Time to Buy: The Perfect Coat

Fall and winter’s must-have coats are in! It’s time to buy that perfect coat, your signature look for the season. Your coat is a statement maker, an outfit topper, and, hopefully, a style stealer. The peacoat is back, but better than ever in pop colors like plum, teal, and plaid. The trench is also big; look for it in a calf-sweeping length. But 2011’s trends are really in the details: fur hoods and collars are huge, as is leather trim. Another trend to steal for yourself? Contrasting sleeves. Use these styles as a guide for your quest to the perfect coat:

1. Diane von Furstenberg Mid Dietrich Peacoat ($495)
Plum perfect, but technically “raisin red” according to DVF. Classic shapes in pop colors are a sure fire way to make a statement this season. This color will brighten up the dull gray days of winter, while its trim, double-breasted cut will pull your look together.

2. See by Chloé Double-breasted Wool Coat in Camel ($995)
Chic when belted at the waist, carefree when worn open and loose over layers. You just can’t get it wrong with a smart, neutral trench. Rich camel color in a long, calf-grazing length.

3. Temperley London Leather-trimmed Shearling Coat ($3210)
Fun begins with fur. This Temperley London nails several trends all at once: contrasting leather sleeves, leather trim, and a fur collar. Open or closed, this coat sets the style standard wherever you go.

4. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Wool and Cashmere Blend Coat ($800)
Pretty in peach! Feminine and flirty, this warm, rosy-toned coat is sure to put a little spring in your step. Accentuate your curves with its slim bow-tied waist and full, fun skirt. Front slant pockets with side zip and double snap collar.

5. Alexander Wang Aviator Tailcoat ($1995)
Hip hybrid. Alexander Wang combines two iconic styles to create one hip coat: a tuxedo tailcoat and an aviator. Leather trim, elbow patches, and tabs provide plenty of visual interest, but its long tail and oversized collar are the real statement makers.