About a year ago, whenever I was buying something to add to my wardrobe, I switched my mindset to focus on its potential cost per wear (each item’s price divided by how many times you’ll wear it). If I was buying something poorly-made that was super trendy that I was only going to get a few wears out of, obviously, the cost per wear would be unjustifiably high. But the things I knew could last for years to come and be worn over and over and over? My cost-per-wear radar would go off, signaling that it was indeed a smart buy.
If there’s one item of clothing that continually falls under the “this fits my cost-per-wear model” consistently, it’s a classic coat. Sure, coat trends come and go, but some are simply forever—and those? Those are worth the purchase every single time.
These are the five coats that will never go out of style, and that will get your cost per wear down to a big, fat $0. Buy these now, and thank yourself for years to come.
1. A Camel Coat
There’s hardly a wardrobe staple as quintessential as a camel coat. They somehow manage to make every single outfit they’re paired with chicer (and it doesn’t hurt that I’ve never seen a person who doesn’t look amazing in camel).
2. A Classic Trench
No capsule wardrobe is complete without a versatile trench coat. There’s a reason everyone and their mother has one: it’s a timeless, recognizable staple that instantly transforms you into a chicer version of yourself.
3. A Plaid Coat
Even if you’re not generally a plaid person, there’s something about a plaid coat that’s just *chef’s kiss.* Perfect for special occasions and everyday wear alike, they’ll dress up your look and give you a Meghan Markle-esque vibe that we’re never opposed to.
4. A Black Wool Coat
You probably already have a black coat in some form, but a black wool coat has a certain je ne sais quoi that you’ll be happy to have for pairing with anything in your wardrobe—and for all-black moments—during the cold seasons to come.
5. A Puffer
For days you just need to be warm, a chic puffer is a must—preferably in a fun print or color. The best part? You can wear them with anything for office wear and errand-running alike. Pair it with a pom hat for maximum winter cuteness.