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This Year, You’re Getting the Right Winter Coat

  • Najib Benouar

Winter has a way of sneaking up on us. (Happens every year.)

And waiting until the first day it’s genuinely freezing to get yourself a new winter coat usually doesn’t end well—you’re either digging through whatever’s left on the racks or subjecting yourself to another year with that old coat that never lived up to expectations.

In other words, the time to find your perfect winter coat is now. And since winter means different things to different people (someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest versus a steelworker in Pittsburgh, for instance), we’ve put together a wintry mix of coats that should have you covered for every occasion.

Herewith, the six coats of winter...

Filson Black Label Blackwatch Plaid Wool BomberFor Wintering Out West or Summering in Scotland: It’s not the heftiest coat, but the 100% pure Yukon wool should keep you warm in most climates that don’t dip below the freezing point.

Alpha Industries N-3B Down ParkaFor Those Who Correctly Pronounce “Nor’easter”: Here’s the foul-weather down parka you were looking for. If you’re in a place prone to snowstorms, wrap yourself in one of these like a cocoon and don’t emerge till spring.

Penfield Gillman Down JacketFor Getting into the Winter Spirit: What makes this better than your typical down jacket is the Fair Isle knit shoulder yoke. A nice touch that borrows a little winter kitsch from your favorite sweater-vest.

Isaora Stretch Knit Down JacketFor an Especially Active Winter: This one’s for hitting the slopes or just a particularly sporty winter weekend. Isaora does the technical thing better than most—with toasty-warm down and a specially knit Japanese stretch fabric shell.

Burberry Donegal Wool Chesterfield CoatThe Don Draper of Winter Coats: Consider this coat your go-to for black-tie affairs, the office or any night with the potential of winding down in the back of a limousine.

Esemplare Carlos JacketHey, It Gets Cold in Italy, Too: Here’s the winter coat to satisfy your need for sprezzatura in all seasons. It’s even finished with a garment-dyed “metallic” effect that’s become a hallmark of Italianate outerwear.