Winter is officially here – no matter what the ambiguous Colorado weather may have to say about it. If you live here you probably own a few jackets – maybe a wool peacoat, a leather jacket, a warm down jacket and something sporty and utilitarian like a North Face. Am I right? Well, it’s time to add another outerwear option to your winter wardrobe.

Dusters, or floor skimming jackets, are this season’s coat of choice. This outerwear style was originally worn by horseman to protect their clothing from trail dust. Today, dusters are made to keep us warm keep us in vogue.While styles can vary in fabric, shape and general design, the silhouette hits below mid-calf, exuding a dramatic look.

Fall 2011 runways were chockfull of the cool coats. Prints were a popular choice – Marc by Marc Jacobs interjected a a fall-like stripe print  into an asymmetrical duster, while Y-3 and Yigal Azrouel opted for plaid prints. Ralph Lauren went for a whimsical and colorful design, while  Michael Kors created a modern,  sweeping suit jacket.

Whether you wear the duster for warmth or style, this coat is the your new winter staple.

Dusters can be found at: Macy’s, zappos.com, overstock.com, bluefly.com, barneys.com

*Photos courtesy of Getty Images

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