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elle-00-faux-fur-opener-v-xln With many silhouettes, textures, and colors available for outerwear this fall, it's easy to ditch your basic pea coat and test out different styles. Go beyond your beloved trench and try a sleek robe coat, or for the extra chilly days, go for cozy coat either covered or lined with faux fur. These options prove that warmth and style aren’t mutually exclusive.

The Bomber Jacket Give your fall wardrobe the varsity treatment by adding a sporty bomber jacket. The bomber’s clean lines and athletic fit will give your outfit a fuss-free update. For a classic look, try a unisex version that looks straight out of a John Hughes movie. You’ll receive extra cool points if your jacket has decals or embroidery. Have fun with textures and try a bomber in leather, satin, or quilted cotton. Pair your bomber jacket with distressed boyfriend jeans for an ultra-laidback look or use it to dress down a dress and tights.

The Duster Lightweight fabric and an oversized fit characterize the trench coat’s more laid-back cousin, the duster coat. Originally worn by horsemen to protect their clothing from dust, nowadays dusters are just as stylish as they are functional. The duster is perfect for those warmer fall days when you only need a little added warmth. The longer silhouette of the duster makes an eye-catching contrast with shorter skirts and dresses. Wear classic black or try a plaid print for instant sophistication.

Faux Fur For instant glamour, throw on a faux fur coat this season. If you’re adventurous, try a fun hue like bubblegum pink or a bold print leopard print. Or if you can’t wear fur without feeling like a Muppet, try a jacket with a fur-lined collar instead. Pair your fabulous fur with a LBD and heeled boots for an elegant going-out look or with jeans and a sweater to dress up an everyday outfit.

The Robe Coat A staple on the Fall 2014 runways, robe coats combine style and functionally. Designers like Carven, Altuzarra, and Chloé all showed robe coats on their Fall 2014 runways. Perfect for those cold days when you just can’t seem to get out of bed, the robe coat’s draped silhouette and thick fabric provide optimum comfort without compromising style. Take a cue from fashion bloggers and try a classic camel color or go for a luxurious jewel tone like emerald or eggplant. If you’re worried about being overwhelmed by fabric, cinch your coat with a belt to create shape.

The Cape Rock a cape this fall and you’ll become a style superhero. The cape can work wonders for a simple sweater and jeans or it can give a dressier outfit added luxury. For a preppier look, try a tartan print. If you wanted to take a page from the runway, try a military-inspired style in khaki. Keep your head warm with a hooded version or pair your cape with a chic wool hat.