As a true Californian, I spent my first East Coast winter assuming my frail body could not handle seasons. Little did I know that the polyester coat I wore in San Franciscan fog was not made for Manhattan blizzards. That's the issue: You never know how bad your coat is until you wear a good one. I've since retired my thin topper for chic, yet practical styles, and now my outerwear collection takes up half my closet. But I'm making room for more, because Everlane just released the best, most basic, coat ever.
Like the brand's ReCashmere line, the Italian ReWool Coat is made from upcycled textiles. Don't worry though, because it looks nothing like some scary Frankenstein jacket sold on Etsy for two thousand dollars. Made of 62 percent recycled wool and 38 percent recycled nylon, the style is as classic as you can get. Priced at $298, Everlane's newest drop is everything you search for in an investment. The double-breasted front is timeless and will outlast any trend, but the slightly oversized silhouette keeps it refreshingly modern. The neckline doesn't cut super low—single-breasted coats make no sense during snowy nights—and you can easily tuck a scarf inside without being suffocated over overstuffed. I stand at 5'1” and it hits me at mid-calf (for taller folks it'll probably sit at your knees like the pictured model).
The real truth is that the colors are my favorite detail. The coat comes in camel, charcoal, and my personal fave, a spicy ginger hue. (Don't even think PSL, or do, but don't tell me about it.) The latter is surprisingly neutral and will match your fall-to-winter wardrobe for the best Instagrams. We doubt you already own a coat in this color, so that means it's a totally justifiable purchase, right?