Winter can be really hard on your wallet if you’re not careful. Having a jacket in the winter that will keep you warm and dry is very important, for comfort as well as safety. Unfortunately, this is not always a cheap endeavour. While there are a few things you can do to try and keep costs down, the most important thing is that you get the best quality winter jacket you can, for the money you are able to spend.

That being said, you want to take style into consideration as well! You absolutely do not have to sacrifice style for warmth, or vice versa. You can have both, but finding the right one for you might just take some searching. In the end, it is all worth it though when you find a jacket that will keep you warm while also looking great for many years to come.

There are so many style choices out there, it can be hard to know where to start. There are a few main styles that are popular for a reason – the have stood the test of time.

First up is the pea coat. These are built from heavy-duty wool and will have an oversized collar that you can turn up to protect against rain or spray. It also looks pretty cool.  A pea coat is good for a simple, professional style as it tends to do best when paired with classic pieces.

Next you have the ever-popular trench coat. It was designed as a water-resistant alternative to a heavy wool jacket called the greatcoat, which was worn to soak up mud and rain in the trenches. The trench coat is one of the most versatile coats for winter time. Most of the time they are unlined, but this can be an advantage. You will want to make sure you buy one big enough to layer up, but the lighter weight means it can still be comfortably worn once the weather starts to warm up a little.

If you’re looking for some true warmth without bulk, go for a down coat – down feathers are so fine that you will be nice and toasty without the size. Down coats are excellent for those who are going to be outside for extended periods of time, but even if this isn’t you, you will appreciate the warmth in the dead of winter.

The overcoat is a great option if you are looking for versatility in style. It used to be a symbol of great formality, but these days it works just as well in a casual outfit. It also hasn’t changed much, so every season looks very similar – you’ll never go out of style.  They match perfectly with a pair of smart shoes.

There are plenty of style choices out there, but it is important to remember quality when looking to buy a new winter jacket. In most cases, it is wise to fork over the money for a good jacket now, then spend a fraction of the cost… only to have to spend that fraction year after year. A top-quality winter jacket will not only keep you warm and comfortable in the cold winter months, but it can last for many, many years if taken care of properly. It is something that is well worth the investment.