Your winter coat is your most important purchase of the season. Not only is it your most expensive big-ticket item, but it's also the one piece you'll wear every single day. Considering how much face time it gets, you need something that truly represents your personal style.
Still, shopping for a winter coat can be tedious. There's so much to consider—the color, the shape, the fabric ... the list goes on. So we took a closer look at the outerwear trends that hit the fall runways and put together a comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect one for you. Whether you're looking for a traditional peacoat or a dramatic duster, we've got you covered.
1. Cozy Cocoons
Cocoon coats are a great outerwear option for the girl that loves to layer. The extra roomy shoulders makes it easy to wear chunky knits and layers underneath. But not to worry, even though the silhouette is slightly oversized, the clean lines make for a structured shape that will look anything but bulky.
Runway inspiration (from left): Simone Rocha, Balenciaga, Acne Studios
3. River Island
4. Steffen Schraut
5. Power Prints
If you're bored with your basic black coat, a printed topper is your best bet. It proves that you're not afraid to take a fashion risk, and enjoy having all eyes on you. If you are looking for one with more everyday appeal, choose prints that are busy in design but simple in color.
Runway inspiration (from left): Jil Sander, Marni, Boss
9. Tailored Two-Toned
Two-tone toppers are the perfect way to inject your look with a touch of pizzazz without going over-the-top. Stick to moody hues, so the color pairings won't be jarring. If you’re concerned about your figure, wear darker colors on the parts of your body that you want to camouflage.
Runway inspiration (from left): Marc Jacobs, Boss, Burberry Prorsum
10. Mother of Pearl
13. Polished Puffers
In terms of warmth, puffer coats are as good as it gets. But merging warmth with style can seem like a tricky proposition. Luckily, designers delivered modern takes on the traditional puffer for fall, reinventing the style in unexpected colors and fresh shapes.
Runway inspiration (from left): Rag & Bone, Moschino, Fendi
17. Dramatic Dusters
If you're looking to make a statement this winter, duster coats are key. The floor-grazing hemline will add drama to your look while keeping your bottom half toasty.
Runway inspiration (from left): Chloé, Balmain, Emilio Pucci
21. Cool Color
Nothing brightens up a dreary winter day quite like a colorful coat. Let the vivid hues steal the spotlight by choosing a simple shape with minimal details.
Runway inspiration (from left): Rochas, Narciso Rodriguez, Jil Sander
23. French Connection
25. Classic Peacoats
A peacoat is as timeless as it gets. The sailor-inspired style is loved for its double breasted silhouette and statement buttons.
Runway inspiration (from left): Nina Ricci, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior
29. Romantic Robes
Robe coats bring an unmatched level of Old Hollywood glamour to your everyday look. The style is choice for creating an hourglass silhouette since you can cinch in your waist.
Runway inspiration (from left): Stella McCartney, Sportmax, Maiyet
33. Timeless Toggles
This season's toggle toppers have all of the elements that make them a classic, but they have been treated to of-the-moment updates, like plush textures and leather trimmings.
Runway inspiration (from left): Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou, Louis Vuitton
36. Miss Selfridge
37. Modernly Quilted
Quilted coats got a makeover this fall. These styles are as chic as ever thanks to refreshing silhouettes, like cocoon shapes and longer hemlines.
Runway inspiration (from left): Alexander Wang, Max Mara, Hermès