The best coat trends for 2022—9 winter coat trends to wear now

These are the 2022 winter coat trends that will make you love the cold weather

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Knowing the key coat trends for 2022 will help you invest in outerwear that is chic, practical, and will go the style distance. 

Shopping for the key winter coat trends early in the season means you'll have the pick of all the top styles, but if you've waited until now to wrap up, don't worry. There are still plenty of affordable, warm, and fashionable coats available. And because fashion notoriously works months in advance, procrastinating might work in your favor, as brands start reducing prices to clear space for new season arrivals. 

The A/W catwalks presented a plethora of covetable silhouettes, cuts, and textures. From smart checks and sleek leather to cozy shearling and eye-catching color pops, there were a lot of coat trends options. Fast fashion followed suit and this season there’s a coat to flatter and fit every style, shape, and budget. 

But which type of coat to buy? What options take the title of the best winter coats? To help you navigate this bumper offering, here are the nine hero winter coat trends to know about.

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1. Capes

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Always looks glamorous
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Great for layering

The cape has become one of those trends that reemerge every few years, so if you're looking at how to build a capsule wardrobe, a cape is a great choice as its reentry to the spotlight is inevitable. This trend is great for those who love to layer but can be a tricky one to execute. For easy (and warm!) daytime style, wear your cape over a leather jacket, or try a pair of long leather gloves for instant evening glamour.

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Cape Jacket: $49.99 (opens in new tab) / £34.99 (opens in new tab) | H&M

Functional and stylish, this tan cape is perfect for early spring. In a classic camel hue, this is certainly a style you can revisit year after year. It channels a sports-luxe feel, layer it over a chunky knitted sweater for added warmth. 


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Wool Blend Cape: $249 (opens in new tab) / £159 (opens in new tab) | Zara

A sleek, wool blend cape is an excellent choice for evening outerwear. A cape makes it harder to wear a shoulder bag (probably the biggest pitfall of choosing a cape as a winter outerwear look), team this coat style with a clutch bag or handbag that you can comfortably carry with a shorter handle.


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Checked Cape: $628 (opens in new tab) / £365 (opens in new tab) | Karen Millen

This statement cape is really chic and the fabric belt ensures that you won't be drowned in fabric, as capes can be overwhelming. Working out how to dress your body type (opens in new tab) in new trends can be tricky, but if you want to wear a cape and give yourself waist definition, try swapping out the fabric belt for a buckled leather belt. This gives you a tighter cinch on your waist, highlighting your curves.


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2. Block Color Brights

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Mood lifting for you and those around you
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Will elevate a casual or conservative look

One of the biggest style hits of last year, "Dopamine Dressing", continues to be one of the biggest fashion trends for 2022. This trend is all about using mood-boosting brights to elevate your outlook and it's pretty much guaranteed to make those around you smile too. This coat trend is available in a range of fabrications, from super soft teddy to tailored silhouettes. To avoid picking a coat that will date, learn what color suits you and buy one in your signature shade. If you're still not sure, we recommend looking for budget-friendly buys that give you the trend injection without the hefty price tag. 

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Straight Style Coat: $69.99 (opens in new tab) / £49.99 (opens in new tab) | H&M

Even your daily commute or errands can induce some joy with this rush of emerald green. A bright colored coat is a real statement piece, so let it do the talking and keep the rest of your outfit muted or neutral to avoid a color clash. 


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Handmade wool coat: $229.99 (opens in new tab) / £139.99 (opens in new tab) | Mango

A lot of this trend is focused around quite bright and acidic hues, but don't let that put you off. There are plenty of softer color options available too, such as this gorgeous pink wool coat. This striking pink coat will look great with navy, grey, and black tones as a way of really lifting your outfit back up and adding freshness to your look. 


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Red double-breasted belted trench coat: $185 (opens in new tab) / £100 (opens in new tab) | River Island

While the dopamine trend might not last forever, there are so many different ways to wear a trench coat (opens in new tab) ensuring it will always be in style and this bright red hue will give this purchase longevity. To switch this coat up for spring, wear over a striped jumper (opens in new tab) and dark wash denim jeans for an instant nautical-inspired look.  


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3. Herringbone Coats

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Smart style for work and play
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Really versatile pattern
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Timeless

If you're looking for a real investment piece, then you can't go wrong with monochromatic herringbone. While this trend is seeing a particular resurgence right now, it is a style that is ever-present across the high street and beyond. Usually tailored, a herringbone coat will instantly smarten up your look, and largely made in wool fabrications, they often guarantee a good level of warmth.

