The Best Winter Coats For Women Will See You Through A Cold Spell In Style

The best winter coats are an investment, both in terms of style and money. Pick well, and you'll be both snug and stylish for years to come. Choose poorly, and your new buy is likely to have ended up on the charity pile by the time the next big freeze comes around.

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So, whether you want to snap up an elegant camel number or keep the elements at bay with a practical parka, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best winter coats. 

Much like your trusty best jeans, there are certain types of coats that you can guarantee will be in fashion year after year: the transitional trench, the pea coat, and the tailored wool coat, to name just a few.

Then, there are the warmest winter coats that we return to coldspell after coldspell: the puffer, the best parkas, the heavy-duty raincoat. All you need to do is add a pair of walking boots and you've got your outdoor look covered.

The best winter coats according to our experts

On the hunt for your new winter cover-up, then look no further! Our fashion experts have searched the stores and rifled through the cyber shelves to find the best winter coats on offer.

The best puffer coats

If there’s one coat that has become a sartorial hero, it’s the puffer coat, especially during the past year when comfort has been key. 

Much like a giant hug, a puffer coat is warm and cozy and the perfect cover-up for winter hibernation. As well as keeping you snug, puffer coats can be bold and daring too, so if you want to make a bit of a statement, this one’s for you. 

A puffer coat can transform the simplest of outfits, giving them a sporty 90s-inspired spin. Petites may want to veer towards a subtler quilted coat rather than an oversize puffer to avoid overwhelming their smaller frame (you can find our pick of the best quilted coats towards the bottom of this edit). 

A puffer coat is incredibly practical. This one will keep you toasty and it’s water repellent so will protect you during an unexpected short downpour. The cropped length means it won’t swamp your figure either—just offset the padding with a more fitted bottom half. We love the high collar and the addition of a hood too for added practicality. Available in four easy-to-adapt colors, the mink hue is our fave.

Gap has really nailed the statement-making puffer with this design. Available in classic black as well as a more vibrant pink and attention-seeking red, you can either play it safe or go all-out with this one. It’s made with 100% recycled polyester too, upping its sustainable credentials. It has water-resistant technology and cozy insulation. With a boxy fit, there’s plenty of room for layering underneath but you may want to downsize if you want a tighter fit.

Take it to the max in this longline puffer jacket for ultimate protection from the elements. Considered details such as a cozy faux fur lining, an inner pocket and ribbed cuffs to lock out the cold make this one a winter winner. The filler is also made from 100% recycled materials too for extra eco points. The chic navy hue makes it easy to weave into your wardrobe—one you can certainly throw over dresses in the evening.

The best wool coats

Fabric is key when shopping for the best winter coats and a wool coat is a go-to if you want to stay warm and smart. An essential part of your capsule wardrobe, a wool coat will add polish to any outfit, whether that be a simple roll neck and jeans combo or an elegant evening gown. 

A high-percentage wool coat—we’re talking about 70% here—tends to lean towards the higher end of the price scale but they will last so are a worthy investment. Stick to classic shades of black, camel and navy to ensure versatility.

This topcoat is a bestseller for a reason. Chic and understated, it will add a glamorous finishing touch to your look. Crafted from cozy Italian wool that’s tightly woven for warmth and less bulk, it has a relaxed fit with a statement button fastening to help streamline your shape. Universally flattering, it’s roomy enough for layering and has extra big pockets to stash the essentials too. The colors are dreamy, and we’re very tempted by the soft pink hue for a fresh update. Available in classic, petite and tall, to make it easy to find the perfect fit. 

Every winter wardrobe needs a well-tailored black coat and this one really packs a punch. It has an oversized silhouette making it easy to layer over chunky knits and the puff sleeves give the classic style a fresh update. Falling just below the knee, it offers plenty of coverage for when the cold sets in. Guaranteed to never go out of style, snap this up now and wear for years to come.

Sharpen your look with this military-inspired coat. With all the classic features of a trench coat such as storm flaps and notch lapels but with added warmth, thanks to the high wool content, it’s a timeless and elegant choice. The built-in-belt offers a flattering finish, cinching you in at the waist. There’s a nifty vent at the back with button detailing too. The olive hue is a stylish alternative to black.

The best raincoats

Whether you’re commuting or taking the dog for a walk, you won’t get very far without a raincoat. 

