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Five essential coat styles to get you through winter

Breaking out your coat collection as the temperatures drop can often feel like a white flag of surrender to winter's short days and freezing temperatures. This season, beat the wintertime blues by building a coat collection that will not only protect you from the elements, but also satisfy your sartorial point of view.

With styles ranging from military-inspired to full-on weatherproof, the functional coats from designers like Berluti, Gucci, and Burberry will fit just as seamlessly in your closet as they did on the runway. Click on to discover our must-have styles of the season.

Military-inspired

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When picking a coat that is inspired by military regalia, steer clear of a style that evokes battle-re-enactment costumes by choosing one that features a twist on classic uniform motifs.

Gucci's wool-and-cashmere coat, $US3250 (about $A4300), which features military-inspired lines and whimsical bee insignias on the collar, offers a perfectly playful take on the trend. The classic colour and cut ensure it is endlessly wearable, but the brand's signature eccentric details keep the coat feeling thoroughly modern. (gucci.com)

Duffle

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The classic duffle coat offers a nautical twist on this season's military trend. Made to withstand the harshest winter weather, traditional duffle coats were designed with thick wool and toggles that could be easily fastened while wearing gloves. This version from Burberry, $US2595 (about $A3430), shifts the toggles slightly off-centre for a modern take on the rugged staple. (au.burberry.com)

Camel

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Pairing perfectly with virtually anything underneath it, a well-cut camel coat is an essential part of every well-stocked outwear collection. This season, go with a sharp, double-breasted version, like this one from Saint Laurent, $US4490 (about $A5940). Keep the buttons done up for a more formal setting, or leave the coat open over a thick sweater for a causal day about town. (Available through mrporter.com)

Unstructured

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Many designers sent pajama-inspired looks down the runway this season, with the trend translating into coats reminiscent of your favourite bathrobe. For a more wearable take, look for an unstructured version of your favourite topcoat.

To ensure the style looks cosy instead of sloppy, pick a coat that features soft seams and a tailored lapel, like this navy cashmere style from Berluti, $US4600 (about $A6080). (Available through mrporter.com)

Weatherproof

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When the elements prove to be too much for the average winter coat, break out a full-on weatherproof style from Canada Goose, $US1000 (about $A1320). The brand's Citadel parka is designed to keep you warm in icy winter storms, with fabric and lining proven to withstand temperatures below zero and keep you dry in the thickest of blizzards.

The coat's slim fit and luxurious coyote-fur trim ensures that it is still fashion-forward enough to wear while dashing through the snow between meetings. (canadagoose.com)

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