It’s that time of year again—you know, the time when I stop splurging on strappy sandals and flimsy dresses and start focusing my funds on coats, boots and other cold-weather gear. This year, in particular, I’m on the hunt for a few good winter jackets I can fit seamlessly into my wardrobe without sacrificing style. In my hunt, I’ve rounded up the best women’s winter coats of the season, and I’m kindly sharing them with you, too. I’ve already ordered my faves, so I’m not worried about my size selling out.
As a New Yorker, I would love to have just one winter coat and save space in my very tiny apartment closet, but unfortunately, I’ve found a few different varieties that I consider to be absolute must-haves. I love puffer coats, wool coats or fleece-lined options when the air is crisp, but not downright freezing. That said, when it comes to dead-of-winter cold, I need especially warm coats that can withstand the terrible weather, so my winter jackets need to be heavy AF.
My more heavy-duty winter coats have details like zippered pockets, removable hoods, faux fur and (more often than not) some sort of cinched waist detailing, so I don’t give off puffy snowman vibes. I still want to look cute, after all! Growing up, I swore all I needed was my North Face fleece half-zip and maybe a puff on chilly days, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate coats not just for warmth, but for style as well. A gorgeous wool coat completes a winter look like no other accessory can—and for the most part, it’s the only piece of your outfit people will see. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than throwing a coat you hate over an outfit you love and completely covering it up. Total vibe-killer!
Also, let’s address the elephant in the room: The best winter coats aren’t cheap. While I’ve come across some incredible under-$200 options (that you’ll see below!) in my search, the truth of the matter is that many high-end coat brands have developed special fabrics guaranteed to keep heat in and cold out, and if you live in a particularly chilly climate, investing once can keep you warm for years, if not forever. There are great options in the $500-$1000 price range that can keep you toasty in the coldest of weather—but of course, not everyone needs that level of insulation in their winter coat, nor does everyone want to shell out the coin.
The good news is, there’s a surefire way to achieve a similar level of warmth for less, and that’s the art of ~layering~. Throw on a sweater and layer up with a fleece, followed by a puffer or other lightweight, insulated jacket. If you’ve got a wool coat that fits over all that as the finishing touch, you’re aces. Some people prefer to invest in layers they can wear together or apart as needed, but others don’t see the point in buying multiple warm-ish coats when they could buy one winter coat that gets the job done for the same price of a few layers added up. There’s truly no wrong way to do it, so long as you’re happy with your cold-weather options.
Shopping for the right winter coat can be overwhelming with so many jackets on the market, so allow me to narrow down your search. Below, I’ve rounded up 21 gorgeous coats, all of which offer different levels of warmth and will suit different styles. There are a few fun puffers, some serious, long parkas and of course, a little bit of fluffy, fuzzy goodness thrown in for good measure. Read on for the best women’s winter coats of the season.
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The North Face Nuptse Belted Long Parka
Sometimes a belt is all you need to make something fashionable—it certainly works for this parka. The North Face is a trusted brand for everything from fleece jackets to heavy-duty parkas like this one. Bonus points for the removable hood and below-the-knee length.
Marmot Women’s Guides Down Hoody
You’ve got to love a good color block moment, especially in the wintertime when vibrant colors might be running a little low in your regular rotation. Choose from the six different multi-color options or go with solid black for more versatility. Either way, you’re going to be toasty warm in this Marmot jacket.
Orolay Thickened Down Jacket
Noize Meg Long-Length Parka
Noize offers tons of trendy outerwear styles, but they have some classics to consider, too. Exhibit A: the Meg Long-Length Parka, with a vegan fur-trimmed removable hood, a vegan plush-lined high collar and subtle branding on the left arm. They claim this baby will keep you cozy in temperatures even down to 22 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Drop Kiara Loose-Fit Long Faux Fur Coat
Amazon’s The Drop doesn’t sleep on outerwear, so if you’re on the hunt for a slightly more formal faux fur coat that will keep you warm on special occasions, the Kiara is a must-shop. Available in Chocolate, Graphite and Sand for just under $130, I wouldn’t blame you for buying one than one colorway.
adidas by Stella McCartney Long Puffer
Stella McCartney and Adidas have been partnering on sportswear since 2005 and athletic outings have been fashionable ever since. This puffer jacket hits below the knee and will keep you warm to and from your favorite workout class.
