When it comes to keeping cozy and warm in the wintertime, a cozy and warm winter coat will be your best ally. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or hitting the sidewalks of a snow-swept city, ensure that you’re dressed in your warmest best. Here are a few tips for choosing a winter-worthy coat.

Rule 1: Look for quality and prioritize warmth over trends. Don’t sacrifice comfort and coziness for the latest fad.

Suggested coat: Land’s End Women’s Winter Long Down Coat with Faux Fur Hood. This classic, no-frills, deep winter coat will keep you warm despite face-numbing windchills. 600 fill power down a three-piece hood and a mid-calf length ensure that you’ll be protected from all the elements. $139 at landsend.com.

Rule 2: Make sure your boasts a weatherproof outer shell to protect you from the elements. 

Suggested Coat: Defdown Parka by North Face. This practical parka features a GORE-TEX 2L shell, so you can count on staying dry despite the rain, sleet or snow. The attached, fully adjustable hood with its cozy removable faux-fur ruff will keep you warm. This is a parka made for any woman that enjoys playing in the great outdoors thanks to its gusseted sleeves for mobility, zippered alpine hand pockets, and reverse-coil zip vents at hem for added mobility. $450 at Northface.com.

Rule 3: Make sure it has a hood. Much of our body heat escapes from our head so keep it covered with a hat and a hood for an extra dose of warmth.

Suggested Coat: Calvin Klein Packable Puffer. Trendy yet warm, this city smart puffer has an attached hood while remaining sleek thanks to a zipper closure at front and allover chevron quilting with contrast quilting at sides. $129 at Macys.com.

Rule 4: Pockets make for warm hands. And warm hands make for a warm heart. Pockets are practical, plain and simple.

Suggested Coat: Made for more moderate climates, the Rhonda by ScottEVest boasts a whopping 20 pockets. Great for traveling, there’s a pocket for everything so you can avoid carrying a cumbersome purse as you explore a new destination. $250 at ScottEVest.com.

Rule 5: Buy better but less often. Consider a winter coat an investment piece. Keep your eye on quality first, price second.

Suggested Coat: The Women’s Tres 3-In-1 Parka by Patagonia is an investment piece that will keep you protected from the harsh elements for years to come. Insulated with 700-fill-power 100% Recycled Down (duck and goose down reclaimed from down products), it’s waterproof and windproof thanks to its H2No® Performance Standard waterproof/breathable/windproof 2-layer polyester stretch twill shell with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. $599 at Patagonia.com.