The best waterproof jackets balance fashion with function, delivering all the technical details to keep you dry whilst keeping you looking suitably stylish too. From sunny yellow macs to pared-back parkas, these will keep you dry during a light drizzle or a heavy downpour. 

Although some offer extra insulation during a cold spell too, most raincoats are a lot lighter than the average winter coat so if you’re looking for something warmer, you’re better off opting for a puffer or teddy coat instead. 

This coat really does have you covered, literally. As well as offering full protection from the heaviest of downpours, it also has a removable padded inner layer, offering a lighter cover-up in the summer as well as keeping you warm in the winter. All seams are tapered so there’s no chance of any rain getting in and the fabric is breathable too, keeping you cool and comfortable. It may be more practical than pretty, but at least your stylish outfit underneath won’t get wet. 

Rains are pros at crafting stylish, yet practical raincoats and this one is no exception. Taking inspiration from a classic trench silhouette, it has a tie belt to pull you in at the waist for a flattering and feminine finish. The fabric is lightweight and breathable with a chic matte finish for a luxurious edge. Technical details such as adjustable cuffs, snap buttons and zip fastening, plus a fishtail back and roomy hood makes this a shower-friendly staple.

Keep it traditional and embrace the seaside vibes with this nautical number by classic French brand Saint James. It’s waterproof, windproof and breathable with handy ventilation to prevent overheating and a soft cotton lining for comfort. The striped lining is a fun touch to the brand's classic Breton heritage, and the vibrant yellow hue will cheer up the gloomiest of days. Perfect for everything from windy beach walks and to summer festivals, it will work all-year-round too. It has a relaxed fit allowing room if you need to layer warmer clothes underneath, including padded gilets to increase the warmth factor.

The best parka coats

Coat trends may come and go but a parka is one of the styles that sticks around and rightly so. 

The practical parka is one of the warmest winter coats, often featuring padding or fleece lining and a handy hood sometimes with a removable faux fur trim. Many styles have drawstring detailing to help streamline the silhouette, making it a flattering choice for all figures too. 

Although it lends to a more casual aesthetic, it’s still incredibly versatile and looks just as good layered over dresses as it does with your jeans. Keep it simple in go-to khaki or shake it up in navy or a vibrant hue.

For a coat that will protect against the elements, this beauty from Fjallraven will be your new BFF. It’s wind and rain resistant with protective flaps on the inside and the outside to keep the cold out and an adjustable hood. The waist features adjustable buttons at the back so you can get the perfect fit. Ticking all those functional features, (including lots of handy pockets) the design is pretty stylish and sleek too, making it wearable in the city and the countryside. Available in five different hues, swap classic khaki for the chic new burgundy shade or a pop of sunny yellow and team with one of their best backpacks.

We can always rely on Sweaty Betty to cover style and substance and this nifty parka is a bestseller, much like their Power Leggings

. Designed with walking and hiking in mind, the fabric is breathable and waterproof with taped seams for extra protection. The cuffs and hood are adjustable and there’s an elasticated waist to help streamline your shape. It comes up slightly oversized, so you may want to downsize and the longer length works well if you’re tall or want more protection.

Combine the practicality of the parka with the toastiness of the teddy and you get this cozy coat. Featuring a borg lining for extra snugness, the chic navy hue makes it easy to weave into your current wardrobe. It has a longer fishtail back for extra coverage and adjustable ties too. The relaxed fit allows plenty of room for layering over chunky sweaters. Wear with your favorite denim on your winter walks or stay warm in the evenings and throw over a floral frock.

The best camel coats

If it’s guaranteed chic-ness you’re after then you can’t beat a camel coat. Elegant and timeless, a camel coat will help pull together the simplest of looks. 

Although available in an array of different styles, camel coats lean towards the smarter end of the scale—from a cozy robe to a tailored design. The neutral hue makes it incredibly versatile too and will pretty much work with any color thrown at it. For a fashion-forward look, team with other neutral hues such as tan and black. 

The elegant style will work round-the-clock, but if you’re stepping out on a muddy dog walk you may want to keep it practical in a parka or quilted coat instead.  

Sleek and minimalist, this pared-back design is guaranteed to go the distance. It features a peak lapel and a hidden button fastening for an unfussy finish. Reiss are masters and creating wardrobe classics that don’t skimp on quality and this is no exception. It’s fully lined with a high wool percentage so it will keep you warm throughout winter too. A never-dated style you’ll reach for every year.  

