Last Updated November, 2017: This post has been updated with new selections for 2017.

Outerwear is an investment. Well-made coats and jackets are expensive; thankfully, much of the time you really get what you pay for. And good outerwear lasts. Classic styles — the arctic parka, the bomber jacket, the raincoat, the field jacket and the motorcycle jacket — eschew trends and will look stylish for decades to come. So play the long game, invest in something worthwhile, and every time you don your coat, know that it’s going to both do its job and look the part.

The Parka

Aphex Parka by Carhartt WIP $405

Bill Down Parka by NN07 $685

Polar Parka by Woolrich John Rich & Bros. $765

Waxed-Cotton Parka by Freemans Sporting Club $950

The Topcoat

Chesterfield Topcoat by Club Monaco $398

Made in New York Double Knit Olive Topcoat by Todd Snyder $798

Double-Breasted Herringbone Overcoat by MR P. $865

Boiled Wool and Cotton-Blend Coat by Simon Miller $1,275

The Bomber Jacket

MA-1 Bomber Jacket by J.Crew $150

Pilot Bomber by Private White V.C. + Todd Snyder $735

Lucien Suede Bomber Jacket by Officine Generale $1,345

Shearling Bomber Jacket by Tom Ford $8,210

The Raincoat

Stockholm Raincoat by Stutterheim $295

Beaumont Raincoat by Oliver Spencer $675

Hooded Raincoat by Burberry $995

Bonded-Cotton Raincoat by Mackintosh $1,295

The Field Jacket

Hunter Coat by Outerknown $295

Mackinaw Cruiser by Filson $395

Tourmaster Jacket by Belstaff $695

Gore-Tex Wool-Blend Tweed Field Jacket by Musto Shooting $900

The Motorcycle Jacket

AR2 Jacket by Vanson $599

Perfect Jacket by Schott $860

Café Racer Jacket by Jean Shop $2,500

Motorcycle Jacket by Saint Laurent $5,250

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John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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