For some, the first signs of cold weather mark a welcome opportunity to pull out the heaps of coats, sweaters, and boots that have been hiding in the back of a closet the last six months. For others, with inclement weather, fresh outfit inspiration takes a backseat to warmth. Luckily, this season there's a statement coat that will manage to please every type of winter dresser: the teddy bear coat, which is way more sartorially democratic than it sounds. Still, how to wear a teddy bear coat will likely iterate based on your sense of style – but no matter if you're a maximalist at heart, or you lean more into elevated basics, you'll feel both cozy and chic in one. This fleeced style toes the lien between being practical and being perfectly cool, too, making it a key transitional piece.
But, because a teddy bear coat isn't always intrinsically easy to style — it's kind of bulky, and is sort of the star of any outfit — you'll also want some key styling ideas to try when you finally break it out in it's camel-colored, fuzzy glory: Opt for a long tawny coat as a polished option for work, and pair it with a fitted midi-skirt, wool turtleneck sweater, and a pair of pointy socked boots. Other renditions of the teddy bear coat, like a colorful fleecy zip-up jacket, is ideal for day or night, and looks fresh with a ladylike floral dress, stacked heels and oversized earrings. And a cropped version looks great with a pair of jeans and boots for a weekend-ready look.
No matter if you opt for traditional or more alternative styles, this is the cold-weather essential that you can rely on not just this season, but in the years to come. Ahead, find four outfit formulas that show you exactly how to wear the classic mainstay, and ensure your winter style is always on point.
Striped Turtleneck + Leather Pants + Mid-Length Teddy Coat
Elevate your typical day look with a sleek pair of black leather pants that pair nicely with a soft caramel teddy coat, and a colorful striped sweater. A coat with a mid-length silhouette and boxier fit, is a great alternative to a heavy wool peacoat or leather jacket, and looks sleek with patent boots and a bright yellow bag.
Caramel Coat + Colored Jacket + Eye-Catching Accessories
When in doubt, always pair neutrals with bolder hues. A long caramel coat is a classic option to wear to work, and looks edgy-yet-approachable when worn with leather trousers, suede boots, and a bright green utilitarian-jacket. Complete the look with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and a quilted shoulder bag.
Corduroy Pants + Cropped Pastel Jacket + White Sneakers
Nothing says statement outerwear quite like a plush printed jacket in icy pastels. To give your seasonal style a new twist, ditch your tried-and-true jeans for a crisp pair of high-waisted corduroy pants you can easily rotate into your lineup. Chunky white sneakers, a ladylike handbag and simple gold hoops are fuss-free accessories you can always rely on and pair easily with a cropped teddy coat.
Chunky Sweater + Oversized Coat + Coordinating Boots
Ensure your seasonal style is never drab with an injection of bold color like a vibrant plush coat in a cherry-red hue, coordinating chunky sweater, and heeled ankle boots. With such a bright color choice, be sure to look for a longline coat with a clean silhouette to avoid having the look becoming too overcomplicated. A classic pair of light-wash jeans and glossy accessories like a high-shine noir handbag outfitted with silver hardware equate to cozy style all season long.