breasted buttons, side pockets, and a more boxy fit. The soft wool isn’t scratchy against your skin, and all the materials used are ethically sourced. Consider it a pretty major wardrobe staple. Once you own it, you’ll wear it year after year. ($225, Everlane)

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A slouchy sherpa jacket with a relaxed fit…

Throw it over a thermal long-sleeve or keep it on as you lounge indoors. This cozy option is something you’ll want to keep on all day long. Customers love how soft and warm it is, even noting that you can layer a sweater underneath and it doesn’t get bulky. It comes in five colors and up to size 4X. ($49.99, Old Navy)

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The famous “Amazon Coat” that you’ve seen everywhere...

And for good reason. It’s very warm, has tons of easily accessible pockets, and a fleece-lined hood. It’s long enough to cover your butt, so you’ll be able to wear leggings without freezing. If you’re skeptical — don’t be. It’s got almost 14,000 five-star reviews. ($159.99+, Amazon)

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A checkerboard coat that’ll surely become a go-to…

Because why sacrifice style for function? This faux-fur option is fully lined and hits right below the knee. Customers rave about its feel and fit. Not to mention its ability to make a statement. You turning heads? Absolutely. ($184.95, Eloquii)

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A Columbia jacket that’s a sure bet if you’re overwhelmed with options…

Maybe you just need a durable option that you can wear on hikes or while walking the dog. This hooded, synthetic-down jacket is an easy buy. It has a hood, a water-resistant shell, and extended cuffs (with thumbholes) to keep your hands warm. And for added snugness, the inside has an omni-heat reflective polyester lining. Aka it reflects your body heat back to you. ($105+, Amazon)

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A wool coat that’s been a bestseller since 2011…

Yep, you read that right. This cozy coat has a high collar to keep your neck covered, plus two deep pockets. It’s available in four colors and is a great sophisticated option to wear out to dinner. When you need to hang it up, it has a handy loop chain so you don’t find it on the floor minutes later. Phew, no dirt here. ($289.50, J.Crew)

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