Max Mara’s iconic 101801 design firmly put camel coats at the top of every fashion editor’s wish list when it launched in the early eighties and it’s still going strong today, proving its longevity. The double-breasted silhouette keeps it structured and smart whilst the knotted belt helps to cinch you in at the waist. Details such as the softly draped sleeves keep it fresh and the wool cashmere-blend is delightfully soft on the skin. Invest now and wear forever more.

If you can’t quite stretch the budget to a designer number, this beauty from H&M is the next best thing. Thanks to the camel hue and smart robe design, it looks expensive without the hefty price tag. Customers highly rate the warmth and heaviness of the coat making it a winner during the colder months. It has an oversized fit, making it easy to layer whilst the built-in belt helps to tighten the fit at the waist. The concealed snap fasteners make it easy to slip on and off too. 

The best faux fur coats

There is something incredibly indulgent about throwing on a faux fur coat. An instant outfit-maker, wear over a simple jeans and tee combo for maximum impact with little effort. Not only that, much like the teddy coat, they are incredibly cozy too, like curling up under a blanket with a warm cup of tea. 

Whether you go for a chic neutral number or a look-at-me vibrant hue, a faux fur coat will make a playful addition to your coat collection. Petite frames may find some bulky styles a bit overwhelming so opt for a cropped style or look out for a quilted or teddy design instead.

Faux fur coats are a luxurious choice for a winter wedding, keeping your outfit looking glamorous and party-ready. This Hobbs number is top of our list, thanks to the easy-to-wear neutral hue. The perfect companion to your party outfit, whether that’s an LBD or a sequin skirt, it will keep you feeling warm and looking extravagant. Finishing just below the hip, it won’t overpower petite frames either. Cozy and super soft on the skin, you won’t want to take this one off. 

Well if you’re going to splurge on a faux fur coat, why not go all-out with this vibrant number. Sporting a color-block red and peach design, it feels joyous just looking at it. Minimal styling is needed with this one, wear over an all-black outfit and let the coat take center stage. It has a relaxed fit with an open front so a good option if you don’t want anything too clingy. Wear this on a blustery winter morning and it’s bound to boost your mood.

Leopard print may seem like a bold choice but it's actually surprisingly wearable. Treat the animal print like a neutral and team with almost anything. Except maybe double leopard print! Once more, leopard print never goes out of style so you will be able to rock this for years to come. This has an oversized fit so layer over a cream knit and wear with grey jeans and studded ankle boots for a polished weekend getup.

The best teddy coats

Much like the name suggests, a teddy coat feels as soft as your favorite childhood toy and who wouldn’t want that wrapped around you? Usually made of faux fur to resemble a teddy bear’s fluff, they come in an array of styles and fits from cropped jackets to oversized cocoon designs. When it comes to colors, you can snap up a classic brown hue or make a statement in a pop of pink.

Thanks to the wide range of fits and cuts, it’s easy to find a teddy coat to suit your shape too. They tend to be less bulky than a faux fur coat so are generally more flattering. A cocoon style has a relaxed fit so great for skimming over your figure whilst a cropped design won’t overwhelm petite frames. For something more tailored, opt for a trench or peacoat instead.

A bomber style with a teddy bear texture gives this jacket an achingly cool aesthetic. It has a ribbed hemline and cuffs and is fully lined to keep the cold out. The rounded collar adds a sweet, preppy touch to the traditionally sporty style and the relaxed fit allows plenty of room for layering. Its shorter style makes it a great option for petites and in-between season days but may not cut-it when it comes to ice-cold temperatures.

For a more classic teddy bear coat, this one ticks all the boxes. It has a relaxed silhouette for a slightly oversized fit and that toasty teddy texture. It’s fully lined for added warmth and the double-breasted design gives it a smart, polished finish. The caramel hue plays well with pretty much anything in your wardrobe so try layering over midi dresses and boots or jeans and a striped jumper for a cozy Autumnal look.

Prepare to make a statement in this pink teddy coat. The cocoon design is super flattering, hanging effortlessly over your figure for a relaxed look. Wear open to show off your outfit, or use the hidden button fastening to keep the cold out. The wide lapels and v-neckline is flattering on the bust too. Layer over a floral frock and slouchy boots for a feminine winter look.

