Bold fall coats

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The Coat That Makes an Entrance
Bold, extroverted cold-fighters have the impact of accessories.

The Deal (left)
Why be confined to basic, no-frills toppers? Silvery textured tweed is the ideal foil for a simple black underlayer. Among the fine points: balloon sleeves, a generous fit, and a fashionable one-button closure. Spiegel, $119

The Middle Ground (right)
A coat in a soft gray that's kind to most skin tones is equipped with a wind-beating double collar, seams that accentuate the vertical, and a wide "corset" belt (whittles like nobody's business). Mackage, $693

The High End (middle)
Patent leather diamonds and pyramid-stud snaps give this coat edgy allure. The shape is a trapeze with narrow, well-tailored shoulders and space for hips below the raised waist. Marc by Marc Jacobs, $1,200