We hate to break it to you, but winter is on its way and fast. Before you know it, your daily walks and trips to the store will have to include a few extra layers, and those winter jackets and coats will make their way out of the closet and into your daily rotation.

However, if we’re being honest, we know how easy it is for an outerwear lineup to get out of hand. We love it all - puffers, denim, leather, faux fur - but which option are essentials and what's just excess?

To help declutter your wardrobe and make your search for this year's picks a bit easier, we've rounded up the only eight jacket and coat styles you'll need for this season and beyond. Whether it's 75 and sunny, or 25 and brutal, make your life a little easier by learning exactly what to wear and when.

The Perfect Trench