If you’re unsure which autumn trends to buy into, let me guide you in the right direction: winter coats will instantly pull together any look. Whether you’re throwing it over a suit, a dress or joggers, it will be your new wardrobe staple, for this season and beyond.
For autumn/winter 2021, outerwear takes centre stage, as seen at virtual catwalks from Max Mara to Isabel Marant and Khaite. Here’s your lowdown of all the best winter coat trends you need to know about.
Autumn/winter 2021 coat trends
Since this season is all about the joy of dressing up again, let’s start at the maximalist end of the spectrum, shall we? The runways were awash with bright hues, and it would be a shame not to indulge. I loved Balmain’s bubblegum pink trench, Khaite’s bright red puffer and COS’ cobalt blue double-breasted coat.
Colour-blocking is key here, so either go bold and wear the same shade head-to-toe à la Versace and Roksanda, or mix it up with different complementary colours.
For a slightly more casual approach, the puffer jacket is back with a vengeance, but don’t be fooled. It’s extra chic this season, and you can absolutely get away with wearing it with your more formal attire. At Rick Owens it was long, dove-grey and cape-like, at Isabel Marant it was cropped with a faux fur collar, while at STAUD it was sleeveless and oversized.
Don’t worry, there is also plenty of choice if you want a more minimalist approach. Although camel coats are still very much a staple, this season they make way for richer tones of chocolate and coffee. Look to Burberry, Chloé and Acne Studios for inspiration, from suede aviator jackets to sleek duster coats.
For a lighter option, do check out my trench coat – a great option for the transitional period. This season’s winter coats line-up is brilliantly diverse, so it’ll be hard to choose…
With iconic toggle fastenings, this design also includes a hood with a contrasting strap, adjustable sleeve ends and flat pockets. Trendy and oversized, this iconic coat brings a little extra allure to any look.
Sleek, versatile, and cozy, this long-lined overcoat’s sharp shoulders falls into a streamlined silhouette that hits just above the ankle and instantly elevates your cold-weather wardrobe with classic details like the notched lapel and colour block design.
Temperley London has launched two waterproof outerwear coats for the new season, crafted with sustainability, durability and craftsmanship at its core.
This one, the Jurassic coat is inspired by designer Alice’s trips to Dorset’s rugged Jurassic Coast and is created from small quantities of fabric with military-grade seam coating made of recycled plastic and non-pill fleece from recycled ocean waste.
A key piece this season, the reversible Ottoes coat is a timeless wardrobe investment. The long shearling coat can be closed on both sides through a hook closure going down the jacket and has a tie belt.
Dalia Check is a relaxed fitted wool coat in a midcalf length with statement raglan sleeves. It’s made from a jacquard check fabric in recycled wool and recycled polyester. This double-breasted coat is detailed with jetted pockets with flaps, imitation horn buttons and belt at waist.
Designed with long sleeves, a collared neckline, seamless stitch, full front button up and adjustable cuffs, this piece is finished off with detail to the button up and adjustable cuffs.
Crafted from a rich wool-blend in a heritage-inspired brown and black houndstooth check, the Manon has a glamorous shawl collar, a faux leather tie belt finished with gold tips, large welt pockets and it falls to just above the knee.
Made from a tactile wool-blend in a versatile light beige hue, this elegant, belted coat is cut for a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders and has functional patch pockets for your essentials.
Zara's cobalt blue coat is a great entry-level option if you want to try the colour blocking trend.
This classic coat will look amazing with jeans and a rollneck top.
A true declaration of evergreen style, this coat is a physical embodiment of the words ‘sophistication’ and ‘elegance’. Luxury cashmere and a classic single-breasted closure make this a must-have staple of the winter wardrobe.
A standout from the Milan runway, this double-breasted 'Cristin' coat is made from fluffy alpaca, wool and silk-blend that feels like plush fleece and has leather straps at the hem.
Roksanda's brown wool-twill Corita coat is cut to an asymmetric silhouette enhanced by shocking pink edges, exemplifying the label's artistic ethos.
This black ROTATE Eliane embossed faux leather coat is cut for a loose fit. It features a front button fastening, long sleeves, structured shoulders and logo detailing on the back.
This neutral Jil Sander Plus oversized puffer coat features a drawstring hood, two-way zip opening and long sleeves.
This reversible coat can be worn on the red or black side, for maximum outfit opportunities.