When the weather outside is frightful, there’s only one thing you’ll need to keep yourself warm, dry, and cozy in even the harshest of conditions — a perfect winter coat that can take on extreme winter weather. We’re all about finding that one coat to take you through from early November frosts to the first blooms of spring, from snowstorms to biting winter winds, from freezing rain to sleet, and every other bracing event Mother Nature throws our way each winter.
That unpredictable weather can sneak up fast. One autumn day you may be breaking in a new leather jacket, and the next you could find yourself shivering against an early winter chill! You can make sure you’ll never get caught without the proper outerwear for the season with a little time and research. With care and consideration, you’re sure to find the best, high-quality women’s winter coat for extreme cold weather, and everything in between! We’ll guide you with an overview of our favorite styles and even a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as you get started.
You may know you need a winter coat built for the extreme winter elements, but with all the options out there, where should you begin? Don’t get lost in the sea of faux fur and racks of heavy black fabric. Don’t get choice paralysis when comparing oversized collars to hoods and zippers to buttons and toggles. Instead, follow our advice, and you’ll find that picking out a new winter coat will be way easier (and way more fun) than you thought.
The most important thing to consider when shopping for a new winter coat is what you’ll be doing in that coat. Will you be outside for long periods or just scurrying from your front door to your car? Will you be recreating or possibly working up a sweat in your winter coat? Will you need a tough, durable material for working outside? Do you want to look casual or dressy, or do you want to find something that can work for any occasion? Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be closer to figuring out which winter coat style is right for you.
For example, if mobility is key to your winter wardrobe, you’ll want to consider an anorak or jacket that hits around your thighs or waist so you can keep your legs moving with ease. If you’re heading to the office in your business casual best, you’ll want to choose a long women's wool coat to protect your legs and pull together your professional outfit. To protect against extreme cold, you’ll want to keep your eye out for a coat with a hood or oversized collar you can pull up to protect your face. With any coat you choose, accessories can help shield against the bitter cold, like a cozy winter scarf. A bright scarf will complete any look while keeping out the chill. Complement with other accessories like gloves and hats to keep your extremities nice and toasty.
Another consideration for choosing the perfect winter coat is location, location, location. Where you live or where you’ll be spending most of your time in the coat is another important factor for determining which winter coat will make the grade. You already know you want a coat that will work with extreme cold, but what type of cold do you normally expect to come up against? Will you be facing down freezing rain day after day in the Pacific Northwest? If so, you’re looking for a waterproof coat. Does it feel like you’re stuck in a wind tunnel all winter long in the Midwest? Then you’ll want a maxi coat that will keep you toasty from head to toe. Or maybe you’ll be jetting out into a winter wonderland with sunny skies but extreme temperature dips. For that, you’ll want to grab a down jacket that hits at your waist for maximum mobility.
The last thing to consider while choosing a coat is your style, which, yes, still matters even when you’re shivering from head to toe! Your coat should mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. After all, you’ll probably wear it every day for at least two long months! Shouldn’t you love what you’ve picked out? Depending on your style, whether it’s sporty, casual, chic, or practical, you can find the right coat for you. Choose your coat shape and material based on your personal preferences. Is a maxi down coat the only way to beat the extreme cold? No way! There are so many options that can suit your outerwear needs. Take some time to do a little research based on your location and what you’ll be doing in the coat, and you’ll have narrowed down which styles could work for you.
Now that you have an idea of what style will work best for you given your activity level and what kind of weather you’ll be gearing up for, it’s time to weigh your options. We’ve got suggestions, naturally, with some cozy winter coat styles that are sure to pass the extreme cold test. You’ll be ready to build a snowman, run errands, or strap on those skis in one of these styles.
Before you begin, there are some things you’ll want to keep an eye out for while you’re winter coat shopping, including weatherproofing, insulation, and coat length.
Check to see if your preferred winter coat has been properly weather-proofed for the precipitation or other weather you’ll be going up against. If a style doesn’t say it’s waterproof but you’ll be battling freezing rain all winter long, it’s time to choose another coat, like a waterproof down jacket. If you’re looking at mostly sunny days but need something to shield you against the dropping temps, you can get away with a coat that’s weather-resistant or wool. Wool coats are strong enough to withstand some precipitation in a pinch, but they will eventually get wet. Choose wisely for the weather the meteorologists in your area are predicting.
Different types of winter coats offer different materials for insulation and they even offer varying degrees of insulation depending on how warm you’ll want your coat to be. For extreme weather, opt for the warmest coat you can find. After all, you won’t want to rely on your long underwear to do all that insulation work for you! You’ll want to keep your eye out for coats with extra insulation, such as cashmere linings, quilted liner jackets, or puffer jackets stuffed with warm down or down alternative. You’ll find these details in the item descriptions when you’re shopping.
Shop for the length of coat that works for you, and remember, the longer the coat, the warmer it will be. The longest maxi coats will keep you extra cozy and will feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket or even like you’ve stepped into a mobile sleeping bag! However, the longest maxi coats could restrict your movement. If you’ll be moving around a lot, and especially if you’re exercising, you’ll want to find a coat that hits you at the hip or thigh for maximum mobility.
