Confession: I'm in denial that the days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and the temperatures dropping. Yes, that means it's time to start dressing for winter weather. Even though I've just pulled out my cozy sweaters, it's now time to layer on a warm winter coat. As much as I love living in New York City, there's always a point where I struggle to whip up a cute winter outfit—partly because finding an affordable winter coat takes time.
Scouring online at Nordstrom and looking through Ssense's sale section is both the joy and bane of my existence. Luckily for you, I've done some digging to find the best affordable winter coats all under $350. Not only will they prevent you from catching a chill or spending all your hard-earned coins, but each find is also a reflection of the biggest coat trends of the moment, so you'll look hot and stay warm all winter long.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Shearling is back. The material made a comeback on F/W 21 runways in the form of shearling bags, and of course, cute winter coats. But what I love most about this fabric is that its versatility allows it to exist on everything from a moto jacket to a trench coat, making it the easiest winter trend to adopt yet.
Another trend that's back (and I'm very much here for) is the resurgence of faux fur. From fuzzy hats to bags, faux fur can be found everywhere, including on some of the best cheap winter coats. Whether you want a little fuzz around the edges or to get truly funky with your fur jacket, there are a plethora of great coats to shop for right now.
Leather is one of the most beloved winter-ready fabrics often worn by the fashion set. I can't blame them, though, since leather pants, leather suits, and colorful leather trenches are the elevated winter staples that make the cold bearable. Trust me when I say a leather trench coat will change your life.
If you've made it this far and you're still worried about feeling frigid this winter, allow us to introduce you to quilted puffer coats. This quirky style takes our warmest winter coats and gives them a dash of cottagecore with their intricate details and a taste of the clouds with their oversize fits. The result is a coat that you'll want to wear all winter.