Statement Coats: How to Embrace Winter's Biggest Outerwear Trend

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Already complaining about the frigid chill you experience each morning on your way to work? One of the best ways to change your outlook on the colder weather is by embracing the change of seasons and giving yourself a reason to be excited about heading outside--and nothing makes us more enthused than a stylish new coat.

While we spend so much time putting together our outfits, our outerwear often becomes an after-thought; a purely functional item with one purpose: to keep us warm. While it's imperative that your coat protects you from the cold, there's no reason why you shouldn't opt for a look that makes a statement just as stylish as the one you're trying to convey with your outfit. In fact, opting for a statement coat can instantly elevate any outfit, (even if it's just your go-to pair of jeans and your favorite sweater).

From eye-catching colors to interesting textures and bold prints, statement outerwear rocked the runway for Fall 2017 at a slew of fashion houses including Prada and Balenciaga. Our advice? Don't be afraid to shy away from basic black this season. In fact, a print can even serve as a great neutral and will work so well with a slew of colors and outfits. And, when it comes to embracing a new hue, chances are navy, bordeaux or mustard will still match all the looks already hanging in your wardrobe.

If you're ready to embrace statement outerwear check out five of our favorite looks below and bundle up in style.

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Topshop Colorblock Check Wool Blend Coat ($195; nordstrom.com)

Checkered coats were one of the biggest outerwear trends on the runway as designers sent everything from classic plaid to bold houndstooth down the catwalk--and you can easily try the trend at home without breaking the bank. From boyfriend jeans to an LBD, this statement coat is bound to update any outfit. Ships free from Nordstrom.

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SOIA & KYO Daphne Maxi Length Coat with Dramatic Shawl Collar ($690; soiakyo.com)

If you prefer a more classic take on outerwear you can still update your wardrobe with this sumptuous navy look from the Canadian brand stylish stars like Meghan Markle and Taylor Swift can't get enough of. Not only is this belted find reversible, but you can dress the look up or down thanks to the removable fur collar, while the length ensures it's long enough to pair with everything from flowing midi dresses to trousers.

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Designer Faux-Fur Coat (149.99, originally $275; tjmaxx.com)

If you rather be home wrapped up in your bathrobe, you're bound to embrace the teddy coat a trend, a look that proved to be popular on the runway at Sonia Rykiel and Chloe. Experiment with texture this season while also serving up a comfy, chic look at a fraction of the retail price.

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Lavand Twill Colorblock Coat ($45 to rent; $246 retail; renttherunway.com)

Not only does this coat incorporate colorblocking but it also mixes textures, making it a standout piece that's perfect for going from desk to drinks, while the dark color palette ensures it'll match most of your outfits. If you're not ready to commit to a statement coat, try it out thanks to Rent the Runway before you invest in the trend.

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Elizabeth and James Alrick Reversible Wool Coat ($447, originally $775; saksfifthavenue.com

The versatile, two-for-one style allows you to instantly switch up your look while the oversized lapels add an effortless, model-off-duty look to any outfit. Use the code FREESHIP for free standard shipping at checkout.