For this fall and winter, the following five beautiful women's black coats will keep you warm and in style until the last snowflake of the season is a distant memory. When it comes to donning a beautiful coat, no woman can go wrong with basic black. Instantly slimming and endlessly versatile, black jackets and coats add sophistication and a modern edge to a wardrobe. Of course, styles range widely depending on the purpose, use, and textile.
Wool Long Coat
A knee-length black wool coat that boasts quality tailoring is an absolute winter staple. It's a gorgeous topper for work apparel and formalwear, and it elevates casual wardrobes as well. J.Crew's Double cloth Lady Coat is a cult classic among fashionistas for its quality, thick doublecloth wool that's exclusively crafted in Italy for J.Crew. Features include an inset waistband at a high waist for a flattering cut, front button placket, on-seam pockets, and thinsulate lining for added warmth. Regular and petite sizes in 00-14 and the cost is $325, while the Tall size costs $335. This coat often goes on sale at the end of the season and is worth the investment, whether you are buying for now or at clearance for next year.
Wool Short Coat
For the same sophistication of ladylike wool coats in a short version, look to Lands' End Luxe Wool Pea Coat, $149.50. The price is surprisingly affordable for what you get, which is a quality-constructed double-breasted pea coat made of an Italian wool and cashmere blend. Fully lined, the pea coat features princess seams, a decorative belt on the back, back vent for movement, and temperature rating for comfort in the 0-20 degree range. The coat is available in regular and petite sizes 2-16 and plus sizes 16W-26W. Eight other colors are available as well.
Basic Trench Coat
When the weather calls for something that offers light coverage, a classic trench coat is your first option. Calvin Klein's Double-Breasted Trench, $168 at Nordstrom, is timeless with its detachable waist belt, button-tab epaulets at shoulders and button tabs at cuffs, and hook and eye collar closure. It is available in sizes extra small through extra large. This coat is an ideal fall pick, especially when paired with the right accessory, such as a soft patterned infinity scarf or structured feminine handbag.
Long Puffer Coat
Combating the worst of Old Man Winter shouldn't mean that you can't do so in style. A long black puffer or down coat is a must in cold and snow climates. The right ones can even pass as work wear when wool coats don't cut it. Fur accents on the collar or hood elevate a down coat to make it feminine and stylish. Consider The North Face's Brooklyn Down Coat, which is seam-sealed and waterproof and filled with 550-fill-power goose down. Cuffs are fleece-lined, and the attached hood features a luxe-looking fur trim that's also removable. An attached belt with metal buckle not only flatters by cinching the waist, it also helps keep blustery winds out and trap body heat in. The coat can be found on many discount sporting good websites.
Short Puffer Coat
The contrasting proportions of a short puffer coat create a chic, modern, and edgy look. The Tahari Pillow Collar Coat does just that with its elegant pillow collar, asymmetrical snap front, belted waist, and exposed long knit cuffs. The coat is currently on sale at Lord & Taylor for $179.