The best trench coats

If you’re looking to invest in a classic coat that you’ll wear for years to come, then a trench coat is a wise choice. A key part in any woman’s capsule wardrobe, the timeless trench has been around for 100 years—and has barely changed, proving the design has serious longevity. 

Practical and chic, a trench coat has a built-in belt that cinches you in at the waist to create a flattering hourglass silhouette. They are double-breasted, often with storm flaps, epaulettes and statement buttons. Guaranteed to pull any look together, they are smart enough for the 9-5 but can also be casually thrown over denim for a polished weekend look. They’re not as thick as other coats, so if you’re after the warmest winter coat you’d be better off going for a quilted coat instead.

It wouldn’t be a trench coat roundup without the OG from designer Burberry. Invented by Thomas Burberry for the military during the First World War, it’s still as practical as ever and pretty stylish too. Burberry has since created a plethora of different designs but we highly rate the Waterloo Heritage trench for a classic and contemporary pick. Crafted from cotton, it has all the traditional features including a storm flap, double-breasted fastening, a classic collar and the iconic checked lining. Oh-so-elegant, it’s a life-long investment worth making.

If you’re not ready to splurge on a designer trench then this Mango dupe will do the job for a fraction of the price. It has all the must-have details including a built-in belt, lapel collar, buttoned cuffs and a double-breasted design. As part of Mango’s Committed collection, it has been produced using sustainable fibers or processes. It feels a lot more expensive than it is and you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of this one.

For those looking to step away from the traditional trench coat style, let us introduce this sage trench coat. Instead of the built-in-belt it has drawstring detailing to pull you in at the waist. It also has an asymmetric button fastening, instead of a double-breasted style and notch lapels. We love the sage hue for a fresh update but it also comes in beige if you want to keep it classic. It comes up slightly oversized, so you may want to downsize for a slimmer fit.

The best pea coats

Another classic that has stood the test of time is the pea coat. The most distinguishing feature of the pea coat is that it is double-breasted. Originally worn by sailors, it now comes in an array of styles, from trend-led checks to color-popping hues. 

It’s traditionally quite short in length, which makes it a good choice for petite frames. Its tailored style also means it can instantly smarten up any winter look. 

Look for details such as gold-embossed buttons for a luxe finish. Check the wool percentage if you want to stay warm but if you’re looking for a longer coat, look to the teddy or padded styles instead.

The vibrant green hue gives this classic peacoat a modern update. Featuring a distinctive double breasted fastening, the embossed buttons add a luxe touch too. The slight a-line shape gives it more of a feminine silhouette, ideal for teaming with a mini skirt or dress for an elegant evening look. The rich shade might not go with everything but it would make a bold statement on an evening out.

British brand M&S has a vast selection of stylish well-made outerwear and this pea coat is no exception. Cut to a classic pea coat shape it has a traditional double-breasted style with gold-tone crested buttons and cuffs, tapping into that military aesthetic. It has a touch of wool of extra warmth and a very handy internal pocket. We love the dark khaki hue for a nod to utility but it’s also available in an easy-to-wear black too.

If you fancy splashing out on a designer number, we love this modern take on the pea coat design. Featuring an oversized fit for a slouchy vibe, it’s ideal for layering over chunky sweats. Crafted from 100% virgin wool it’s guaranteed to keep you toasty during a cold spell too. It has a double-breasted finish with wide lapels and finishes just at the thighs. Petite frames should downsize to avoid the oversized shape overwhelming the figure. Team with other neutral hues for a chic tonal look.

The best quilted coats

Much like the aforementioned puffer coat, a quilted coat is the closest thing to stepping out in your duvet. 

They have a more casual aesthetic that can be thrown over any outfit for instant warmth. Petites should stick to finer quilting and cropped styles to avoid the outerwear swamping the frame. 

Although some designs (e.g. belted) are slightly smarter, they tend to have more of a sporty vibe which might not suit the 9-5. In that case, opt for a tailored pea coat or polished trench.

Thanks to its smart belted design, this quilted coat from Mango will work just as well in the city as it does in the countryside. The built-in belt helps to cinch in the puffed-out oversized style for a more streamlined, feminine silhouette. Its unfussy style makes it easy to throw over any look and the press stud fastening ensures a snug fit. The filling is made from 100% recycled polyester to tick off that sustainable box too.

