Posted: Sep 27, 2013 9:00 AM
Keep warm season after season with a classicly stylish coat this year. By investing in a flattering and timelss look, you'll always appear chic and polished. Whether you're preppy at heart or looking for a bit of edge, you're sure to find the perfect fit for fall.

First, take a quick survey of your winter wardrobe staples before shopping and you'll be ready to narrow down your ideal look. Will you be layering on the slacks and blouses, skinny jeans and tees or dresses with tights? Consider your go-to basics and how they will pair with winter's finishing piece.

Remember that most classic styles can be found in a variety of materials, ranging from wool, nylon and leather as well as various lengths. So, take your climate into consideration. Do you need a coat that can handle snow, rain or simply a brisk wind? Chances are you'll be able to find a signature style to suit your home town's weather patterns.

Timeless trench

Fall coats- timeless trench coats

Nordstrom, $995

Zara, $119

You'll never go wrong with a trench coat. Whether you love a crisp winter white, classic beige or bold black, a trench coat is always a polished look. These days, designers are offering them in a rainbow of colors and a variety of fabric options. Throw this on daily as it complements yoga pants just as easily as it does a little black dress and heels. It's a fashion work horse. Pick a neutral color and you'll be wearing this for years without looking trendy or dated.

Preppy pea coat

Fall coats- Preppy peacoats

Kohl's, $100

Today's pea coat takes historical inspiration from European and American sailing traditions. The double-breasted style dates back to the navy blue military staple that has kept sailors warm and dry on the high seas for centuries. Keep it classic with a dark blue wool version or pick a bright color and alternative material to suit your sensibility. It wears easily with denim for casual days and makes a great overcoat for chilly date nights. Either way, you can bet on this look feeling fresh for many winters to come.

Modern motorcycle

Fall coats- Modern Motorcycle collage

Nordstrom, $198

The biker jacket is coming back in a big way this fall. But a quick review of style archives proves this trend has made an impact on nearly every generation since the 1950s, and in some circles, it never falls out of fashion. It's a classic way to infuse a bit of edge to your winter wardrobe. Pair it with skinny jeans, leggings or even a dress for a fresh look. The traditional take will be heavy on the hardware and leather and a more modern twist will feature a tailored cut with quilted embellishments. Whichever direction you take it, the motorcycle jacket is a chic choice. No helmet required!

Go big with a high-end version of the trench, pea coat or biker jacket, or find less expensive options so you can play with each classic style all winter long. No matter the cut, you'll be investing in a timeless closet essential.

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