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If you're saving your knee-length, "fancy adult" coats exclusively for dressed-up occasions, you're not alone. A utilitarian puffer jacket or an arctic anorak is your day-to-day protection against the cold, but you can't wait to rip that thing off as soon as you get indoors. Though they provide warmth in spades, these toppers really don't do much in the style department.
But, we're here to make the case for breaking out your formal coats for everyday situations. Yes — for jeans-and-sweatshirt days, for pencil-skirt-and-T-shirt days, and booties-and-sack-dresses days, too. Check out these eight examples of women really owning the daytime long coat, and get inspired for the week ahead.
Photographed by Melodie Jeng.