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The Best Coats of Autumn/Winter 2022

Feature: Long Read
Words by Eleanor Hibberd

It’s said that every cloud has a silver lining – and if there’s one thing to love about winter, it’s the coats. Tailored, trench, teddy; whichever way they come, there’s a certain kind of pleasure in dusting off your time-honoured faithfuls – or, of course, treating yourself to a new favourite. If you’re in the market for your next investment piece, these are the styles to have on your radar.

The Trench Coat

A perennial style icon, the classic trench coat is steeped in history. Burberry is synonymous with the gabardine archetype, which traces its roots all the way back to the frontline of World War I. Such a classic, however, always leaves room for reinterpretation. The Row takes the silhouette to languorous lengths in keeping with its minimalist calling card, while Balmain and Sportmax turn it into a statement layer with top-to-toe prints.

Trench coat
Trench coat

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Tropical Gabardine Trench Coat

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The Teddy Coat

Maintaining snug-as-a-bug status amid the chill is a (teddy bear’s) picnic thanks to AW22’s textural treats – a pleasingly tactile platter that spans Max Mara’s plush, camel-wool icon, Joseph’s reversible shearling favourites and Yves Salomon’s premium lambskin. All of which feel like being swept up into a warm hug. Cue the cosy!

The Leather Coat

The perennial appeal of leather knows no bounds – and while biker jackets remain enduringly stylish, AW22 took leather in an altogether more elegant direction. The buttery material is worked into chic, tailored silhouettes at Zeynep Arçay, Magda Butrym and Max Mara, while Dolce & Gabbana and faux-leather expert Matériel take on the trench coat. Either way, longer lengths are gaining traction alongside their cropped cousins.

Puffer coat

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Faux-Leather Liano Wrap-Around Coat

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The Wrap Coat

 Bringing new meaning to ‘wrapping up’ for autumn, the wrap coat is something of a perfect paradox – arguably winter’s chicest and most flattering outerwear proposition, it is also the closest thing you’ll get to wearing a dressing gown outdoors. Simply belt it at the waist, and watch an hourglass appear. Max Mara’s iconic Madame is a classic, while new pieces by Loewe and Kiton are as sophisticated as they come.

The Puffer Jacket

The season’s edgiest outerwear proposition, puffer jackets continue to charm us. For technical, weather-battling prowess, there could be none better than the likes of Moncler, Herno and Mackage. But if you’re sticking to the city this winter, your favourite urbanite brands have just as much to offer – from Rick Owens’ utilitarian styles to Jil Sander’s clean elegance that can be styled with anything come hurried winter mornings.

Belted coat
Belted coat
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Alexander McQueen

Asymmetric-Hem Puffer Jacket


The Tailored Coat

As with any tailoring, finding the perfect tailored coat is all about the overall cut and fit. A silhouette borrowed from traditional menswear, it should sit just the right side of oversized – allowing it to maintain its sophistication, without appearing too prim and proper. Top players this year include Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant and Rowen Rose.

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