Unless you’re an avid outdoors enthusiast, the best winter coats are typically ones that aren’t only high-performing but those that fit your personal style. A great coat has the power to pull together an entire outfit, no matter what’s underneath (which, let’s be honest, is probably sweatpants.)
What winter coat should you buy?
Depends on what your needs are and where you live. Typically winter coats with a down fill are the warmest and are best for people spending a great deal of time outdoors. If you’re working from home this winter and only plan on being outside for essential errands, a down alternative, a classic wool style or an oversized teddy that can be layered might be more your speed.
How often should I wash my winter coat?
Most experts agree that unless your outerwear takes a beating regularly, washing or dry-cleaning once a season is enough; twice if it’s your everyday coat. Several nylon down styles are machine washable, while wool and fur should be dry cleaned or steamed.
Puffer winter coats
Whether filled with down or some type of down alternative, the best winter coats for keeping you extra-warm are, undeniably, puffy styles with plenty of room underneath to layer. Look for waterproof outer shells like nylon or ripstop to protect against snow, sleet, and rain.
Wool winter coats
Among the best winter coats out there are classic full-length wool coats that effortlessly pull together outfits, no matter what’s underneath. Belted, buttoned, or shawl-collared, the season’s available styles suit everyone.
Faux fur and teddy winter coats
The best winter coat for feeling extra warm but also looking remarkably stylish? Faux fur and coat teddy styles. Oversized fits are having a moment right now so layering hoodies and chunky knits is comfortable. but elegant cropped styles and classic double-breasted cuts are also on point.