10 best winter coats

Be ready for chilly days with fashion-forward outerwear. IndyBest recommends stylish ways to wrap up

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It may seem a tad bit premature to be considering what winter coat to purchase but given that shops began stocking them way back in August it’s well worth getting a wriggle on.

Outerwear might once have been viewed as a purely practical wardrobe essential, now it’s arguably the most important purchase you’ll make all season. From classic wrap coats to oversized boyfriend numbers, we’ve rounded up the best on offer to keep out the cold.

1. Cape with raglan sleeve: £75, asos.com


A cape might remind you of something best left to fancy dress costumes but they are actually a very stylish alternative to a traditional winter coat. This version from ASOS comes in timeless black and is cut longer in length to maximise coverage and the warmth factor.

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2. Faux fur checked coat: £59, debenhams.com


With a faux fur collar and checked pattern, this style from Debenham’s label Red Herring has a traditional English feel to it, ideal for cosy weekends in the countryside.

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3. Burgundy wool coat: £139.99, hm.com


No colour feels more autumnal than burgundy and it’s a colour palette that reappears every season. This style from H&M’s Studio line has fashion and practicality all sewn up; while the belted wool-blend design certainly looks sleek, it has a hidden secret – a nifty padded lining.

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4. Double face unstructured coat: £69, marksandspencer.com


Why settle for one winter coat when you can have two? This clever two-in-one design allows you to wear it inside-out for two looks. With one side grey and the other camel, you get a lot more bang for your buck.

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5. Brown pocket coat: £75, next.co.uk


There’s a touch of military about this coat from high street retailer Next. In an army brown hue that may not sound particularly appealing, this will stand apart in a sea of navy and camel coats. It comes with over-sized pockets for further utilitarian style points. 

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6. Faux fur coat: £90, riverisland.com


Imitation fur is a no-brainer for winter; you can’t beat it for warmth after all. This season however sees it a quirkier twist with bold colours and funky designs dominating the trend. This shaggy pink style from River Island has the fun-factor covered.

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7. Highland check coat: £349, hobbs.co.uk


Shop wisely and your outerwear can last you for years to come. If it’s an investment you’re after this from Hobbs in a traditional check pattern is timeless. Aptly named the Highland coat it’s inspired by Queen Victoria’s love of the Scottish Highlands. You can’t get more regal than that. 

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8. Textured boyfriend coat: £49.99, newlook.com


‘Boyfriend’ is the term given to clothing that is slightly androgynous in style. Coats work particularly well in a mannish design as demonstrated by this budget friendly New Look number. Classically tailored in a black, white and grey textured fabric it’s a versatile style that will work well for day and formal occasions. 

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9. Reversible Double Faced Wrap coat: £298, jigsaw-online.com


Reversible coats are on trend for autumn, this version from premium high-street retailer Jigsaw is more ‘coatigan’ (part coat/part cardigan) so it’s ideal for layering. The fit’s oversized but the tie belt means the waist is cinched in so you’re not swamped.

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10. Zara turquoise wool coat: £69.99, zara.com


Zara is a fail-safe destination for coat shopping and it’s come up trumps with this turquoise style. The colour may be unconventional but its classic cut makes it easy to wear. just remember to team with neutral hues to avoid a rainbow-inspired look.

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Purchasing a winter coat need not be a fraught affair with the myriad of styles available to suit every style and price point. New Look’s speckled boyfriend coat is the ideal option for those who want to cover both style and practicality and you can’t beat it for value either. If money is no object Jigsaw’s reversible coat is a winner, you may not get much change for £300 but considering you’re getting two very stylish coats for the price of one, it’s actually not such a bad deal.

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