The 12 best winter coats for women, from technical puffers to chic overcoats

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  • At its core, a good winter coat should keep you warm, but there are two different groups of coats.
  • Technical coats err on the side of functionality, while fashion-forward coats prioritize style.
  • We found picks for both categories, from insulated puffers to wool coats.
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Winter may be winding down, but thanks to off-season sales, now may be the perfect time to shop for next season’s coats. When shopping for a winter coat, it’s essential to keep your lifestyle and location in mind. Are you looking for a heavy-duty parka? Something stylish to keep you warm on your commute from the office to the train station? A full-on duffle coat for Arctic temperatures?

Because everyone has different needs, some might be on the hunt for a heavy-duty winter coat that’s both cozy and practical. Alternatively, others might be searching for a sophisticated wool coat that leans more into the overall look of the outfit. We know not every option on this list will appeal to everyone’s individual aesthetic, of course, but they will all keep you warm – and that’s pretty important. We also provide guidance on the types of insulation and fill power, which you can find following our product picks, to help you make a more informed decision. And while this guide focuses on coats sized for women, we believe anyone can wear any type of coat, regardless of gender. If you’re looking for men’s sizing, check out our guide to the best winter coats for men.

Here are 12 of the best winter coats for women:

The best technical winter coats

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Fjällräven Singi Down Jacket

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The foundation of what makes the Singi so sturdy is that it’s constructed from the brand’s signature G-1000 — a densely woven polyester/cotton fabric that’s finished with Greenland Wax for water-resistance, wind-resistance, and overall durability. Over the shoulders and backside, the jacket is made of extra-tough G-1000 HeavyDuty, so the areas that need to be the most water-resistant and abrasion-resistant will stay that way. The jacket is padded with ethically-produced down, which not only keeps you incredibly warm on seriously cold days, but provides that snug-as-a-bug comfort.

Despite being incredibly toasty, the jacket’s cut is fitted but not restricting. There’s even an inner drawstring to create a more accented waist. The detachable faux-fur, down-filled hood looks stylish while keeping snow out of your face and your ears warm. Insider Reviews health and fitness updates editor Rachael Schultz has worn this jacket for many years now. She says it has kept her warm and dry in every kind of winter weather, whether it’s New York sleet or single-digit Colorado mornings.

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Tna The Super Puff Long

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The Super Puff Long is made with 100% responsibly-sourced goose down that’s meant to keep you warm to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. The nylon exterior is wind-resistant and water-repellent, but not fully waterproof. It boasts a hood and cozy lined pockets that add some extra comfort and style, too. There’s also a small interior pocket for your iPhone. And while it will surely keep you warm, the coat itself isn’t too heavy. 

One of the usual pain points with ankle-length coats is that they can make it hard to walk if they’re zipped all the way down. The Super Puff Long solves that problem with a smart design — the zipper only goes to your knees. There are also buttons on the front and side of the coat that can be left open, allowing for more mobility. Insider Reviews deputy editor Sally Kaplan says it’s the warmest winter coat out there that isn’t a true parka. We also love the range of chic colors and finishes.

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Everlane The ReNew Long Puffer

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If you’re not a fan of down, opt for Everlane’s The ReNew Long Puffer. The entire coat, aside from the zipper and the trim, is made from recycled material — specifically recycled bottles. The only reason the zipper and trim aren’t recycled? They currently can’t be sourced from these materials, although the brand says it’s working on it. 

Don’t think that the plastic makes this coat stiff, though. It’s as puffy, soft, and warm as traditional down. Everlane says the coat is recommended for temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The ReNew Long Puffer hits about mid-thigh to the knee, depending on your height, so you get a good amount of leg coverage. And while it isn’t bulky, this coat has enough weight to it to keep you nice and toasty. Plus, the two large pockets are lined with fleece that make warming your hands and storing your essentials easy. And if you don’t love this silhouette, Everlane has a whole collection made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Orolay Thickened Down Jacket

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It’s likely you’ve heard of the Orolay Thickened Down Jacket. Dubbed “the Amazon coat” at the height of its internet fame, this cozy coat is a hit with its fans and a number of fashion experts. This puffer coat has a “downtown cool” silhouette, with a high-low hemline and oversized front pockets. It’s well priced for a 90% duck down jacket that will actually keep you pretty warm. It’s not the winter coat you’ll want to wear in extreme cold weather, but it’s certainly snug enough for the walk from the train to your front door.

Insider Reviews editor Maria Del Russo took her Orolay Jacket on a weekend trip during a cold snap and was surprised by how toasty it kept her. She appreciated the multiple pockets and the ribbed cuffs, which kept the wind from whipping up her arms. It’s worth mentioning, though, that it is not completely waterproof, so you’ll probably want something else for rainstorms or intense snow.

Thickened Down Jacket (button)
Patagonia Down With It Parka

Best women's winter coats_Patagonia Down With It Parka (Patagonia)

For a more sustainable insulated jacket, the Down With It Parka is one to watch. It’s made of 100% recycled polyester and the filling is composed of 100% recycled down, specifically reclaimed duck and goose down. The parka is also Fair Trade Certified sewn. Patagonia pays an additional fee for their products that don Fair Trade certified labels, and that sum goes directly to the workers in the factory. You can flaunt this parka knowing it was made under fair conditions and with sustainable materials. 

But that doesn’t take away from its effectiveness in keeping you nice and warm. The detachable insulated hood is also a bonus feature. You should note, though, that this winter parka is meant to have a slim fit. So, if you prefer your jackets not to feel extra roomy or look super boxy, this one’s slim fit is ideal. 

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Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Duffle Coat

Best women's winter coats_Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Duffle Coat (Eddie Bauer)

Decked out head to knee in down insulation, the Lodge Down Duffle Coat is certainly one of our longest picks — falling past the knees — which means it’s also one of our warmest selections, too. While the Eddie Bauer StormRepel Durable Water Repellent resists moisture, the 650 fill power Responsible Down Standard keeps you cozy. The fleece lining of the upper body, collar, and cuffs offers up extra warmth and protection. Plus, you can customize different looks with the removable hood and faux fur trim, or you can cinch in at the waist using the drawstring cord. The two external pockets along with the one internal pocket fasten with zippers, so you know your belongings are safe. 

Lodge Down Duffle Coat (button)
Everlane The Re:Down Military Parka

Best women's winter coats_Everlane The Re Down Military Parka (Everlane)

Warm and with lots of pockets, Everlane’s The Re:Down Military Parka is a fantastic option for super cold weather. The pockets are fleece-lined for extra warmth, the sleeves have cuffs to keep the wind from whipping up your arms, and the fill is made from recycled down. This parka is better suited for city wear than for serious outdoor activities, so if you’re not planning on snowshoeing or ice fishing, this will likely work fine for you. Insider Reviews style and beauty guides editor Maria Del Russo enjoys wearing this jacket and can vouch for its warmth, comfort, and style. 

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The best fashion winter coats

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Everlane The Italian ReWool Overcoat

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Everlane’s Italian ReWool Overcoat has a subtle elegance and a weighty wool construction at a more budget-friendly price point. Like the rest of the ReNew line, Everlane’s The Italian ReWool Overcoat is made with recycled materials — 62% recycled wool and 38% recycled nylon, according to the company. It has a simple, oversized fit with thoughtful details like a notched collar and double-breasted front. Its rounded silhouette looks great buttoned up over jeans and a sweater on fall days or unbuttoned with a dress in more moderate temperatures. The inside is also lined, so you don’t have to worry about any itching if you’re sensitive to wool. Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton wears this coat frequently and recommends sizing down unless you have particularly long arms — she noted the sleeves were a bit short.

The Italian ReWool Overcoat (button)
Babaton The Connor Coat Long

Best women's winter coats_Babaton The Connor Coat Long (Aritzia)

Coats can oftentimes have an oversized fit and therefore lack any sort of shape. Cinching your waist in with a belt is the perfect way to give some structure to your look — and in a flattering way at that. The Connor Coat Long pulls out all the stops, from the removable belt to the warm Italian wool. One of the more eye-catching elements is the asymmetrical cut of the closure, which keeps your neck snug, but also adds a chic flair. The coat is fully lined with vegan suede, and yes, there are pockets on each side. 

