I turn into an ice cube when the thermometer reaches 40°F (4.5°C). I also live in a state where it’s colder than that from September to April. So I’m super picky about my winter coats and layering in general. I’ve long given up hope that the coat would be stylish as well as functional. This year, though, I was on a mission. I was determined to find something warm AND stylish. I was pleasantly surprised to find some really great options on the market.

In this month’s style picks, I review eight women’s winter jackets with options for every budget. Which is your favorite?

Budget Buys


Columbia Sugar Creek EXS Short Trench ($60): This short coat has a bit of everything. It’s a soft shell with water resistant fabric. The collar snaps up to offer extra wind protection. And I personally love the plaid print. If you live somewhere super cold, sizing up and adding an additional mid layer might make this coat work for you. As an added bonus it’s on sale right now.

Ava & Viv Parka with Faux Fur Hood ($49): I love this great offer from Target. The added length helps if you ever find yourself sitting down, and the drawstring neatly defines the waist. You also cannot go wrong with the fur trim on the hood to keep the breeze out.

Land’s End Down Vest ($60): While not technically a jacket, I know not everyone lives in the Arctic tundra. This is a great option to bulk up a jacket that needs a tad more heat. It also would work great as a stand alone piece for those winters that aren’t quite so cold. I love the colors in the vest. Land’s End offers this vest in a couple cute prints (leopard, snowflake, herringbone and plaid). I think one of the best features about this piece is the size options (tall, petite, petite plus, plus).



Patagonia Prow Bomber Jacket ($199): I usually go for a hood with my winter jackets, but I love the styling on this piece from Patagonia so much that I wouldn’t mind. The outer shell is water resistant and 100% recycled. The interior is down. I spend most of my winter insulated by down, so that’s a huge plus in my book. I also adore the color options: the Smolder Blue is a fave.

Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go Trench ($199): This coat is kind of genius. The subtle patterning adds a bit of flair. This is also one of those coats that could easily go from the office to trail to date night. The insulation buttons in and out allowing you to fully customize how warm you want to be. This coat can be used down to -25°F in moderate activity, which means it’ll hold up on your next Hike it Baby outing. This is another coat that offers plenty of sizing options.

L.L. Bean Winter Warmer Coat ($129): I cannot be the only parent that finds themselves sitting down most hikes for a good 10-30 minutes. Whether that’s because it’s snack time, nursing time, or “OOOH cool stick” time; the length on this coat will definitely keep my rear end from freezing. Coming in a wide range of sizes and colors, this coat checks off all my winter coat wish lists. It’ll keep you warm in light activity at 15°F and moderate activity at -35°F, which means it can withstand the winter that’s headed our way.



North Face Brooklyn Parka ($279): Between the removable hood, fleece sleeves and down fill it’s hard to find a detail that was overlooked in this coat. I love the longer length and the waist cinching. Waterproof exterior and large pockets easily round out the features on the Brooklyn Parka.

Icebreaker Departure Jacket ($300): This jacket definitely has flair. I think it’d fit right in anywhere you take it. While not as water resistant as some of the other offers, the exterior nylon is water resistant. The oversized pockets, drawstring and hood offer both style and warmth. Because this jacket’s warmth comes from wool, it’ll keep you warm even when wet.

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