Unless you’re an avid outdoors enthusiast, the best winter coats are typically not only high-performing, but they also fit your personal style. A great coat has the power to pull together an entire outfit, no matter what’s underneath (which, let’s be honest, is probably sweats).
What winter coat should you buy?
Depends on what your needs are and where you live. Winter coats with a down fill are the warmest and are best for people who plan to spend a ton of time outdoors. If, on the other hand, you’re working from home this season and plan on being outside only for essential errands, a down alternative, a classic peacoat, or an oversized teddy coat that can be layered might be more your speed.
How often should I wash my winter coat?
Most experts agree that unless your outerwear takes a regular beating, washing or dry cleaning once a season is enough, and twice if it’s your everyday coat. Several nylon down styles are machine-washable, while wool and fur should be dry-cleaned or steamed.
Whether filled with down or some type of down alternative, the warmest winter coats for keeping you extra warm are, undeniably, puffy styles with plenty of room underneath to layer. (Think: ski jackets gone cute.) Down parkas are the sartorial equivalent of wrapping up in a big, comfy sleeping bag.
For starters, look for puffer jackets with water-repellant outer shells like nylon or ripstop to protect against snow, sleet, and rain. Styles with an elastic drawstring hem are also good for minimizing heat loss, and anything with a higher collar or removable hood provides welcome extra warmth. Best part? You can find bestsellers at a variety of price points.
The North Face Windproof and Water Resistant 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
This updated reissue of the ’90s classic is made from durable nylon ripstop and filled with responsibly sourced goose down.
Eddie Bauer Women’s CirrusLite Down Jacket
Nothing beats a super-ultralight winter coat, and this one is filled with responsibly sourced 650-fill premium down, can be thrown right into the washing machine, and features an elastic hem at the waist to minimize heat loss and a higher collar for extra warmth.
Madewell Holland Quilted Puffer Parka
Orolay Women’s Duck Down Coat with Faux Fur Trim
This viral “Amazon coat” is filled with 90% duck down and 10% duck feather; it’s windproof and comes in a variety of colors.
Summersalt The Reversible Packable Puffer
Columbia Lay D Down II Mid Jacket
Among the best winter coats out there are classic full-length wool coats that effortlessly pull together outfits, no matter what’s underneath. Whether you cinch it with a belt or opt for a buttoned style, the season’s available styles suit everyone. The only drawback? They’re not as warm as an insulated jacket—nor usually weatherproof—so check the temp before you head out.
Mango Double-Breasted Knee-Length Coat
Kate Spade Fit & Flare Wool Blend Coat
Lovers and Friends Carla Coat
& Other Stories Belted Voluminous Wool Coat
Nordstrom Women’s Notch Collar Textured Coat
Faux Fur Coats
Bring extra elegance and warmth to your winter days with stylish, faux fur winter coats. These super-soft, extra-toasty picks are cold-weather must-haves. Relaxed fits and knee-length styles are having a moment right now, but elegant cropped picks and cinched styles are also on point.
Avec Les Filles Bunny Faux Fur Coat
Halogen Faux Fur Teddy Coat
Lovers and Friends Romy Coat
Anthropologie Chevron Faux Fur Coat
Apparis Goldie Faux Fur Hooded Jacket
Free People Stella Pluche Faux Fur Coat
Teddy styles are among the coziest winter coats for women. Pro tip: Go oversized so you can layer hoodies and chunky sweaters underneath. Since they’re made of incredibly soft, tufted wool, they make for a winter jacket guaranteed to keep you warm through spring.
Marc New York Performance Teddy Fleece Shirt Jacket
Apparis Women’s Daryna Coat
Levi’s Retro Sherpa Jacket
Cos Hooded Shearling Gilet
Astr the Label Fauna Teddy Long Coat
Faux Leather and Suede Jackets
Though they lack the frostbite-resistant warmth of a heavyweight coat or down insulation, faux leather and suede jackets can always take on winter weather if paired with sherpa or a fleece lining—or trimmed with faux fur. (West Coasters can stick with ultralight versions—lucky you.) Whether you opt for a belted trench coat, quilted vest, or oversized biker jacket, the heavy fabric will help keep the chill out in style.