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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.
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:
Fjällräven Singi Down Jacket
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.
Tna The Super Puff Long
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.
Everlane The ReNew Long Puffer
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.
Orolay Thickened Down Jacket
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.
Patagonia Down With It Parka
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.
Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Duffle Coat
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.
Everlane The Re:Down Military Parka
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.
The best fashion winter coats
Everlane The Italian ReWool Overcoat
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.
Babaton The Connor Coat Long
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.
Cuyana Wool Cashmere Short Wrap Coat
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.
The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
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.
Banana Republic Unlined Double-Faced Top Coat
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.