During winter, there's a misconception that you have to trade fashion and style for warmth and comfort. We're here to tell you that you can go from day casual to date night in winter coats that combine warmth and protection from the cold with sleek and stylish silhouettes. So, what makes a woman's winter coat versatile? We think compact, simple, classic, warm and weatherproof coats thrive in all situations and settings. Here's our list of the most versatile women's coats for cold weather and hot style.
Is there anything more iconic than a cinched-waist trench coat to go from winter storms to dinner dates? Choose a waterproof trench coat with a high neck, hood and belted waist for a chic and functional look. Trench coats are a classic closet staple that come in all lengths and colors. For a classic look, a camel or black long trench coat is the ultimate statement piece for a feminine silhouette and clean, classy look. However, dare to be different in a bright-colored trench or unique pattern.
Down-filled women's winter coats tend to get a bad rap in the fashion department. Thick insulation and down filling can look bulky and unflattering, but thanks to new lightweight designs and slimline silhouettes, you can stay stylish and warm at the same time. In subzero temperatures, opt for a down-filled winter coat that braves extreme weather while also being fitted and sleek. Look for a down-filled coat that is lightweight and cinches at the waist with a belt or drawstring. This draws attention to the waist. Fitted shoulders and a slim bottom half give the appearance of a thinner layer, while also keeping your entire body warm. Look for added features like a fur hood and fleece lining for extra warmth.
Hone in on old, classic English countryside style in a waxed jacket for a casual, chic vibe. Paired with cream or slim black pants and knee-high leather riding boots, a waxed jacket is the ultimate utility coat for a put-together look that can brave the elements. Go from wet and chilly weather to a cozy fireplace-side date in this durable coat. Details like flannel lining, corduroy accents, and a hood make an extra statement.
Jackie O, is that you? Wool coats are the epitome of old Hollywood elegance. Designed for dry, moderate weather, full-length wool coats protect against moderate temperatures with polished style. Take this look from day to night with a high neck to protect from the cold, and pockets for your hands–although we recommend pairing with dainty gloves to complete the look. Wool coats come in all different lengths and all different styles, from pea coats to a fit-and-flare silhouette.
Sub-zero temperatures call for long lengths and serious insulation. For the warmest winter coat that doesn't sacrifice style, opt for a long black winter coat. A down-filled long coat keeps your whole body warm, while the black simple color remains classic and understated. Choose a long winter coat that is sleek and not too bulky to pair with black boots for a slimming and warm look. Add a fur hood for a subtle and sassy fashion statement.