On the coldest days of the year, nothing will keep you warmer than a good coat, 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 $400 or less. Whether you want a subtle pattern, a slouchy robelike option, or something with personality, click ahead to shop our favorites.
The Surprise Favorite
When a wool coat costs $116, it’s fair to be skeptical, but if reviews are any indication, this coat is a surprise winner. It has a timeless silhouette that’s perfect to wear for any occasion.
Available in sizes 0 - 18.
If You Love Bold Details
Yes, plaid is bold, but its loose fit, muted color, and waist tie make this a go-to coat for running errands. Pair it with your favorite sweatsuit and winter boots.
Available in sizes XS - XL.
The Under-$150 Find
This coat is a balance of luxury and comfort. It 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 M - XXL.
If You Love a Dramatic Detail
The voluminous puff sleeves on this elegant coat will make any outfit more interesting.
Available in sizes XS - M.
The One That Looks Vintage
If you like a coat that gives you chic Parisian edge, this is the one for you.
Available in sizes 0 - 12.
If You Love Being Cozy
Being cozy can’t also mean looking put-together. Throw this on (even with sweatpants) and you’ll be good to go.
Available in sizes U.S. 0–18.
The Sale Find
If you’re looking for a wool coat in an oversize fit at a decent price, you’ve found it.
Available in sizes XS–XL.
Because You’re a J.Crew Fanatic
You know what you like. And it definitely includes this cheerful pastel-pink coat.
Available in sizes U.S. 00–12.
If You’re a Minimalist
You won’t find crazy stitching or flashy buttons here, but you can extend the lapels to keep your neck warm when there’s a breeze.
Available in sizes S - L.
The Festive Option
An elegant cherry-red coat feels appropriately merry and bright.
Available in sizes XS – XL.
If You’re Sick of Black
Charcoal is a nice alternative to the sea of black wool coats you see every winter. If you want a teensy bit of color, it also comes in camel and grey.
Available in sizes XXS – XL.
If You Want to Be Slightly Trendy
It’s a coat with a scarf attached; what else do you need?
Available in sizes XS – XL.
If All You Want Is a Good Black Coat
Sometimes the simplest coat is the hardest to find, but this one ticks all the requirements: Clean lines, quality fabric, and sharp shoulders for a tailored-looking fit.
Available in sizes XXS - XXL.
If You Favor Classics
A classic camel coat is necessary for every wardrobe. Its tailored cocoon silhouette is also perfect for layering.
Available in sizes 3XS - 4XL.
If You Love Camel Coats But Want Something New
Why not try camel’s lighter cousin, beige? Sleek lapels and a dropped shoulder make this one look like it should cost twice as much.
Available in sizes XS – XXL.
This article was originally published on November 12, 2020. It has been updated throughout. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.