If you’ve found yourself shivering and saying out loud, “Wow, when did it get so cold?” it’s probably time to coat yourself with proper warmth. While, unfortunately, many women’s winter jackets tend to veer toward the unshapely (and sometimes downright unsightly), you can still make do with the style details that make bundling up a tad more fashionable. We’re talking about wool outers with men’s-inspired lapels, muppet-level faux furs, floor-skimming puffers, and other cute coat trends that warrant a street-style moment. Below, take a gander at the best winter jackets for women that will keep you bundled up and toasty but in the chicest way possible.
The cottagecore madness is still going strong, and this homebody Americana look has found its way into luxury coats in the form of reimagined patchwork quilts.
To offset the stale, ordinariness of a winter coat, opt for one that's adorned with a ruffled collar. This year's selection includes the likes of fringe, bows, or even oversize clown-like ruching.
Bring vibrancy back into the drabby winter months with winter coats splashed with neon colors, graphic patterns, or artfully designed prints.
Howlin' For Houndstooth
Based on what we're seeing, houndstooth is on its way back. So give this classic print a whirl and grab a winter coat emblazoned with this black-and-white motif, which is being reimagined in every way, from zoomed-in and pixelated to pulled back and miniaturized.
Puffers are no longer sporting simple stitching across the body. Instead, puffy jackets and liners now have intricate quilted patterns all over, infusing a bit of grandma-approved flair with modern silhouettes.
Tonally speaking, these coats are on double duty: Each half is impressively pulling equal weight in terms of texture, design, and form. No need to make a decision here — with these color-blocked or two-toned jackets, you can have the best of both worlds.
The puffer-parka hybrids are truly leaning into the gorpcore movement with the half-zipped pullover styles. This winter jacket may not be suitable for everyone, but for those who desire a more cocoon-like coverage, this trend is sure to please.
Mixed material coats are certainly remixing the outerwear space right now. For example, the upper half might be edging toward a sherpa while the bottom half is passing off as a puffer or trench. But, no matter how polar these textures are, as the adage goes, opposites do attract.
Don't shy away from volume — the puffer jacket is here to stay. This year, you can find a variety of options including ones stuffed with ethically sourced down or synthetic fluff, versions that are cropped or over-the-butt and in fitted or supremely oversized silhouettes.
Wrapped In Wool
The men's-inspired wool coat — with the lapels, button closures, mostly neutral color palettes, and that sweet mid-length — is such a mainstay classic that it shouldn't even be categorized as a "trend." But, look closely and you'll see that this year's wool-ish coats also have refreshed design details like romance sleeves and higher necklines.
We all know that sherpa has been around for a long time, but seemingly out of nowhere, it's everywhere this season. Perhaps, it's because the sherpa coat is a more substantial version of the fleece jacket. Or, maybe it's because the sherpa coat is a more laid-back version of the teddy coat. Either way, this is a winter jacket you'll want to consider for cozy-seeking days.
Down To Duvet
There's nothing more satisfying than throwing on what is essentially a wearable sleeping bag. And, this year, floor-length puffers are proving to be chicer than previous years' iterations with more tent-like oversized-ness that is still lightweight but packs in extra-strength down power.
Faux fur coats are far more playful than they've ever been. Not at all concerned about looking like actual fur, these fuzzy overcoats in super-bright hues and non-realistic textures could effectively double as muppet-y costumes. How's that for a statement piece?
It's the winter jacket with attitude. The coat that refuses bulk. The trench for entering the Matrix. If voluminous outers aren't your thing, perhaps the sleek and streamlined faux leather trench will be. Just add a pair of shades for serving extra sass.
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