By Megan Gustashaw.
It's never easy to drop a bunch of cash on something you might not get to wear for a month or two, but when it comes to winter coats, you just have to suck it up. Because by December, the most stylish outerwear of the season will be long gone. That includes this fall's puffed-up, boxy-as-hell down coats. Sure, you'll be able to get your hands on some flimsy "ultra-light" shells and ski-appropriate jackets in a few months but the best time to buy one that'll really win you style points is right now. Now is when you'll find the bright colors, the cool leather detailing, and the square-isn of-the-moment cuts you want. Now is when you'll get the one in your size, for under $500. Here, a few of our favorites to help motivate you to get started.
This story originally appeared on GQ.com.
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