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 25 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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Marmot Mammoth Parka
The best unisex winter coat for under $1K? Marmot’s Mammoth Parka, bar none. This iconic style was once favored by Biggie Smalls, and the brand has brought it back in a ton of fun new colors, plus this classic black iteration with a pop of neon on the interior for good measure.
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.
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.
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.
Edited Yuki Coat
Robe style coats are a huge trend this season and this one by Edited has perfect minimalist chic vibes. The collar has a button if you want to secure the jacket closed or you can fold down the jacket’s edges to create a lapel. Pair with lug sole boots for a fashion girl moment that can handle freezing temperatures.
Orolay Thickened Down Jacket
A New Day Mid Length Shine Puffer Jacket
Y’all, do not sleep on Target’s outerwear selection! Chocolate brown is the color of the season, so this quilted, water-resistant puffer has my heart. The shiny finish on the recycled polyester gives a a little extra flair—all for under $60!
A New Day Wet Look Puffer Jacket
A black winter coat is essential, but there’s nothing wrong with adding a few statement shades to the mix when building your outerwear wardrobe. Exhibit A? This aprés-ski-chic longline wet look puffer in luscious cherry red.
CAALO Reversible Convertible Sustainable Down Coat
Mackage Kay Down Coat w/ Natural Fur Signature Collar
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.
Save The Duck Caroline Coat with Faux Fur Collar
I love leaning into metallics during the holidays, so a gold winter coat that doesn’t look cheesy is a dream come true. This one has an iridescent shine and a faux fur collar that can also be zipped up for a totally different look. Padded enough to protect you from the cold all on its own, this nylon pick can also be layered underneath other larger parkas for bonus warmth.
A New Day Faux Fur Jacket
When I think of a truly cozy winter coat, I picture some sort of shearling instead of a parka. Available in straight and plus sizes, this robe-style shearling pick from A New Day comes in the prettiest shade of icy winter blue.
The North Face Acropolis Water Repellent 550 Fill Power Down Parka
Another The North Face option, this one features unique channel quilting, an internal drawcord to cinch the waist and a stand collar with removable hood. Oh, and do I even have to mention the incredible minty hue, dubbed Laurel Wreath Green? Wear this in a sea of black jackets to really stand out.
Rains Long Puffer Jacket
Maybe you just need a classic long puffer to get you through the colder months? This one by Rains comes in six shades, including classic black, snowy white and multiple green iterations, but I prefer this slate gray most of all. Part of their thermal range, it features featherless insulation that’ll keep you cozy even in extreme temperatures.
Ganni Oversize Detachable Hood Puffer Coat
Ganni is a street style favorite brand, so of course they have some fire outerwear options this season! 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!
A New Day Mid Length Wet Look Puffer
I love the idea of a leather winter coat, but anything heavier than a blazer has me sweating. Cue Target with this wet look black puffer that gives leather vibes without the weight, not to mention at a fraction of the price! This one also comes in turquoise and olive green, if you like the shine but want a pop.
A New Day Duvet Matte Puffer Jacket
Something about a longline nude winter coat just screams, “I have my whole entire life together.” Am I wrong? This Duvet Matte Puffer Jacket is extra-puffy and cushy, but still fitted enough to be chic. I dare you to find a more expensive-looking coat for just $60 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 oat-colored Imani gives me figure skater vibes in a way I just can’t explain but absolutely want for myself. The super-soft bio-based KOBA fabric is actually powered by corn (!!!) and surprise surprise, there’s rainbow lining on the inside for some added fun.
Mackage Cyrah 2-in-1 Mixed Media Light Down Jacket
Mackage makes some of the most chic coats on the market, and I’ve had my eye on the Cyrah jacket for ages now. The shearling-trimmed sleeves and hood elevate an otherwise simple funnel-necked style, and you can even open the zip-closure side suggests to transform the silhouette for more of a swing shape.
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.
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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 even down to 22 degrees Fahrenheit.
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.
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.