Winter Outerwear: Fight Frosty Temps With These Stylish Picks

Winter Outerwear

Although we’ve so far seen a reprieve from Chicago winter’s icy assault (thanks, El Niño!), we all know the worst is yet to come, so we might as well be prepared. Luckily, keeping warm doesn’t have to be at the expense of any semblance of fashion. Say goodbye to bulky, shapeless puffy coats. From trendy faux fur to classic cashmere, here are eight of our flatteringly fabulous favorites — including a few lighter options that will keep you from melting if our warm winter luck continues

When it’s 15 below zero with a wind chill of what feels like negative 1,000, turn to this Patagonia Downtown Loft Parka. Made of recycled polyester and filled with down, this coat is sure to keep you warm even when the weather has other plans. Bonus: there’s a hidden insulated hood zipped into the cowl neck. Hits below the knee and nips in at the waist to preserve your silhouette. $379, REI

Patagonia Downtown Loft Parka

This beautiful Jane Post Cashmere Coat is 100 percent worth the lofty price tag. The classic shape and unbeatable wool-cashmere blend will last you a lifetime (and all the compliments you’re sure to get won’t hurt either). The oversized spread collar and hidden buttons only add to the chicness. In red or navy. $2,000, Neiman Marcus

Jane Post Cashmere Coat

For those days when the temperatures aren’t quite as biting, slip on this figure-flattering Petra Cloak from J.McLaughlin. Made of wool and edged with leather trim, it will elevate any outfit no matter the occasion. $225, Shop For Good

J.McLaughlin Petra Cloak

Hop on the fashion vest train with this exquisite Trouvé Long Faux Fur Vest. Between the faux fur and the unbelievable price tag, this one’s a sure win — never mind the fact that it will instantly make every outfit look catwalk cool (while keeping you cozy). $98, Nordstrom

Trouvé Long Faux Fur Vest

One of the coolest jackets we’ve ever seen, this incredible bottle-green Akris Punto Iridescent Techno Drawstring Parka is a total showstopper. Made of fully lined polyester, the inner drawstring at the waist and adjustable sleeves transform a basic jacket into a conversation piece that you’ll want to wear out of the house every day until May. $1,590, Saks Fifth Avenue

Akris Punto Iridescent Techno Drawstring Parka

For those days when all your outfits just aren’t working for you, slip on this Lauren Ralph Lauren Geometric Turtleneck Poncho and watch it hide a multitude of sins. Woven in a snuggly alpaca/wool blend, this fashion-forward piece will instantly become your winter “what to wear” go-to. $275, Lord & Taylor

Lauren Ralph Lauren Geometric Turtleneck Poncho

If sporty-chic is your signature style, you’ll want to live in this unique SAM. Freestyle Jacket. Form-fitting and ultra-cool, this down jacket features ribbed cuffs with thumb holes to protect your hands from biting winds and a high collar to stop icy drafts from poking down your neck. In three eye-popping colors. $295, Shopbop

SAM. Freestyle Jacket

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