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Cuyana Wool Cashmere Short Wrap Coat

Best women's winter coats_Cuyana Wool Cashmere Short Wrap Coat (Cuyana)

Another style that doesn’t go out of fashion is the wrap coat. It’s sophisticated and compliments your figure with a belt. This coat in particular makes its mark with the oversized lapels. You’ll find many wrap coats stick to regular-sized lapels, but this one’s bold choice provides extra warmth and elegance. And instead of falling past your knees, it cuts off right at your knees, enabling easy movement. The wool is also Responsible Wool Standard certified, meaning the material is ethically sourced. 

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The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

Best women's winter coats_The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket (The North Face)

A crossover between technical and fashion, the puffer jacket is everywhere. This one fits in both categories because it’s functional for moderate cold weather, but also sports one of the most popular jacket styles. For the technical side, it crops short, so it’s not really meant for the extreme cold, but it’s great for the fall-winter transition and springtime. The insulation will keep you warm with its 700 fill power goose down and water repellent material. And it’s very functional because the jacket can be folded into itself for compact storage, while a stowable hood packs into the collar.

In terms of fashion, this offering from North Face puts retro style front and center, especially with the short, boxy silhouette and bright color block design. If you want the jacket to be even more form-fitting, you can adjust the bungee cinch at the hem. 

Women’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket (button)
Banana Republic Unlined Double-Faced Top Coat

Best women's winter coats_Banana Republic Unlined Double Faced Top Coat (Banana Republic)

Sometimes, simplicity is best. You can’t go wrong with a wool blend coat that falls right above your knees, has standard-sized lapels, and dons the conventional three-button setup. The relaxed fit allows for layering while still looking composed. Material-wise, this coat offers moderate warmth — you can layer up for the winter or keep it loose during the spring. The wool blend is double faced for added warmth, and it’s also unlined. This classic style is a wardrobe staple that can pair with anything from a chunky sweater and jeans in colder weather to a short dress in warmer temperatures.

Unlined Double-Faced Top Coat (button)

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We’ve tested over 10 women’s underwear brands to find the best ones – here are the 5 we recommend most

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  • You wear underwear every day, so it should be the most comfortable and durable clothing you own.
  • Luckily, brands Tommy John, Everlane, and Parade are getting it right.
  • We’ve rounded up the best underwear brands for women, plus our favorite styles to shop, below.

Underwear. You won’t give it a second thought if it’s fabulously comfortable, but if it’s anything less than that, it’s all you’ll be able to think about. But thankfully, there are plenty of options these days that are as comfortable as they are playful, and you really can’t ask for more when it comes to your undergarments.

But how do you know if your underwear is or isn’t working for you? One, if not the most important factor to consider is comfort. Does your underwear stay in place all day or does it continuously ride up? Does your underwear feel like your second skin or is it irritating? It’s also crucial to check out material. Underwear fabrics should not only be soft and cozy, but sound enough to withstand several washes. And if you have a more active lifestyle, you might want to find underwear that’s made of stretchy, breathable materials.

And if you purchase a pair of underwear that you realize doesn’t look or feel quite right, many online underwear companies have satisfaction guarantees. That typically means you can get a replacement, refund, or store credit. Hopefully, though, this list of brands and product recommendations can help guide you down a path that most suits you.

Here are the best places to buy underwear in 2021:

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Tommy John

Tommy John

Tommy John has mastered the art of underwear with styles like its Second Skin Brief, Air Cheeky, and Air Thong.

Tommy John may have started off with men’s underwear, but its new feminine Second Skin and Air underwear collections prove that the company’s designers know a thing or two about what people want in a great pair of underwear. That means no scrunching, chafing, bunching, or riding up. And boy does Tommy John’s underwear deliver on its promise that there will be “no adjustment needed.”

The Insider Reviews team tested out both the Second Skin and Air underwear collections and loved every pair. From the sexy thong and cheeky styles to the practical and attractive briefs, Tommy John’s underwear is super comfortable.

The Air collection is fantastic for hotter weather or workouts because it’s made with improved ventilation, moisture-wicking, and deodorizing fabric. The Air underwear comes in briefs, cheeky, and thongs that are made from 77% Nylon mesh and 23% Spandex.

What to buy:

Everlane

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Everlane goes back to basics with supremely soft Supima cotton that’s ethically sourced and transparently priced.

If you don’t want to spend $20+ on one pair of underwear, you’re in luck, because our favorite basics brand Everlane has an underwear collection. The online company is known for its transparent pricing and ethically produced clothing, so you can feel good about the underwear you’re buying.

Everlane’s underwear collection features bikini, thong, hipster, and high-rise hipster styles that are all made with Supima cotton that’s grown in the United States and made into underwear at ethical factories. The cotton’s extra-long fibers are super soft on your skin and the material is breathable. 

We at Insider Reviews reviewed Everlane’s cotton underwear and recycled nylon underwear and we loved them. The cotton high-rise hipster was a group favorite with its full coverage and comfortable feel. I also personally loved the regular hipster style, which is both sexy and comfortable. Those of us who prefer thongs were also favorably impressed with Everlane’s take on that classic sexy style.

All of Everlane’s underwear is completely basic, or as the ad campaign says, “No frills. No bows. No bullsh*t.” It’s your everyday underwear. It’s made for you and puts your comfort above anything else.

If you’re looking for affordable, high-quality underwear that’s made ethically from the best material, Everlane’s Supima cotton underwear is for you. 

What to buy:

Aerie

Aerie

You only have to pay $25 for 6 pairs of underwear from Aerie, but just because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg doesn’t mean it’s not a fantastic piece of underwear. 

Beyond the unbeatable price point, Aerie also makes truly comfortable and dependable underwear. Simple and unfussy, the majority of these undergarments are made of good ol’ cotton. But we’re not fazed by the lack of rayon, satin, and silk. 

To say that Aerie has a wide selection would be an understatement — No matter what kind of style or color or print you’re looking for, this brand has it.

If all this isn’t enough to convince you to give Aerie a try, perhaps the message that the company is trying to send will do the trick. The brand’s #AerieReal campaign may have first debuted in 2014, but it’s still appealing to people who aren’t buying feminine underwear from airbrushed supermodels. The company has long pushed for honest acceptance of people’s bodies, and when it makes underwear this wearable, it’s pretty easy to accept yourself. 

What to buy:

TomboyX

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TomboyX makes gender-inclusive underwear that ranges in style from thongs to 9-inch boxer briefs and comes in sizes XS to 4X.

TomboyX adapted masculine-style underwear like trunks and boxer briefs to suit women’s bodies, giving people who prefer wearing underwear styles that aren’t traditionally feminine a more tailored option.

If, for example, you prefer wearing men’s boxer briefs, but you’re sick of feeling that annoying bunching that comes from creating space for certain parts of male anatomy, TomboyX has boxer briefs for you. Whether you want boyshorts, 4.5-inch long shorts, 6-inch long shorts, or 9-inch long shorts, TomboyX has you covered. 

The company also makes more traditionally feminine styles like thongs, bikinis, and briefs. Sizes range from XS to 4X to suit many different body shapes and sizes, so there really ought to be something for everyone.

The underwear is made with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex cotton that’s eco-friendly. You can also get MicroModal and athlete-friendly Active Drirelease fabric if you prefer.

A few members of the team have tried TomboyX’s underwear, and we all love it. Our reviewer Jen Gushue loves the cotton boyshorts

What to buy:

Parade

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Bright, colorful, and extremely budget-friendly, Parade is perfect for those looking to stock up on comfortable underwear. 

Parade is known for stretchy, comfortable, can-barely-feel-them underwear — from cheeky-cut briefs to high-waisted thongs. The underwear comes in two materials; the Re:Play fabric is made of breathable, recycled yarn, while its Silky Mesh is stretchy, breathable cotton you can barely feel against your skin. There are also five different styles to choose from, so you can always get a comfortable pair of panties

The Insider Reviews team tested Parade’s underwear and found all of the styles they tried to be super comfortable. Reporter Mara Leighton relies on the Parade Thong as her go-to workout undergarment, because of the material’s silky feel and non-roll waistband. 

