After ten years of living in New York City, I have amassed quite the collection of coats. Coats are my favorite way to make a statement with my outfits during November through at least March when we experience Winter Weather in the Northeast. So today I am rounding up the best winter coats for women to add variety to your wardrobe but also ensure you have a winter coat for every ocassion.
I think the right coat with the right outfit is the best way to look put together and stylish instead of looking frumpy or just wearing any old coat to top an outfit in Fall and Winter. So building out a wardrobe of timeless and practical coats will make winter a bit more enjoyable and getting dressed during the cold months that much easier.
When shopping for coats I personally look for things like versatility (can I wear it several ways? will I get a lot of use out of it?), comfort (always key when I am buying pieces), warmth and of course practicality. I want my coats to be well made and be able to really work for me. That’s why I’ve culled together a list of what I think are the best Winter coats for women to own in their wardrobes. I hope you’ll find this post a helpful resource as you build out your own coat closet.
Best Winter Coats for Women
A timeless style that will never be dated – the overcoat. This is a personal favorite style of coat for me in the Winter as it can be dressed up or dressed down thanks to its timeless and classic wool. I am wearing the Everlane Overcoat above in a size 2. If you like a bit more menswear vibe from your overcoat, I recommend the J.Crew Double Breasted Jacket. Abercrombie has a similar Dad Coat style, too.
The Lighter-Weight Winter Jacket
If you live in a climate that never gets too, too cold – a classic car coat like this Sezane Johnson Coat is perfect for you. It has a nice weight to it but doesn’t provide too much warmth. I wear it most of Fall and on warmer days in the Winter. It has such a stylish fit ensuring it’ll never go out of style. I size up in Sezane coats and am wearing this in US 8 / FR40.
This coat from Abercrombie is a similar style for a bit less and so is the J.Crew Daphne coat (seen on below in size 6):
The Blazer Coat
A blazer but make it a coat! This Sezane James Coat always gets wear in the Fall months for me. I love the exaggerated lapel, the extra length on it and the weight of the material. Such a chic silhouette.
Wearing size 6. Additional colors/patterns available.
The Wrap Coat
A wrap coat in a beautiful, high quality fabric like cashmere should be in every woman’s wardrobe. My wrap coat above is from The Curated which is a small, female owned business who makes timeless staples for your wardrobe.
I’m wearing size M. I particularly love how this coat looks beautiful worn both opened or closed.
Club Monaco sells a similar style and so does Sezane.
The Tailored Oversized Coat
This silhouette is a favorite of mine. And this & Other Stories Coat is so good I own it in two colors!
I sized down to a size Small which still retains the oversized fit and feel without overwhelming my frame.
Abercrombie has a similar style, too.
The Cropped Oversized Coat
One of my most worn coats once a chill hits the air. I love this oversized Leo Coat from Sezane for an instant cool girl factor to pretty much any outfit. It also looks really chic paired with my favorite athleisure looks and gets a lot of wear that way, too.
The Shawl Coat
Perfectly slouchy, perfectly drapey and so easy to throw on and look instantly more pulled together- the shawl coat is where it is at. My favorite of the moment is this Double Face gorgeously tailored Eileen Fisher Coat that I featured in this post (size down – I’m wearing a size S).
The Sporty Puffer
I wear and layer a puffer jacket throughout Winter. It is my go-to when heading to workouts, hikes or long walks on less frigid days and I love that the Amazon Essentials one I’m wearing here can be easily packed into a small carrying case for being portable. I wear a M.
For an investment option with a water-repellent shell, check out this Lululemon puffer jacket.
The Hooded Chateau Parka
A classic coat you’ll never tire of: the J.Crew chateau park with a hood. It’s beautifully tailored for a great fit, features large pockets and pretty detailing atop the classic Italian wool fabric. The fur trimmed hood adds a touch of glam that makes this coat easy to dress up. I wear a size 6. Lots of colors are available.
