At a certain point, winter won’t be coming anymore. It’ll be here. And when that time comes, you’ll be grateful that you made an investment in a coat or jacket that works for your personal style and the climate you live in.
That’s why we went to the trouble of breaking down the six categories of winter coat that will work from Chicago to Charleston, from Portland to, well, Portland, and everywhere in between. No matter what your budget or where you call home, you’ll find something that works for you below.
THE QUILTED JACKET
If you live somewhere that doesn’t get that cold (we’re talking to you, Famously Hot Columbia, SC), you can make it through the winter with a lightweight layer. And as far as style goes, a quilted jacket is your best bet for combining form and function.
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J.Crew Sussex Quilted Jacket
In a painterly camoflauge print, this quilted jacket is perfect on its own on a warmer winter day, or the perfect layering piece underneath a sharp topcoat for when it gets really cold.
You have the United States Navy (and a nationwide apparatus of military surplus stores) to thank for the unassailable popularity of this durable style. The best part? If you layer it right, it can work as well in sub-freezing temperatures as it does on its own when it's in the 50s.
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Superdry Rookie Merchant Line Peacoat
With a sharp shoulder and a fully lined interior, this take on the staple doesn't sacrifice detail for affordability.
Dressed up or down, a wool topcoat is an absolute essential for any man who lives in an area where there's, you know, weather. It looks great over a suit during the work week, and even better over jeans and your best sweater on the weekend. When it gets really cold, layer it with a down vest—or even a denim jacket.
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Uniqlo Wool Cashmere Chesterfield Coat
This piece hits the essence of the topcoat: three buttons, a notch lapel, and a length that hits right above the knee.
A puffer is a must-have for everyone from Denver to Detroit. Most are water resistant, so if you're going to have to walk through snow, you won't get weight down like you would in a wool coat.
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Uniqlo x JW Anderson Light Down Jacket
In the shocker of the season, there are still pieces from designer JW Anderson's super popular collaboration with Uniqlo left, and this puffer jacket, filled with lots of warm down, is a well-designed steal.
Burberry is best known for its trench coats, but its puffer is hard to beat. Why? Both the sleeves and the hood zip off from this incredibly warm jacket, making it one of the most versatile pieces of outerwear a guy can own.
The ultimate in warmth, a parka offers length and (in cases where a wool liner is present) the kind of comforting luxury that can make being outdoors in the winter almost a pleasure.
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Alpha Industries J-4 Fishtail Parka
Inspired by a military original, this parka is sets the standard for what a winter parka should and shouldn't have, from the drawstring waist that helps keep heat close to your body to its removable faux fur hood.
With an extra-long tail and warmth to spage, a parka from Triple Fat Goose is a solid investment if you're in a place like Chicago, Maine, New York, or anywhere else that regularly experiences negative temperatures.
Think of this as the Russian nesting doll of winter outerwear: it has a removable liner that you can wear separately from its polyester shell, and the hood (and its soft lamb shearling liner) come off too.
Yves Salomon Cotton Parka with Rabbit and Coyote Fur
French fashion house Yves Salomon has clothed everyone from Kanye West to Bergdorf Goodman's insanely stylish fashion director Bruce Pask in its fur-lined parkas, and with good reason: it's as hardwearing as it is luxurious, exactly what you want at this time of year.