Parade also wins points for its commitment to fun colors and patterns. The brand is constantly rolling out new collections, from bright neons to kitschy mesh dots. The only drawback — Parade can sometimes have low stock in its popular styles, especially during the brand’s many sales. So snap up your favorites when they’re available.

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Other shops to consider:

MeUndies

While we tend to favor the brands mentioned above after testing, we’d also recommend picks from these shops, too:

  • Hanky Panky: This brand is responsible for many cult-favorite lace styles — primarily thongs. While we love Hanky Panky underwear, they’re admittedly a little pricey for what you’re getting. If you’re a fan it’d be wise to stock up during annual sale events.
  • Spanx: We’re fans of the brand’s pants and bras, but we haven’t yet tested their underwear. However, the brand offers a good style variety, comfortable materials, and a decent XS-3X size range.
  • MeUndies: We think MeUndies makes some of the most comfortable underwear ever, and the brand has the best variety of patterns. 
  • True & Co: For those of us who don’t want our underwear to be just barely there, the hipster is the perfect underwear, and True & Co makes great hipsters.
  • Lively: Lively is another great underwear startup that makes affordable underwear at $10 a pair or 3 pairs for $25. We like the brand’s underwear as well as its bras and recommend both.

What we’re looking forward to testing:

Knix Underwear

We’re constantly on the hunt for our new favorite pair of underwear. Here is what we’re testing next:

  • Knix: Knix is known for its leakproof period underwear that rivals other, similar brands on the market. But it blends that functionality with fashion, and regularly releases beautiful collections of chic prints and colors. Plus, it’s ultra-inclusive advertising is a breath of fresh air. We’re looking forward to seeing how the period underwear stands up. 
  • Stripe & Stare: The brand is known for delicate, feminine “knickers” in kitschy patterns and colors. But don’t like the girlish prints fool you. Stripe & Stare is made from Tencel Mirco Modal, an eco-friendly fabric that is totally sustainable. The brand claims its the softest material we’ll ever wear — a challenge we’re ready to accept. 
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The best places to shop for kids’ clothes in 2021

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  • When shopping for kids’ clothing, consider upcoming growth spurts, holidays, seasons, sales, and your child’s taste.
  • Well-made kids’ clothing won’t wear out as quickly and can be handed down later.
  • We did the research and testing to find the best kids’ clothing stores and brands for kids of all ages and needs.

Both new and seasoned parents know the struggle of buying kids’ clothing. Whether it’s for a baby’s first birthday or a teen’s school dance, it’s difficult to avoid spending too much on clothes that almost immediately get stained, torn, or outgrown.

Even though I love and work in fashion, my daughter spent most of her first year in hand-me-down onesies. Now that she is approaching her second birthday, I’m itching to dress her in cuter clothes. But it can be daunting to sort through the variety of kids’ clothing online.

Quality and prices vary widely, and finding the time to navigate a retailer’s website is no easy feat. Add to that kids’ often-changing preferences and the struggle of finding functional yet on-trend clothing. To help guide you, we’ve looked at many retailers. For each one, we considered the range of styles, sizing inclusivity, quality of materials, and prices.

Here are the best places to shop for kids’ clothes

The best baby clothes

Janie and Jack baby clothes

Janie and Jack baby clothes make every day a special occasion with their fun prints and high-quality fabrics.

Janie and Jack’s clothing run true to size, which makes online ordering easy and fast. The brand offers a large selection for infants and a variety of pieces, including bodysuits, sweaters, dresses, and swimsuits, as well as accessories like shoes, hats, socks, and bows.

The colors and fabric look new even after repeated washing, though we do recommend line-drying the garments because cotton can shrink in machine dryers. My daughter lived in her Janie and Jack swimsuits this past summer, and the material did not droop or fade in the sun. 

What we like:

Whale Heart Footed (small)Baby Cable Knit Cardigan (small)Baby Floral Romper (small)Baby Button Jogger (small)
The best baby clothes on a budget

Carter's Baby Clothes

Carter’s offers a large selection of affordable baby clothes that hold up well after repeated washes.

For everyday staples, Carter’s is a reliable brand with value packs and simple styles that are great for babies who may cycle through several outfits in a day. There are cute bodysuits and sleep sets, as well as hoodies, jackets, shoes, and other accessories. Carter’s runs frequent sales, but even pieces that are full priced are budget friendly. 

I have a variety of Carter’s pieces that have been handed down from at least two other parents, and the garments are still in good shape. The cotton does shrink a bit after a while and some pieces run big, but there have been no noticeable tears or holes. 

What we like:

Animals Original Bodysuits (4 pack) (small)Floral Zip-Up French Terry Hoodie (small)Cotton Pant (4 pack) (small)Heart Chambray Romper (small)
The best toddler clothes

Tea Collection

Tea Collection offers everyday and special occasion toddler clothing in unique prints and patterns on soft fabrics.

Tea Collection pieces are some of my favorites for their distinctive prints and patterns. The quality of the fabrics, buttons, and seams on the garments is on par with adult clothing, and the designs are practical, modern, and inspired by global styles. With the exceptional quality comes a higher price tag, however. 

Though items are machine washable, using a delicate cycle and skipping the dryer will help them retain their shape and color. The brand also donates 10% of their profits to charitable organizations like the Global Fund for Children and the Homeless Prenatal Program in their home city of San Francisco, California.

What we like:

All Star Popover (small)Ruffle Hem Dress (small)Plaid Button Up (small)French Terry Joggers (small)
The best toddler clothes on budget

old navy toddler clothes

Old Navy is a budget-friendly one-stop shop to outfit your toddler and the whole family.

The quality of Old Navy clothing exceeds expectations when considering the brand’s ultra-low prices. The patterns are fun and cheery, and the versatile pieces have great value. For example, toddler pajamas come in fun prints for just $10. Its vast inventory includes basic sweats and tees, jackets, blouses, button-downs, dresses, jeans, pants, shorts, and swimwear as well as accessories like socks and shoes.

I’ve found that their sleepwear runs small, but other pieces are true to size. While the clothing won’t hold up as well as our top pick for toddlers, Old Navy runs frequent sales, so stocking up for the entire family is budget friendly.

What we like:

Fit & Flare Printed Button-Front Dress (small)Vintage Dolman-Sleeve Sweatshirt (small)French Terry Button-Front Cardigan (small)U-Shaped Jogger Pants (small)
The best kids’ clothes

Best kids' clothing stores in 2021 - where to buy children's clothes

Maison Me is Maisonette’s in-house label with classic everyday designs that hold up to wear and tear.

Maison Me garments are made to last with pieces constructed from thick and sturdy fabrics that won’t wear out. The classic designs include traditional polos, plaid dresses, lots of striped pieces, and adorable florals. One of my favorite pieces that I tested with my toddler was a pink two-piece track suit that was ideal for play. I also found the leggings and drawstring pants were comfy and well-made.

The brand recommends machine-washing its clothing on cold and tumble-drying on low for optimal care. In my experience, this preserves both the quality and size of the garment.

What we like:

Pearl Lace Collar Dress (small)Clay Zip Hoodie (small)Reese Ribbed Legging (small)Gunnar Drawstring Pant (small)
The best kids’ clothes on a budget

h&m kids clothes

H&M has a diverse selection of organic clothes, all at bargain prices. 

H&M‘s environmental consciousness, budget-friendly prices, and diverse selection make it a great option for rapidly growing kids. The colorful prints, fun details, and prices are hard to resist. I started shopping there when my daughter was a baby, and as she grew, I continued to buy their affordable eco-friendly clothes. 

H&M offers kids’ clothes up to age 10 and a more sophisticated line for ages 8 to 14. They also sell accessories like tights, hats, shoes, and hair clips. If your child is Frozen-obsessed like mine, you’ll also love H&M’s partnerships with Disney, among others. The offerings are well-made, true to size, and wash easily.

