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The Best Long Coat Men Wool for Every Budget.

A warm, durable coat is a winter essential, but not every man needs the heaviest puffer or most expensive wool jacket. PEOPLE tested 19 men’s coats to find the best combination of warmth, style and practicality.

The men’s coats in our roundup look stylish enough to pair with a suit, but casual enough for jeans and a rumpled OCBD. They’re also a smart investment, with the enduring fabric lasting for years to come.

1. J.Crew Camel Hair Car Coat

When it comes to winter outerwear, few jackets are more classic than the camel long coat men Wool. Traditionally, the khaki-colored style (which harkens back to camel hair garments, but usually is just wool or a wool blend) has been a wardrobe essential for better than a century. Today, the coat is a go-to for men that can be worn with almost any outfit and adds an aura of distinction to your look.

Whether you’re dressing up for a formal event or keeping it casual for those weekend errands, a versatile coat like this one from J Crew is just what you need. The double-cloth construction is lightweight and weather-resistant. A notch lapel and two hand pockets give it a suit jacket look.

The shirting masters at Theory also offer a modern take on the traditional camel topcoat with this wool-blend option. It’s lighter and slightly less structured than the other option from J Crew, but it still looks great over a T-shirt or dress shirt for those not-too-cold Winter days.

For those who want a more rugged, American West-inspired feel, this Billy Reid Officers Coat might be perfect. The slanted hand pockets, herringbone pattern, and faux shearling trim make this coat a bit more unique than your average topcoat. Wear this coat over a tee or sweater and dark denim for an effortless cool Fall look.

2. Pendleton Wool Trucker Jacket

A tasteful pop of Pendleton wool adorns the front pockets and cuffs of this denim jacket, which is tailored in a modern oversized fit. It features signature logo buttons, chest and onseam side pockets.

Crafted of sturdy, wind- and rain-resistant ripstop wool with Sonora plant-based insulation and cozy Berber fleece lining, this parka is made to stand up to winter weather. Its striped design will add visual interest to your casual fall outfits. Finished with a corduroy collar and snap front, it has two exterior welt pockets and an interior security pocket. Machine washable. Imported.

The angled front pockets and stripe placement will vary, making each coat unique.

3. Johnstons of Elgin Lan Jacket

For the man who is a little further down the classic apparel path than Ivy League and preppy nautical, this Johnstons of Elgin lan jacket is a great choice. It is heavy like a coat but styled like a cardigan, a combination that has been worn for generations. This Scottish company has been making clothing since 1797, and they still can dye, card, spin, weave, and knit raw materials of the highest quality. They manufacture for several other brands and also sell under their own name. Their Balmacaan topcoat is a heavier-than-average, peak-style wool jacket that will stand up to the elements and last for years. It is worth the investment for the style and longevity. This item is a must-have for any serious men’s wardrobe.

4. Balmacaan Topcoat

Few wool jacket long have a reputation as quintessentially British as the balmacaan, but few are as practical, either. Named after a Scottish estate near Inverness, these unstructured overcoats were designed for protection rather than rakish good looks and are typically made in hearty tweeds that ward off wind, rain, brambles, and frost. Usually reaching past the knees, they have a serviceable collar that can be turned up against the elements and a fly front to prevent the horn buttons from catching on branches or thorns. They also feature a full raglan sleeve, which is not only a more comfortable design for wear but allows movement without exposing the inside of the coat to rain and snow.

Paul Stuart’s take on this classic model is an example of the refinement that makes the style so well suited to autumnal weather. Made in Italy from a soft, drapey wool herringbone, it has a relaxed shape and a classic single-breasted button opening. The shoulders are split raglan, as opposed to the set-in style that is the norm, and that further protects against water penetration.

The coat is available in dark herringbone and light grey herringbone (both shown above), as well as a black twill. At around $300, it’s a steal and certainly worth picking up before winter’s icy grip tightens.

Whether you’re dressing up for a formal event or keeping it casual for those weekend errands, a versatile coat like this one from J Crew is just what you need. The double-cloth construction is lightweight and weather-resistant. A notch lapel and two hand pockets give it a suit jacket look.