This practical yet fashionable number really packs a punch. Filled with eco-friendly insulation, it’s a warm-as-down alternative made of 100 percent recycled content. It has a regular fit that makes it easy for layering (although it’s so toasty you really don’t need much underneath) and it boasts a hood for any unexpected downpours. Not only that, it all packs into a handy neck pillow so you can easily take it away on your winter escape.

Barbour has a loyal following including the Duchess of Cambridge who has been spotted in their designs on a few occasions. When it comes to the warmest winter coats, the British brand is a go-to and their quilted jackets are both snug and stylish. The Ashore Quilted Jacket features two way zip fastening, a toggle-adjustable hood and is padded with Barbour Fibre Down for extra snugness. The chic navy hue is a good alternative to black and is the perfect choice for brisk walks in the countryside.

How to pick the best Winter coat for you

Joely Chilcott, former Style Editor at woman&home, advises: “It's important to think about lifestyle factors; are you looking for everyday outerwear to keep you wrapped up on dog walks? A smarter style to take you from day to night with ease? Or perhaps a jacket that can see you through all weather?” 

Depending on your priorities, we recommend the following styles:

  • For outdoor errands: Parkas | Puffer coats | Rain coats

  • For versatility (smart and casual occasions): Camel coats | Wool coats | Trench coats | Pea coats

  • For special occasions: Faux fur coats | Camel Coats | Wool coats

How to pick the warmest winter coats

There are a few key things to look for if you want to bag the warmest winter coat. Fabric plays a key part, so look for coats with a high wool percentage if you want to keep toasty. A brilliant insulator, the holes between the fibers ensure it’s breathable, too. 

“‘Wool mix’ doesn’t always mean a high wool content. Ideally you want around 80%,” explains Wendy.

If you find that wool irritates your skin, look to a lined coat you can wear itch-free.

Cashmere is another fabric to look for when shopping for the warmest winter coat, albeit a pricier one. A cashmere-wool blend would be a more affordable compromise.

Quilted jackets often feature down padding which uses the fuzzy under-feathers of ducks or geese to create impressive insulation. Tiny pockets of warm air are trapped between the fluff, retaining heat.  Alternatively, synthetic down is cheaper and still a warm choice for a vegan-friendly option.

Longer coats are more likely to keep you warm from head-to-toe and despite wanting to show off your outfit underneath your cover-up, coats are more likely to keep the cold out if they are buttoned or zipped up.

What are the most flattering winter coats

With all the extra layers, coats can sometimes feel bulky. If you’re after a coat to enhance your figure, Wendy explains the key things to look for:

  • If you’re curvy with proportionate shoulders and hips, and a slim waist, a wrap coat is perfect. With edge to edge styles you can wrap it to suit your shape.

  • Petites should stay away from longer length coats that will swamp. Instead, opt for pea coats, faux fur bomber jackets, cropped styles, or ¾ length fitted styles.

  • Pears with wider hips, and smaller waist and shoulders should try oversized collars, anything with contrast pattern such as a faux fur collar, or styles with a little padding or shoulder emphasis to add width at the top

  • Athletic figures without much waist definition will suit masculine tailored Crombie style coats, color blocking, or military detail such as brass buttons.

  • Apple shapes with a fuller midsection should choose relaxed or A-line silhouettes.

Winter coat trends for 2021 / 2022

Little tends to change when it comes to the best winter coats trends, but some new ones have emerged as front-runners lately:

  • Quilted coats
  • Trench coats
  • Camel coats
  • Bright coats

“This season, I have my eye on a quilted coat. A step down from the voluminous padded cover-up that reigned supreme last year, a quilted number provides an ample amount of padding for warmth without drowning my frame and adding bulk,” explains Joely.

If you're looking to invest in a style that lasts, Joely recommends a classic trench or the best leather jackets.

“A neutral trench cinches in the waist with a belt while wide lapels frame a fuller bust so it's a style that suits all shapes and sizes and can be worn for all occasions. While an edgy biker jacket looks just as fab with jeans as it does toughening up a floral dress," adds Joely.

It’s also worth considering what color would work with your existing wardrobe too. A colorful coat will instantly elevate your look whilst a camel coat is a timeless classic.

“A bright coat makes a statement, and you can wear it over plain black, while camel suits all skin tones and looks expensive,” says Wendy Rigg, Fashion Director and Brand Consultant.

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