From Taylor Swift and Olivia Palermo's Colorful Coats to Emma Stone's Tweed Topper: 25 Reasons to Ditch the Black Coat (PHOTOS)

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There's no better excuse than the start of a New Year -- and winter's cool arrival -- to invest in a chic new coat.

After all, your outerwear will likely be your most visible item in your winter wardrobe for the next few months. But this year, resolve to liven up your outerwear by trading that basic black coat in for a brighter, statement-making topper.

To inspire your stepped-up style, we're looking to all the stars spotted cozying up under the season's latest outerwear styles during the holiday season.

From Jessica Biel's collarless gray style and Taylor Swift's red toggle coat to Blake Lively and Emma Stone's array of urban-chic outerwear and Olivia Palermo and Pippa Middleton's bevy of ladylike toppers, as these stylish stars prove, a great coat can instantly upgrade your entire winter wardrobe.

From the new neutrals -- oxblood, navy, and beige -- to crisp winter whites and modern grays, from vibrant oranges and reds to regal purples and wintry patterns, this winter's hottest outwear styles come in anything-but-basic black.

To help you make a stylish statement with the most visible element of your winter wardrobe this year, we've rounded up the chicest celebrity coats guaranteed to inspire you to liven up your outwear.

Get inspired by these chic celebrity coats and shop the looks for less here.

What are your tricks for instantly upgrading your winter wardrobe?

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