Now that the temperatures are starting to drop, it is time to bundle up. Staying warm doesn't have to leave you strapped for cash or looking frumpy. Here is a roundup of some cute and cozy coats and jackets, all of which are currently under $200.
For some reason, I am really drawn to the zipper detail on the H&M Short Coat (1). This coat is really going to up the glam factor of any outfit you wear it with.
A utility jacket is great pick for a more casual wardrobe and is perfect for climates that don't get too cold. Utility jackets and vests are having a moment right now so there are so many great options to choose from (Lucky Brand, Levi's, and Bernardo).
This wool-blend coat from Cole Hann (3) is currently on sale for a steal. The coat is available in two colors: black and bordeaux. While black is my favorite color, a dark red coat would make quite the statement.
The cape and the caplet have always intrigued me. They always seem so whimsical and romantic (Modcloth and CeCe). While I am not bold enough to wear a cape, I have seen some great street style pics of people really pulling the look off.
Another great casual option for days that are just a bit chilly is the fleece jacket. There are so many options as far as brands, colors, and price points (L.L Bean and Columbia). For quality, nothing beats Patagonia (5).
I won't lie, I wouldn't wear a quilted coat. As a woman of size, I feel like the Michelin Man when I try one on. If you like the look, be confident that the quilted coat will keep you very warm and toasty in the coldest of temperatures.
Living in the PNW, I could really use a good trench. When it comes to a trench, I typically prefer one with a removable liner so it can be worn in multiple seasons but those tend to be more expensive. While khaki is the traditional version, trenches can be found in several colors (Gap and H&M). When I worked outside of the home, I always picked dark outwear. As a commuter, it can be more sensible to go with black or navy over a color that shows everything.
Last but certainly not least is the peacoat, my personal favorite. I love that they can easily be dressed up or worn more casually. While this post features coats under $200, I wouldn't go to cheap when it comes to buying this type of coat. I made the mistake of buying one from a pretty popular retailer for a price that, unfortunately, was too good to be true. There are still plenty of options that are affordable (Calvin Klein and J.Crew Factory). I tend to gravitate toward the double breasted styles like the French Connection (8) option pictured above.