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The old adage "beauty is pain" no longer rings true. In fact, you don't even need to sacrifice your comfort to look good anymore, let alone subject yourself to pain. There are many outfits, including coats, that will simultaneously make you look good and keep you comfortable. If you're in the middle of renovating your wardrobe or preparing for the cold winter months, there are a few coats that every woman should have in her closet.
A long down coat feels like you're walking around in a sleeping bag. Except you won't look ridiculous doing it. There aren't many coats that will keep your upper and lower body warm even in the most arctic temperatures. A long down coat isn't just the ultimate cozy coat. It looks sleek, neat, and fashionable and lets people know you are ready to brave the cold for hours, in fact, if need be. You won't have to shiver through that outdoor winter community festival you've been looking forward to, or when watching the kids have a blast sledding on the neighborhood snowbanks. Still not convinced of the powers of the long down coat? Turn to style icon Angelina Jolie, a woman who habitually wears the long down coat when she is out in the cold, filming on location or braving a winter in Colorado with her six kids.
The women's raincoat—or the trench coat—is a timeless piece that belongs in every woman's closet. It's the obvious coat of choice should you find yourself in the middle of a rainstorm and need something that will effectively protect your outfit from getting ruined by the harsh weather elements. Beyond that, it's an easy way to look very "film noir" while maintaining practicality and function. There are the obvious and traditional trench coat colors like black and beige, and then there are the more playful colors like Burnt Clay, Golden Pineapple, and Algiers Blue. An autumn rainstorm calls for more traditional colors while a spring storm is an ideal time to bring out the brighter colors.
A long wool coat is another one of those classic wardrobe staples that's as elegant and timeless as the raincoat. Although beige, grey, and black tend to be the most common wool coat colors, there are always less conventional color options for the women who want to add a bit of color to their winter clothing style. A deep mulberry or a light blue are both exceptionally flattering colors against a snowy backdrop. A button-up Fit and Flare Long Wool Coat that goes from the neck to a few inches below the waist gives off a very London-esque vibe and makes a bit of a statement without distracting from its original purpose: keeping you warm. If a button-up wool coat isn't your style, a belted wool coat may be the ticket. Both are equally fashionable in their own right. And while some women may not want to stray off the beaten path, you may be the type to fancy a zesty orange peacock wool coat or a wool car coat that comes in a light aqua jade plaid color and pattern.
A fleece jacket is your friend when it's too cold for just a long-sleeved shirt and too warm for a winter coat. A fleece jacket is there for you when you want to go on a brisk fall walk or do some yard work around the house come fall or spring clean up. Unlike many other coats, a fleece jacket is designed to be worn both inside and outside. It also comes in different styles: some are more casual and plain while others are more fashionable. A Bark Brown Heather Sweater Fleece Coat or a Gray Textured Sweater Fleece Blazer are both ideal for those times when you want to look exceptionally put together, but you don't have a lot of time to stress over your outfit. A super-soft zip-up fleece is a great option to keep you warm around the house or wear on a trip to the grocery store.