Everyone’s always talking about trying to keep cool in the summer, meanwhile I am over here, every year, trying to remember how to keep cool in the winter. It’s hard, but I suspect it doesn’t have to be. All you need is one coat that carries you through the chilly fashion slumps, that brightens your morning commute by virtue of, say, lavender colored plumes or blue teddybear fuzz. I’m just spit-balling, of course, but I can rationalize it:

After you’ve lived in a cold weather climate for long enough — let’s call it at least two winters, if not three (because some of you Californians, and I’ll include myself in this, like to pretend that a leather jacket plus a scarf is warm enough) you have likely stocked your closet with at least one practical, parent-approved anorak. I’d bet that you also have a thin, packable “layering” puffer that heats up hotter than a handful of ski beans, and long underwear. If this is the case, congratulations. You have graduated from How to Stay Warm in Winter 101!

Which means it’s time to get thinking about your whackadoodle winter wonder-coat. It’s time to embrace your furry fantasy. It’s time to compete with ice cubes over chill factor.

Enter stylist Nicole Chapoteau, long-time New Yorker and no stranger to dropped temperatures, not to mention mom of two, which makes her a bundling professional. She styled three women — Coco Mitchell, Laura Medine (Leandra’s mom!) and Junko Geisler, today’s models — in the coolest coats this side of the North Pole.

Can’t decide which one to try? Me either. Walk with me then, won’t you, through this cozy snow globe of a journey to decide which cool coat is right for your hot soul.

If you’re so bored of black anoraks that you fear you might fall asleep while crossing the street in one…

Might I suggest this pinkish/lavender-y fluffy monster coat?

If you’re not ready to get too crazy (in fact, you prefer the classics) but you’re craving something different…

This white J.Crew marshmallow is mighty toasty.

If you’re a cat person…

Meow.

If you’re a puffer-layering pro* and need a slick overcoat…

This is the icing on top.

If you want to finally try color — this is the year, you swear! — but it still kinda makes you nervous…

Maybe baby blue could be your new neutral.

If you got this far along and realized you actually, oops, don’t own a proper puffer…

No time like the plaid/present!

And remember: stay cool, but don’t freeze.

(*On extra cold days, no matter the coat you choose, layering your thin puffers and long underwear underneath is always an insulation game-changer.)

Photos by Edith Young; Styled by Nicole Chapoteau; Modeled by Laura Medine, Junko Geisler and Coco Mitchell of Iconic Focus; Hair and makeup by Ritsu Hirayama. Photographed at a Breather

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