As winter inches closer and closer to becoming a reality, now is an excellent time to sit down and take stock about whether or not you’ve got the proper coat to keep warm when those frigid temperatures finally roll into town. The key to finding a good winter coat is getting something that’s not only warm (look for dense fabrics like wool or even down), but will also provide some protection against rain or snow too. Furthermore, with so many great options, why not reach for something that’s stylish too?
Regardless of how you want to look and feel this winter, we’ve selected 19 of our favorite winter coats to help you tough it through the worst of it.
1. Uniqlo Wool Cashmere Chesterfield Winter Coat
Uniqlo is all about stylish and trendy essentials for a reasonable price, which makes this double-breasted winter coat such a winner. For $159, you’re getting blended wool and cashmere (!) topcoat that’s great to wear both on its own or on top of some warm layers. Regardless of how you may style it, the cashmere construction is not only going to provide you with warmth but also make the coat feel extremely soft to the touch. And it’s much cheaper than what you’d pay for a similarily-constructed coat. It’s an altogether compelling and affordable package.
2. Carhartt Quick Duck Sawtooth Winter Coat
BEST FOR OUTDOOR WORK
Carhartt is known for its commitment to crafting the best possible workwear around, so if you’re looking for a winter coat that can keep you warm for extended periods of time, look no further than this coat. With a fully waterproof and breathable outer, this coat will brace you from the cold but not make you sweat when the wind has stopped whipping. There are also several front pockets, complete with durable snap closures, for you to stow away any and all gear you may need throughout the day. And for those extra cold nights, you can pop up the hood to keep your ears warm.
3. Hugo Double Breasted Wool Blend Coat
HUGO is the diffusion line from fashion designer Hugo Boss. You get the same attention to detail, the same on-trend styles and the same great fit, but all for a lower price tag. All plusses when on the hunt for a winter coat. This black wool-blend coat has a contrast collar, which is nice for framing your face and adding a touch of luxe visual interest. It’s done up like a posh peacoat. However, due to nice touches like the ability to turn the coat from a V-neck to a closed neck, and the topstitching over the pockets, this coat can be worn with more than jeans.
4. Todd Snyder Italian Buffalo Plaid Winter Coat
Those with extra cash to burn or those who want to splurge on a winter coat that will last for decades would do well to consider this blended wool coat from NYC’s Todd Snyder. Snyder is known for his modern approach to classic bits of Americana, which is perfectly exemplified in this stunning buffalo plaid number. Instead of going with the standard red, Snyder opts for a yellow / navy that’s a perfect combination of familiarity, but different enough to be distinctive. The double-breasted nature makes it warmer than a standard coat and the shearling collar just adds to the cool factor. If you’re gonna go big, do it with this coat.
5. Patagonia Insulated Snowshot Winter Coat
BEST FOR SNOW SPORTS
If you’re in a city where your lift pass gets used more than Lyft app, this winter coat from Patagonia will be your best friend. Made from 90% recycled materials, this durable and soft coat provides plenty of waterproofing should you take a spill on the slopes. Additionally, it’s lined with synthetic down to keep you warm while you’re shredding powder. Additional details help out the most hardcore, including an expanded hood with room to cover a helmet and a low-profile powder skirt to help keep out any unwanted snow.
6. Vince Camuto Wool Winter Coat
The peacoat is one of those classic menswear staples that belongs in every man’s closest. Typically made from dense wool, they make a stylish and fun option to wear around all winter long. The double-breasted nature of this version from Vince Camuto has been treated with water-resistant material to make sure it won’t falter if you get caught in a drizzle, while the wool blend helps to retain and trap heat. This version is done in a navy style that’s as classic as the Dutch sailors who popularized the coat.
7. Columbia Dawn Watch Black Dot Winter Coat
The great thing about outdoor companies like Columbia is that they’re constantly trying to find innovative ways to make their products better. In the case of winter coats, that means finding new ways to keep you even warmer than before. Case in point: The Dawn Watch Black Dot winter coat has external black dots that actively trap warmth by capturing heat from the sun. Meanwhile, the thermal lining helps to reflect your body heat back into you to keep you warm when the sunsets. It’s a fancy bit of technical design to ensure the cold doesn’t bother you anyway.
8. J. Crew Nordic Parka Winter Coat
BEST FOR CITY LIVING
The J. Crew Nordic Parka winter coat is a great coat for a city dweller that faces all sorts of wacky weather. A water-resistant outer helps if you’re caught in some light rain, while the interior is lined with PrimaLoft to keep you extra warm without adding extra or needed weight or bulk (both great factors for a winter coat) and those who need flexibility and mobility. Other details like fleece-lined hand pockets, a shoulder pocket, and a sharp color that’s incredibly in-vogue for this season make this parka a must-have.
9. Canada Goose Emory Slim Fit Winter Coat
BEST LUXURY OPTION
We’ve talked a little bit about Canada Goose before, but their Emory winter coat is the pinnacle of luxury. Equivalent to a high-end sports car, all of Canada Goose’s products are made from the best materials: A superior nylon outer is built for high performance while staying both soft and durable, the 625-fill interior will provide a high level of warmth that won’t require lots of additional layering and the rib-knit cuffs provide comfort and flexibility. Oh, and the fur trim can be added or removed depending upon your preference. The slim fit also ensures you won’t look too puffy while you’re in the cold — without having to sacrifice any functional elements.
