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"大衣" usually refers to a specific type of garment, it should be longer and more formal, something you will certainly take off when you stay indoors. No one would call a tracksuit top("运动外套") "大衣", but you can definitely call it "外套" or "外衣". I think a better translation for "大衣" is "overcoat" or "topcoat". "外套" and "外衣" are pretty much the same, if ...
大衣:coat 外套:jacket 外衣:outfit or more generally the out most cloth you're wearing Consider your situation I recommend you to look for "保暖的大衣" or "保暖的外套". Personally I think “羽绒服"(down wear or down jacket) is a good choice for you. It can be very cold in the north.
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