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There's no way around it: coat season is here. Whether you love the opportunity to layer up or loathe everything a coat represents (coldness, namely), everyone can use a little outerwear inspiration. It's the shell you'll be spending the next few months in, and picking a style that makes you happy to put on will go a long way. Escape the habit of habit of drab wool peacoats and hard-working (but unflattering) puffer jackets with four of the coolest outerwear trends we've spotted on real girls in New York and Paris.

Longer Lengths

Give your daily uniform a cool new proportion with an ankle-grazing duster jacket. Look for something in a light color like khaki or off-white for a polished effect that's amazingly versatile (looks just as good with tattered blue jeans as it does with a black sheath). Trench styles look especially good in this new, elongated silhouette, and are a great pick for those in climates that cool down but don't get freezing.

Bold Color

Pictured above: six very convincing arguments for giving your black and navy coats a rest. Try a bold color like acid yellow, teal-blue, or berry; they work just as well with wardrobe basics like black, white, and denim but are much cheerier to throw on (also, have you ever walked around on a gray day in a colorful coat? The world literally and figuratively smiles at you). Pick up a style with some texture — faux-fur, velvet, or satin— for extra impact.

Tailored

Structured, blazer-like coats are an easy way to finish off a simple daytime look. A slim, classic style (like those on the bottom row) are a polished topper for simple sweater/jeans, blouse/trouser outfits. Something more oversized (like on Kylie Jenner, top left) works well to balance out skin-baring outfits.

Back Interest

Biker jackets, bombers, and even trench coats look that much cooler with an unexpected back graphic. This is a good way to freshen up a coat you already have, just eBay some cool patches and get to stitching (or safety pinning).

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