Four Coats Leading into Winter

By Olivia Kaiser on November 11, 2013

Most of the leaves have left the branches and are lying on the ground in piles. Iowa’s quick few weeks of “fall weather” are moving out of the way making room for Grandfather Winter to settle in for a few months. In his bags are bitter winds, snow and ice, and cloudy days. Of course, not everything winter brings is terrifying; with the Holiday season comes sweet treats, eggnog, big feasts and presents to show our love and warm us from the inside out.

But the fact remains: chilly days are about to turn pretty frigid. What does that mean? Simple…coats.

The problem is, is that those heavy, down-filled winter coats are sometimes brought out of hiding too soon. Even though it is too cold to wear that green army-cargo coat you’ve been wearing since September, it is still warm enough where you start to work up a sweat walking to class with the heavy coat weighing on your shoulders.

So, what do we do in this time of despair? Is there really a coat that will fit this awkward temperature? Yes.

1. Columbia Women’s Zenith Vista II Trench Coat ($229)

Columbia Zenith Vista Trench Coat
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This twist on the ever classic trench coat is perfect for that transition between fall and  winter (it looks warm enough that you could probably wear it throughout both). The Columbia Women’s Zenith Vista II Trench Coat, comes in plaids and solids in colors ranging from black to red. With a removable hood, it offers just the protection you would need from that harsh wind when walking to class. Though it isn’t water proof, it does have a light resistance to sprinkles. On a gear review it had nothing but positivity to share!

To find this coat, a good place to look would be at Scheels, Zappos, and Columbia’s website itself.

2. Express’s (Minus the) Leather Sleeved Ruffled Trench Coat ($128)

(Minus the) Leather Sleeved Ruffled Trench Coat
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Another play on the trench coat theme, this khaki timeless coat helps show off your edgy side with black leather sleeves. It would be great for those nights out with friends, meeting up for business affairs, and even just going to class. It is definitely the type of coat you could make your own when wearing it. The ruffles on the collar add a girly and flirtatious aspect, complimenting those intense sleeves.

This coat is found at Express.

3.  Worthington Cutout Military Coat ($80)

Worthington Cutout Military Coat
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Wool is always a good bet when deciding on what warm coat to wear for the day. This Worthington Cutout Military Coat will definitely keep you warm while looking classy as you walk into the coffee shop. It is the type of coat you can wear for multiple seasons and not have to worry about it “going out” any time soon.

This coat is found at JCPenney.

4. Calvin Klein Houndstooth Cape Coat ($160)

Calvin Klein Houndstooth Cape Coat
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Cape Coats are IN! And looking at this Calvin Klein houndstooth coat, it is easy to see why. Houndstooth is a stylish pattern to begin with, but turn it into a coat with a little faux-leather and bam! you have a fabulous coat left over.

This coat can be found at Macy’s.




Those four coats are sure to keep you warm and stylish as we head into the wrath of winter. So don’t let those marshmallow coats come out before they need to! Leave them for the below-zero weather and blizzards.

I attend the University of Iowa, double majoring in Journalism and English. I enjoy reading the classics with a cup of coffee (hold the sugar, please!) and catching up on my fashion and gossip through magazines, like Cosmo and Vogue. I believe in leading a healthy and active lifestyle, with Track & Field being my favorite sport! I'm a small town girl with big city dreams!...Oh! and I love popcorn!

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