Whether you want to invest in an elegant camel number or keep the elements at bay with a practical parka, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best winter coats.
Winter coat trends
Much like your trusty best jeans, there are certain styles of winter coats that you can guarantee will be in fashion year after year. The transitional trench, the snuggly duffle, best parkas, and the tailored wool coat, to name just a few.
Then, there are the warmest winter coats that we return to coldspell after coldspell – your puffer, your ski jacket, your heavy-duty raincoat. All you need to do is add a pair of the best walking boots and you've got your outdoor look covered.
Little changes season on season, but a couple of key winter coats trends have emerged.
- Long leather coats – Leather (real or faux – the choice is yours) is no longer reserved just for bikers and has been translated into longer-line, belted silhouettes.
- Teddy bear coats – The obsession with teddy bear coats shows no signs of slowing. Fully embrace the trend with an oversized cosy style or simply nod to it with a statement collar or snuggly lining.
How we selected the best winter coats
With more than 25 years of fashion editorial experience between us, the three most shopping-obsessed members of the w&h team put our heads together to brainstorm the brands that first sprung to mind when we thought of a particular type of popular coat.
Then, we widened the net. We asked friends, family and fellow experts (read: anyone who would listen) to let us know which coats brands they really rated. We even looked at Google search data to see which brands people are most interested in buying.
Next up, we got in touch with our contacts and got our hands on the coats to give them a test run. We literally looked at hundreds.
We’re confident that our edit of the best winter coats will ultimately help you decide what to spend your hard-earned cash on.
The overall best winter coats
Fashion-forward design at prices that won’t break the bank, Mango has never let us down. If you’re after trend-led, catwalk-inspired clothing at high-street prices, give Spanish brand Mango a visit.
Alongside their freshly launched pieces, there are the classic styles that are reinvented season after season, and one of those is the trench coat.
The number of trenches available on the Mango website varies depending on the season, but you can expect to find at least a couple of options at any given time.
This season, our top pick is Mango's Classic Trench, £89.99. Boasting a long-line design that’s almost floor-skimming for petites, the slightly oversized shape makes it a great layering piece – especially handy in between seasons.
Water-repellent fabric helps showers to slide off your shoulders, while the belt-buckle fastening will keep you warm. Grey or khaki, the choice is yours.
Who better to buy your winter coat from than the brand that has supplied duffle coats for the British Winter Olympics team? Launched nearly 70 years ago, Gloverall has a long history of keeping us snug.
Their signature is the original duffle coat, £325, and the original style is packed full of features that would make Paddington Bear proud.
Practical pockets make room for all your essentials (whether they include marmalade sandwiches or not), while the built-in hood can be tightened or loosened with a button fastening for a weather-proof fit.
Heavy and oversized, you know this is a coat that’s going to keep you warm as soon as you shrug it on and there’s plenty room for layering extra knits beneath it, too. If, like us, you love the retro look of a duffle coat, prepare to fall hard for the heritage tartan lining.
The toggles are made from Buffalo horn and the fastenings from leather, which may be a problem for vegetarian shoppers.
All Uniqlo down coats and jackets toe the line between fashion and functionality. You won’t find any bulky, Michelin-man styles here.
Best known for their lightweight yet super-warm down coats, Uniqlo has fast become the go-to brand for quality outerwear.
Down can be controversial, but rest assured that Uniqlo has been working hard to ensure all of their partner garment factories are certified by the Responsible Down Standard.
Their warmest coat yet, the Uniqlo Hybrid Down Coat, £109.90, takes a two-pronged approach to keeping you snug.
Proving that bulkier doesn’t always mean better, the upper body is packed full of soft, fluffy down, while the hood, sleeves and lower body rely on polyester padding. Combine that with the non-quilted design and you’ve got yourself a suitably sleek yet functional coat.
The two-way design lets you choose between a stand collar or hood, depending on whether it’s whipping winds or pouring rain you’re battling against. For maximum durability and minimum sogginess, the outer has been treated with a water-repellent coating.
Beautifully tailored and complete with a royal seal of approval, the Hobbs Tilda coat, £299, is high on our wishlist.
Trends come and go, but investing in a beautiful wool winter coat will always remain a sensible decision – and you can make that decision even smarter by buying yours from Hobbs.
The price tags are high, but easy to justify. They start at around £269 for a wool and polyester blend, £300 for 100% wool and up to £499 for wool mixed with snuggly alpaca fleece.
Chosen by Hobbs for its natural, breathable properties, wool works to both keep you warm and regulate your temperature, for comfortable wear without any extra padding or bulk. It’s no wonder the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of Hobbs’ woollen outerwear offering.
All of Hobbs’ wool numbers are covetable, but the tailored Tilda has is ticking all our boxes this season. Structured seams create a feminine silhouette and work beautifully with the gently padded shoulders. A prime example of Hobbs’ immaculate attention to detail, look out for the colour-matched piping and contrast undercollar.
See our full Hobbs coats review
Luxe detailing makes all the difference here, elevating Ted Baker coats from the rest of the high street.
Easy to spot, thanks to a few signature flourishes, you can expect gold-plated metalwear, luxe silky linings and romantic florals from Ted Baker’s coat collection. From puffers to macs, every piece has been carefully finished with real attention to detail.
Effortlessly elegant, a funnel-neck coat will not only stand the test of time, but negates the need for a scarf, too, meaning one less thing to worry about when you’re rushing out the door.
