The Fashion Memo

The Winter Coats You’ll Want To Wear All Season Long

From fashion-forward silhouettes and cool color palettes to luxe leathers and ultra-soft faux furs, the season’s best winter coats will leave you longing for a cold snap

Barbara Valente

Still looking for the best winter coat to add to your closet? This season, designers across the board have upped their game, presenting standout pieces that strike the perfect balance between timely and timeless.

The oversized tailored coat

A winter alternative to the boyfriend blazer, an overcoat in slightly enlarged proportions is a smart, sharp choice for every day. With nods to formal tailoring, such as double-breasted buttoning and pressed lapels, and crafted from heritage tweeds, these enduring silhouettes – proffered by The Row, Victoria Beckham and Frankie Shop this season – will look polished paired with jeans and a T-shirt or add a masculine edge to slinky slip dresses for after-dark occasions.

The timeless trench

A trench has long been a staple in the modern closet, but this season’s styles espouse a minimalist attitude, with quirky design notes that catapult it firmly into the contemporary zone. Utzon’s sumptuous leather-trimmed shearing trench tops our wish lists for SS22, while cult German brand Kassl Editions subverts the norm by finishing its version with detachable sleeves that can also be worn as a scarf. Meanwhile, Chloé offers an ultra-luxe take on this closet staple in the form of a scallop-trimmed trench that sublimely combines prettiness with practicality.

Sylvie Mus
Pernille Teisbaek

The elevated puffer

The puffer coat’s relevance shows no signs of slowing and, for SS22, it comes replete with directional details that move it firmly away from the off-duty realm. Alexander McQueen’s voluminous style features a cinch-waist toggle to create a dramatic silhouette that is at once retro yet futuristic, while Deadwood’s cropped version is crafted from repurposed leather, offering an elevated take on this sports classic. For a puffer with timeless appeal, look to Rag & Bone for an understated mid-length style that you’re guaranteed to wear year after year.

The enveloping blanket coat

On colder days, nothing feels more cocooning than swathing yourself in blanket-style layers and, thankfully, designers have received the memo that cozy comfort is on the agenda for SS22. Fluid silhouettes reign supreme at Norma Kamali and The Row – whose scuba and cashmere designs are an ideal indoor-outdoor hybrid to layer over chunky knits. Two-in-one is the order of the day at Isabel Marant, whose clever iteration blends a billowing cape silhouette with a more structured overcoat for that sumptuous yet snug combo, while Tove’s built-in scarf will prove the ideal accessory you’ll never leave behind.

Felicia Akerstrom
Carolyn Murphy

The ultra-cozy shearling coat

Natural textures have an enduring appeal, and nothing feels as tactile as a teddy-like shearling coat – guaranteed to keep you snug on even the coolest days. With midi lengths and subtly structured silhouettes, elegant iterations by the likes of Proenza Schouler and Interior prove perfect for dramatic after-dark dressing. For something a little more understated, look to New York designer Nili Lotan – her cropped ivory jacket is a lesson in sartorial restraint that will look ultra-sleek when partnered with wintry whites.


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