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Wool Funnel Neck Coat: $169.99 (opens in new tab) / £99.99 (opens in new tab) | Mango

Made using sustainable fibres, this gorgeous funnel neck coat will smarten up any outfit in an instant. The distinctive monochrome herringbone pattern offers subtle detailing that will make this coat a firm favorite. With a cocoon silhouette, this coat will skim the body for a more relaxed fit.  


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Freya Herringbone Trench Coat: £325 (opens in new tab)| Jigsaw

The trench coat silhouette continues to be a strong presence on the high street and this herringbone execution packs a stylish punch. Incredibly smart, this would look great over evening wear too, try styling over a suit or a tuxedo for women (opens in new tab) for a stylish, androgynous look. 


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Indra Recycled Wool Blend Coat in Grey Herringbone: £219 (opens in new tab) | Baukjen

Tailored coats had fallen out of favor during the height of the pandemic as we all opted for maximum comfort styles. But sharper cuts and more fitted silhouettes are certainly back in fashion and this sleek androgynous wool-blend coat would look great over your best midi dress (opens in new tab) for a feminine touch. 


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4. Quilted Coats

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The quilting construction will keep you super warm
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Stylish and practical

Marrying fashion and practicality, this silhouette has really been embraced by street-stylers and editors alike. The quilted layers ensure you have extra insulation for those colder days, but unlike a puffer coat, a quilted coat is lighter, adding little in terms of bulk and is reminiscent of some of the best parkas around. This quilted style is a great warm winter coat that won't weigh you down too much. 

Fashion Stylist, Antonia Kraskowski agrees, 'My favorite coat trend this season has to the be oversized quilted Parka, particularly those with wavy ripstop stitching. Not only does this trend look effortlessly cool in a sports-luxe way but it’s actually warm, which means you don’t have to sacrifice style to stay toasty on chilly days. From its origins at The Frankie Shop to Mango and M&S, this style has filtered down to the high street surprisingly quickly, meaning that it’s accessible to every budget too.'

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Quilted Coat: US $438 (opens in new tab) / UK £255 (opens in new tab) | Karen Millen

Looking like it literally just stepped off the runway, this khaki coat with tan piping detailing gives a nod to winter's ever popular military trend. The full skirt offers a mix of drama and femininity and with nods to classic country dressing, this coat, if looked after will serve you in the winter for many years to come. From tailored trousers to pretty dresses, wear this over everything. 


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Nobody's Child Black Quilted Coat: £129 (opens in new tab)| Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer really nailed this trend early on, by creating the sell-out M&S quilted winter coat (opens in new tab) that we were all obsessed with. If you loved the sell-out khaki style then you'll love this versatile and easy-to-wear black quilted coat that features a flattering tie waist belt, which will help to define your shape. The high collar gives you added protection from the elements, negating the need for bulky scarves.


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Orange Quilted Scarf Coat: $204 (opens in new tab) / £110 (opens in new tab) | River Island

While khaki has been the traditional hue for the quilted coat trend this season there have been some added pops of color infused with the look. This orange quilted coat will pair perfectly with classic denim jeans and see you easily into early spring. The added, self-fabric scarf is a nice added detail and is removable, giving you multiple styling options. 


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5. Shearling Coats

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Warmth and comfortable
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Super stylish for cold days
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Works with trousers or dresses

A shearling coat or jacket is a standout favorite amongst the fashion pack. Drawing inspiration from vintage flight jackets and later from seventies fashion, this is a really cozy and stylish look to see you through the winter months. While actual shearling is from sheep, most brands use synthetic shearling style alternatives that expertly mimic the fabrication and feel. This fabric development has also made this trend more accessible and budget-friendly. 

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Faux Shearling Wool-Blend Wrap Coat: $750 (opens in new tab) / £425 (opens in new tab) | Ted Baker 

A smart wrap coat will feel warm and comforting as those icy temperatures creep in. With beautiful faux shearling detailing, this coat offers a really gorgeous finish that is great for work and weekends alike and will look fabulous styled over some of the best shirt dresses (opens in new tab).

