14 Winter Coats That Marry Fashion and Function

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Are winter coat woes bringing your spirits down? Harsh weather is bad enough, but braving the outdoors can be made even worse when proper protective gear is lacking. Thanks to online shopping, you can bury yourself under blankets and pillows while searching for outerwear to get you through season. However, warm does not always translate into fashionable, and not all materials are created equal. To help you navigate the shopping scene, here is a rundown of three popular winter coat materials and stylish options in each category.

1. Down Coats

Options: MICHAEL Michael Kors Nipped Puffer Jacket & Elie Tahari Pearl Belted Puffer Coat

Down coats score many points in the pro column. Filled with feathers, the coat traps air, making it a great insulator. Down jackets are known for being lightweight and compressible, particularly beneficial for people traveling in cold climates. The outside is usually usually a polyester or nylon, which repels any water or snow. The two factors (warmth and water resistance) combined make down coats an ideal winter-weather selection. The downfall comes in the tendency to turn even the most svelte of wearers into the Michelin Man.

A shorter coat is one way to combat the Michelin Man look. Both of the coats above are drawn in at the waist by a belt and hit at the hips. They will keep you toasty, but not as warm as a longer style. In exchange for length, the coats become easier to carry, an important feature if you choose to take your coat off while running indoor errands.

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