Winter coats are the staple in any wardrobe, and this season we've been overwhelmed with choice...
The silver lining to the clouds in the sky is the promise of snuggling up in one of the season’s best winter coats. With everything from millennial pink to the best faux fur coats leading the trends this season, we can’t wait to stock up as the weather begins to get chillier.
With the weather as unpredictable as ever, no doubt you’ll be needing a cosy cover-up right up until next April, making the winter coat one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe. Which is why it’s not a decision you’ll want to make lightly, especially if you want to invest in a piece that’s a bit more spenny.
Fortunately, there’s something out there to suit every style this winter. Puffas, parkas, trenches, right through to sharply tailored numbers, as well as no-fuss longline woolly warmers – all of which make the perfect winter counterpart to your spring wardrobe’s lightweight duster coat.
So what’s in store (literally)? And what do you need to know about this season’s best winter coats? Well, there’s something for everyone. Team Marie Claire has trawled both the in-store rails and online outlets to hand pick you 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, it’s all here.
The number one new season style to consider is actually not that new – the classic trench coat is AW17’s go-to buy. So whether you like Zara’s high street hero, or Burberry’s slightly pricier version, there’s a trench coat out there to suit you and your budget. For those of you into shearling, Weekday and Topshop have you sorted.
As ever, pair your newfound coat with new season ankle boots or classic white trainers (if you dare, what with the weather…).
Floral Tapestry Coat, £125, Topshop
This dramatic coat looks like it should be hung up in an art gallery somewhere, amidst the tapestries. It’s beautiful buttoned up or left hanging loose and instantly adds a vintage vibe to any look.
This gorgeous emerald coat from Weekday is a chic minimal choice and it has a hood. With a high collar and zipper detail, it’s also got hulking great pockets for you to shove everything in.
Curves Black Speckled Faux Fur Collar Coat, £49.99, New Look
This gorgeous winter coat from New Look brings the drama with a sophisticated faux fur collar and dappled print. As part of New Look’s Curves range, the sizes run from UK 18-30 and we’re sure you’ll find something else to pair with it in their AW17 range.
Light Before Dark Sand Corduroy Cropped Puffer Jacket, £85, Urban Outfitters
This may be the most unexpected way we’ve seen the corduroy trend rear its head. This puffer jacket is an absolute streetwear staple this season and looks utterly cosy.
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.
The perfect winter statement coat.
Not only is this coat super stylish, it also includes an integrated heating system that’s water resistant AND windproof. You won’t want to take it off all winter.
Elevate your look with this colourful pick.
This is the way to do the PVC trend.
When in doubt, go for leopard print.
The only coat you need for party season.
This chic tweed coat will go with everything.
Wear this at the weekend with flared jeans and sock boots.
This pink and red coat is one that'll have head turnings (plus, it's all faux fur).
Get cosy in this faux shearling fur coat from Weekday, which is giving us major polar bear vibes. Get ready to be cuddled, nobody's going to be able to resist this plush coat.
Shearling was BIG at fashion week AW17, and frankly there's nothing nicer than snuggling into a big fleecey coat. This black number from Topshop is both classic and chic and will keep you nice and toasty during the cold snap.
And we’ll never be royal, but at least we can pretend for a while in this royal purple coat from Hobbs. This menswear-inspired staple in an eye-catching shade brings a dash of colour to those grey winter days and will put a smile on your face - even when it’s chucking it down outside.
Take a leaf out of the current menswear trends and opt for this smart herringbone pea coat. There's something about the print that's so quintessentially British and we love the fact that this is double-breasted.
Channel your inner Paddington Bear with this fuzzy coat from Yumi. Throw a chunky red scarf on and you'll be autumn ready in no time.
If you’re looking for a no-fuss winter staple, this camel coat from Karen Millen is it. Timeless, feminine and chic, we love the waist tie belt detail which flatters the body - you don’t have to hide your figure just because it’s chilly out.
A classic houndstooth coat never goes out of style and Hugo Boss takes the print one step further here with a dash of red to spice things up a little. Throw it on over a cocktail dress or jazz up a casual denim look for effortless chic.
Take the standard trench coat staple for a spin with Zara's unique take, with an oversized collar and flared sleeves adding touches of femininity.
Millennial pink is determined to hang around and this coat is a reason to keep the trend going. This oversized beauty would look great tossed over some skinny jeans and high heeled boots.
Along with millennial pink, red has been tipped by the fashion world as *the* colour to be seen in this season. And with that bargain price tag, this smart number from New Look is sure to sell out fast. Go on, be bold.
Burgandy and plum shades are another sure thing on the AW17 colour palette, so get your wool coat fix in the form of this cosy H&M piece. Drape it over your shoulders at the start of the season, then tightly wrap it up as the months get colder and darker.
There's a camel coat for every season, and this classic style from & Other Stories will look great with a cosy tartan scarf and patent ankle boots.
This key piece from Oui is everything you want from your furry jacket this season. Get a load of that texture.
Nothing says smart casual like a felt wrap over jacket, and we're seriously crushing on this new number from French Connection. Can a girl ever own too many black coats? No. Never.
Or, if you're feeling like splashing the cash, invest in this timeless Burberry piece. A trench coat is your one-way ticket to streamlining that silhouette, and if you ask us, they'll never go out of style.
When it comes to texture, nothing quite says luxury like wrapping yourself up in a big (faux) fur coat. Right now we're lusting after this Whistles piece in the deepest, darkest navy. Divine.