10. North & Mark Damen Primaloft Winter Coat
Looks can be deceiving, which is certainly the case with this North & Mark winter coat; the exterior looks like a traditional wool coat, but it’s actually been beefed up and reinforced inside with Primaloft synthetic down that adds warmth without adding bulk. Additionally, the wool outer has been treated to cut down on wind, rain, and stains. It looks trendy, but can take a beating — and that duality is hard to come by.
11. PureMSX Down Alternative Hooded Parka
BEST DOWN ALTERNATIVE
No one wants to become frozen during a vicious cold snap. For those who want a warm, thick coat that keeps the elements at bay, the usual answer is a down jacket. Now there are those of us who would prefer not to wear or use any type of down in their outerwear gear. It can be hard to find a coat the delivers protection and comfort without using down feathers. Down alternative materials have come a long way since their inception, and now there’s a ton of options. This down alternative hooded parka from PureMSX has garnered a ton of glowing reviews. Reviewers mentioned that it kept them warm in minus 10 degrees and that it looked like one of the higher-end down jackets. The only downside is that for some reason, the brand placed the zipper on the wrong side for guys. The sleeves have tightly ribbed cuffs, four outer pockets, one inside pocket and one zippered pocket on the sleeve. The faux-fur trim can be detached from the hood. It comes in black, navy, army green, beige, dark grey and camo.
12. Wilson’s Leather Max Leather Puffer Jacket
If you’ve ever wanted to wear a leather coat during deep winter, but couldn’t find anything that had heft and warmth, times have changed. What with designers rethinking how to use fabrics, and new technology, anything is possible. Wilson’s Leather, a go-to leather outerwear brand for many, has changed up the puffer jacket. Their version is hip length and has a side zippered pocket. The outer shell is buttery leather that has channel quilting. The polyester fill creates a buffer against the chill.
13. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Water Resistant Sherpa Coat
Can we say, “sherpa explosion?” Yep, that fuzzy material that was so big in the late 90s and early aughts made a huge comeback a few years ago. It doesn’t look like it’s going to leave anytime soon. Originally, sherpa was used for activewear. Then suddenly someone got the bright idea to create the “teddy coat.”
14. Brooks Brothers Wool Duffel Coat
The duffel has got an interesting history. Originally made in the Belgian town of Duffel, the fabric was eventually used by the British Navy in the 1890s. After WWII, the surplus coats became popular with broke college students. Across the ocean, the duffel coat became part of the Classic American i.e. “prep,” lexicon. These days, the duffel coat is made from a much softer wool, usually melton and traditionally lined in plaid. Brooks Brothers used pure double-faced wool, and yep, the lining is done in the Black Tartan Watch plaid. This is a coat style that always looks good, no matter the year.
15. Uniqlo Balmacaan Coat
The Balmacaan, like the peacoat, trench, duffel and topcoat is a men’s coat that withstands trends. The style is so old that it’s always new. You can tell a Balmacaan by its raglan sleeves and full body. Because it has raglan sleeves, the Balmacaan makes it easy to layer over anything from thick, heavy sweaters to suit jackets. The clean lines let you pair it with a tuxedo (yes, it would work) or jeans and a ski sweater.
16. Everlane The ReWool Overcoat
People have become more aware of sustainability, creating (and keeping) a small carbon footprint. Everlane’s gone out and used soft, Italian melton wool from a factory that recycles sweaters. You get a spiffy looking overcoat while helping the environment at the same time. The coat’s sleeve lining is made from recycled polyester, too. It’s a win-win for everyone.
17. J. Crew Ludlow Raglan-Sleeve Car Coat in Irish Wool Blend
BEST FOR COUNTRY & CITY LIVING
If you look at a coat as an investment, you want to buy a coat that will look good this year and the next few. If you amortize the cost of a pricey coat (or any high-end item) you’ll find that the more you wear it, the lower the price of owning it is. Going along these lines, if you are going to buy a coat like this one, you want it to be able to work or look good in a variety of situations. This tweed coat’s fabric was made in Ireland, has raglan sleeves and is cut at mid-length. If you’re into men’s cottagecore, this cleanly styled top coat works within that aesthetic. If you spend time in the city and like to also spend time in the country, this wool coat will fit as well. It’s one of those things that really can be worn for work and weekend.
18. Greg Lauren Black Paul & Shark Edition Mad Max Coat
BEST OFFICER COAT
Why do people go a little silly over a coat? Why do some people get “fussy” over the color, the length, and the details? It’s because coats are a statement maker. Often times, they’re the first thing they notice when you walk into a room. Looking for a coat to visually wow people? Slip on Gregg Lauren’s sweeping cashmere and wool blend double-breasted humdinger. Greg is Ralph Lauren’s nephew and was bitten by the designing bug. He has frequently collaborated with casual wear brand Paul and Shark.
19. Ted Baker Funnel Neck Wool Blend Coat
Men’s coats with clean lines always look fresh season after season. British designer Ted Baker is known for his luxurious takes on modern sportswear. His wool-blend coat with its standup collar has a hidden interior ribbed trim at the neckline. The coat zips up with a concealed zipper to keep things looking tidy.