The best winter coats for women 2020
Breeze through winter with our breakdown of the best outerwear trends to trial.
1. FAUX-FUR COATS
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Going against the grain of come-and-go trends, fur coats remain a popular choice come the inevitable cold snap. From teddy styles championed by Max Mara to candy-coloured confections from Stand, these faux-fur styles retain the same luxuriously soft feel and glossy lustre of the real deal, proving them a viable counterpart for the environmentally conscious. Alternatively, make your winter commute more bearable with a fur-trimmed Canada Goose coat that’ll envelop you in a warm, teddyish embrace.
2. PUFFER JACKETS
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Once the preserve of countryside rambles, down-filled outerwear has established itself as an urban staple thanks to the scores of puffer jackets infiltrating catwalks worldwide. Swedish brand Ienki Ienki (pronounced yenki yenki) is an insider favourite that combines voluminous shapes with hi-vis fabrics – inspired by none other than the Michelin Man – while alpine aficionados will be well-versed in Moncler’s extensive range of technical coats, which are equally suited to the city as they are to the slopes.
Those who live in damper countries will be accustom to the importance of owning a raincoat. Danish brand Rains has built a cult following around the humble waterproof, releasing styles from the gelato-hued to the holographic, while German label KASSL likewise creates collections of weather-resistant outerwear, the clean silhouettes of which are based on the classic workman’s coat. Similarly, Parisian brand On Parle De Vous creates functional styles with a high-fashion edge, utilising sleek transparent fabrics and hi-shine waxed textures.
4. LEATHER JACKETS
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Few outerwear styles can boast the perennial relevancy of the leather jacket; you’d be hard-pressed to find a wardrobe without (at the very least) one. Totême and The Row are paving the way for stripped-back minimalism in their detailing-devoid, impeccably draped iterations, while British label Alexander McQueen challenges the status quo with its feminine peplum-hem designs that nip in the waist for a figure-enhancing profile. The classic leather jacket is a style that works for both day and night, so consider yours an investment.
5. TRENCH COATS
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Nothing pulls together an outfit quite like a trench coat; just ask Thomas Burberry, who invented coat’s signature gabardine fabric in 1879. Nowadays, up-and-coming brands have been putting their own contemporary twist on the wardrobe staple, experimenting with everything from glossy PVC textiles to playful prints and hi-vis hues. Although traditionally filtered through a neutral palette, alternative colours have also been gaining traction courtesy of invigorating new shade selections from the likes of pushBUTTON and Chloé.
6. WOOL COATS
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Wool coats are not only an essential come the coldest trappings of winter, but they’re also a classically elegant layer for when you’re headed to smarter destinations. Cut to artfully drape around the body, Mariam Al Sibai’s brand is built around the ever-cosy blanket coat – her trademark style – while similarly louche silhouettes dominate the collections of Acne Studios and S Max Mara. Alternatively a more structural approach can be found at Stella McCartney, particularly within the house's current roster of tailored blazer profiles.
7. CAPES & PONCHOS
The answer to autumn’s constant veering between sunshine and chills are cape coats and ponchos. An effortlessly easy style to throw on, they’ll look especially chic over a sleek turtleneck layer or cosy knit. Silk and cashmere ponchos – like those from Eileen Fisher and The Row – are perfect for edging out of summer, while heavier, more structured textiles, like the thick wools found in Valentino’s cape coats, are a more bracing defence against late-season temperature drops. Our top tip: belt yours at the waist for a more streamlined silhouette.