Although it seems like an afterthought that you throw on whilst leaving the house, the coat is the item of clothing that you'll never regret buying. A good quality coat is one that will see you season after season, and it's also the perfect way to dip into this season's trends as seen in the fashion capitals of the world.
Here's what you need to know about autumn/winter 23's coat trends.
Autumn/Winter 2023 coat trends
In New York, London, Paris and Milan, the catwalk was all about wearable trends, and the black coat was top of the agenda. While it's never really gone out of the style, this season it is reimagined in a longline silhouette, and with exaggerated shoulders, as seen at Victoria Beckham, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.
Short tailored hourglass styles, a chic update on the peplum trend, were de rigueur at Versace, Bottega Veneta and Miu Miu, paired with pencil skirts and slimline trousers. A great outerwear option for the office.
Faux fur coats are the perfect way to keep snug during the colder months, and they've been given a makeover by the likes of Stella McCartney, Zimmermann, Coperni and Hermes. Think on-the-nose animal prints and bold colours like hot pink and lilac.
Sporty outerwear is still going strong for AW23, whether that's the oversized puffer at Chloe and Dior or the zip-front parka at Jil Sander.
If you're going to invest in one fabric this season, make it leather. Timeless in both look and design, the leather coat cropped all over the shows, from Louis Vuitton to Lanvin and Loewe. Tick two trends in one go by shopping a black, belted leather coat.
Of course, it goes without saying, that each year the tried-and-tested camel coat is updated slightly to align with the key trends of the season, and this time is no exception.
Keep scrolling to shop the best coats available this winter.
The best winter coats to shop now:
If you're looking for a slightly dressier take on the puffer coat trend, look no further than this Chloe jacket.
Totême's scarf jacket has been a sell-out item for the label season after season and a hit with the fashion crowd. You won't regret buying this one.
If you're going down the faux fur route this season then you might as well go bold. This pink Max Mara alpaca wool and silk-blend coat is guaranteed to make you stand out.
This leopard print coat channels Balenciaga's signature love of sculptural silhouettes and is the perfect way to embrace this season's hourglass shape.
I bought a similar leather belted coat at Arket a few years ago and it's one of the best items of clothing I've ever bought. This updated version is bound to be a sell-out, and even better, it's made of chrome-free leather.
This is a subtle update on the camel coat trend if you love your neutrals. It's made from a premium recycled-wool blend and has a subtle herringbone weave that adds texture to it.
Business attired made a huge comeback on the AW23 after seasons of embracing all things casual, and this organic wool and cashmere coat is the embodiment of it.
The classic aviator jacket gets a luxe makeover for autumn thanks to a rich chocolate shade and buttery boucle shearling.
The camel coat never goes out of style, but it doesn't mean it can't be a little bit trend-led. We love to oversized silhouette and exaggerated shoulders on this premium Mango coat.
This puffer is a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit. Pair it with this season's low-rise jeans and western boots.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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