What we like:

Cotton Chinos (small)Ruffle Trimmed Jersey Dress (small)Denim Leggings (3 pack) (small)Denim Shirt (small)
The best adaptive kids’ clothes

appaman adaptive kids clothing

Appaman’s Adaptive line caters to kids who have challenges with dressing, thanks to thoughtful and unique design features.

Appaman’s Adaptive line features accessible versions of its most popular clothing to empower kids to dress themselves. An ideal line not only considers accessibility but also style choices that are on par with non-adaptive lines, according to Debbie Stone, founder and executive director at Pop.Earth, a nonprofit committed to providing wellness options for people with autism and developmental disorders.

Garments have Velcro closures, magnetic zippers, and internal pant loops for dressing one-handed. Velcro ankle cuffs allow for prosthetics, orthotics, and other medical devices. The selection is somewhat lacking, with 42 pieces at time of publication, but the garments wash and wear exceptionally well. Though on the pricier side, the quality is unparalleled.

What we like:

Kathleen Dress (small)Rainbow Jean Short (small)Glen Hooded Shirt (small)Skinny Twill Pant (small)
The best adaptive kids’ clothes on a budget

cat & jack target adaptive kids clothing

Target’s Cat & Jack line includes clothing with abdominal access, snap closures for easy dressing, no tags, flat seams, and thumb holes to keep sleeves in place.

A major retailer like Target can broaden the range and accessibility of adaptive clothes. “At Pop.Earth, a charity for autism and special needs, I hear from numerous parents how important it is that clothing lines pivot to include these people,” said Stone. Cat & Jack is a favorite of the parents I polled, and while its adaptive offerings are somewhat limited, the prices are unbeatable. 

Cat & Jack makes leggings, pants, polos, tees, dresses, swimwear, jackets, and more. Like Carter’s, the clothing wear and wash well despite their lower price point. Garments also come with a one-year return policy with receipt if you’re not satisfied.

What we like:

Adaptive Hooded Adjustable Kids’ Bodysuit (small)Moxie Peach Abdominal Access Dress (small)Adaptive Graphic Kids’ T-Shirt (small)Doubleknit Thermal Jogger Pants (small)
The best tween clothes

nordstrom tween clothing

Nordstrom has a wide variety of tween clothing from popular brands and one of the best return policies.

Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to shop as an adult, and the options for tweens are just as impressive. There are well-known brands like Ugg, Hannah Banana, and Steve Madden, and a variety of other lesser-known brands that are equally cool among the tween set. Prices run the gamut, and offerings include everything from Nike and Adidas sweatshirts to sparkly, formal dresses. If you’re looking for a deal, there are great sales around the holidays as well as during its annual July sale.

Quality depends on the brand you buy, but I’ve found that pretty much everything I’ve purchased at Nordstrom withstands wear and tear. The product pages include recommended care instructions if you want to know before you buy. Nordstrom also offers free shipping and returns as well as local curbside pickup.

What we like:

Utility Jumpsuit (small)Kids’ Tricolor Stripe Hoodie (small)Arawak Gingham Whale Performance Button-Down Shirt (small)The Jane Distressed Cuffed Hem Jeans (small)
The best tween clothes on a budget

kohls tween clothing

Kohl’s has tons of affordable brand-name clothing, and Kohl’s cash can get you even more savings.

Kohl’s is a go-to for tweens, thanks to its reasonable prices on brand-name items, including clothing from Levi’s and Under Armour. You can shop by price on the website, with thousands of offerings from $6 to $20. You can also sort by age range, occasion, and size, including extended size options.

Many pieces have printed designs or phrases, but there are basics as well. Some of the lower-cost clothing may be a bit thin and flimsy. Though they won’t last multiple seasons, they are great for messy art classes or sports practice. 

What we like:

Jogger Pants (small)Tie Dye Jumpsuit (small)Polo (small)Allover Logo Hoodie (small)
The best teen clothes

american eagle outfitters clothing for teens

American Eagle Outfitters has an excellent selection and range of size options, and its rewards program is budget-friendly.

American Eagle’s basics and on-trend styles make it our top pick for teen clothing. It also beats out the competition in terms of affordability, thanks to its rewards program and sales that often include savings of 25%. Between AEO and Aerie labels, the selection is vast. Denim styles include the brand’s bestselling high-waisted jeggings and straight fit jeans. You’ll also find tees, sweatshirts, blouses, dresses, joggers, comfy loungewear, swimwear, and accessories like socks and shoes.

American Eagle has a rewards program, which offers cash rewards, members-only sales, a birthday coupon, free shipping, and returns. Garment construction can sometimes be irregular — crooked seams or an uneven hem on a dress, for example. However, the jeans last for years and get more comfortable after multiple washes.

What we like:

Ribbed Long Sleeve Twist Front Dress (small)Ne(x)t Level Curvy Highest Waist Jegging (small)Plaid Poplin Button-Up Shirt (small)Active 24/7 Jogger (small)
What else we like

gap teen clothing

While the following stores and brands didn’t quite make the cut, if you haven’t found what you’re looking for among our top picks, consider the following.

Gap Teen: Through its new eco-friendly initiative, NXT Gen Gap, Gap offers quality basics with an ethical backstory. However, its inventory and deals fall short of our teen pick, American Eagle Outfitters.

Mori: Mori makes excellent sleepwear for babies and toddlers, but it doesn’t have much of a selection for everyday clothing.

All The Babies: This organic, vegan line is mostly limited to cozy sweatshirts and cotton bodysuits. It runs a program that donates used garments to families in need.

T.J. Maxx: We love T.J. Maxx for great deals on name-brand clothing, but it doesn’t offer a large variety of sizes online. Shopping in-store also takes time and is hit or miss. 

J.Crew: J.Crew has high-quality, well tailored pieces for the whole family. While its children’s clothing lasts a long time, the garments are quite expensive.

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The 7 best flip flops for men and women

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Best flip flops 4x3
  • Flip flops are the perfect summer shoe, but they have a reputation for being flimsy and plasticky.
  • The following options are comfortable and stylish enough to wear with casual outfits.
  • Whether you’re shopping for men’s or women’s sizing, these are the best flip flop styles out there.

As far as shoes go, flip flops tend to get a bad wrap. While other shoes can be dressed up and down, flip flops tend to be relegated to casual wear – or to the beach. But that doesn’t mean you should discount these summertime favorites. The right flip flops can elevate your day-to-day wear and keep your feet comfortable in cool in warmer temps.

On the Insider Reviews team, we’ve tested dozens of flip flops, from the most casual options to ones that are slightly more elevated. And these are the best flip flops brands for men and women that we’ve worn. Whether you’re looking for your new beach shoes or in need of some more polished shoes to slip into after dancing all night, there’s a pair for you here. 

Here are the best flip flops in 2021:

Sanuk

Best flip flops Sanuk Women's Sling Flip Flops

The cushioned sole of Sanuk‘s flip flops makes you feel like you’re walking on a yoga mat.

When you do yoga, there’s a moment when you press your hands into the mat during downward dog or sink into child’s pose, and the world melts away. That sense of relief and comfort is in large part due to the mat itself. Yoga mats, though relatively thin, make you feel cushioned and supported even on top of a hardwood floor. Sanuk makes flip flops that mimic that experience.

The footbeds are made of actual yoga mat material. It’s a cool, unique concept that translates well to real-life comfort. The brand’s most popular style for women is the Yoga Sling 2, which has a stylish wrap-around silhouette that is clearly yoga-inspired and makes these art-gallery-owner-chic. While not a true flip flop due to a piece of fabric that secures around the ankle, it still gives you that thong sandal look.

In men’s sizing, there is the cleverly named Beer Cozy Flip Flop. This is more of a traditional flip flop with thick straps, Sanuk’s signature yoga mat footbed, and a curve for additional arch support.

Rainbows

Best flip flops Rainbows Flip Flops

Rainbows have been a favorite flip flop for decades, thanks to their leather exterior and nonslip rubber sole. 

