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The Best Essential Winter Coats for this Season

The winter coats we’re coveting this season

Written by High Life North
Published 23.10.2020

By Faith Richardson

No Autumn/Winter wardrobe is complete without some decent outwear, and a good coat can make or break an outfit. We found the best coats to shop this season so you can be cosy in style.

The Robe Coat

A robe coat is a timeless classic that never goes out of style. It’s effortlessly chic and immediately makes even the most basic outfit look luxe. Stick with neutral oclours to ensure it never goes out of fashion, or if you’re feeling daring, try it in a bold colour to really make a statement.


Uniqlo Women Ines Wool Blend Coat – £79.90

This Uniqlo version looks like it should be WAY pricier than it is – even before it was in the sale at a steal of £79.90. The neutral colour and subtle details around the neckline make it look high end, and it would be perfect with some knee high boots and a light coloured mini dress underneath.

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Arket Belted Alpaca and Wool Coat - £190

The wool and alpaca blend will make this one of the cosiest coats you have this season, and the belted nature makes you feel like you’re leaving the house in essentially a luxurious dressing gown. It’s available in black and beige, however we think this beige colour is easier to pair with any outfit – you can easily wear it with everything from blue denim, to cream trousers, to a little black dress.

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The Trench Coat

A good trench coat never goes out of style, and you can actually wear them year round thanks to their lightweight, effortless style. A classic trench is usually a light tan or beige and comes to just below your knee, but as with anything there’s so many options out there if you want to spice things up a bit – try a leather or mock croc, or pick a bright colour to boost a basic ensemble. If you’re after the classics though, there’s plenty of affordable options.


Sosandar Belted Trench Coat, Natural Beige – £99

An ultra-classic style and shape, this Sosander one is the perfect iconic trench coat. Style with skinny jeans and knee-high boots, or over a shirt dress and trainers for something more casual.

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Zara Water Resistant Trench Coat - £79.99

Looking for something to keep you dry without compromising on style? Enter Zara’s twist on the traditional trench. Water resistant with a detachable hood, the shorter length also works well over some wide leg trousers, or with a mini skirt and bare legs if you’re brave enough.

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The Shacket – or the Shoat

The shacket isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and this season’s most versatile piece has had a cold weather update by introducing a new longline length to it. Don’t let it fool you – this isn’t just for the uber-trendy – it’s universally flattering and adds a chic vibe to even the most simple outfit. It’s oversized fit and the perfect length make it work on every body type.


H&M Long Shacket – £39.99

This cream plaid version from H&M can be style up with a mini dress and boots, or for every day with straight leg jeans and a light coloured knit. Made of a wool blend and in an oversized fit, this is perfect for layering and is guaranteed to keep you toasty now the weather is getting colder.

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H&M Long Faux Shearling Jacket - £59.99

If you’re looking for something a little more minimal in this season’s favourite style, H&M also have this beige shearling version that’s equal parts timeless and trendy. Made from a ridiculously warm and cosy faux shearling, this is the perfect throw-on coat that will immediately elevate any outfit.

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The Longline Puffer Coat

People seem to shy away from the longline puffer for fear they’ll either be swamped by it, or that it’ll make them look too old – maybe it conjures up images of our grandmas in their housecoats? Longline puffer’s actually look great on any shape and height – try to find one that hits somewhere around mid-shin to make it look intentionally oversized. If you’re worried about looking too bulky, keep your outfit under it fitted – think skinny jeans and a fitted shirt or jumper.


Nike Statement Down Longline Parka – £210

This Nike down-filled coat is perfect for a sporty vibe, and its neutral colour means it goes with any outfit. Your favourite jeans and some ankle boots will help stop it looking too casual, or you can lean into its athleisure feel with some wet look leggings and trainers.

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Reserved Ladies Coat - £59.99

A puffer doesn’t have to be neutral; this Reserved puffer comes in everything from khaki green to powder blue so you can style it with even your most colourful outfits. If you’re looking for something a little more timeless, stick with the nude or black version to make it work with anything you throw on underneath.

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The Overcoat

No Winter wardrobe is complete without a chic overcoat. Whether you opt for something oversized or a more fitted piece, this is the do-all coat that goes with anything and works everywhere from the office (if you’re still in one) to drinks. You can edge it up with some leather trousers, or keep it classic with some tailored trousers and brogues.


H&M Calf Length Coat – £59.99

The perfect cut, colour and length for Autumn/Winter, this H&M calf length coat will earn back its cost-per wear in no time. It’s minimal enough that you can bring it out year after year, but still has the wow factor that a good coat should bring.

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Mango Oversize Wool Coat - £89.99

Part of Mango’s Committed range, this oversize wool coat means you can look good whilst also feeling good about doing your bit for the planet. Another style that works on for anybody, you can wear it with some classic straight leg jeans and trainers, or layered over a hoodie and leggings for a more off duty style.

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