Affordable Coats Worth Checking Out + Outfits for Casual Holiday Activities

Though the holiday season is one of the colder parts of the year, my family and I are outdoors a ton!  We love walking around to see Christmas lights, spending evenings at the nighttime zoo for shows and more lights, and going to things like Christmas at the Park.  It’s so fun to be outside for all the festivities, but it can be chilly!  Fortunately for us, “cold” here is pretty mild 😜, but in case you’re not so lucky, today’s post is for you!  I’m partnering with JCPenney to share some GREAT but affordable coats to keep you warm this holiday season.  Let’s get straight to them!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.  


Puffer Jacket + Green Sweater + Jeans + Taupe BootsMaroon Puffer + Tan Bag + Green SweaterSkinnies + Maroon Puffer + Tan Bag + Taupe BootsMaroon puffer + Green SweaterMaroon Puffer + Tan Bag + SkinniesGreen Sweater + Skinnies + Taupe Boots + Puffer

Puffer Raincoat
First up is this water resistant puffer jacket.  I tried three puffer jackets, and while the other two also felt really good, this was the warmest and most heavyweight.  But, it’s comfy to wear.  And despite its puffiness, it’s got a REALLY flattering cut!  Seriously.  So so so flattering!  Not to mention this color is gorgeous!  It comes in other colors like black, olive, navy, and pink, but I love the life that this color adds while still being sophisticated and versatile.

Other great features on this coat are a drawstring waist that offers a more flattering fit, fleece lined pockets, slanted pockets so that you can comfortably put your hands in them, a lined detachable hood, and the fact that it’s water resistant!  This is SUCH a great coat!  It’s originally $200, but right now it’s ON SALE for only $70!  Get it HERE.

I paired it with jeans and this green sweater for an outfit I’d wear to look at Christmas lights with my family, to the nighttime zoo to look at lights, or to a Christmas in the park kind of event.

This sweater has been on repeat for the last couple of weeks!  It’s a gorgeous green that is richer in person than in these pics.  (Pretty true color to the website HERE.)  It’s a lighter weight and comfy to wear.  This color is almost sold out, but it also comes in a gorgeous berry, off-white grayish version, and black.  See them all HERE.

Shop the Outfit:
Jacket (size S) |  Sweater (size S) | Jeans (size 6) | Bag | Similar Boots

I also tried THIS coat which was good but not as warm, not as flattering of a fit, didn’t have lined pockets, a drawstring waist or a hood that was detachable.  It made me realize how amazing the one above is!  Size S fit me best.

I also tried THIS shorter coat that has some good features.  It wasn’t microfiber like the one above, but it had a fleece lined removable hood, fleece lined pockets, and elastic around the sleeves to keep cold air from getting up your sleeves.  It’s a bit lighter weight so the one above is still warmer.  Size S fit me best, but it has a *slightly* tighter fit than the two above.


Black Skinnies + black Boots + trench coat + green sweater Black Trench + Black Jeans + Black Bag Black Trench Coat + Green Sweater + Black bag Black Trench Coat + Green Sweater + black Skinnies + Black boots Black boots + Skinnies + Black trench + Green sweater

Water Resistant Trench oat
Another great coat I found is this classic raincoat.  A lot of times I feel like trench coats have too much material and don’t look good when they’re open or aren’t flattering around my hips.  I was shocked that this one fit perfectly!  It’s got a removable hood, single-button closure on the pockets, and looks flattering closed and open.  It comes in khaki, black, and olive and is currently ON SALE!  See it HERE.  Wearing size S.

I paired it again with the same green sweater, but went with black jeans and black boots this time.  This is an outfit you can wear to a Christmas concert, dinner with friends, or a casual Christmas Eve service.

I talked about these black jeans recently HERE, but the longer I have them, the more I love them.  The legs are really, really stretchy, but did not sag or stretch out after a full day of wearing them!  I sized way down to a size 4 though.  I think I would have felt they were saggy if I had gone with size 6.  The ankle is very skinny, which is great with booties and boots.  Can’t speak to fading yet since these are still pretty new in my closet, but so far I’m loving them!  Plus, they are only $18.74!  WHAAAAAT?  Yes!  Find them HERE!

Shop the Outfit:
Coat (size S) |  Sweater (size S) | Jeans (size 4) | Similar Bag | Similar Boots


Shop More Affordable Coats

Here are a few other coats to check out during this sale that have great reviews!  Grab them for yourself or as gifts for you sister or mom.  Also shop kids coats HERE!

Created in partnership with JCPenney




Join PMT Emails for the latest blog posts, style tips, outfit inspiration, new releases, special sale alerts, exclusive giveaways, and behind the scenes peeks!

Previous Story
Next Story

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Do you have a link to the boots you are wearing with the first coat? I’ve been looking for something like that. The trench looks great on you!

  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 7:17 am

    As always, Audrey, thank you for timely and on-point recommendations! I always thought of puffers as feeling really big and overwhelming but this one has such flattering shape, I love it! Also a request – what are the chances of you putting together a quick packing list for winter (I browsed the PMT site and found only fall, spring and summer lists)? I’m sure I am not the only one who would find it helpful – many of us travel to visit family over Christmas. Wishing you and your family all the best this Christmas!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      December 13, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Glad you like it, Monika! Don’t have plans for a packing list for winter, as it’s often the same as my fall one but with more layers underneath and a warmer coat. Lots of people use things from the Winter Challenge too to help them pack.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Bierds
    December 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Love the raspberry coat on you! The jewel tones really complement your coloring ❤️

  • Reply
    December 13, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Do you have a hair tutorial for these loose beachy waves? I’m sure it’s similar to what others do, but I’d be curious to watch!

  • Leave a Reply

    Shopping cart

    Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.