When it comes to outerwear, versatility is key. After all, very few of us have more than a handful of coats and jackets in our wardrobes, and these need to last 6 months or so (or longer, given our temperamental British weather). As such, every girl needs a choice selection of outerwear that goes with anything – and suits every occasion. Take five to survive the big chill with these wardrobe must-haves.

The Timeless Trench

Iconic, classic and oh-so chic, the trench coat ticks every box. Best suited to that tricky trans-seasonal stage just before the temperature really dips, trenches have one of the most versatile silhouettes out there. Choose something in a neutral colour so that you really can wear yours with anything. Beige or khaki colours bridge the gap between smart and streetwise; whatever you’re up to, you’re guaranteed to look sleek and stylish.

The Faux Fur Coat

Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up in one of these? Whether they’re ultra girly or a little bit edgy, everyone loves a faux fur coat. This season, the shaggy faux fur jackets made famous by Kate Moss and co. have been replaced by something less…hairy. That’s right, we’re talking about the teddy bear coat. Sitting somewhere in-between faux fur and shearling, these soft-touch staples have a texture that’s reminiscent of our old teddy bears (hence the name). Seriously, how much cosier could you get?!

The Colour-Popping Coat

Just because the skies are grey, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go bold with your colour choices throughout winter. In fact, colour-blocking is a surefire way to banish the blues come January (trust us, clothes can do that). A sharply tailored coat finished in a primary hue is perfect for making a statement during your commute; pair with monochrome accessories to keep the focus on your outerwear. Pretty pastels also work well; whether you go for an oversized cocoon coat or a daintier swing coat, sorbet shades aren’t just for spring.

The Daily Duster

If you don’t already have a duster coat, now’s the time to get one; you’ll come to question how you ever lived without it! On milder days, dusters are lightweight enough to throw on over your outfit; as soon as it gets cooler, wear it underneath something heavier. They’re also the perfect partner to everyone’s favourite seasonal go-to: the gilet. A classic black duster jacket will see you well into next spring; pair with tailored trousers and a blouse for the office, then throw over your simple skinny jeans and a statement top once the weekend has arrived.

The Hard-Working Waterproof

Practical outerwear no longer means passé. Today, we don’t have to feel frumpy in our raincoats, as heavy-duty waterproofs have been given a fashionable makeover. These days, you can be functional and fashionable, so there’s no excuse not to own a jacket that’s going to keep you dry in even the most turbulent downpours. Keep things chic by looking out for shapelier silhouettes; drawstrings or belted details that cinch-in at the waist will prevent you from drowning (in your coat – not in the rain).

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