Now that you know what to look out for, it’s time to shop! Next, you’ll find a few of our favorite styles to consider while you’re dressing for winter weather and extreme cold. We’ll walk you through several choices of the warmest winter coats to get you through the extremely cold winter is sure to bring. When you’re through, you’ll be ready to tackle the next winter wear question: Which winter accessories will pair the best with your new coat? For now, on to the coats!
This versatile coat wins in so many situations. From the stylish colors like dark heather, burgundy, and teal to the faux fur hood, this coat is anything but an ordinary puffer coat. The faux fur hood adds a stylish pop and perfect face frame to your winter uniform. It’s even cute enough to throw over your outfit for your next day at the office or chilly night on the town. It also packs a major punch when it comes to keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable. This coat hits just below your hips, the perfect length for a coat that can move with you while still keeping you toasty. Consider this coat for your every day January and February outerwear, whether you just need to run to the grocery store or you find yourself twirling around an ice skating rink or sitting on the bench at the dog park. You’ll be warm the whole time, and you’ll look fashionable, too. For those really slushy days, throw on a pair of women's duck boots to keep your feet nice and dry.
Heading to the office or a fancy dinner but the thermometer is frozen solid? You’ll need an insulated wool coat to top off your dressy outfit. This cozy style is even outfitted with a stiff, standing collar to help you fight off that pesky winter wind. This classic coat works best in equally classic yet daring colors. Opt for a camel or red dress coat to stand out against the grey winter landscape, and make sure you have the accessories to match. You should try a soft cashmere blanket scarf draped over your shoulders and supple leather women's winter gloves lined with, you guessed it, cashmere.
This jacket is one of our favorite packable down coats. It will be your best friend on your winter runs or even on the snowshoe or cross-country ski trail. The ultralight down will keep in your body heat and keep out the elements that try to slow you down. The harder you push yourself, the cozier you’ll feel in this down style. It’s so lightweight, you’ll never feel like you overdressed for your winter workout. Pull up that hood when the weather takes a turn or if your neck gets chilly. Even with a long list of great features, You’ll find that this jacket’s best feature is its packability — it packs down into almost nothing so you can throw it in your purse, your backpack, or your overnight bag so you can be ready for any adventure and any weather that comes your way.
What’s that precipitation outside? Snow, freezing rain, or sleet? Whatever it is, it’s cold, it’s wet, and it can’t come close to your cashmere sweater or merino wool turtleneck. That’s where this parka comes in. It pairs a tough, waterproof exterior with a cozy, insulated interior to fight even the nastiest, most extreme winter precipitation. We’re loving this parka in a retro color scheme, like jade emerald and cool cobalt, for the year’s harshest months. Don’t overlook this coat’s secret weapon — the adjustable waist cinching. You can cinch this coat as you like to emphasize your waistline, and you’ll never have to worry about your winter coat overwhelming your figure again.
Hello, versatility! Hello, ready for any occasion! Meet the coat that can adapt to every situation. When it’s cold and blustery outside, pack on the layers. Mix and match the layers for your activity or shed them one by one to accommodate the variable winter conditions we all know can change at a moment’s notice. This coat will even take you into the early days of spring when you roll up the sleeves of the quilted liner jacket and throw on a light scarf or ditch the quilted lining for the waterproof shell on rainy April days.
Calling all ski bunnies, snowmobile enthusiasts, and ice princesses — this coat is ready for action and it can go up against even the chilliest day on the mountain, at the rink, or in the trees. Ranked as one of the warmest down winter coats, you’ll barely notice the cold on your all-day excursions. Embrace the winter wonderland with the ivory or jade green colorway and a matching fleece winter hat to up your style game even when you’re on the go.
This winter coat style feels like a warm hug that can go along with you on any excursion. The extra plush lining keeps you safe from the elements and keeps you feeling extra cozy while you’re doing it. If you’ll be fighting against winter squalls or blizzards, or just tackling the daunting task of shoveling the driveway, you’ll want to throw this one on.
When you step out of the house in this long down coat, Mother Nature will know you’re not playing around. This is the queen of ankle-length winter coats. You’re ready for whatever she has to throw at you from 10 feet of snow between you and your mailbox to a long winter afternoon at your kid’s hockey game. You’ll be so comfortable and warm in this maxi coat, you’ll wonder why everyone else is shivering or heading for the heated seats in their cars. Not you, you’ll be doing fine in the elements, especially when you pull up that hood against an oncoming winter gust.
With all of the options out there, you’ll find a winter coat to meet all of your criteria. Remember to choose a coat that not only checks all the boxes for warmth and comfort but one that also matches your style. When the temps are dropping and it’s hard to convince yourself to slip out of your comfy bed on those cold winter mornings, you’ll want a stylish winter coat to snuggle into to make facing the elements just a little more pleasant and fun. After all, you can’t control Mother Nature. All you can do is bundle up, grab a hot cup of coffee or tea, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.