If you’re looking for a flip flop that’s comfortable enough to walk around in for hours, you need to get a pair of Rainbows. Rainbow has been making leather sandals for the whole family for over 40 years with the intention of creating the world’s best sandal.

While different styles have evolved over the years, all pairs are made to look and feel great on your feet and not wear out over time. Rainbows are my favorite sandals by far — they’re extremely comfortable and supportive for a pair of flip flops. There’s a nonslip rubber sole, sturdy leather top, and a sponge rubber midsole. Essentially, what this does is create a fit that molds to your feet over time.

Rainbows come in single-layer and double-layer options. This refers to the layers in the midsole, so the double-layer offers more arch support. Even so, the single-layer sandals are much more supportive than your typical rubber flip flops. 

The leather makes these sandals feel more appropriate for wearing out and about. But be careful with these around water. If you do get them wet, they take a long time to dry, and it could eventually ruin the sandals. 

Havianas

Best flip flops Havaianas Slides

Colorful and comfortable, Havaianas are a perfect beach flip flop. 

Havaianas are the ideal beach sandal — durable, colorful, and able to withstand rough conditions. Even if they get a little scraped-up and windswept, they’ll still look cool after the fact.

The sandals come in a wide variety of color and style combinations. The most iconic styles — the ones you think of first when you hear the brand name — are probably the Havaianas Women’s Slim Flip Flop and the Men’s Top Flip Flop.

There are a few different iterations of the sandals for men and women. They both have a slightly curved footbed, though some have slim rubber straps while others have thicker straps, and some are stamped with the Havaianas logo.

Havaianas have been my go-to flip flops for years. They’re simple, but comfortable enough to walk in for hours and look good with pretty much everything.

Tkees

Best flip flops TKEEs

Tkees flip flops are sleek enough to go from the beach to dinner. 

Flip flops are usually reserved for walking along the beach or even wearing in the shower at the gym, but Tkees takes the shoe style to the next level. Tkees makes simple, elegant sandals and flip flops for both adults and kids. 

Tkees are made with leather (some with vegan leather) which gives them a more sophisticated feel than plastic options. The sandals are thin, but have a rubber sole for extra support. Each pair has a soft, cushioned footbed for added comfort. They’re the perfect shoe for when you need something to throw on, but want something that looks better than a rubber flip flop. One of the best parts about Tkees is the inclusive range of nude shades. The Foundation flip flops come in a range of neutrals to match a variety of skin types. 

Generally, they’re very comfortable, but because they’re so thin, they’re best for the beach, pool, or anywhere else where you don’t mind if your feet get a little dirty. Additionally, the thin leather straps can get a little uncomfortable if you’re walking for a long period of time. But, by the same token, they’re very durable because of this construction.

The style and durability of these shoes make them feel worth the price. If you’re looking for an elevated pair, they’re a great option. 

Hari Mari

Best flip flops Hari Mari Flip Flops

Hari Mari makes “boat safe” flip flops that keep you steady-footed when you walk. 

You don’t need to own a boat to enjoy Hari Mari flip flops. “Boat safe” in this case essentially means nonslip, so they’re suitable for just about any slick terrain. These are flip flops for everyone, even people who don’t normally wear flip flops. They’re cute and sporty, but more attractive than your average pair.

What really makes Hari Mari flip flops unique is the memory foam toe, designed to minimize the awful chafing you get from other thong sandals. It’s described by the brand as “a formidable cylinder of memory foam encased in soft nylon to help grip toes, reduce abrasion and do away with painful break-in periods.”

Insider Reviews reporter Amir Ismael recommends the Fields Flip Flop for its “day-long comfort” and arch support. 

Old Navy

Best flip flops Old Navy Classic Flip Flops

Old Navy flip flops are great for people who don’t want to pay a ton for their beach shoes. 

The signature thing about Old Navy flip flops is that they are cheap — not affordable or inexpensive, but cheap. Most pairs are normally $3.99 when not on sale, but they are seemingly always discounted. If you like the look of Havaianas but don’t want to spend a lot of money (especially if they may become sand-logged), check out the Old Navy Classic Flip Flops.

They come in men’s and women’s sizes that look the same aside from minor adjustments to accommodate different foot shapes. Old Navy offers the Classic style in tons of colors, including some fun pastels

Of course, being so cheap, you sacrifice some quality and comfort. Don’t be surprised if you have to replace one each year. But, Insider Reviews Guides Editor Les Shu wears the Old Navy Classic Flips Flops to the gym showers regularly, and finds that they hold up nicely. He does recommend replacing them often if you use them for the gym, to prevent bacteria buildup.

Oofos

Best flip flops Oofos Sandals

Oofos reinvented the flip flop to make the most comfortable sandals we’ve tried. 

Oofos specifically markets these sandals as recovery shoes for people who need more arch support and impact absorption than others. Many athletes and people with feet problems swear by them.

The special foam is built to absorb even more shock than your average sports shoe. They are formed to fit the curve of your arch, so Oofos’ sandals offer much more support than your average pair of flip flops. They absorb impact and they don’t move up and down as you walk, either.

Even though the sandals are a bit pricey, they are worth it because they will last and last. You can even machine wash or hose them down after a day on the beach to get rid of all the sand they pick up. They may not be the most beautiful sandals you’ll own, but they sure will be the most comfortable.

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The best winter coats for women

  • A good winter coat should be stylish and keep you warm in cold weather without weighing you down.
  • If you’re searching for a winter coat that will keep you warm and dry without any frills, consider picking up The Askov Finlayson Winter Parka
  • If you’re looking for men’s styles, check out our guide to the best winter coats for men.

Part of the problem with finding a great winter coat? It’s really hard to tell whether a jacket will be warm enough for the dead of winter until you’re actually wearing it in the dead of winter. Sure, the coat may seem cozy from the comfort of a dressing room. But is it really going to stand up to subzero temps once you bring it outside?

When shopping for a winter coat, it’s essential to keep your lifestyle and location in mind. Are you looking for a heavy-duty parka? Something stylish to keep you warm from the office to the train station? A full-on duffle coat for Arctic temperatures?

Regardless, you won’t have to sacrifice style. It’s certainly possible to both be warm and look cool at the exact same time. Not every option on this list will appeal to everyone’s individual aesthetic, of course, but they will all keep you warm without forgoing fashion. And that’s pretty important. We have guidance on the types of insulation and fill power below our picks to help you make a more informed decision.

A note on fit

This guide is specifically focused on coats that were designed with cisgender women in mind. The industry distinguishes between men and women’s coats in the details, specifically the fit and style. Coats designed for women tend to be nipped in at the waist, and even the oversized options have slightly shorter hemline and sleeves.

Women’s coats also tend to be a little more generously cut in the chest, while men’s coats are broader in the shoulders and back. And while zipper placement used to indicate whether a coat was designed for a man or woman, with the rise of more unisex styles, this is no longer a sure bet. If you’re looking for coats with longer sleeves or broader shoulders, you may want to shop for winter coats designed for men

Here are the best women’s winter coats:

Updated by Maria Del Russo on 11/12/2020: Updated prices and links. Added a “what else we considered” slide with coats we love but that didn’t nab a top spot. 

After careful editorial consideration (and debate), our editorial team has decided to discontinue our recommendations for fur products. While some of these brands in this guide still carry fur, we chose to solely test fur-free products. We’ll continue to test more fur- and down-free parkas throughout the winter in our ongoing search for the perfect winter coats.

The best winter parka

Askov Finlayson Winter Parka

The Askov Finlayson Winter Parka is expedition-grade, climate-positive, made out of recycled materials, and totally worth the hype.

Pros: Waterproof, carbon positive brand

Cons: One color option

Sizing options: S-XL

When looking for a great winter parka, we’re looking for pieces that are more practical than pretty. After all, when the temperatures drop below zero you’re going to want a coat that keeps you seriously warm and dry. The Askov Finlayson Winter Parka does that and even more. 

