Best Winter Coats for Women

January 26, 2021

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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

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Classic Overcoat

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.

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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.

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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. If you prefer your shawl coat to be able to close, check out this wrap shawl coat from J.Crew.

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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. I also have and love this Old Navy puffer jacket, too. Also a size M.

For an investment option with a water-repellent shell, check out this Patagonia jacket.

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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.

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The Teddy Faux Shearling Coat

Cozy sherpa right this way! I’ve had my teddy coat from Emerson Fry for three years now and still love it. This one from Amazon is super similar and I also like this one and this one from H&M. If you like darker colors or patterns check out this option. Looking for even more sherpa and faux shearling styles? Look no further.

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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.

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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 typically find a lot of great plaid coats at Zara each season, too.

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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. I size up in Sezane coats and am wearing this in a US 8 / FR40. This is a similar style that’s a bit more casual. This one, too.

Best Winter Coats for Women

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. I love this similar style.

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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 three years and it is great for dressier occasions but I also wear it often styled more casually as seen above.

Best Coats for Women

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 Military 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. This is a similar style.

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The coats I am adding to my collection next? I am eyeing this parka puffer from J.Crew, this gorgeous and classic wrap coat I’ve seen all over Instagram and this sporty-chic jacket from Amazon.

p.s. casual outfits with jeans and the best shoes for Fall & Winter.

5 comments on “Best Winter Coats for Women”

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

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