There’s simply no denying the power of great outerwear, as everyone at some point will have owned that single cover-up that kept us warm, boosted our mood on the greyest of days, and made a simple jeans, tee and trainer combo feel infinitely cooler, with minimal thinking. Yes, to say a coat is the foundation of a chic winter wardrobe is an understatement to say the very least.
Now, then, as our favourite stores start dropping in new-season collections packed full of must-have styles – think Zara, Topshop, Mango and more – we bring you our rundown of the very best buys, whatever your budget.
You should know that style-wise, very little has changed since last winter. Both on and off the catwalks, heritage checks reign supreme, while animal prints of every variety are key. Alongside statement prints, powdery pastel tones remain a must-have, while classic camel hues are considered ultra-chic, as are trench coats and anything with a statement sleeve.
Whether you’re in the market for something casual that you can throw-on-and-go – try cropped, faux fur options in rich autumnal hues – or a tailored mid-length style to revitalise your 9-5 wardrobe, right down to those long cosy belted iterations ideal for layering over knitwear and midi dresses – you’re guaranteed to find your new winter coat here.
The hard part? Choosing a favourite. Scroll below to shop our edit of the best women’s winter coats.
Leopard Faux Fur Coat
Your weekend wardrobe needs this. Style yours with white denim, black suede ankle boots and a crew neck knit, or try slinging this timeless coat style over your LBD and finish with ‘90s style strappy sandals during party season.
Faux Fur Zip Up Jacket
Some coats are all about practicality, while others mostly deliver on style. This Topshop iteration promises both and it’s under £100. No brainer. No surprises, then, that this cosy cover-up comes under Topshop’s helpful ‘trending now’ section, which is a surefire indication that it’s about to sell out. Be sure to secure yours before it’s gone.
Checked Coat with Gem Buttons
If minimalism isn’t your thing, head straight for Uterqüe and choose between the many standout coats lining the virtual rails right now. This checked coat tops our wish list, if not for the cheery checked pattern, but the dazzling gem buttons shaped like flowers.
Mirela Anorak Puffer Jacket
This colour blocked down jacket offers a street wear silhouette with a playful attitude, it’s hard to imagine a grey winter day with this one. Zips at the side open the coat up a bit for a looser fit should you like to show off high waisted trousers or a statement belt. The super snuggly front pockets and elasticated cuffs work double time to keep you warm but it’s the bright and flirty colour pairing we’re loving the most.
Samsøe & Samsøe are masters in all things Nordic chic, combining modern art aesthetics and feminine prowess into unmistakable designs and this gem of a jacket is a perfect example.
Utilitarian Dark Green Coat
Bored of smart navy coats for the office? Consider green, instead. It’s one of the colours of the season, but it’s subtle enough to be versatile and mix-and-match with all your sensible separates. Try teaming yours with wide-leg trousers, block heels and a striped button-up shirt.
Harriet Coat by Sabinna
A truly special coat you will get a lifetime of love out of. Constructed of 100 per cent merino wool, the simple yet unique details of the Harriet coat create a timeless silhouette without ever looking old fashioned. The perfect shade of mustard adds an elegant flush of colour and the tailored waist loans a particular sophistication. The sweetly adorned tie accents at the arm inject a high-fashion element that set this coat apart from the winter pack.
Cashmere & Leather Oversized Love Coat
It’s official, we are in love with the love coat. Wear it over absolutely anything to rival the style set from Tokyo to Paris, made by Vols & Original, the highly enviable London based brand known for their custom creations this is a statement coat built for lifelong love. The sculpted shearling heart pockets are the most obvious of glorious details but the cashmere construction and searing pop of red leather deserve their own applause.
Oli Ivory Trench
A trench coat is a classic and something you can wear with every single item in your wardrobe. This season, Rejina Pyo has put her spin on the beige belted hero, offering up a faux leather option, complete with wooden buttons in a subtle crinkle finish.
Camel has long been considered chic, and fashion’s obsession with camel coats shows no sign of slowing any time soon. H&M has your double breasted iteration, complete with waist-cinching belt. We’re styling this with snake printed knee boots, a silky skirt and a cosy, oversized knit.
Grey, belted with a cute collar and a slightly cuffed sleeve – this one is all about the little details. Wear yours cinched at the waist with slim jeans and trainers, or style open and loose with a swishy dress and heeled boots – you’re going to wear this on repeat.
Good news practical coat fans, the puffer is back and chicer than ever. If you’re unconvinced by the rainbow of iterations currently favoured by the style set, why not nod to the trend in this Ganni option? Best worn with indigo denim or a floral printed dress and jumbo trainers.
Sea Ethno Pop Checked Coat
Looking for something oversized to make a statement? Go for something colourful and checked with a wide lapel. The loose-fit shape makes this perfect for layering over winter separates on the weekend, plus, this’ll look every bit as stylish over a smart midi and heels for work.
Inject a shot of colour to your winter wardrobe with a pink faux fur coat. Stine Goya’s powdery version will look achingly cool worn with similar tones, top-to-toe. Or, why not try styling yours with cream knits and ankle-grazing jeans?
Tibi Gingham Overcoat
When it comes to investment pieces, we’re rethinking our approach to print, colour and shapes. Now, prints like leopard, polka dots and gingham are considered perennially chic, and something to invest in heavily. With that in mind, we’re trying to think of one good reason not to snap-up this overcoat from Tibi.
Zara Long Coat with Belt
You just can’t beat a robe-style belted coat for versatility. Lucky for us, Zara has just dropped a number of styles to see us through the depths of winter and beyond. When choosing your new coat, be sure to always go one size up to leave plenty of room for your chunky knit underneath.