Askov Finlayson is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city known for its cold climate, so you already know that this jacket is going to be the real deal. To make the coat, Eric Dayton, co-founder of Askov Finlayson, studied the personal outerwear collection of famed Arctic explorer Will Steger. He used these learnings to develop the expedition-grade Winter Parka. 

The Winter Parka is water-resistant and rated as comfortable all the way to 20-degrees below. It’s made from 3M’s proprietary Thinsulate material (a 100% recycled featherless insulation), a 100% recycled polyester shell, and an ultra-soft 100% bluesign certified micro ripstop taffeta lining. It’s got a scuba-fit hood to protect you from the elements, an insulated interior collar, and adjustable exterior cuffs.

There are plenty of pockets, both internal and external, to keep your valuables within arm’s reach. The Afield Pocket is probably one of the most unique additions — it features Present Mode technology, which blocks all cell and WiFi signals to help wearers stay present. One of the best parts is the whole entire jacket is machine-washable.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton has worn the jacket in freezing temperatures in New York and Minnesota and loves that it’s warm and substantial without being bulky

All of this, along with Askov Finlayson’s commitment to being carbon positive, will cost you $495. While this is certainly a big expense, it’s about half the price of some of the other popular parkas out there like Canada Goose. 

Since this is a pricier piece, we appreciate that Askov Finlayson gives shoppers a whole winter to try out the parka. Don’t like it? You can return it with no questions asked. After that, there’s a limited lifetime warranty. 

The best for serious winter weather

Fjallraven Women's Singi Down Jacket

Fjällräven’s Singi Down Jacket has every single feature you need to weather a real winter storm and will last you for years — if not decades. 

Pros: Proprietary G-1000 fabric is water-resistant, wind-resistant, and durable; sustainably-sourced down; flattering fit; convenient pockets; two-way zipper; made for longevity 

Cons: None to speak of

Sure, this jacket is expensive — there’s no getting around that fact. But that’s because Fjällräven has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, including using recycled, organic, and sustainably-sourced materials to create pieces that can be worn for years. So while you’re paying a huge chunk now, this jacket is crafted to keep you warm and dry for decades. And because the Singi has every single feature you need for nasty weather in a flattering cut, you really won’t need to buy any other jacket.

The foundation of what makes Fjällräven’s Singi so sturdy is that it’s constructed from the brand’s signature G-1000 — a densely woven polyester/cotton fabric that is finished with Greenland Wax for water-resistance, wind-resistance, and overall durability. Over the shoulders and backside, the jacket is made of extra-tough G-1000 HeavyDuty, so the areas that need to be the most water-resistant and abrasion-resistant will stay that way. The jacket is padded with ethically-produced down, which not only keeps you incredibly warm on seriously cold days, but provides that snug-as-a-bug comfort.

Despite being incredibly toasty, the jacket’s cut is fitted but not restricting. There is even an inner drawstring to create a more accented waist. The detachable faux-fur, down-filled hood looks stylish while keeping blowing snow out of your face and your ears nice toasty.  I’ve owned this jacket for four years, and it has kept me seriously warm and completely dry in every kind of winter weather — from New York sleet to cold, single-digit Colorado mornings. — Rachael Schultz

The best lightweight coat

uniqlo ultra light down parka

The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Parka is small but mighty — it can roll up into a little ball that fits in your pocket while still providing substantial warmth. 

Pros: Packable, affordable, great for travel

Cons: Not the warmest on this list, not waterproof

Sizing options: XXS-XXL

Warm coats don’t always have to be super heavy. The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Parka is my favorite option for a lightweight coat that also keeps you warm. When you’re not wearing the coat, you can roll it up and put it in the accompanying storage pouch. The fact that it’s so packable makes it pretty much a no-brainer for travel. 

The Ultra Light Down Parka is surprisingly warm for how thin it looks and how airy it feels. Still, I wouldn’t rely on it as my only option for extreme cold. But, because it’s not bulky, you can easily throw it under a heavier coat for an added layer of warmth. You could also size up in order to squeeze a few extra layers under this coat.

In terms of the construction, the Ultra Light Down Parka has a down fill and a nylon shell. The exterior is water-repellent, but not fully waterproof. While it’s pretty durable for flurries, if you get caught in a serious snowstorm or rain shower you can expect the coat to get wet. I like the hooded option as it feels most practical for cold weather, but Uniqlo offers ones without hoods too. 

Because it can be squished down and becomes so small, I find myself wearing it all the time. Whether it’s layered under a heavier jacket, over a t-shirt and sweater, or just worn on its own, I wear this coat pretty much every season — except summer, of course. 

The best ankle-length coat

Tna Super Puff Long

The Super Puff Long keeps your legs covered for warmth while also giving you the freedom to move comfortably. 

Pros: Stylish, lots of color options, freedom to move

Cons: Not waterproof

Sizing options: 3XS-XL

On really cold days, the more covered you are the better. That’s when an ankle-length coat, like the Tna Super Puff, comes in. It’s a puffy down jacket that comes in multiple colors and lengths, but we’re partial to the long version. 

The Super Puff Long is made with 100% responsibly-sourced goose down that’s meant to keep you warm to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. The nylon exterior is wind-resistant and water-repellent, but not fully waterproof. It boasts a hood and cozy lined pockets that add some extra comfort and style, too. There’s also a small interior pocket made to hold your iPhone securely. And while it will surely keep you warm, the coat itself isn’t too heavy. 

One of the usual pain points with ankle-length coats is that they can make it hard to walk if they’re zipped all the way down. The Super Puff Long solves that problem with a smart design — the zipper only goes to your knees. There are also buttons on the front and side of the coat that can be left open, allowing for more mobility.

Insider Reviews senior editor Sally Kaplan says it’s the warmest winter coat out there that isn’t a true parka. We also love the range of chic colors and finishes. 

The best down-alternative coat

Everlane Long Puffer

The Everlane ReNew Long Puffer is made from recycled materials, but you can still expect the same warmth as a classic down coat. 

Pros: Sustainably made, good price, very warm

Cons: Limited color options, exterior pockets don’t zip 

Sizing options: XXS-XL

If you’re not a fan of down, opt for Everlane’s ReNew Long Puffer. The entire coat, aside from the zipper and the trim, is made from recycled material — specifically recycled bottles. The only reason the zipper and trim aren’t recycled? They currently can’t be sourced from these materials — although the brand says it’s working on it. 

Don’t think that the plastic makes this coat stiff, though. It’s as puffy, soft, and warm as traditional down. Everlane says the coat is recommended for temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The ReNew Long Puffer hits about mid-thigh to the knee, depending on your height, so you get a good amount of leg coverage. And while it isn’t bulky, this coat has enough weight to it to keep you nice and toasty.

I really appreciate the thoughtful design, too. While the jacket went all the way down to just above my knees, the zipper doesn’t zip to the bottom, so you can walk without your legs feeling constrained. The hood has drawstrings so you can keep your head warm on windy, chilly days. There are also two large, convenient pockets lined with cozy fleece that make it easy to store essentials in the jacket — all while keeping your hands nice and warm.

And if you don’t love this silhouette, Everlane has a whole collection of outerwear made from recycled plastic bottles

The best coat under $150

amazon orolay jacket

The Orolay Thickened Down Jacket lives up to its internet buzz, providing warmth and style at a budget-friendly price.

Pros: Stylish, affordable, warm

Cons: Not waterproof

Sizing options: XXS-5XL. Fits true to size, and the coat is roomy enough for you to wear a sweater under. 

It’s likely that you’ve heard of the Orolay Thickened Down Jacket.  Dubbed “the Amazon coat” at the height of its internet fame, this cozy coat is a hit with its fans and a number of fashion experts. And trust me, it lives up to the buzz.

This puffer coat has a “downtown cool” silhouette, with a high-low hemline and oversized front pockets. It’s well priced for a 90% duck down jacket that will actually keep you pretty warm. It’s not the winter coat you’ll want to wear in extreme cold, but it’s certainly cozy enough for the walk from the train to your front door.

