Style File: Wool Coat Required

J. Crew winter wool coats

Um, where did autumn go? One minute I was reveling in fall colours and crisp mornings; the next minute, that same crispness had become a lingering, deep-in-your-bones chill that calls for a warmer topper—in particular, my J. Crew stadium wool cocoon coat (as seen in this post). Mine still looks like new after two winters and is easily one of the warmest coats I've ever owned.

J. Crew makes the best coats for the price in my opinion: For a couple hundred bucks more than a fast-fashion number that'll leave you shivery and pilling before the season's out, you get Italian-milled wool in a gorgeous colour and timeless style; it really feels like it'll last ten years. Now the hard part is picking a style and colour!

J. Crew double-cloth long peacoat

Long & tailored

Style: Double-cloth long peacoat ($478)

Pros: The 3/4 length is cozy and looks polished with everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.

Cons: If you favour casual styles, the length, tailored-ness, and polished buttons might feel a tad too dressy.

J. Crew wool melton peacoat

Classic peacoat

Style: Wool melton peacoat ($390 $365 with code GETSHOPPING, ends Nov. 9)

Pros: This preppy staple always looks just right, never overdone, with jeans and ankle boots.

Cons: The shorter length looks a little goofy with dresses.

J. Crew belted trench coat

Belted trench

Style: Double-cloth belted trench coat ($510)

Pros: It's everything you love about your spring trench—the ease, the versatility, the polish, the flattering belted waist—but in winter-friendly wool.

Cons: Um, I can't think of any.

J. Crew stadium cloth cocoon coat


Style: Stadium-cloth cocoon coat ($420)

Pros: A cocoon is a forgiving, fashion-forward silhouette that lets you layer chunky sweaters and menswear-inspired shirts underneath to your heart's content.

Cons: It really looks best with jeans, trousers, and shorter skirt lengths.

Which one is your fave?

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