The Affordable Coats Our Editors Are Buying to Look Expensive

A chic winter wardrobe might seem like it costs more than a summer one (hey, you have to wear more clothing when it's cold), but it's also easier to look expensive in winter than in any other season. The reason? Outerwear. No matter what you're wearing, throw a nice coat on over it and voilà, your outfit looks 10 times more expensive. But not just any coat will do. We always make an effort to shop for expensive-looking outerwear that's not going to blow our budget for the season in one fell swoop. If that's your MO for winter as well, we're here to help.

Us editors, each basically shopping experts in our own right, named our favorite affordable coats in an effort to inspire your next outerwear purchase. Each of these options looks truly expensive and will, in turn, make your entire outfit look expensive. Keep scrolling to shop our picks, all of which will keep you warm and make you look more stylish this winter.

Anna LaPlaca, Assistant Editor


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Lauren Eggertsen, Editor


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Bobby Schuessler, Market Editor


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Nicole Akhtarzad, Market Editor


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Kristen Nichols, Managing Editor


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Judith Jones, Market Editor


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Erin Fitzpatrick, Senior News Editor


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Allyson Payer, Editor


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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.