 


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Faux-Shearling Leather-Effect Coat: $199.99 (opens in new tab) / £119.99 (opens in new tab)| Mango

Winter white is a look that returns every year and this coat, with its strong seventies styling will easily become a wardrobe staple that you can enjoy wearing again and again. Pair with some of the best high waisted jeans (opens in new tab) to maximise on that seventies inspired feel.


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Black Faux Shearling Oversized Coat: $222 (opens in new tab) / £120 (opens in new tab) | River Island

Add some drama with this monochrome coat, which is ideal for those looking for a little extra coverage. Longer than most we've seen, this look features a wide white faux shearling bottom panel that will offer a little more protection from the elements. 


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6. Teddy Coats

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Cozy textured fabric that's great for winter
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Lots of colours available to suit different tastes
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Great for smart and casual dressing

The teddy or teddy bear coat is the coziest of coat trends. Warm, fuzzy, and immediately comforting, wearing one of these textured pieces of outerwear will make you feel safe and protected against the elements. In a range of hues and sizes, there is something for everyone in this huggable style. As this look can be quite dramatic, you can easily wear this look for smarter or more casual occasions. 

Composite image: Mandy Bork and Sonia Lyson are seen walking in the street wearing a blue teddy coat and influencer Louise O'Reilly is pictured wearing a pink teddy coat

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Award-winning fashion influencer and model, Louise O'Reilly of Style Me Curvy (opens in new tab) agrees (pictured, above right). 'Teddy coats are one of my winter go-to’s. I tend to lean towards bright colorful styles for an instant wardrobe lift. They work with pretty much everything while keeping you warm and cozy too. My favorite places to shop teddy coats for curves include Next (opens in new tab), Dorothy Perkins Curve (opens in new tab), V by Very (opens in new tab)'.

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Leighton Teddy Coat: £179 (opens in new tab) | Hush

One of the hottest trends of the season, this boxy teddy coat will look great over winter knits and jeans. Super soft, this is a really tactile and cozy coat trend. Want to look a little more boho? Wear over a winter floral dress and knee-high boots for an instant style hit.


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Izzy Short Teddy Coat: $285 (opens in new tab) / £159 (opens in new tab) | Phase Eight

This slightly more cropped style of coat is great for those who need something a little more ergonomic for driving and if you've been wondering how to style straight legged jeans (opens in new tab), then this coat offers a contemporary feel. Or pair with tonal camels and creams for a chic and modern wintery ensemble. 


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Plus Size Sage Green Teddy Maxi Coat: $155 (opens in new tab) / £89.99 (opens in new tab) | Yours Clothing

The plus size market has vastly improved in recent years and many of the best plus size clothing brands (opens in new tab) offer exciting and on trend styles. This sage green (opens in new tab) teddy coat is a perfect example of brands stepping up to deliver on trend looks at a range of sizes. Available up to a 32 and is sure to keep you snug. A real statement, let the coat take center stage in your outfit. 


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7. Camel Coats

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Smart for the office or evening events
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Generally tailored, which frames your shape

A wardrobe staple, the best camel coats never date. Made iconic by Max Mara, the camel coat is one of a few styles of coat that every woman needs in her wardrobe. Often tailored and usually knee-length or longer, this style is particularly popular in wool or wool-mix fabrications. Look for double-breasted button detailing or wrap fronts with fabric belts for added detail. Find that self-tie fabric belts easily come undone? Swap out fabric belts for buckled leather belts to instantly customize your look and ensure the wrap of your coat stays firmly in place. 

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Masculine Wool Coat: $199 (opens in new tab) / £119 (opens in new tab) | Zara

This camel colored wool coat has a sharp blazer cut, making it an excellent choice for smart occasions. Pair with tailored trousers or a pencil skirt for an instantly dressed up look. With its streamlined silhouette, keep accessories classic, such as a classic leather tote and a fine cashmere scarf.


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Camel Day Coat: $695 (opens in new tab) / £510 (opens in new tab) | Ba&sh

The shawl collar on this coat offers a cardigan like finish and really adds to the versatility of this piece. With oversized collars still a big blouse and sweater trend for the season, this coat leaves those statement collars plenty of room to breathe. With no button or zip fastening, this coat left open creates a front vertical center panel that draws the eye up and down the body, making you look instantly longer and leaner.


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Ted Baker Wrap Coat: $549 (opens in new tab) / £350 (opens in new tab) | Next

A real investment piece, a longline wool coat will certainly be welcome on those icy evenings. With a statement revere collar that folds over to create a high neckline for added warmth, this striking camel coat will work well for both smart and more casual occasions. A single button fastening holds the wrap in place, making this coat both functional and stylish.


