The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, but for most, the excitement of shopping for a brand new autumn wardrobe and one of the best winter coats is enough to take the sting out of the departure of summer.
Staying both snug and stylish is no mean feat, so here at w&h HQ we’ve been busy testing everything, from parkas to puffers, pea coats to trenches, to find 2020’s best outerwear on the market right now.
In this collection review, we’re shining the spotlight on Reiss, filling you in on the very best this high-end high-street brand has to offer…
Reiss coat collection specifications
- Starting price point: £225
- Size range: 4-16
- Collection size: 50+
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What’s so special about Reiss coats?
Launched by David Reiss in 1971, the Reiss label started life as a men’s tailoring brand based in London’s financial district. They established an in-house design team in 1997, but didn’t expand into womenswear until 2000.
The initial tailoring influence is clear to see in all womenswear Reiss pieces, from carefully crafted blouses through to structured dresses, but most clearly in their coats collection.
Reiss favours a muted colour palette, with creams and camels making up the bulk of their 2020 range, peppered with classic greys and black. Designed to form the basis of your outfits, these are smart, timeless coats that won’t feel dated in years to come.
Giving the brand her royal seal of approval, the Duchess of Cambridge has been busy flying the flag for Reiss coats for years. She was first spotted in a white Olivia pea coat by the brand at Prince William’s graduation from the Central Flying School in 2008, most recently re-wearing it during their 2020 tour of Ireland – proof that good-quality fabrics and simple yet stylish design always stand the test of time.
How much do Reiss coats cost?
The cheapest piece in Reiss’ winter coat collection is a cropped parka jacket, ringing in at £225. You can expect to pay around £300 for a tailored wool coat, closer to £400 for a leather jacket and up to £995 for an indulgent Spanish merino shearling coat.
There’s no denying these prices are enough to make some shoppers’ eyes water, but remember, your coat is the hardest-working layer in your wardrobe. If you wear yours every day across a couple of seasons, the cost per wear will quickly whittle down.
Which Reiss coats are best?
We looked at the most popular and stylish winter coats in Reiss’ collection and these are our top three recommendations:
A perfect example of how Reiss dips their toe into current trends without conforming to them, Sky is a grown-up take on the fuzzy teddy coats that have dominated the high street in recent years. Crafted from a tactile wool blend, it manages to keep the heat in without adding any unnecessary bulk to your frame. Wide lapels and an oversized fit give the double-breasted design a fresh feel.
The ultimate grown-up layering piece, you can rely on Leah to make even the most casual of outfits look instantly pulled together. The wool blend is almost surprisingly snug for how lightweight it feels. Deep side pockets are a big plus, too, because who doesn’t love extra pockets?
We’ve chatted a lot about Reiss’ tailored coats, but their slouchy puffers deserve the spotlight, too. Soft and quilted, getting out of bed doesn’t seem quite so bad when you have Dax to snuggle into before you brave the great outdoors. Zip all the way to the top to take advantage of the funnel neck.
Are Reiss coats true to size?
Reiss coats do run true to size, but as with all winter coats, consider what you want to wear under your coat before adding to your basket.
If you favour thin jumpers and lightweight blouses, your normal size should fit perfectly, but if you’re a lover of chunky knits and oversized jumpers, you might need to size up to accommodate them.
Wearing structured, woollen coats in a size bigger than normal can make them look more expensive, too, playing up the fashiony and oversized aesthetic.
How easy are Reiss coats to care for?
The majority of Reiss coats require specialist dry cleaning to avoid damaging the integrity of the fabric, but check the specific care instructions, as some lighter, polyester numbers can be popped in the machine on a delicate cycle.
Leather and shearling styles require a specialist leather clean, so enquire with your local dry cleaner to see if this is something they can offer. If not, there are plenty of online services you can post your jacket or coat to, for them to clean and return to you.
Does Reiss offer easy returns?
UK customers can return unwanted items within 28 days for a full refund via three different methods.
Firstly, you can do so for free at any standalone Reiss store, not including department stores, airports or franchises.
Alternatively, use the enclosed, prepaid DHL or Collect Plus labels and drop off at your local service point.
Reiss coats verdict
Reiss coats might be pricey, but thanks to classic shapes and colourways, they’ll more than earn their keep in your wardrobe. If you can spend upwards of £200 on a coat, we highly recommend them.