Adrianna Harris
A neutral-toned plaid scarf perfectly accents an olive-toned brown jacket. (Adrianna Harris)

A zebra-print silk scarf lends a sophisticated vibe to the walker coat. (Adrianna Harris)

A cream knitted hat and mittens complete this casual look. (Adrianna Harris)

A red topper adds a fun pop of color to a classic black coat. (Adrianna Harris)

When it comes to dressing for the colder fall and winter temperatures, it's important for style to meet function. We've all had those days where we don the perfect sweater and boots combo just to cover it up with a less-than-stylish winter coat. We shouldn't have to sacrifice warmth for style, and while I love piling on the layers for a seasonally appropriate look, sometimes I crave a simpler, more streamlined silhouette. This is where a great coat becomes an essential for every cold-weather wardrobe.

A sleek, down-filled coat is one of my favorite ways to stay warm while remaining stylish during the colder months of the year. Down-filled coats are extremely warm while still being lightweight, creating a trim silhouette without the need for additional layers.

A down-filled walker-length coat that hits just above the knee is a classic yet versatile addition to your wardrobe. A coat in the black variety can be dressed up with an animal-print silk scarf for work, or worn casual with a fun-colored beanie for weekend sporting events. A red topper, such as the North Face one pictured, is a great way to add a pop of color to your look.

When accenting a look with red, it's important to remember not all shades of red are created equal. There are the classic shades of red, such as the beanie modeled, and then there are both warmer and cooler versions. You want to pick the most flattering shade of red for your skin tone. A classic red will flatter any skin tone and is my personal go-to shade. However, if you have a warmer skin tone (tan, olive or various shades of brown), you can also wear reds that have orange undertones, whereas cooler (paler) skin tones can pull off a red with blue undertones.

If you can't imagine adding another black coat to your closet, opting for a coat in one of this season's hottest colors may be just what your wardrobe needs. An olive-toned brown or marsala red color lends a trendy vibe to the classic walker-length coat. Pairing these colored coats with neutral-toned accessories is a fail-proof way to achieve a cohesive look. A neutral-toned accessory is anything from a tan plaid scarf to an olive hat-and-mittens combo. Keeping the accessories within the gray, cream, olive and tan shades allows the striking color of the coat to take center stage. The cream hat and mittens combo pictured brings a casual feel to the coat, whereas the plaid scarf dresses the coat up while adding in a pop of pattern.

Style and function can coexist when it comes to dressing for colder weather, so invest in a sleek, down-filled coat and bring a little style to your wardrobe this winter.

Adrianna Harris is a student at the University of Mary. She is passionate about gluten-free and paleo living, fitness, fashion and her faith.