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8. Leather Coats

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Improves with age
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Holds value so has the potential to be an heirloom piece or to resell
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Affordable faux-leather and vegan options are readily available

Leather items do carry a high price tag, but the best leather jackets and coats really improve with age and are true investment purchases. A brand new pristine, buttery soft leather coat or jacket is a thing of absolute luxury, but with a little time, the leather starts to gain its own story and charm. With a growing eco-conscious and vegan market though, faux leather, PU, and vegan leather options have greatly improved, making this coat trend more accessible to all, without compromising on style. 

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Collarless Leather Coat: $690 (opens in new tab) / £490 (opens in new tab) | Cos

In a timeless camel hue, this super soft leather coat has an almost cardigan aesthetic and would certainly work during lighter spring months too. For extra warmth, try layering this belted coat under a wool coat of the same length for a great texture combination. Twice the warmth, twice the style.


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Leather Trench Coat: £389 (opens in new tab) | Hush

Two timeless styles in one. Trench coats are a wardrobe staple, which ensures that this look won't date, making it a worthwhile investment piece. The fabric belt will help cinch you in at the waist, defining your shape. 


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Curve Leather Trench Coat: $1128 (opens in new tab) / £655 (opens in new tab) | Karen Millen

It used to be nearly impossible to find plus size leather coats and jackets but as the market has grown in recent years, there has been a marked improvement in the availability of more luxury items. This belted black leather trench coat is available up to a size 24 and features a leather belt that will help you to define your shape and adds a touch of femininity to quite an androgynous piece. Style over a pair of the best plus size leggings (opens in new tab) and with a silky blouse.


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9. Puffer Coats

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Super cozy, you'll feel like you're still wrapped up in your duvet
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Practical and stylish, this is a trend that is going nowhere

A personal favorite, the puffer coat trend is one of the coziest and warmest out there right now. This style has been around for a few seasons and differs from the quilted coat trend which is much lighter. Puffer coats are all about ultimate warmth and protection and as this trend has hit the spotlight some of the most popular puffer coats have come from outdoor clothing brands, including the best North Face jackets that have been a big hit, even gaining a cult following as they deliver this practical winter coat trend with ease. 

From feathered down styles to eco-conscious synthetic-filled styles, this is the look that will make you feel like you're still wrapped in your duvet when you're actually halfway to the train station. 

Puffer coats can be daunting for some as the added bulk is believed to be unflattering. But have no fear, you can learn how to pick a flattering winter coat and make this trend work for you. Add shape back to your silhouette by opting for longer line coats that either come with a belt, or add your own belt to help define your shape. 

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Hooded Puffer Jacket: $49.99 (opens in new tab) / £34.99 (opens in new tab) | H&M

Add a pop of color to proceedings with this gorgeous bold blue puffer jacket. Complete with hood for added protection, pair with everything from jeans to floral dresses to add a playful and sporty edge to any outfit.  


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Light Green Oversized Long Puffer Jacket: $62.99 (opens in new tab) / £46.99 (opens in new tab) | New Look

The puffer coat trend is quite broad, ensuring there is a level of 'puff' for every taste. If you're looking for something cozy but a little smarter, look for a thigh skimming style with higher neck or revere collar. These are a little less sporty, making them easier to wear with smarter and more tailored styles. 


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Hooded Puffer Jacket: $610 (opens in new tab) / £328 (opens in new tab) | Reiss

Of all the coat trends, the puffer coat is the one that feels the most practical and hardy. While you do get some gorgeous executions of the look, in metallic fabrications and interesting silhouette details, this is the style you need if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the coldest of months. From standing on the sidelines, to walking the dog, this is any intrepid explorers best winter purchase. 

How to store your winter coats

Investing in a good winter coat is a must, particularly in climates that can really see temperatures plummet. A well-made piece of outerwear should last you for several years, but it's important to take care of your coat too. Before you pack your coat away in the spring, make sure to wash or dry clean it (according to individual items care instructions) and then pack it away in a dust cover or vacuum-sealed bag. That way it will be pristine and ready come the end of fall. 

Rivkie Baum
Rivkie Baum

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with over fifteen years' experience in the industry. Having studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, Rivkie fell in love with styling and journalism, covering fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York. 


Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has been a regular talking head on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career.