Winter coats are the staple in any wardrobe, and this season we've been overwhelmed with choice: Marie Claire edits the best winter coats of 2016.
The silver lining to the clouds in the sky is the promise of snuggling up in the best winter coats. With everything from pastel pinks to the best faux fur coats leading the trends this season, we can’t wait to stock up.
With the weather as unpredictable as ever, no doubt be needed right up until next April – the winter coat is one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe.
And there’s something out there to suit every style this winter, too: Puffas, parkas, Yeti-like chubbies, right through to sharply tailored numbers, as well as no-fuss longline woolly confections – the perfect winter counterpart to summer’s lightweight duster coat.
So what’s in-store? And what do you need to know about this season’s best winter coats? Well, there’s something for everyone. Marie Claire has trawled the rails and online stores to hand-pick the best cover-ups for all tastes and budgets, from the high street heroes that’ll have you doing a double-take on the price tag, to investment winter coats you’ll be cherishing for years.
New season styles to consider are the Marks & Spencer full-length military inspired coat (you’ll need to snap this gem up quickly though as it’s sure to fly off the shelves), the ultra-fluffy Shrimps number and the gorgeously cosy Whistles grey coat are all sure to be sell-outs this season.
Length-wise this season, the longer the better is the sartorial mantra. Though cool midi styles will look equally chic when teamed with cropped tailored trousers, an on-trend turtleneck and statement boots or fuss-free trainers.
This season’s line-up is brilliantly diverse, so this winter’s coat edit comes with a caveat: you may find yourself wishing for extreme cold just so you can pile them on all at once. Credit cards at the ready, scroll on to shop the best winter coats now.
We love the vintage, ladylike feel of this coat from Monsoon. The cool navy colour and faux fur stole are the ultimate in chic Autumn/Winter 16 styling.
Half-cardi, half-coat and very, very cool.
This classic camel coat will look great with a cosy tartan scarf and patent ankle boots.
This sleek and light weight coat is perfect for the changeable weather.
This super-long coat from M&S will make you feel like you mean business as you sweep into the office.
A parka feels like a wearable sleeping bag – ideal on cold, dark mornings or for crisp country walks.
We love the deep cuffs on this & Other Stories coat. It’s subtly stylish and perfect for minimalists.
With all the 90s throw backs we’ve been reviving, a puffa jacket was inevitable. Embrace the volume in this Balenciaga-style version from Urban Outfitters.
With its contrast trim collar, this is the coolest coat on the high street.
Military coats are a huge trend this season and this khaki peacoat from M&S is just perfect with its authentic buttons and double-breasted shape.
This classic grey coat from COS comes with a nifty hood, ideal for days when you’re caught short without an umbrella and have JUST washed your hair.
Wear this relaxed mannish blazer over boyfriend jeans and converse at the weekend for a cool, casual look.
This smart coat is perfect for work or formal events with its luxe lapels.
Lined in luxurious faux fur, this Monsoon coat is full of model off-duty vibes. With an exaggerated shawl neckline, throw this on over jeans and a simple cashmere jumper to feel instantly dressed up.
The cute embroidery on this coat will invigorate you on cold and crisp winter mornings.
This elegant funnel neck coat is perfect for those who feel swamped in big coats.
Meet the Kimono-coat: it’s as comfortable as it is stylish.
This oversized cocoon coat is perfect for weekend strolls, layer as much as you like beneath it for complete cosiness.
Does exactly what it says on the tin, swaddle yourself in this chic blanket coat on cold winter mornings.
The emerald colour of this lightwieght trench will brighten up your days as the evenings begin to get shorter.
This vintage-inspired coat comes with a faux fur collar to snuggle into on crisp autumn days.
Trying to move away from wearing all black? Try this forrest green coat instead.
Nail the popular 70s trend in this luxurious, honey-coloured suede coat.
This fashion-forward cape coat by Topshop Boutique is perfect for anyone looking for something a little different this season.
The military trend is back: take a relaxed approach to the look in this long bomber.
This cocoon-shaped wool coat feels like a big sartorial hug.
The key colours for this season are baby pink, or pillar-box red – which one will you choose?
Nail the dressing gown trend in this slick little Zara number.
This is a Marie Claire fashion team favourite for its sleek tailoring.
With its detachable faux fur collar, this is the perfect coat for the work and the weekend.
For luxe outerwear, look no further than Whistles cosy knee-skimming faux fur coat.
Pastels may seem an unlikely choice for winter but we love this cheerful shade of powder blue.
Chic and practical, we’re definitely on board with classic parka.
Ease into autumn with a light denim coat.
A classic style with a statement edge, heritage checks are a big AW16 trend.
A classic trench to tick off this season’s nautical trend.
This faux fur leopard print coat is achingly cool and very on-trend this season. Shrug it on over an all-black outfit for a cool ‘London look’.
Ever since Raf Simons sent a glorious pink duster coat down his AW08 runway we’ve all dreamt of the perfect pink coat, and Topshop have answered our prayers this season.
A fun but classic faux fur coat from irreverent British brand Shrimps.
A classic work coat, the slightly flared shape of this coat is super-flattering.
A classic coat that will transcend the seasons.
This cute, biscuit-coloured coat comes with a super-handy hood.
Maje have also dipped into marshmallow hues this season – we love this sweet wool coat.
This elegant jacquard coat is lined in satin for a smooth and flattering fit.
This is the perfect layering piece. Wear it with a lightweight poloneck in a contrasting colour for easy autumn style.
This pretty parka comes with a detachable lining to create a lightweight version of this trusty cover-up. Then, once the temperature drops you can re-attach it and cuddle up in a super-warm, super-versatile coat.
Roll up the sleeves on this extra-long coat to give it a laid-back edge. Wear with loafers, raw hem jeans and a loosely tailored shirt.
Gucci fans take note, covered with beautiful embroidered flowers and lustrous sequin embellishments, this bracelet sleeve coat is perfect for parties.
Sort and silky, save this gorgeous Reiss coat for special occasions.
The most luxurious down in a jacket that packs a serious punch.