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Five Outerwear Pieces Every Woman Should Own

The wide world of outerwear can be daunting—after all, coats are more expensive than most wardrobe essentials, and they're the element of all your wintertime outfits that gets noticed first. But with temperatures plunging fast, now's the time to invest in a good topper or two. Click through to learn which five outerwear essentials you've got to own and why. And where to buy them, obviously.

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The Camel Coat

This straight-out-of-the-'70s staple has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity, thanks in large part to Phoebe Philo and her minimalist work at Céline. Like a warmer version of the traditional trench (more on that later), it's a classic piece you can pass down to your children someday. Click through to shop more camel coats.
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The Parka

Whether you call them parkas, anoraks, flak jackets or something else entirely, there's a reason these weatherproof hooded wonders are such a popular choice. Usually found in khaki and olive, they're particularly good over casual weekend outfits. Click through to shop more parkas.
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The Parka


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The Peacoat

This military-inspired piece is ultra-warm, slightly androgynous and ideal for layering. Whether you choose one that hits right at the hip or slightly lower, it'll serve you well season after season. Try a peacoat in a classic neutral, bold jewel tone or even a natty pattern like plaid or houndstooth. Click through to shop more peacoats.
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The Peacoat



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The Trench

A wardrobe workhorse that's been worn by everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Gwyneth Paltrow, a good trench instantly polishes any outfit. Many come with removable linings and waterproof finishes—perfect for tricky transitional weather. Click through to shop more trenches.
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The Trench



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The Trench



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The Duffle Coat

Thanks to those cool toggle closures, this ultra-warm garment is like the peacoat's cool downtown-dwelling sister. Alexa Chung's a fan...and that's good enough for us. Plus, most are finished with a hood, so they're perfect for even the most freezing winter evenings. Click through to shop more duffles.
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The Duffle Coat


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The Duffle Coat


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