Five outerwear pieces every woman should own
The Camel Coat
This straight-out-of-the-'70s staple has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity, thanks in large part to Phoebe Philo and her minimalist work at Céline. Like a warmer version of the traditional trench (more on that later), it's a classic piece you can pass down to your children someday. Click through to shop more camel coats.
Max Mara Manuel Classic Coat, $2,191, matchesfashion.com
Whether you call them parkas, anoraks, flak jackets or something else entirely, there's a reason these weatherproof hooded wonders are such a popular choice. Usually found in khaki and olive, they're particularly good over casual weekend outfits. Click through to shop more parkas.
Gap Twill Parka, $168, gap.com
This military-inspired piece is ultra-warm, slightly androgynous and ideal for layering. Whether you choose one that hits right at the hip or slightly lower, it'll serve you well season after season. Try a peacoat in a classic neutral, bold jewel tone or even a natty pattern like plaid or houndstooth. Click through to shop more peacoats.
J.crew Tipped Peacoat, $238, jcrew.com
A wardrobe workhorse that's been worn by everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Gwyneth Paltrow, a good trench instantly polishes any outfit. Many come with removable linings and waterproof finishes—perfect for tricky transitional weather. Click through to shop more trenches.
A.P.C. Trench Coat, $560, barneys.com