The weather is finally turning and when the cold really hits you want to have your outerwear ready. A good coat is an investment: it should be practical and warm, but also stylish.
If you want to make a statement, choose from trendy styles like the shawl collar and Barbie-inspired hot pink, or keep it simple with a classic shape like the trench coat or bomber jacket. Here we round up eight of the best looks, with options for every budget.
1. Funnel neck
The funnel neck has been a staple in outerwear for decades, but the most enduring styles are minimalist in design. No diamond quilted sleeves, no flashy rose gold hardware – just a clean silhouette that lets the neckline shine. Scandinavian brands like Acne Studios and By Malene Birger offer the best versions, but they charge at least €500.
On the high street, Cos’ black boiled iteration is just about perfect (€195, available in sizes XXS-L), with a relaxed fit, dropped shoulders and a concealed zip for a no-fuss finish.
For a budget buy check out Marks & Spencer, which has a coat with a funnel neck and a detachable belt for more waist definition (€82, available in sizes 6-24). Available in black or sky blue, it also features a concealed button closure for a more sophisticated look.
While this timeless motif never goes out of style, the fall-winter collections presented a variety of fresh takes on the print: Versace showcased traditional black and white with baggy jeans and denim skirts alongside oversized houndstooth blazers in pink and red or acid green with matching Minis, leather pants and latex leggings. At Ami, long houndstooth coats were paired with bright pink and purple suits, while Fendi paired sharply structured houndstooth jackets with sheer briefs in earthy, neutral tones.
For a high-street preppy option, check out Gant’s cropped boxy double-layer wool-blend jacket (€307, gant.co.ukavailable in sizes XS-XXL), which has a high collar, patch flap pockets and wide sleeves.
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On a tighter budget, Monki has rendered the black and white print in a classic long coat (€64 reduced from €80, zalando.ieavailable in sizes XXS-XXL).
The love for leather continues this year, with many designers sending models down the runways in head-to-toe looks. For a more wearable everyday option, try a dressy coat – the biker coat may be a staple in your wardrobe, but a trench or peacoat style looks more sophisticated.
To avoid innuendos The Matrix, you might prefer a version in warm caramel, chocolate brown or rich burgundy, like Massimo Dutti’s elegant nappa leather pea coat (€549, available in sizes XS-S and ML). It’s made from sheepskin and has a wool-blend lining that creates an elegant contrast when the coat is unbuttoned.
Leather generally comes at a high price and while you can find many faux leather versions on the high street, look for the genuine item at a cheaper price in vintage shops: Dublin location theharlequin.ie has a brown double-breasted leather jacket for €69 (size 10).
Ever since the set photos of Margot Robbie in the Greta Gerwig costume Barbie movie popped up in the spring, shoppers are going wild for anything pink, a trend TikTokers have dubbed Barbiecore. Added to this was the now ubiquitous ‘Valentino pink’ as seen on the Italian fashion house’s fall-winter runway and later seen by everyone from Anne Hathaway to Zendaya to Nicola Coughlan.
Now the girly hue is making its way into our winter wardrobe too, with a range of outerwear styles hitting stores including Tommy Hilfiger’s wool blend pea coat (€329.90, available in sizes EU32-52).
Fast-fashion brands have jumped on the look too, hitting the road with Bershka’s Long Coat with Faux Fur Detailing (€69.99, available in sizes XS-L), which combines Barbie pink with an Insta-Ready fur collar You two trends in one cuffs.
Pink isn’t your color? You can get your dopamine hit elsewhere as the post-lockdown embrace of sun tones extends into the cooler months. What better way to brighten up a gloomy day than with a brightly colored coat?
Double-breasted Cylo coat from Essentiel Antwerp (465 €, macbees.ieavailable in size SL) in cheerful mint green made of soft, double-faced wool with an oversized fit.
River Island has a more wallet-friendly version: the oversized purple double-breasted coat (€113, available in sizes 6-18) shows that pastel colors aren’t just for spring.
if Top Gun: Maverick If you are looking for speed – and new outerwear – you are spoiled for choice: the bomber jacket is a year-round favorite and particularly well suited for changeable autumn weather.
The Kooples has a great nylon bomber in classic khaki (€295, Brown Thomas, available in sizes XS-XL), technical satin fabric with leopard print lining and silver zip detailing, or if you prefer a more streamlined look, The Bomber Jacket by & Other Stories comes in plain black, made from recycled polyester with a matte finish (€89, available in sizes EU32-44).
It can be a hassle deciding which scarf to wear with your winter looks, but this season’s biggest outerwear trend is the built-in scarf that does all the styling work for you. For more versatility, choose one with a detachable scarf, like Jaeger’s wool-rich relaxed long coat (€429 marksandspencer.ie, available in sizes 6-20). It comes in a luxurious camel, with relaxed dropped shoulders and baggy sleeves for a more relaxed look, and has concealed button closures for a cleaner effect.
At a lower price point, H&M’s Wool Blend Coat with Detachable Scarf (€80, reduced from €119, H&M, available in sizes XS-XXL) comes in beige, dark brown or black, although unlined will work better as a coat.
The classic trench coat made of cotton is a true wardrobe staple that is ideal for the transitional weather, but often cannot cope with cooler temperatures. Instead, opt for a version in a heavier material, like the Massimo Dutti wool trench coat (€299, available in sizes 8-14). The silhouette is designed in a warm neutral tone, with a tie belt and buttoned tabs at the cuffs.
A more affordable option is Next’s Rochelle Heritage brown plaid coat (€113, available in sizes 6-24), which has a belted waist and ties at the cuffs.
https://www.independent.ie/style/fashion/all-wrapped-up-the-best-winter-coats-to-buy-now-from-classic-houndstooth-to-vibrant-barbiecore-42043800.html All wrapped up: the best winter coats you can buy right now, from the classic houndstooth to the lively barbiecore