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How to Buy a Shearling Coat When the Rent Is Due

Styles that won’t break the bank.

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Trendy? Yes. Actually warm? Absolutely. The shearling (a.k.a. sheepskin) coat can rightfully be classified as outerwear’s great compromise.

The style, once regarded as men’s-only due to its popularity among pilots and ranchers in the ‘40s and ‘50s, is a present-day no-brainer for anyone looking for a practical winter coat that’s still stylish. The catch, of course, is that finding a great one that doesn’t equal or exceed one month’s rent is tricker than you’d imagine.

To help navigate, here are a few pairs that hit both ends of the $$$ spectrum, broken down by style.


Missguided Teddy Faux Shearling Coat (above), $76, versus Ann Taylor Shearling Moto Coat 9 (below), $998.


ASOS Suede Aviator Jacket with Faux Shearling (above), $271, versus Topshop Real Shearling Biker Jacket (below), $1,100.


Abercrombie & Fitch Shearling Parka (above), $180, versus Max Mara Sheepskin Coat (below), $2,250.