We like to think of February as the month of mixed feelings: the warm, fuzzy aura of budding couples and long-time lovers prepping for a romantic Valentine’s Day mixed with the bitter coldness of the single life—er, we mean the amihan season, which is set to reach its peak this month. In case you’re one of those who don’t have a cuddle buddy to get through this chilly, lovey-dovey time of year, we suggest you bundle up in a comfy jacket instead. Below, we round up 10 essential pieces of outerwear to keep in your closet any time a bit of cold comes your way.
Here are 10 essential jackets every girl should keep in her closet:
1. Denim Jacket
Need a no-brainer finishing touch for your OOTD that’s both stylish and practical? No matter the look or occasion, a classic denim jacket will never let you down. There are some denim enthusiasts out there who collect jackets and even design theirs with cool patches, but if you’re going to stick to just one, we recommend a staple formula that you can share with your BF: mid-toned wash, oversized, dropped shoulders, finished off with two front-flap pockets and a button-down design. This piece from Levi’s would do the trick.
2. Knit Cardigan
You can stay warm while keeping your look delicate and sophisticated with a simple knit cardigan like this cream-colored piece from Stradivarius. Throw it on over your fave sundress or usual T-shirt-and-jeans combo when you need a quick bundle-up. It also comes in red, blue, and a darker shade of beige.
3. Trench Coat
For your chilly vacay destinations and out-of-town trips (or if you ever want to feel like a sleuthing detective), a long trench is always a handy piece to have in your wardrobe. Opt for a classic style and hue like on this camel-colored wool coat from Mango. It can be your go-to cover up for breezy settings no matter what outfits you have planned.
For going to big meetings or dressing up casual outfits, a black blazer is indispensable. This single-buttoned blazer from Zara features a timeless, flattering fit suitable for all body types that you can keep in your closet for years. You can toss it on over any casual ensemble to instantly look like you mean business or you can wear it over a fancy cocktail dress in case your night out is a bit chillier than you expected.
5. Rain Coat
It wouldn’t be Manila without the occasional bout of rainfall, so making sure you’ve got a rain-proof jacket in your wardrobe should be second nature at this point. We’re currently eyeing this long black topper from Topshop, which you’ll constantly be reaching for once the stormy season hits.
Give any plain outfit more grunge and attitude with a leather jacket like this cropped Bershka zip-up. The OG biker jacket was invented in 1928, and if you ask us, it’s a closet staple that never goes out of style. Pair it with your fave graphic tee and ripped up jeans to up the ante or use it to contrast against feminine pieces like sundresses and flowy tops.
A parka is always a practical piece to have in your wardrobe. It serves a dual purpose: It protects you from both sudden showers and unexpected drops in temperature. Choose one in a neutral shade like black or navy, so you can pair it with any OOTD. This cool parka from Uniqlo (available in both aforementioned colors) is reversible—it’s like owning two jackets in one!
The ubiquitous army green jacket (a.k.a. military jacket, utility jacket, et cetera) takes inspiration from the M-65 field jacket first used by the U.S. military. It was originally popularized in the 1970s as an anti-establishment protest piece—no wonder even until now, it always adds bad-ass points to your look. If you don’t have one yet, this cropped button-down from Bench would be a wearable variation of the style you can cop locally.
9. Cozy Zip-Up
Dedicate at least one jacket in your closet to comfort and only comfort. Think movie dates, rainy days at home, lazy trips to the grocery, and so on. This black zip-up hoodie from Forever 21 could be that one ultra-cozy jacket you reach for any time you just need to put your hair in a bun, slip into your favorite sweats, and bundle up with zero F’s.
Whether you’re a certified fitness junkie or you just like to squeeze in a quick jog once in a while, a windbreaker is a handy piece to keep in your closet to help block out the breeze and keep your activewear safe from unexpected drizzle. Try this black nylon zip-up from Adidas, which you can also reach for even when you’re not really planning on hitting the gym (don’t worry, we won’t tell). Perfect for that athleisure aesthetic!
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.