How to find the perfect winter coat
From warm woolly coats to waterproof saviours, here's how to find your go-to coat for this winter
words Sophie Lou Wilson
It happens every year. As the sun sets on summer, that tinge of sadness is met with a quick sigh of relief. At last, we can start dressing properly. Out come the jumpers, turtlenecks, sturdy shoes. How did it come around so quickly? Before we know it, autumn will be over too and when the temperature drops in the winter months, you’ll need a warm coat, but that's where many of us reach a dilemma.
How do you find the perfect winter coat? What is the perfect winter coat? How do you stay cosy, but still look good? Is faux fur warm enough, or are you better off with a wool blend? Searching for the winter coat can feel like hunting for treasure, but once you find the right one, it can last for years, if not a lifetime. It’s gonna become part of your daily uniform, so get cosy, and comfy, and cool with whatever lewk it’s giving. It’ll cover up whatever outfit you’re wearing underneath, so you want your coat to be the vibe too.
Our top tip: start looking early. Trying to buy a winter coat when it gets really cold is like trying to buy a paddling pool in a heatwave. It’s just not gonna happen. So, while it might be a few more months before the temperature truly plummets, that means it’s the perfect time to start looking for the elusive staple winter coat. We’ve rounded up some of the best coats below along with our top tips to help you with your search.
THE SHRIMPS COAT
River Coat - Lime Houndstooth
Are you wearing th- The Shrimps coat? Yeah, I am. Shrimps' faux fur trim coat is a fashionista fave. Add a burst of colour to your winter wardrobe and wear it in lime green houndstooth. A winter coat doesn't have to be dark like the weather. This is a coat worth covering up the outfit beneath for. It's made from a soft wool blend to keep you warm when the temperature drops.
THE NORTH FACE PUFFER
Himalayan Logo-Embroidered Quilted Ripstop Padded Jacket
The North Face puffer is a classic for a reason. It's designed to protect against the elements, keeping you warm and dry in even the harshest conditions. Made from durable ripstop fabric with a detachable hood and internal and external pockets for storing your wallet and keys.
THE VINTAGE BURBERRY
Vintage 90s Burberry Checkered Wool Overcoat
Burberry might be known for its iconic trench, but when the temperature drops, you're going to want something a little warmer. This vintage checkered wool overcoat from Nordic Poetry is the solution, expertly balancing comfort with style. The sophisticated boxy silhouette is suitable for both formal and casual occasions.
THE WOOL COAT
Manor notch-lapel wool coat
When it comes to winter coats, it's all about the material. Experts recommend wool because it's lightweight yet durable with air pockets throughout that provide natural insulation. This single-breasted All Saints coat is crafted from 100% wool, keeping you cosy all winter long.
Hooded Mid-Length Coat
Parkas are one of the most popular styles of winter coat, the meeting point between style and function. Woolrich have been producing high quality outdoor garments for 190 years so you know you're in safe hands with their hooded jacket. With multiple pockets and an insulated lining, it offers warmth, functionality and protection whatever the weather.
THE GORE-TEX COAT
Fore-tex Paclite Coat
Dating all the way back to 1969, Gore-Tex is known for being a bit of a wonder fabric. It's highly durable, breathable, windproof and waterproof, making it ideal for braving harsh winter elements. This stylish shirt-style coat from streetwear brand thisisneverthat is seam-taped and practical for cold days.
THE THRIFTED LEATHER COAT
Italian Vintage Leather Trench Coat
Granted, a vintage leather jacket is more about style than warmth, but if you get it oversized then there's room for jumpers underneath. You can walk into pretty much any vintage store and find a rail full of leather coats. If you're looking for a sustainable, stylish option, you really can't go wrong.
THE OUTDOOR COAT
Classic Retro-X Shell-Trimmed Fleece Jacket
The founder of Patagonia recently donated the brand to a charity to help fight climate change, so you know you can shop there with a clean conscience. This fleece jacket is performance-driven for harsh outdoor conditions. It’s crafted from partially recycled fleece and fitted with a bonded windproof membrane and HeiQ® Fresh odour control to keep you looking and feeling fresh.
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