Outerwear is one of those clothing categories where it's imperative to find the balance between fashion and function. You want your outermost layer to look good, because that's what everyone's going to see. But you also need to stay warm, because there's nothing worse than a cold commute. One of the chicest ways to keep the chill at bay? Polished and professional-looking belted coats that elevate every outfit (and protect you from the elements).
Search no further for the sleek style than Acne Studios' latest outwear release, which boasts multiple silhouettes featuring a belt at the waist. The Stockholm-based label launched its Fall/Winter 2018 collection of coats online and in store on Oct. 11, and it's everything you'd expect. Every piece features the brand's attention to detail and knack for tailoring, as evidenced by each coat's distinct design and unique features – from super-sized pockets to well-defined lapels.
Adding to their appeal is the array of colors and textures to choose from. Since plaid is having a major moment this season, consider Acne Studios' Checked Coat, which is $2,200. It's fashioned in a neutral plaid of white and gray or camel and chocolate, with classic front-button closure and an elegant belted waist. The long coat drops well below the knees, and the alpaca, mohair, and wool blend is pretty much guaranteed to keep you warm – it's an investment piece you can really count on.
For a slightly more daring but equally elevated appearance, opt for the label's Wool Blend Coat in rust orange. The richly hued outer layer is even more eye-catching thanks to its double breasted buttons, oversized lapels, and almost floor-grazing length. The $1,700 style suggests a menswear vibe, but receives a feminine flair with a wide belt right at the natural waist. Wear it over wide leg trousers and a patterned silk blouse for a modern look.
Love the look of puffer jackets, but fear your form gets lost beneath the layer of down? Acne Studios updated the ski slope style to be streetwear worthy with its Down-Filled Coat, in a wear-with-everything shade of olive green. The $1,200 coat is equal parts utilitarian and feminine, thanks to the cool exposed zipper, wind-proof standing collar, and, naturally, a drawstring that cinches the waist for a belted effect. Easily style this topper with jeans and stompy boots, or wear over a body-skimming knit maxi dress for an unexpected take.
The options for elevated outerwear don't stop there. Acne Studios turned out plenty of other polished coats that give winter dressing a much-desired dose of style. Browse some of the best cold weather coverings below, and come winter you'll actually be looking forward to that unavoidable drop in temperature.