You know the feeling: Hooray! There’s finally a chill in the air. Then: Argh! Why don’t I have a nice coat? 

This season, try out a new shape that’s tailor-made for our little-bit-damp, little-bit-chill winters: the sleeveless coat. Basically, it’s a tailored suit vest on steroids--hip-length or longer and medium-weight but with no sleeves.

Of course, you must be thinking, How the hell do I wear a coat with no sleeves? Have no fear: See our styling tips and our favorite shapes.

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Go Pastel

Match a light-colored coat to a similarly toned outfit.

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Topshop ($130)

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Contrast with Your Outfit

This white trench-coat style has a soft flow to it and looks super-sharp paired with all-black work attire.

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Nasty Gal ($68)

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Toss Over Silk

Layer a constructed coat over a silk shirt for textural contrast.

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Mango ($149)

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Keep It Neutral

Throw on a soft, camel-colored wool number over an ensemble and you won’t get overheated on the way to your power lunch.

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Asos ($117)

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Wear Over a Jacket

Still need something cozy over your arms? Wear your sleeveless coat over a leather jacket.

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Get the Look

Rag & Bone ($575)

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