Insider Reviews editor Maria Del Russo took her Orolay Jacket on a weekend trip during a cold snap and was surprised by how toasty warm it kept her. She appreciated the multiple pockets and the ribbed cuffs, which kept the wind from whipping up her arms. 

This coat has been compared to the more expensive options from Canada Goose, which usually are over five times the price of the Orolay Thickened Down Jacket. It’s worth mentioning that it is not waterproof, so you’ll probably want something else for rainstorms or intense snow.

The best wool coat

rewool overcoat

Made of recycled Italian wool, Everlane’s Italian ReWool Overcoat has a clean finish and a double-face for added warmth with a premium feel.

Pros: Good price for the quality, versatile fit, warm

Cons: Oversized, you may need to size down

Sizing options: 00-16

A great wool coat elevates any outfit and keeps you cozy while doing so, but a well-made one can be pricy. Everlane’s Italian ReWool Overcoat has a subtle elegance and a weighty wool construction at a more budget-friendly price point.

Like the rest of the ReNew line, the Italian ReWool Overcoat is made with recycled materials — 62% recycled wool and 38% recycled nylon, according to the company. It has a simple, oversized fit with thoughtful details like a notched collar and double-breasted front. Its rounded silhouette that looks great buttoned up over a dress or unbuttoned with jeans and a tee.

For fall days, it’s warm enough worn on its own. When it gets chillier, there’s room to layer heavier tops underneath. The inside is also lined, so you don’t have to worry about any itching if you’re sensitive to wool. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton wears this coat frequently and recommends sizing down unless you have particularly long arms — she noted the sleeves were a bit short.

Other coats we considered

Everlane Re:Down Military Parka
  • Everlane The Re:Down Military Parka ($198): Warm and with lots of pockets, Everlane’s The Re:Down Military Parka is a fantastic option for super cold weather. The pockets are fleece-lined for extra warmth, the sleeves have cuffs to keep the wind from whipping up your arms, and the fill is made from recycled down. The shell is also totally weatherproof — perfect for rain and snow. But as far as heavy-duty parkas go, the Askov Finlayson just wins out, as it’s better suited as performance wear. That said, Everlane’s parka is better suited for city wear than for serious outdoor activities, so if you’re not planning on snowshoeing or ice fishing, this will likely work fine for you. 
  • Daily Ritual Women’s Relaxed-Fit Mock-Neck Short Puffer Jacket ($64): If you’re in need of an easy, toss-on-and-go short puffer jacket, this option is a great buy for the price. For $64, this jacket is puffy, warm, and boasts a super cute, oversized collar for extra warmth. The Daily Ritual coat is also machine washable, which not many winter coats can claim. The one drawback we couldn’t get over, though, was the pockets. There are only two and they’re entirely too shallow, which makes it a frustrating piece to wear for errands. 
  • Goodthreads Women’s Relaxed Fit Sherpa Long Sleeve Snap Front Coat ($67.50): While it’s not great as a winter coat on its own, this adorable sherpa coat is a great transitional jacket and can be worn as a layer when it gets chilly. Its longline silhouette and snap-button closure make for a chic piece of outerwear, and the sherpa ensures you’ll stay warm — whether this is a lightweight coat in the fall or as a shell piece under something warmer. Since it’s not heavy enough to be a winter coat on its own, we couldn’t give it a spot in this guide. But it’s amazing for layering and for transitional weather, so it’s worth picking up. 

Things to keep in mind while shopping for women’s winter coats

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Types of insulation:

Down: Still the most popular fill for winter coats, down is the name for the fluffy layer of under-feathers harvested from ducks and geese. That fluffiness serves a purpose: down has thousands of tiny air pockets that trap and retain heat, keeping the wearer warm. It’s also ultra-compressible, lightweight, and breathable.

However, down loses its insulating powers when it becomes wet, and it can take a while to dry out. Plus, lower-quality down can harbor dust and debris, triggering allergies in those who are sensitive to such things.

Down can be harvested using different methods, and some are more ethical than others. Some brands even repurpose old, recycled down in an effort to be sustainable. We have chosen to keep down recommendations in this guide, but have offered great down-free alternatives if that is how you prefer to shop. 

Water-resistant down: No down filling is completely water-resistant, but polymer-treated down is definitely better at wicking away moisture. It also tends to be very expensive and still doesn’t handle dampness as effectively as synthetic insulation. 

Synthetic insulation: Made from a combination of water-resistant compressed fibers, synthetic insulation mimics down in its ability to trap warm air via tiny holes. Synthetics are often heavier than down, and they’re not quite as compressible. But on the upside, they dry faster and are often significantly less expensive. Some common synthetic fills include Thinsulate, Polarguard, Thermolite, Dryloft, and Hollofil. 

Down/synthetic insulation: These coats mix both materials throughout or are designed so that some areas are down-filled (like the core) and others (the arms, for example) contain synthetic insulation.

A word on fill power:

Down is rated according to fill power, which is represented by the number of cubic inches one ounce of down occupies. To test it, the down is compressed by a weight in a glass cylinder and then allowed to bounce back. The better the quality of down, the higher the fill power, with numbers typically ranging from 300 to 900. Down outerwear typically falls between 600 and 800, with anything higher considered premium.

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The 10 best leather jackets for men – from classic moto styles to sleek bombers

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Taylor Stitch The Cuyama Jacket

  • Style shorthand for “rebellious” and “cool,” the best men’s leather jackets are statement pieces designed to stand out. 
  • Originally worn for outdoor activities and by bikers, the leather jacket’s rugged durability makes it a staple, regardless of what your day-to-day style is. 
  • Our favorite men’s leather jackets come from a variety of brands including Orvis and Topman.
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Worn by men the world over, from James Dean to Jay-Z, the leather jacket is the go-to piece of outerwear for when a man wants to look cool and confident. Hard-wearing by nature, the leather jacket was originally crafted for outdoorsmen and later adopted by motorcyclists for its ability to protect against road rash. From there, it slipped into the mainstream, permeating modern style and culture.

The best men’s leather jackets come in a few main styles: the biker, the bomber, the racer, the flight, and the field. Defined by shape, cut, zipper placement, lining, and collar, each iteration of the leather jacket offers a unique take on this wide-ranging style staple.  Whichever option you prefer, let our list of best men’s leather jackets inspire you with a variety of cuts and colors in a range of price points. 

Our picks are all true leather, which means their price tags are slightly higher than their faux counterparts. That also means that, with proper care, they will last for years. We explain proper leather care later on in this guide. But first, here are the best men’s leather jackets you can buy.

The best men’s leather jackets are:

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Topman Black Leather Biker Jacket

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A unique right-side zipper extending up to the lapel makes the relatively inexpensive Topman Black Leather Biker Jacket stand out from the crowd. 

Sizing options: XS-XL

As the name declares, this Topman has a total biker vibe, with its classic styling and standard fit. Built from supple leather, this jacket doesn’t require any breaking in. Dual front zipper-pockets are balanced with extra wide, button-snap lapels. 

The jacket’s main highlight, however, is its off-center front zipper closure. The zipper itself extends upward through the edge of the lapel, meaning when zipped-up, the jacket displays an attractive asymmetrical design that’s both striking and strident. Another bonus, this jacket comes in at $250, one of the most approachable prices on this list. 

Orvis Spirit II Leather Jacket

Orvis Spirit II Leather Jacket 2

With a removable shearling collar and a super supple leather, the Orvis Spirit II Leather Jacket serves rugged luxury.

Sizing options: M-XXL

Modeled off World War I pilot jackets designed to keep the chill out while flying in open cockpits, this jacket’s shearling removable collar also does its job on the ground, making the Spirit II a sturdy winter option. For even more warmth, the interior features a full lining and the hem and cuffs are ribbed knit, sealing out the wind and weather. 

Crafted from sheep nappa leather for a slightly dappled texture, the jacket provides plenty of pockets to keep your hands free. Two front button-flap pockets are complemented by an upper arm zip pocket so you can stash your wallet or some extra cash. The jacket has a roomier-than-normal fit, so feel free to pair with a chunky wool sweater. And, because it comes from Orvis, it’s backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

AllSaints Swithin Leather Jacket

AllSaints Swithin Leather Jacket

Heavily textured leather and silver zips are the only adornments the minimalist AllSaints Swithin Leather Jacket needs.

