2012 Winter Coat Style on a Budget
Sometimes when it's really cold outside the last thing on your mind is to look fresh off the runway especially here in New York City where temperatures in January and February can reach a staggering zero degrees.
Choosing winter coats should be about which styles best suit your personal taste, price range and offer an ample level of warmth and amenity. The right choice can make a difference, albeit a positive one that will give you the luxury of being able to wear the coat season after season and not miss a beat, or a negative one where you'll have to dig in your pockets frequently to replace a previously defunct coat.
Classic winter coats like peacoats are always a great choice because they're timeless, sophisticated and adaptable. I purchased my Michael Kors peacoat in 2007 but you wouldn't be able to tell this season due to its elegant tailoring and classic look.
Some people like to take a gamble and wear leather jackets as an alternate to winter coats, this may not sound like such a foreign idea but generally leather jackets do not provide the necessary inner lining to keep your body temperature at ease in sub-degree weather.
If you decide to go with leather jackets your best bet is to layer as much as possible underneath. By going up a size you are ensuring that the jacket will still have a snug fit and you will still be able to keep warm.
Opting for a hoodie under your leather jacket is also a great way to keep warm and chic in the winter. If you are more prone to leather jackets or are a peacoat enthusiast here are a few winter coats for under $80 that will keep you looking great, and also keep you as warm as a hot chocolate cappuccino.