30 Formal Winter Coats That are Worth the Investment

Kristen Bousquet
STYLECASTER | Winter Outfit Ideas | Formal Coat Styling Guide
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Remember when you were little and your parents used to dress you up in obnoxious, fancy dresses and a big formal coat during the holidays? Then, during the teen years, you hated the idea of getting that fancy just for dinner with the fam. Now that we’re adults, the cycle has come back around and we’re looking for any excuse to deck ourselves out in fancy clothes.

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Formal coats are super-versatile, and don’t just have to be worn on special occasions. If you’re heading to a holiday shindig, you can toss it over your dress or if you’re going to work or brunch with friends, put it on over boyfriend jeans and pair it with a cozy scarf.

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To see exactly how to style formal coats and shop 15 of our favorites on the market now, click through the gallery ahead.

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Formal Coats: The August Diaries
Formal Coats: Jack Haddie Faux Fur Coat

Jack Haddie Faux Fur Coat, $95; at Mixology

Formal Coats: Posh and Spicy
Formal Coats: Lost Ink Backstage Babe Mauve Crushed Velvet Faux Fur Jacket

Lost Ink Backstage Babe Mauve Crushed Velvet Faux Fur Jacket, $184; at Lulus

Formal Coats: Living After Midnite
Formal Coats: Lulus St. Cloud White and Blue Plaid Coat

Lulus St. Cloud White and Blue Plaid Coat, $94; at Lulus

Formal Coats: Ress Amazing
Formal Coats: All Saints Leni Velvet Coat

AllSaints Leni Velvet Coat, $540; at AllSaints

Formal Coats: Rita Lifestyle
Formal Coats: Birmingham Long Bomber Jacket

Birmingham Long Bomber Jacket, $127; at Wild Fang

Formal Coats: Kristina Magdalina
Formal Coats: Coalition LA Into the Wild Hooded Shawl

Coalition LA Into the Wild Hooded Shawl, $84; at Undeniable Boutique

Formal Coats: Aesthetic Distance
Formal Coats: Old Navy Faux Fur Coat for Women

Old Navy Faux Fur Coat for Women, $70; at Old Navy

Formal Coats: The Skinny and the Curvy One
Formal Coats: All Saints Anstey Sherling Coat

AllSaints Anstey Sherling Coat, $2355; at AllSaints

Formal Coats: Julia Fashionista
Formal Coats: Lioness the Vault Blush Suede Coat

Lioness the Vault Blush Suede Coat, $98; at Tobi

Formal Coats: Louise Xin
Formal Coats: Finders Keepers Pyramids Olive Trench Coat

Finders Keepers Pyramids Olive Trench Coat, $190; at Tobi

Formal Coats: The Haute Brunette
Formal Coats: Gerard Darel Gustave Hooded Virgin Wool Coat

Gerard Darel Gustave Hooded Virgin Wool Coat, $1030; at Bloomingdales

Formal Coats: Couturezilla
Formal Coats: Aubrey Peplum Sleeve Coat

Aubrey Peplum Sleeve Coat, $375; at Draper James

Formal Coats: Kenzy Who
Formal Coats: Getting in Tune Striped Jacket

Getting in Tune Striped Jacket, $100; at Nasty Gal

Formal Coats: Nany's Klozet
Formal Coats: dRA Clothing Elia Coat

dRA Clothing Elia Coat, $224; at dRA Clothing

Formal Coats: Kristina Magdalina
Formal Coats: She's So Cold Longline Coat

She's So Cold Longline Coat, $140; at Nasty Gal

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  • Formal Coats: The August Diaries
  • Formal Coats: Jack Haddie Faux Fur Coat
  • Formal Coats: Posh and Spicy
  • Formal Coats: Lost Ink Backstage Babe Mauve Crushed Velvet Faux Fur Jacket
  • Formal Coats: Living After Midnite
  • Formal Coats: Lulus St. Cloud White and Blue Plaid Coat
  • Formal Coats: Ress Amazing
  • Formal Coats: All Saints Leni Velvet Coat
  • Formal Coats: Rita Lifestyle
  • Formal Coats: Birmingham Long Bomber Jacket
  • Formal Coats: Kristina Magdalina
  • Formal Coats: Coalition LA Into the Wild Hooded Shawl
  • Formal Coats: Aesthetic Distance
  • Formal Coats: Old Navy Faux Fur Coat for Women
  • Formal Coats: The Skinny and the Curvy One
  • Formal Coats: All Saints Anstey Sherling Coat
  • Formal Coats: Julia Fashionista
  • Formal Coats: Lioness the Vault Blush Suede Coat
  • Formal Coats: Louise Xin
  • Formal Coats: Finders Keepers Pyramids Olive Trench Coat
  • Formal Coats: The Haute Brunette
  • Formal Coats: Gerard Darel Gustave Hooded Virgin Wool Coat
  • Formal Coats: Couturezilla
  • Formal Coats: Aubrey Peplum Sleeve Coat
  • Formal Coats: Kenzy Who
  • Formal Coats: Getting in Tune Striped Jacket
  • Formal Coats: Nany's Klozet
  • Formal Coats: dRA Clothing Elia Coat
  • Formal Coats: Kristina Magdalina
  • Formal Coats: She's So Cold Longline Coat

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