The best coats for autumn and beyond

Just like that, the kids are back at school, the pumpkin spice lattes have returned and you’re selecting your winter coat investments. Fortunately, we can assist with the latter. Undoubtedly one of the biggest buys of the season - and the centrepiece of your autumn wardrobe – getting your coat right will ensure sartorial success in the months to come. From heritage checks to classic camels, we’ve done the hard bit for you and handpicked the very best coats we have to offer.


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1. The trench coat

Gant, Essential Trench Coat


From Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, trench coats have become something of a wardrobe classic, unrivalled in both versatility and elegance. Throw over a midi dress during the week and pair with jeans and trainers on a weekend for an instant shot of Parisian chic. The one updated rule of the season? Make sure you go for an oversized style.

Tommy Hilfiger, Essential Trench Coat, £290


2. The Barbour jacket

Barbour 125 Liddesdale Quilted Jacket


There are few more quintessentially British pieces of clothing than the Barbour jacket and even fewer are able to count the likes of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss among their loyal fans. If your wardrobe is lacking a Barbour, now is the time to change that. Starting with this style from the Icons Reimagined collection - celebrating 125 years of Barbour's heritage with archive favourites.

Barbour, 125 Liddesdale Quilted Jacket, £189


3. The camel coat

Max Mara, Ted Wrap Coat


There are few items more classic, flattering and versatile than the perennially chic camel coat and Max Mara is the gold standard (or the camel standard, as the case may be). Minimalists are sure to be seduced by the sleek simplicity of this relaxed yet refined wraparound style - it’s a bona fide investment piece that will last for years.

Max Mara, Ted Wrap Coat, £565


4. The puffer

The North Face, Hyalite Down Jacket


The fashion world wants us to bunker down and keep cosy this winter with a sense of clothes as urban armour. Whether you’re stalking the mean streets, or battling the elements, take a functional, sports-inflected puffer with you. There's a quilted style for everyone, from belted to cropped - so take your duvet day on the road.

The North Face, Hyalite Down Jacket, £180


5. The shaket

Mint Velvet, Camo Utility Jacket


We've reached that awkward phase when it's just not entirely clear how to suit-up when you're stepping out. We're here with a crucial reminder that the major key to those in-between days lies in clever layers. Enter the shacket, the sartorial inbetweener that sits between a shirt and a jacket will save you many a dilemma this fall.

Mint Velvet, Camo Utility Jacket, £129


6. The pea cot

GANT Classic Peacoat


Not everyone loves long coats (hello petite-girl-struggles), luckily the pea coat is a short and stylish alternative to a long wool coat. Traditionally rendered in navy-coloured Melton wool, it’s warm, easy to style and endlessly versatile thanks to its neat, tapered silhouette that leaves just enough room for a chunky piece of knitwear to slot underneath.

GANT, Classic Peacoat, £285


7. The wool coat

Ted Baker Ellgenc Long Belted Wrap Coat


Come winter, a lot of us colour-shy folk will be happy to slink back into a mostly-black outfit rotation so we'll need the perfect black coat to boot and we think we found it. When it comes to winter dressing, a wool coat is always a winner; we’d be more than happy to spend this winter cocooned in this Ted Baker design.

Ted Baker Ellgenc Long Belted Wrap Coat, £339


8. The checked coat

Biba, Check Trench Coat


Looking to imbue your closet with a little old-world glamour? Try heritage checks, which are back in a big way for autumn/winter with enough of a update to feel like a totally fresh proposition. Pair this stylish retro piece with smart separates to the office and trusty denim and lace-up ankle boots for autumnal weekend walks.

Biba, Check Trench Coat, £129