The North Face Acropolis Parka Winter Jacket
Another The North Face option, this one features unique channel quilting, an internal drawcord to cinch the waist and a stand collar with a removable hood.
Michael Kors Hooded Metallic Puffer Coat
I love leaning into metallics during the holidays, so a silver winter coat that doesn’t look cheesy is a dream come true. This one has a shiny metallic finish, a removable hood and a cinched waist.
CAALO Reversible Convertible Sustainable Down Coat
Mackage Kay Down Coat
Instantly recognizable, Mackage’s signature collar is a symbol of the epitome of luxury outerwear. Who knew a winter coat could be so chic? I love the way this Camel hue complements the natural fur, while the industrial black zippers offer the perfect amount of contrast.
Proenza Schouler White Label Faux Fur Belted Coat
When I think of a truly cozy winter coat, I picture some sort of shearling or faux fur instead of a parka. Available in a versatile taupe color, the Faux Fur Belted Coat from Proenza Schouler is so effortlessly chic.
Ganni Tech Puffer
Ganni is a street style favorite brand, so of course, they have some fire outerwear options. My personal favorite is this bold, bright yellow puffer, which features an intentionally oversized fit ideal for stuffing my bulky sweater sleeves into. Highlights include a detachable hood, Ganni branding on the chest and two massive zipper-closure front pockets.
Alo Oversized Sherpa Trench
Alo is new to the winter coat game, but their selection is fierce. My favorite pick is the Oversized Sherpa Trench in classic Camel. If you hate feeling stuffed into a puffy winter coat, this option offers a sportier, slouchier feel that will still keep you toasty AF. Plus, Kendall Jenner is a fan!
Aqua Glossy Hooded Long Puffer Coat
I love the idea of a leather winter coat. Cue Aqua with this wet-look black puffer that gives leather vibes without the weight.
Cotton On Curve Active Recycled Mother Puffer Jacket
Something about a neutral-toned, matte winter coat just screams, “I have my whole entire life together.” Am I wrong? This puffer is extra-cushy and comes in sizes 12-22. I dare you to find a more expensive-looking coat for just $80 bucks!
Canada Goose Alliston Packable Down Jacket
Canada Goose is known for heavy-duty winter coats to get you through even the most extreme temperatures, so if you’re the friend that’s notoriously always cold, it’s time to splurge. Many of their coats feature a fur-trimmed hood, but if that’s not your thing, this one has removable hood-extending trim that protects your face without all the fluff.
Bernardo Quilted Neoprene Hooded Puffer Coat
This quilted coat will keep you super warm, but if you run hot you’ll be able to carry it as a backpack thanks to its interior straps. When you do wear it, you’ll love those flattering quilted panels that give a super-snatched effect at the waist.
Apparis Imani Coat
If you want a heavy faux fur coat for winter, Apparis should be your one-stop shop. They have tons of lengths and colors, but this pink coat gives me the Barbiecore vibes that I absolutely want for myself. The plant-based fur fabric is super-soft and luxurious. Plus, the coat’s lining features a rainbow print for a touch of color and fun.
Uniqlo Seamless Down Short Coat
Uniqlo is renowned for their lightweight Ultra Light Down, but they offer more than thin layering pieces. This Seamless Down Short Coat is durable, water-repellant and wind-proof thanks to its resin coating. Also, the pockets are fleece-lined, which, as any normal human knows, is an absolute win. Shop neutrals or this punchy purple hue.
Toast Society Mars Longline Puffer Jacket
This caramel-colored puffer jacket will look great over a cute outfit instead of just covering it up. The knee-length ensures that you will be able to show off your snow boots (or moon boots if you’re really committing). It buttons and zips for double closure and warmth.
Latellier Maxi Shiny Puffer Jacket
This metallic jacket proves that warm outwear can be the most interesting part of your outfit. This space-suit-inspired jacket will reflect the sun and truly make you feel like the world revolves around you. Plus it comes in six different metallic shades.