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Top 10 Investment-Worthy Outerwear Styles

10 Must-Have Jackets And Coats You'll Wear For Years To Come

10 Must-Have Jackets And Coats You'll Wear For Years To Come

Different situations call for different outfits, especially when it comes to choosing the proper layer of outerwear. Whether you’re looking to elevate your “going out” outfit, want to look polished and professional during your next work meeting, or simply need to protect yourself against the elements, there’s a jacket or coat for every occasion. To lay out the necessities and help you find the best outerwear pieces to invest in, we rounded up 10 jackets and coats every woman should have in her closet. Each of these jacket styles is timeless; their classic designs, styles, and fit make them easy to wear for years to come. From blazers to leather jackets and puffers to raincoats, the following ten jackets and coats top the list for the best outerwear worth investing in. Scroll through to shop from brands like Rag & Bone, Patagonia, and Banana Republic and find a few staple pieces to add to your growing wardrobe. Opening image: jcrew.com

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January 15, 2019

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IRO Unplug Jacket
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IRO Unplug Jacket

THE TWEED BLAZER: This classic style-staple has been reimaged by contemporary label IRO. We love a good tweed blazer for year-round wear. 

STYLE WITH: Wear with a pair of ankle dress pants for a business casual look, or dress it down a bit with jeans and a pair of pumps.

Rag & Bone Windsor Blazer

THE CLASSIC BLACK BLAZER: A simple black blazer is essential in anyone’s closet. Dress it up or down; you’ll have a classic look, either way, you wear it.

USERS SAID: “Beautiful piece- classic with impeccable tailoring, looks great both buttoned & open.”

Banana Republic Maxi Trench Coat

THE TRENCH COAT: A must-have for the spring and fall seasons, the trench coat keeps you dry, warm, and stylish. 

LOVED FOR: Grab up this olive green version by Banana Republic for a twist on the classic. Act fast though, as their top-rated trench coats tend to sell out fast! 

The North Face Venture 2 Waterproof Jacket

THE WEATHER-PROOF JACKET: Protect yourself from everything from pouring rain to moist climates with this durable waterproof jacket.

LOVED FOR: Being lightweight and breathable 

Patagonia Nano Puff Water Resistant Jacket

THE PACKABLE PUFFER: Pack this into your backpack and throw it on to add a warm, water-repellent layer for all kinds of outdoor activities.

USERS SAID: “I was looking for a light jacket that would keep me warm on a cold winter day, but also be useful all year—and this fit the bill. It is light, but not like most rain jackets—it has enough puff to be a winter jacket.”

Lauren Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Reefer Coat

THE DRESS COAT: A winter staple, this wool dress coat is an effortless way to elevate any look while remaining functional.

LOVED FOR: The fitted design that’s still roomy enough for wearing layers underneath

Smythe One Button Blazer

THE FITTED BLAZER: A fitted blazer offers a more tailored, modern look ideal for layering over dresses and denim.

USERS SAID: "You can wear this beautifully tailored blazer with literally any outfit in the fall and then again next spring. It's timeless and well made. Be prepared to receive multiple compliments."

The North Face Metropolis II Hooded Water Resistant Down Parka

THE PARKA: Invest in this 550-fill goose down parka and never fear a below-freezing day again. 

USERS SAID: "This is a beautiful jacket. It is flattering, fits well, covers all the right places that need to be covered in the winter. It is light, yet very warm. I love it!" 

BLANKNYC Morning Suede Moto Jacket

THE SUEDE MOTO JACKET: Best for layering over any casual look this fall or spring, a suede moto is a must-have worthy of the investment. 

USERS SAID: "This is my new favorite jacket. The material is such high quality and the cut is so flattering! With that and the fact that the coat goes with everything, it's worth the splurge. It will be a staple item that will get a ton of use."

J.Crew The Downtown Field Jacket

THE MILITARY JACKET: The utilitarian design is a classic look that’s equally as functional as it is stylish.

STYLE WITH: Dress it up with flats or booties, or keep it casual with jeans and your favorite pair of sneakers. 

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