Warm up to winter

This is a great time to refresh your winter look by investing in a new coat. For those of us living in cold climates, a great wardrobe has to include great outerwear. Jen believes in investing in at least three to four high quality pieces that work for different occasions (more casual to dressy) and temperatures (cool to freezing cold). The right ones will last for years.

Aspesi is a terrific Italian designer that makes high quality coats (among other things). Our first three picks are all Aspesi (and all discounted right now). In some cases, sizes are limited, so don't delay. We love the shape of the parka above and it's super warm. It could easily be an everyday coat if you have a more casual lifestyle. Both colorways, the olive (shown above), and the grey, are great choices.

Here's a second Aspesi parka. This one is a little dressier. We love it with the collar up. It's a way to get the benefits of a warm down coat in a slimmer silhouette.

Here's a fun, looser fitting parka from Aspesi in a terrific blue (we also like it in grey). It's will keep you warm and cozy and the longer length is helpful if you want to cover your derriere.

Herno is another fabulous Italian outerwear designer. The first coat, shown in grey but also available in navy, is a gorgeous, warm, thick down that will keep you toasty on the coldest days. It has an asymmetrical hem (longer in the back) - a nice detail.

The second coat is really special. It's an investment piece for sure, but it's also two coats in one. The down sleeves and bib zip out and you're left with a transitional three-quarter sleeve wool coat. The wool coat can be worn over a dressier long sleeve dress or you can wear it casually.

This classic, traditional, wool, three-quarter length coat by Cos comes in camel and black and we love both. It answers the question of what to wear over a dress, but you can also wear it with jeans.

This piece by J. Crew is a great everyday coat with a swing silhouette. The standing collar, hood and prominent zip are all great details. The photo doesn't do it proper justice. It's also deeply discounted right now. We love it in navy, black and red.

This trench coat by Munthe is special. It has a belt that gives the coat multiple possible silhouettes. You can wear it half-open (with the belt inside), cinched at the waist (the classic trench look) or without the belt at all for a modern look. This is a great transition (spring, fall) piece for people who live in colder climates, or an everyday piece for those who live in warmer areas. [It's on major sale right now, too].

This Isabel Marant Etoile shirt-jacket is super fun. It's an easy shape and made of a wool blend that you can throw over workout clothes, jeans or anything casual. It's a different silhouette and a good alternative to a standard jacket. We love the muted red.