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.
"I have a theory that a biker jacket makes any outfit look infinitely cooler, so I'm putting it to the test with this shearling-lined version. I have my eye on the ecru color, which I can already imagine will go so well with winter neutrals."
"Every season I pretty much wear my camel coats to death. In other words, it is definitely time for a new one. This affordable slouchy version from Topshop has that expensive-looking color I always hunt for with just the right length."
"I already own a cropped faux-fur coat, but this winter, I would like to invest in one with longer proportions. Since chocolate brown is a color on the rise, this one from Mango is topping my must-buy list."
"This is my favorite coat purchase of the fall season so far. I'm still floored at how incredibly luxurious this super-soft suede trench coat feels. While it's definitely on the more lightweight side (too thin for freezing winter temps), it's absolutely perfect for the pleasant autumn season. The hue is gorgeous—a rich khaki brown that will go with everything in your closet."
"Yes, I'm aware this is more of a jacket than a coat, but I'm currently sweating it out in 80-degree heat along with the rest of Southern California. Plus, this is roomy enough to layer a super-chunky warm sweater underneath. House of Sunny is my favorite British brand for on-trend, affordable pieces, and this quilted jacket is at the top of my list."