Which winter coats are must-haves that you will keep on wearing for years. A winter wardrobe essential.
WINTER COATS YOU WILL WEAR FOR YEARS
I have a few winter coats that I’ve collected over the last five years which serve me well each winter. There are more examples than needed below especially to create a capsule winter coat wardrobe. But I wanted to give you plenty of ideas and options. Something might strike a chord with you that doesn’t with others of course! Personally, I love classic neutrals to go with anything and everything. But a little bit of colour is always fun too. I’ve broken up the styles into categories below, let me know in the comments which coats you are into!
Also, how many is a good amount? I dare say three. One wool coat for keeping you super warm, one lighter trench coat and one other coat for variety. That variety definitely comes in handy if one coat gets damp from the rain too! Enjoy the look back at some of my older outfit photos too!
THE BLACK COAT
These days I have whittled my collection of black coats down to two of the examples you see above, the first coat and the last. Both are from Uniqlo, one is wool and the other is an ultra-light down puffer. As you can see, I tested a fair few in recent years to see which style I wore the most. In the end, I simply accumulated too many, they took up too much space. So I donated the ones I wore less to a winter coat/ blanket appeal. I’d like to think they have gone to a better home where they were needed and got more wear.
Essentially, I find a black coat is a chic coverall that just tends to look good thrown over anything. It keeps styling simple, sure, and may not be super exciting but simple is often best. I’ve worn these over everything from the super casual looks to the more dressy. An essential for me! Do you own a black coat?
THE TRENCH COAT
Be it a classic beige trench coat, or a coloured one, I love a trench. They make everything look so chic. Even my sweatpants and sneakers combos! Since I live in a warmer climate, I get the most use out of a light trench. Though this year thus far we have had the coldest winter in 26 years! So it’s really been testing me. My most worn trench coat is a classic from Everlane. But I also have a padded one from Uniqlo which keeps me warm.
Below, the coloured trench. I have not one navy trench, but two, one has pinstripes which is really my only printed coat! I’d be open to adding another but would probably stick to a classic print like a check or houndstooth. If I feel in the mood to switch the neutrals to the rest of my outfit, a little colour is fun. The pink coat was from Marks & Spencer Premium. And the navy ones I have are again from Uniqlo and Seed Heritage.
Uniqlo really are my first port of call for coats, you might notice. Particularly their Uniqlo U collections, which are often a cool cut with even nicer fabrics.
THE CAMEL COAT
Another neutral favourite, I have two. A fancier one and another I reserve for the days I’d be more likely to get rained on. But really, they look almost the same. One is from again, Uniqlo, while the fancier one is a wool one from Polo Ralph Lauren. The camel coat just goes with everything, I throw it over any outfit and feel so much more put together. Dresses, jeans, suit pants, I often lean on the camel coat for it all.
THE TEDDY COAT
The teddy coat is really one of those styles that became really popular a few years ago. And have not gone away since. I now only have the first one you can see above, I decided to donate the olive green one. Mostly because I wore the camel coloured one more than the green and I was running out of closet space. They are such cosy, warm coats. My Camel one is from, once again, Uniqlo.
Although I am not a fan of synthetic fabrics in general, for an outer layer I am less particular. In terms of how I feel about them for the planet? Not good. They aren’t natural so they take forever to break down, if at all. In terms of how synthetic fabrics feel on, with a coat, I am wearing it over other layers. It really doesn’t touch the skin. I avoid synthetics in general. But I hate them as the first layer against my skin since they tend to make you sweat.
THE PRINTED OR COLOURFUL COAT
Okay, my bad. I just went through my coats and realised I still had this check coat from Boden. I’ll have to donate it because I clearly don’t need it if I haven’t worn it. This happens, particularly for winter clothes that I tend to pack away in storage for most of the year. To be honest, I don’t remember wearing this coat again outside of this matching suit pant style outfit.
This coat is from Boden, a UK brand I wear all the time and who make excellent winter coats. Though this is a lightweight one, I’ve worn some of their winter ones in wool too. Boden tend to have patterned and more colourful styles. So, if the plain styles are a little dull for you, definitely check out Boden for printed or colourful options.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO COAT?
Over to you! What are the must have coats that you wear all the time? Are you a neutrals fan like me? Prefer one style to another? Let me know below. I’d love to hear what your winters are like too.