5 coats to get your through 2019

After this winter’s erratic and record-breaking temperatures, it’s no longer sufficient to own just one all-purpose coat. For surviving temperature swings and for scoring points on Instagram, you now need an outerwear wardrobe.

Although it’s a bit early to think about next winter, it’s good to prepare now for what will be in stores come fall ’19; if you’re lucky, you might even find a few of these directional styles on sale in February and March.

Here’s a preview of the key outerwear styles you can grab now (before spring gets into full swing) that will still be on-trend come next fall:

Puffer Jackets and Vests: Yes, they’re still the hottest style around, but for fall it’s not just about quilted nylon puffers (filled with real down or down alternatives). Fashion-forward guys will be wearing down-filled quilted coats in corduroy and even fine wool and wool blends. (These fine fabrics are often treated to be waterproof.)

Anoraks: Hooded parkas and anoraks are classics, but this time around you’ll see them in unexpected colors (like olive or orange) and even trendy patterns. Details are all-important here, like special snaps, suede and leather accents and fur-trimmed hoods. You might even consider styles with hidden heating elements to keep you nice and toasty.

Convertibles/Three-in-ones: These practical and trendy jackets often have a removable lining, removable vest and/or snap-off inset bib in matching or complementary fabrics. This means the coat can be worn in one of several ways, protecting you from the elements from early fall through bitter winter weather.

The Classic Leather Jacket:Channel your inner James Dean in this forever classic; choose from buttery soft leathers to distressed looks to faux leathers that are hard to distinguish from the real thing (and faux is the way to go for vegans and animal-rights activists). That said, we still love the real thing and maintain that a fabulous leather jacket is always a wise investment.

The Gentleman’s Topcoat: These come mostly in wool ranging from above-the-knee to mid-calf lengths and, based on designer runways, topcoats will undeniably be the statement pieces of the season. We love them in luxury fabrics and classic menswear patterns (herringbone, glen plaids) but streetwear influences like side stripes, logos and tattoo-inspired artwork will also be prominent. From runway to reality, the future is for the bold!

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