A fashion editor’s winter-coat wish list

best winter coats
Editorial team

It’s what’s on the outside that counts. Here are the four major coat trends to know this season

1. The modern trench

When it comes to finding the best trans-seasonal coat, there’s nothing more practical or stylish than a classic trench. Choose one in original camel for effortlessly French je ne sais quoi, or consider this black AllSaints trench, which has a cut and chic simplicity that deserves more than a passing glance.

2. Touch-me texture

There’s no shortage of kind and cuddly stuff around this winter. For a tactile look that takes your outfit to the next level, seek out faux fur in statement shades or a cosy teddy style.

3. A formal approach

As tailoring returned to the AW23 runways, so too did more structured outerwear styles like the Crombie. Cut to mid-thigh and single-breasted, this classic style works beautifully over a trousersuit or wide-leg trousers. 

4. All-weather leather

Leather coats and jackets have become all-season staples, shoulder-robed over dresses as the autumn draws in, and offering protection from the elements when layered over cosy knits in winter. This luxurious leather trench, which comes in for less than £400, is one of our design team’s favourites.

5. Wearable central heating

Should the Beast from the East make another unwelcome visit to these isles, ensure your school run or commute is more tolerable with a down-filled jacket. Cropped styles give a modern silhouette, while maxi lengths offer as much comfort as wearing your actual duvet!

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