The best coats for autumn and beyond

Just like that, the weather has turned, the pumpkin spice lattes have returned and you’re selecting your winter coat. Fortunately, we can assist with the latter. Undoubtedly one of the biggest buys of the season - and the centrepiece of your autumn and winter 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 selected the very best coats we have to offer.


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1. The vinyl coat

Michael Kors Faux Leather Sherpa


Once reserved for the cast of The Matrix, the vinyl trend is now well and truly happening. From high-shine black to punchy hues, the leather jacket is the item of clothing on every fashion girls' radar right now. To tone it down a notch, wear yours with cream knit or a white tee.

Michael Kors, Faux Leather Sherpa, £350


2. The parka

Penfield Hilside Parka Jacket


A good parka is up there with the coolest, and cosiest, way to nail winter dressing. Big pockets, a fluffy hood to keep your ears warm, plus some seriously roomy pockets - what's not to love about this number?

Penfield Hilside Parka Jacket, £195


3. The camel coat

Max Mara Studio, Collag 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 Studio, Collag Coat, £720


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. Think pink



Why not think pink and make your seasonal investment a vibrant one? The exclusive Island Quilted Jacket from Barbour is just the shade to lift your wardrobe's spirit, even on greying autumn days.

Barbour International, Island Quilted Jacket, £199


6. The pea coat

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 and we think we’ve just found it. When it comes to winter dressing, a wool coat is always a winner; we’d be more than happy to spend winter cocooned in this Ted Baker design.

Ted Baker Ellgenc Long Belted Wrap Coat, £339


8. The teddy coat

Vero Moda Anne Teddy Jacket


Our fuzzy favourite of the season, the teddy coat is back, and we couldn't be happier. These coats range from quirky and bold to classic and minimal and add just enough touch-me texture to cosy up your autumn outfits.

Vero Moda, Anne Teddy Jacket, £90

9. The denim jacket


Why wait until spring to bust out a denim jacket? The key is clever layering. Treat it like a button-up (versus your traditional cotton shirt), or as an inner coat layered under your heavier winter coat. The Biba Quilt Denim jacket is our first choice.

Biba, Quilt Denim Jacket, £80

10. The Checked coat

Ted Baker, Rosylin Checked Belted Wrap Coat


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

Ted Baker, Rosylin Checked Belted Wrap Coat, £90