Sizing options: XS-L

The simplest and most streamlined of all the jackets on this list, the AllSaints Swithin Leather Jacket can be worn with almost any outfit. Flat black with a wavy, almost dappled texture, the jacket’s beauty lies in its simplicity. Using silver vertical zippers for the front closure and breast pocket, the jacket looks just as good when worn closed as when worn open — not something you can say with most biker jackets. 

Handwarmer pockets are visually hidden and don’t impede the minimalist appearance, while an interior lined in polyester keeps the jacket light. This is an option best for spring days and summer nights.

Belstaff Fieldbrook 2.0 Jacket

Belstaff

Guys seeking a little more eco-friendly leather jacket will love the Belstaff Fieldbrook 2.0 Jacket‘s vegetable-tanned lambskin leather.

Sizing options: S-XL

Combining the length and pockets of a field jacket with the diamond-quilted shoulder and elbow patches and buckle throat latch of a moto jacket, Bestaff has managed to pull off a unique option that looks as at home in the field as it does on the bike. 

Made with vegetable-tanned lambskin leather that’s more eco-friendly than leather crafted with chemical methods, this jacket offers four snap-closure pockets and an adjustable back and cuffs for a truly custom fit. Wear it over an all-black ensemble paired with Chelsea boots to look as confident as you feel. 

Dunhill Leather Bomber Jacket

Dunhill Leather Bomber Jacket 2

British luxury brand Dunhill delivers a handsome, contemporary take with its Leather Bomber Jacket

Sizing options: XS-XXXL

A beauty to behold, you can’t get more classic than this Italian-made Leather Bomber Jacket. Supple, shiny leather in an inky black color comes together with a two-way zip closure in the front. An overall roomy fit is reigned in by a ribbed collar, a ribbed hem, and ribbed cuffs, which also do a great job of keeping out any wind or rain. 

Simply in its design, this leather bomber is infinitely wearable. Throw it on over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, or dress it up with a sweater and chinos for a dinner date. No matter which way you wear it, you can be confident that its classic style will stay relevant for years to come, making it an excellent investment piece to enjoy and pass on.

Schott NYC Lightweight Cowhide Flight Jacket

Schott NYC Lightweight Cowhide Flight Jacket

For a dose of pure class, the Schott NYC Lightweight Cowhide Flight Jacket‘s clean design fits the bill without totally breaking the bank. 

Sizing options: S-XXL

Located in the flight jacket category — known for its tighter cuffs, cropped adjustable waist, and high collar — the natural pebble-textured cowhide of the Schott NYC Lightweight Flight Jacket immediately reads luxe, while the ribbed knit waist and collar proudly nod to its aviation inspiration. 

Dual entry pockets with flaps and snaps keep everything you need to carry in place as the snap-fly front zips up to conceal a cotton-lined interior with a quintessentially autumnal plaid pattern. This looker is built with a bi-swing back, adding a bit more of a boxy structure than you’d find in a biker or a racer jacket. 

Taylor Stitch The Cuyama Jacket

Taylor Stitch The Cuyama Jacket

A rich cognac color and full-grain cowhide leather make the Taylor Stitch The Cuyama Jacket a refined favorite. 

Sizing options: S-XL

It’s tough to find a Taylor Stitch piece that isn’t amazing — so it’s no surprise that the brand’s Cuyama Jacket takes the prize for most buttery-smooth and beautiful. Built from a full-grain cowhide leather, this jacket develops a natural patina as it wears, becoming like a second skin over time. On the interior, a cotton twill contrasts with the coats bold cognac color, while natural corozo buttons add a touch of monochromatic cool. 

Under the collar and cuffs, a corduroy lining ensures neck and wrist comfort and hidden collar stay snaps keep it firmly in place. To top it all off, the coat’s refined styling, attention to detail, and enviable collar mean it can work well anywhere from the bar to the boardroom. 

Blackmeans Slim-Fit Leather Biker Jacket

Blackmeans Slim-Fit Leather Biker Jacket

Sturdy, thick leather and Japanese craftsmanship make the Blackmeans Slim-Fit Leather Biker Jacket a logical (and handsome) investment.

Sizing options: M-XXL

Leave it to the Japanese to create a leather biker jacket better than most American-made versions. This iteration is cut from hard-wearing, sturdy navy leather and sports a streamlined, super-slim fit typical of the East Asian moto scene. Offsetting the rich, dark color, the front closure sports a gold zipper and collared lapes. A set of zippers at the back of the sleeves afford the wearer a bit of customization when it comes to fit, while a single-sleeve pocket keeps your license and registration within arm’s reach. 

You don’t have to be a biker to appreciate the jacket’s four flap pockets. They’re perfect for holding onto car keys or wallets. And, for those worried about wind, the quilted lining means you’ll stay warm even when the weather turns. 

Cockpit USA Vintage Leather Naval Officer’s Coat

Cockpit USA

Look and feel like an admiral in the long cut of the Cockpit USA Vintage Leather Naval Officer’s Coat.

Sizing options: XS-XXXL

Cockpit USA consistently delivers excellent throwback design — and its Vintage Leather Naval Officer’s Coat is no exception. Harkening back to the hard-wearing leather version of naval pea coats, this topper hits below the hip. It also sports specially-treated goatskin leather that is lined with the brand’s signature emblem fabric. Double-breasted with military spec buttons, the coat offers an air of authority to the wearer while also helping to withstand the elements. 

Its wide lapels can be popped to keep out the wind, while two side-entry pockets keep your hands warm. Two additional front flap pockets also provide storage for your not-so-classified documents. American made, the Naval Officer’s Coat is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship you’ll be pleased to have for decades to come. 

Wilsons Leather John Accordion Moto Jacket

Wilsons Leather John Accordion Moto Jacket 2

Less ornately detailed than a biker jacket, but coming in a close second, the Wilsons Leather John Accordion Moto Jacket is loud and proud. 

Sizing options: S-XXL

Embrace the brash with this brown leather moto jacket that doubles down on its unique design. Bold burgundy trim and crimped, accordion patches and inserts at the shoulders and sides add an attractive texture and shape to the jacket. They also positively impact the utility of the jacket by offering a greater range of motion than a traditional leather shoulder seam. 

With that same combination of practicality and style in mind, the four burgundy-trimmed zip pockets allow for plenty of storage. A snap collar closes tight for when you’re ready to ride, while a mesh lining keeps you cool when things get hot. And a standard fit means it’s accessible to body types across the board. 

How to make your leather piece last for years

The best men's leather jackets

If some of the prices on this list cause you to reconsider your decision to buy a leather jacket, there’s a reason high-quality leather jacket options run into the hundreds and thousands of dollars. It primarily has to do with how leather is created. 

First, a cow or sheep must be raised — a process that takes at least a year. After harvesting the animal and cleaning its hide, the tanning process, which is the procedure by which leather is changed from skin to the material we know and love, begins. This can take up to a month or more if using a vegetable dye process. From there, the leather must be cut and sewn into a jacket. 

All of these steps take an intensive amount of time and resources, which equals a higher price tag. But the good news is, thanks to leather’s enduring strength and style, you won’t need to buy more than one in your life — unless you want to.

And the way to make leather last a lifetime? Proper care. 

Unlike your favorite leather boots, a leather jacket isn’t typically dragged through the mud and banged against rocks, so you’re likely not going to see scrapes or abrasions. For light soiling, simply grab a barely-damp rag and wipe the jacket’s exterior. Allow it to dry. If soiling is deep, there are special leather cleaning products, such as saddlesoap, that can help provide a deeper clean. 

It’s also a good idea to give your jacket a needed dose of moisture every year or so. Do this by lightly applying a leather conditioner and then removing any excess. If you find your jacket has totally dried out, is stained, or is otherwise in severe disrepair, seek the guidance of a leather repair professional. Taking these simple steps will ensure your jacket looks and wears well for decades to come. 

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