On the coldest days of the year, nothing will keep you warmer than a good down puffer, but extra-cozy outerwear sometimes comes off as schlumpy. That’s where a classic wool coat comes in. It’s the smart basic that you can throw over any work outfit. But if yours is starting to look a little worse for the wear, or you’re just in the mood for a new version, there are plenty of options for $250 or less. Whether you want a subtle pattern, a slouchy menswear-inspired option, or a something with personality, click ahead to shop our favorites.
The Surprise Favorite
When a wool coat costs a mere $65, one’s expectations can only be so high. But if reviews are any indication, this coat is a surprise winner for its flattering fit and shape. We also aren’t mad it can arrive at your door next day thanks to Prime shipping.
Available in sizes XS–XXL.
If You Love Bold Details
Buttons are truly an underrated outerwear detail. The large black ones on this coat create a graphic color-blocking effect against the tomato-red fabric.
Available in sizes US 2–14.
The Under-$100 Find
The structured, slim silhouette means this coat would look just as good with a sheath dress and heels for work as it would with a pair of jeans and sneakers for running weekend errands.
Available in sizes US 2–16.
If You Want to Stand Out
This long animal-print coat will make any outfit more interesting.
Available in sizes XS–XL.
The One That Looks Vintage
Between its tortoise-shell buttons and plaid pattern, you can basically pawn this off as a lucky find from a chic Parisian vintage shop.
Available in sizes US 2–12.
If You Love Being Cozy
The Sale Find
If you’re looking for an amazing wool coat at a decent price, sales are your best friend. It seems like no-brainer, but styles from previous seasons are ripe for the picking this time of year at major discounts. We also love that this coat is available in a wide range of sizes, up to a 24. Good thing plaid never goes out of style!
Available in sizes XS–3X.
Because You’re A J.Crew Fanatic
You know what you like. And it definitely includes this cheerful pastel-blue coat.
Available in sizes US 0–14.
If You’re a Minimalist
You won’t find crazy stitching or flashy buttons here, but you can extend the lapels for a high-collar look.
Available in sizes XS–L.
The Festive Option
An elegant cherry-red robe coat will get you through the holiday season.
Available in sizes US 14–28.
If You’re Sick of Black
Gray is a nice alternative. But you can get this in black or navy, too.
Available in sizes US 2–16.
If You Want to Be Slightly Trendy
The Elegant, Formal Coat
If You Favor Sleek Lines
A clean rounded collar to show off all of your turtlenecks.
Available in sizes US 2-14.
If You Love Camel Coats
Throwing on a camel coat is instant elegance in less than five seconds. Sleek lapels and a belted waist make this one look like it should cost twice as much.
Available in sizes XXS–L.
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