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7 must-have winter coats for less than $100

Author: Canadian Living

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7 must-have winter coats for less than $100

Given that our frigid Canadian winter weather can last for up to six months, it's important to have the right coats to keep you warm, dry and looking stylish all winter long.

But do you have to spend a bundle to stay toasty? We asked stylist Shea Hurley to help us round up seven winter coats (all under $100!) that will keep you warm without breaking your budget.

1. The trench coat
The trench coat is a timeless piece that instantly makes any outfit look polished and chic. It's a closet workhorse: You can wear it in the spring, but it also transitions nicely into fall outerwear -- perfect for those cold, rainy days. (Just be sure to wear several layers underneath.) Wear it with jeans on the weekend, or over a sheath dress during the workweek. The trench is a versatile item that melds fashion with functionality.

How to wear it:
"If it suits you, have fun with this coat and try a shrunken version, or even one in a vibrant colour or texture," says Hurley.

2. The parka
Parkas have come a long way from their popular 1990s grunge days. Gone is the bulk; here to stay are flattering cuts and long, slim silhouettes. The sporty design and utilitarian details make this piece a must-have for any woman on the go.

How to wear it:
Opt for a knee-skimming parka so that your derriere is covered -- key for any hockey mom who has to sit for hours in a cold rink -- and pair it with a wool circle scarf for added warmth around your neck.

3. The puffer coat
On those bitterly cold days, a heavy-duty coat that will protect you from frosty temperatures is a must, and a puffer coat is the answer. When it comes to puffers, avoid the over-padded coats as they will add unnecessary bulk. Since puffers can sometimes look shapeless, choose a style with a figure-flattering belt and in a darker colour that will slim and define your shape.

How to wear it:

"If you like outdoor activities, a cropped puffer coat is great because it keeps you warm but gives you a lot of mobility. A three-quarter length coat gives enough movement to comfortably walk or shovel in," says Hurley, "and is a great option for someone looking for a bit more warmth."

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4. The duffle coat
Originating with the British Royal Navy, the duffle coat is a quintessential preppy piece. Usually made from wool and cut to the knee, the duffle coat is incredibly warm without being too voluminous or boxy. The toggle-style buttons and leather (or cloth) closures make it a unisex look.

How to wear it:
The most modern way to wear this coat is to update it with a jewel tone and pair it with an equestrian-style riding boot to give it that extra preppy edge.

5. The pea coat
The pea coat is undoubtedly a perennial outerwear favourite. This piece has a lot of staying power -- it's always in style from season to season, plus it can easily transition from day to night. Just keep the coat buttoned up to avoid looking boxy.

How to wear it:
"If you have a more petite figure, try one with either a zip-front or single-button detail, so as not to overpower your smaller frame. If you have bigger hips, aim for a length that hits just below the hip."

6. The faux-fur coat
Every woman's wardrobe deserves a fun, unexpected and festive coat for special occasions. A faux-fur coat, especially in an animal print, is a great way to infuse glamour into the simplest of outfits. The key to pulling off such a statement item is to keep the rest of your look minimal, so wear your faux fur over a simple black dress.

How to wear it:

This coat can easily become overpowering. To break up the look Hurley suggests mixing up textures and colours. "Add a touch of colour with elbow-length leather gloves," she says.

7. The cape
The cape is a relatively new classic that holds more style than your average coat. The cape is incredibly versatile and can be worn with jeans for running errands or over a sleeveless cocktail dress.

How to wear it:
For a figure-flattering silhouette, Hurley suggests accentuating your waist with a belt around the cape itself.

Keep these styles and tips in mind the next time you go shopping for a cold-weather coat. They prove that braving the Canadian winter can be done -- all while staying warm and effortlessly stylish.

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