Winter Coats: First Impressions Matter

Combat the cold weather with a functional—and deeply stylish—statement-making jacket.

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The Maxi

Look for: a classically luxe shade in a frill-free cut. Let the floor-sweeping length provide the drama.

This shape flatters: any body type. A tie at the waist creates an instant hourglass figure.

Wear it to: the office. It's inherently polished and ladylike but versatile enough to work with jeans on the weekend, too.

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Photo credit: Stylesight.com. Garance Doré. Peter Stigter

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The Super-Bright

Look for: a clean, unembellished shape that hits above the knee.

Pair it with: simple items that won't compete. Since it's a high-wattage shade, it will insist on doing most of the talking.

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Photo credit: Garance Doré. Vanessa Jackman. Garance Doré

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The Military Coat

Look for: a classic style. Any version with too much detail is trying too hard.

This shape flatters: everybody. An architectural cut balances out hips, and a built-in belt creates a waist.

Go for details like: contrast piping or gold buttons to make these more fashion and less army-navy surplus.

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The Vintage-Inspired Jacket

Look for: an A-line silhouette that hits above the knee.

This shape flatters: those with large chests or wider hips, since the cut is intentionally roomy through the body.

Go for details like: one-of-a-kind fabrics, distinctive trimmings, and oversize buttons.

Pair it with: something boyish, tough, or minimal to avoid looking like you're wearing a costume.

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The Parka

Look for: a slouchy—but tailored—cut. It needs to be roomy while fitting nicely through the shoulders and arms.

Go for details like: a detachable hood or a distinctive collar treatment.

Pair it with: anything from a long, flowing dress to corduroys. Because it's voluminous, it's a good idea to reveal some skin, like the neckline, or wear it with something formfitting, like tights or skinny jeans.

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Photo credit: Geraldine Dormoy. Garance Doré. Tamu McPherson/Models Off Duty

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The Furry Crop

Look for: an abbreviated shape, since you're working with a lot of volume.

Pair it with: something a bit tough. It's important to temper the uptown-lady vibe with unexpected pieces.

Bonus: Faux fur is so great these days, you don't have to throw down a lot of cash for a luxe-looking alternative.

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Photo credit: Garance Doré. Peter Stigter

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The Full Skirt

Look for: a version that's fitted through the top to balance out the volume below.

This shape flatters: fuller hips, since the drama of the coat creates the illusion of a tiny waist.

Pair it with: dresses and skirts to play up its feminine appeal.

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The Glam Rock

Look for: a super-slim cut through the shoulders, arms, and waist.

Go for details like: lots of buttons and fancy-looking fabrics. This is the place to get away with a wild brocade print.

Pair it with: edgy, hyper-tailored pieces, like dark skinny pants.

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