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Forget crisp walks and fireside nights, the real appeal of winter is fulfilling our sartorial fantasies – be they of the sweatpants in public wearing or crystal ball variety. From ginormous puffers to chic raincoats, these 15 winter coats will instantly upscale your (very) laid-back look from pyjamas to streetwear.
1. Bacon Cropped Padded Jacket, £462
Big. Bold. Bright. Everything a puffer jacket should be. With dramatic collars walking down every fashion week runway this cropped style coat from Bacon is a winner. The bright yellow will inject some much needed sunshine into grey days.
Anyone who tells you that leopard print’s moment is over doesn’t know how to style it – and definitely hasn’t read Hilary Alexander’s new book, Leopard. This Shrimps number is deceivingly versatile; wear with cropped jeans, a grey hoodie and trainers to instantly update the most simple of outfits, or over a dress and boots for some extra glam.
3. Ganni Petunia Rain Jacket, £240
A European winter is almost always accompanied by relentless downpour so a cool raincoat is an important staple. This transparent Ganni option is perfect for those who consider no crime worse than a great outfit hidden. Plus, its wide sleeves accommodate the thickest of knits. Pair with matching bucket hat and tote bag for ultimate rain-proof fashion.
4. H&M Teddy Faux Fur Coat, £80
Unbelievably soft and plush, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this H&M coat for a designer label. With large notch lapels, concealed pockets and an oversized fit, this huggable coat is the sartorial equivalent to a warm cup of tea; all for under £100.
5. Mango Faux-Fur Quilted Coat, £140
While your wardrobe is probably bursting with leather jackets and stylish trench coats, let’s be real – when it gets into the minuses, you’ll be reaching for the coat that most resembles a duvet, so best to make it a fashionable one. This Mango piece combines the best of both – cosy enough to keep you warm and chic enough that you won’t feel underdressed going to a fancy restaurant: win-win.
6. Saks Potts Foxy Pink, £1,370
This Danish brand is the name on every fashion editor’s lips (and coat label). A belted leather trench with a hand-painted lining, lush fur collar and cuffs is winter fashion at its best. With a hefty price tag to match, this is more aspirational than actual – head to vintage shops to find similar.
7. STAND Jonna Faux Shearling Jacket, £270
Basically your favourite leather jacket but winter-fied. The thick faux-shearling collar, cuffs and pocket detail lend extra warmth to this slim-cut jacket, while a cracked exterior gives it that perfect worn-in look (which would take years in a leather jacket). Size up for a looser fit if you’re looking to layer with chunky knits.
This quilted coat works well by itself but its real appeal is as an inner layer. Warm but ultra-thin, it fits perfectly as extra padding under any jacket you deemed too thin for winter. It also folds into a small bag which is a major plus when travelling. Go buy it while it’s on sale, you won’t regret it.
9. Mango Structured Wool Coat, £140
The LBD of the coat world, you can’t go wrong with a good woollen coat. This one from Mango is anything but bland, striking the balance between flatteringly oversized when undone and expertly tailored when worn with the accompanying wide belt. Pair with a frilly dress and cowboy boots for a fresh, feminine look. It also comes in dark grey if the beige is, well, too beige for you.
10. Arket Fluid Wool Pea Coat, £190
Double breasted with buttoned epaulettes and a back yoke, this Arket pea coat has a vintage look and fit. Wear it and you’ll look like you’ve borrowed it off your dad, making it the nostalgic piece of our winter dreams. Seamlessly transitional, you can wear this classic coat through to the chilly months of January.
Between the fur trim trenches and the waterproof puffers, winter wardrobes tend to favour the extremes. Neither fabulously formal nor overtly athleisure, this & Other Stories jacket hits that sartorial sweet spot. Dark-wash denim and a shearling lining make it on-trend, while its large workwear industrial pockets and an oversized fit mean it’s surprisingly pragmatic.
12. Whistles Wolfie Faux Fur Coat, £205
Not one for the faint hearted, this faux-fur coat will make a statement and keep you warm in the process. With an uneven hem and untamed fur, this Whistles coat is a wilder take on the more polished looks of Charlotte Simone and others of that ilk. Pair with slim-leg trousers and a silk cami top – you won’t be needing any extra warmth in this.
Soia & Kyo has accomplished the impossible; a chic, long puffer jacket. Practically a wearable sleeping bag, this quilted (and hooded) coat is as stylish as it is warm. It’s also surprisingly flattering thanks to its classic black colour and fitted silhouette which slightly pinches in at the waist. Duvet days are no longer for the housebound.
14. Zara Quilted Water-Resistant Coat, £70
When in doubt, head to Zara. This quilted jacket with its snap-button placket is country-girl chic and the perfect final layer to any casual winter outfit. Plus, we always love a detachable hood – so practical, so fashion.
15. Zara Double-Breasted Corduroy Blazer, £70
With both corduroy and blazers having a major moment, opt for this Zara piece which combines the two trends in one jacket. A pastel-blue hue gives this masculine classic a feminine touch, and a soft knit or fitting turtleneck will take this autumnal staple through to winter.
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