Finding the perfect winter coat can feel like a seasonal struggle. Look no further than our edit of the ten key styles, however – from classic to cape to cosy wrap – and you’ll discover an outerwear armoire to see you through every sartorial quandary.
The Classic Coat
A well-cut coat will never let you down. When looking for a wardrobe staple it’s best to start with a fail-safe colour – black, grey, navy or camel – and a simple, timeless cut. This is not about following trends; you don’t want to be stuck to a particular season, but instead find a go-to coat that will always be in rotation.
The Wrap Coat
A wrap coat is a style that suits everyone and when it’s by Max Mara – who truly understands outerwear and elegant tailoring – it’s easy to see why it’s a perennial favourite.
The Checked Coat
Checks ruled the Autumn/Winter 2017 runways, and the Spring/Summer 2018 collections proved they’re here to stay, so pick out your favourite – houndstooth, Prince of Wales, gingham – and wear with pride both this season and next.
The Opera Coat
An opera coat is not your everyday item; long and fabulous, it's a dress coat that's typically worn for special occasions but that's also a great excuse to make a bit of a statement.
Few coat styles have a history quite as varied as the cape. Allegedly dating back to Medieval times, it’s catered to everything from military wear and police uniforms to super-elegant gown-toppers. There’s no hard and fast rule for a cape other than how it fastens, so feel free to have a little fun – embroidered, fur-trimmed, multi-coloured… Anything goes.
The Colour-Block Coat
A brightly coloured coat is a statement piece every wardrobe needs, even if you normally stick to monochrome. Go for bold colours – think red, royal blue, mustard – and have fun with detailing. No wallflowers here.
The Trench Coat
The trench is a British classic, perfectly suited to temperamental weather – it was also all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2018, so invest now to be ahead of the trend.
The Duffle Coat
Leave all visions of Paddington Bear behind, the duffle is a key winter coat. A favourite of Alexa Chung’s, it’s a playful, easy style that will top all manner of looks.