For someone who hates to be cold, I’m not very good at picking places to live. The three cities I’ve lived in–Boston, Chicago and New York–have the kind of winters that make you literally want to hibernate, or at least prompt extreme measures for coping with the temperatures (One time, when I lived in Chicago, I actually wore ski goggles on my morning commute. I might have done this more than one time.)
Anyway, fortunately, there are a lot of great winter coats out there this year that will both block out the chill (and my desire to move to Austin, or Scottsdale), and they’re so stylish, that if you do wear ski goggles with them, you might just start a trend.
My requirements for a great fall coat:
1. It needs to be long. Practicality is of the essence, here, and my thighs are no more tolerant of wind chill than my torso.
2. It needs to be wool, or cashmere, or a blend of the two. Wool/cashmere coats are not only warm, they also don’t add as much bulk as the puffy versions, which is very important when you’re wearing three sweaters and a couple of pairs of long Johns for insulation.
3. It needs to have style. If you’re going to be covered up in something all winter long, it better be cute.
Here are nine of the best long coats I’ve seen so far this season.