A good winter coat needs to keep you warm, dry and looking stylish. Often a winter coat is an investment that is worn for several years, making quality another requirement when searching for the perfect coat for the colder months.
Here’s our guide to choosing a chic coat that will keep you toasty as the days get colder:
Down-filled coats are best for warmth
Duck or goose down provides cosy insulation as down is designed to trap heat. A helpful tip for knowing which coat will be the warmest is to look at the fill power of the down. The numbers range from 300-900 and the higher the number the better insulated the coat will be. North Face has a water-resistant jacket with a 700 fill power with a packable hood—and it’s available in a range of colours too.
Most brands use responsibly-sourced down in their garments, but for peace of mind check the coat has a Responsible Down Standard certification.
For a budget-friendly version, look for a synthetic down alternative. We love this parka style coat from Regatta, which is available online at Blacks at the sale price of £59.97 (RRP £100). It features a faux-fur hood, deep pockets and a trendy fish-tail hem.
Winter coats for walking and hiking
With the current restrictions on meeting indoors in place across the majority of the UK, many of us are spending more time outdoors. If you are in a tiered area where you can meet family for a walk, you’ll need a coat that is lightweight, breathable and machine washable—especially if you’re walking down muddy country lanes.
For a high-quality coat that is great for winter walks, you can’t go wrong with a Barbour. This longer-style quilted jacket is currently on sale at £187, reduced from £249, saving you £62. It’s machine washable, but should be washed separately, and is finished with a fur-trimmed hood.
If you are looking for a hiking jacket that is lightweight and water repellent, you can hit the muddy trails in this stylish down-filled jacket that shuts out the cold. It’s super-soft to the touch, comes in a choice of three colours and can be washed at 30 degrees.
Choose a woollen coat for a classic look
Wool jackets never go out of fashion, making them a great investment piece that you can wear for many winters to come. For extra warmth, choose a jacket that is 100% wool, and look for double-breasted styles that will help to keep out the chill.
Hobbs have this immaculately-tailored, wool-mix, double-breasted coat which buttons right up to the neck for additional cosiness. It’s currently on sale at John Lewis with £100 off, making it a winter bargain at £179.
For a winter-ready wool coat that can be dressed down with jeans and trainers—or glammed up for a special occasion—check out this versatile black belted jacket from Next. The belt has a cool metallic trim, while the floral lining adds a flair of individuality that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Remember—woollen coats are not machine washable, so they will need to be dry-cleaned.
Traditional trench coats
A classic trench coat is an essential wardrobe staple and has earned its place as a simple, feminine fashion item that every woman should invest in. Mango’s traditional trench coat has shoulder epaulettes, a belt to cinch in at the waist and a double-breasted style.
Trench coats have been worn by stars such as Audrey Hepburn, who sported one as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and modern icons such as Kim Kardashian and The Duchess Of Cambridge.
The trench coat has evolved since it’s humble beginnings as a long-line coat worn by soldiers, and this short trench coat from Timberland proves that the style works just as well as a thigh-length garment.
For a quirky take on the trench coat, this pale pink version from River Island has a belt, deep pockets and is sure to deliver compliments wherever you wear it.
Marvellous military-style winter jackets
With structured lines and fitted at the waist and bust, a military-style coat evokes a strong, yet feminine style. It is one of the most flattering styles of coat that suit all body shapes and features details such as metal buttons and epaulettes.
Make a bold statement with this black military coat with faux leather trim and patterned silver-look buttons. It’s 100% cotton and has a lining to keep out the cold. This unique jacket is sure to turn heads when teamed with knee-high boots, jeans and a chic shirt.
Tommy Hilfiger has taken the idea of a military coat to the extreme with this camouflage jacket that is the perfect casual coat addition to your wardrobe. It sports a broad collar and an all-over camouflage print with a soft, satin lining and angled pockets around the waist.
Don your duffle coat
It’s not just young children and Paddington Bear who can rock the duffle coat look. These chic styles are ideal for winter walks as they are traditionally made from thick wool and are comfortable and practical. The signature look of the duffle coat is the wooden toggle fastenings that give it its distinctive look.
Montgomery have been in business since 1896 and their signature duffle coats showcase their expert tailoring and British heritage. This shorter length woollen duffle coat has subtle Montgomery studs at the neck and traditional toggle fastenings. It ships in a choice of five colours including classic camel and a pretty pastel blue.
Boden has given the duffle coat a modern twist with a zip fastening and toggles to keep the coat closed and provide extra warmth. It’s a navy wool mix fabric with a vibrant red lining and can be quickly slipped on over any outfit for a contemporary take on the traditional duffle coat.