The Teddy Faux Shearling Coat
Cozy sherpa right this way! I’ve had my teddy coat from Emerson Fry for four years now and still love it but I am also eyeing their updated version which is more formal and tailored and just looks gorgeous. This style with toggles is cute, too.
I also own this Teddy Coat from Amazon in a black in a size Small.
The Cocoon Coat
A perfectly oversized fit makes this Everlane Cocoon coat super versatile. It features luxurious double faced wool that’ll keep you warm and is perfect to be either dressed up or dressed down. This coat gets a ton of mileage from me. I have it in size 2.
The Quilted Liner Coat
If you live in a climate where it never really gets that cold – a quilted liner coat is kind of the perfect piece for you. I wear mine in the Fall but because my Amazon one (above – size M) is reversible the sherpa side is also ideal for Winter for warmer climates.
I also love the Everlane Quilted Liner Coat.
The Plaid Coat
If you’re like me and have a wardrobe largely made up of neutrals, a plaid coat is such a great topper. I particularly love it in a more timeless silhouette that hits below the knee like the Abercrombie “Dad Coat” I am wearing above in a size Medium. I like this similar style, too.
I typically find a lot of great plaid coats at Zara each season, too.
The Cropped Jacket
I love a cropped jacket for days that don’t require heavier coats and this Sezane Hamptons coat is made from a beautifully weighted fabric has such stylish touches like the cuff detail and the removable sherpa collar.
The Double Breasted Topcoat
A must-have in my wardrobe is a classic Double Breasted Topcoat. Slim in its tailoring and usually in a wool, this is the perfect chic topper to elevate any outfit. Above I’m wearing an Ann Taylor Coat in size Small.
J.Crew has a similar top coat style as does Club Monaco.
The Roomier Topper
Ideal for layering or if you need a bump friendly coat, I love a coat in this style that’s roomy through the hips. The M.M.LaFleur Kasha Coat is an ideal neutral for wear and it is light enough and slim enough to pack well for winter trips. Use code WIT&WHIMSY20 for 20% off your first M.M.LaFleur order (full price items only).
The Dress Up Coat
For those dressier occasions in Winter a timeless structured wool coat that hits below the knee is perfect. I’m wearing the Club Monaco Daylina Coat that’s been a best seller for nearly five years now in size Medium (available now in a plaid). I love this similar style.
The Details Coat
If you’re someone who loves a coat with a bit of pizazz, I recommend this leather trimmed coat from Club Monaco. I’ve had mine for over four years and it is great for dressier occasions but I also wear it often styled more casually as seen above.
The Practical Puffer Coat
And of course I had to include a practical puffer coat. This is the coat I pull out on the coldest days when nothing else will do. I am wearing the Everlane Re:New Parka that’s equal parts sporty and stylish and keeps me warm even in frigid temperatures. This coat is comprised of 100% recycled down insulation and I love that it doesn’t add loads of weight to your frame like many other puffer coats. Rather it looks streamlined over any outfit. It also features a water-resistant finish, a snorkel hood, fleece-lined hand pockets, and internal sleeve cuffs. It’s a great puffer coat and perfect for cold weather. Size Medium.
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I have a few places I always look for coats at. They include & Other Stories, Ann Taylor, H&M, Mango, Club Monaco, Everlane, Abercrombie, Sezane, Zara and J.Crew.
Do you have a favorite style?!
You have the most beautiful coats!! Love it!!
Thank you so much, Christine! I love my collection so much!
Love this post! So many beauties!! Wondering about the sizing of the Sezane Johnson. Did you find that it runs true to size? Thank you!
Great question and apologies I didn’t include sizing info! I size up always in Sezane and sometimes by two sizes in coats! I wear the Johnson in the 40FR sizing which I believe is a US 8!
So helpful. Thank you!
I always find these posts so helpful. Thank you so much for sharing! Do you have a top 3 of coats that you find yourself reaching for the most?
My wrap coats get the most use always!