If you’re in the market for a coat in this style, Ted Baker’s Rose Wrap Coat, £299, is a beauty. Crafted from a strokable wool and cashmere blend, it’s both soft and structured all at once. Gold-plated tabs across the belt and neckline work in tandem with the silky contrast lining to add a little extra glamour. Wear wrapped up to keep the warmth in or leave open for a more relaxed feel.
See our full Ted Baker coats review
Whistles signature move is taking classic styles and shapes and giving them a modern refresh. Whistles describe their clothing as fashion that’s “throw on but never throwaway”, a shopping mantra that’s music to the ears of anyone trying to make more planet-conscious purchases.
All of their coats are what we would consider statement pieces, the kind that will spark joy (and compliments!) every time you wear them. Whether it’s a classic wrap coat complete with added fringing or a simple woollen number in an unexpected colourway, these are pieces you won’t find anywhere else on the high street.
We’ve fallen hard for Whistles’ shearling collection and, more specifically, the Whistles Hema coat, £995.
Crafted from a patchwork of different textured sheepskins, it feels edgier than the average fur or shearling coat. Deliciously soft, shaggy and fluffy, the high quality justifies the price tag and gives it the potential to become a much-loved hand-me-down piece.
See our full Whistles coats review
Where better to buy a timeless camel coat than from high-street veteran M&S? A gorgeous camel coat is always a style staple, but this timeless shade has seen an even bigger surge in popularity recently. Expect to see more cropping up across the high street, paired with other Werther's Original-inspired shades of brown.
High-street hero Marks & Spencer has plenty of chic camel pieces to choose from across their coats range this season, from fluffy borg numbers to padded puffers, but our key pick is the Autograph Wool Tailored Coat, £149.
Autograph is one of M&S’s more premium ranges, so you can expect higher price tags, which reflect the rise in fabric quality and craftsmanship.
The outside of this toffee-toned beauty is crafted from a soft yet sturdy mix of wool, polyamide and cashmere, while the inside is fully lined (including the arms) to keep you warm and cosy. The straight cut is flattering, as is the elegant knee-grazing length – perfect for wearing with this season’s floral midis.
The Reiss brand started life as a menswear-only tailoring brand and it was nearly 30 years before they expanded into womenswear. They might have been biding their time on the launch, but it did mean they had a wealth of experience to bring when they did.
That influence is still clear to see today, with their latest collection brimming with smart, sophisticated coats designed with real figures in mind.
Helping to max out your cost per wear, Reiss favours a muted colour palette of mainly creams and camels, peppered with a few classic greys and black.
A perfect example of how Reiss dips their toe into current trends without conforming to them, their Sky Teddy Coat, £265, is a grown-up take on the fuzzy teddy bear coats that have dominated the high street in recent years. Crafted from a tactile wool blend, wide lapels and an oversized fit give the double-breasted design a fresh feel.
See our full Reiss coats review
Letting you go brolly-free with confidence, Seasalt’s Rain collection will keep you dry in any downpour. The Seasalt brand started life on a drizzly day in Penzance, Cornwall, back in 1981, so we know we can trust them to deliver when it comes to waterproof pieces.
In fact, they’ve even dedicated an entire section of their website to their Rain range. From lightweight macs that can be easily folded into a teeny-tiny bag through to snuggly padded numbers, you’re sure to find something to suit your needs.
Their bestseller, with more than 1,000 five-star reviews on their website, is the Seasalt Plant Hunter Coat, £150 – and for good reason.
It’s made from a soft, cotton-rich fabric that has been treated with a waterproof coating to keep you nice and dry. The seams are sealed, too, so there’s no chance of even a drop of rain seeping through. Fleece-lined across the top and hood, the bottom half is quilted to keep the chill out.
From that description, you might imagine this is a heavy, cumbersome piece, but far from it. We were pleasantly surprised by just how lightweight it feels.
Topshop doesn't just follow trends – it creates them. Shop here for a standout winter coat and wait for the compliments to roll in.
There are two big outerwear trends to know about at the moment. One of them, as we mentioned above, is long-line real and faux leather, and the other is the shacket. Not sure what a shacket is? It’s half jacket, half shirt, making it a handy, lightweight piece for navigating awkward, in-between weather days.
The clever folk at Topshop have managed to nail both trends in one fell swoop with their Vinyl Belted Shacket, £59.99.
A very attractive dupe of some far pricier designer coats we’ve spotted, it’s available in black, cream or baby blue. By nipping in your figure in the middle, the tie belt creates an exaggerated waist for a really feminine silhouette.
We know this trend isn’t for the fashion faint-hearted, so if you’re cautious about giving it a go, dress down with neutral pieces like a pair of straight-leg blue jeans and a high-neck cream jumper.
Ask any fashion lover where to buy a decent leather jacket and we can guarantee that All Saints will be one of the first brand names to leave their lips.
Leather bikers are All Saints’ speciality, with at least ten different styles on their website at any one time. If you’re fussy about the little details (length, hardware or cut), there are plenty of variations to choose from.
But no matter the style, you can guarantee three things:
1. That the leather will be buttery soft and smooth.
2. That your jacket will only look better the more you wear it.
3. That this is a timeless piece you’ll be returning to for years to come.
If you’re buying for someone else or making your first foray into the world of leather jackets, All Saints’ bestselling Balfern, £318, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. A true biker, it features a cool, waist-whittling belt and lashings of metal zips and hardware.
See our full All Saints leather jacket review