It’s winter 2020 and going outdoors is the new going out-out, so if there’s one part of your outfit you should nail this year, it’s your coat. I’ve trawled through my endless lists of saved items to bring you a round-up of the best outerwear pieces to invest in this year. It’s also confirmed the fact that I do indeed, have an online shopping problem…
So, if you could buy them all before I do, that would be great.
Ah, the duvet of the coat world. Long or short, this quilted classic is guaranteed to keep you warm, whilst giving off that nostalgic 90s vibe we’re all currently craving (back when life was simple, and we weren’t getting through industrial tubs of anti-bac gel every month).
MONKI Button-up Puffer Coat – £65
With four different colours to choose from, this long-length button-up puffer coat is perfect for any chilly occasion. It’s even got a funnel neck so you can button it all the way to the top for extra snugness. I’m also certain it would double up fantastically up as a lovely indoor housecoat (don’t judge me – I have extremely high ceilings and an even higher heating bill).
ZARA Rubberised Puffer Jacket – £49.99
Perhaps slightly less practical due to its cropped style, what this jacket lacks in length, it makes up for in hood. I have spent many years sporting gorgeous coats and sopping wet hair because a) I have lost every umbrella I have ever owned and b) apparently most coats with hoods are purple cagoules.
Any coat that takes inspo from a bear is a winner for me; The perfect transition from dressing gown to real outside clothing (shout out to everyone else who’s been WFH and living in pyjamas for 90% of the year) the teddy coat will keep you warm and cosy, whilst ensuring you still look like you’ve made an effort.
NASTY GAL We’re Teddy Faux Fur You Oversized Coat – £80
I have this coat and I can honestly say it’s like being hugged by Baloo. Choose from four gorgeous, teddy bear-inspired colours that lend themselves to being thrown easily over any outfit. The oversized, longline silhouette and wide lapels make this perfect for wrapping yourself up in a fuzzy cocoon – just what we all need after the year we’ve had. Also, Nasty Gal almost ALWAYS have huge promos, so you’re guaranteed to bag this one at a discounted price.
TOPSHOP Black Reversible Borg Jacket – £79
Is it just me, or is there something very exciting about a reversible coat? Two completely different looks for the price of one. Benefit from super cosy teddy lining when you choose the leather-look outer with borg detailing or go full-on bear with just a hint of faux leather on the pockets. Think Winnie-the-Pooh meets Sons of Anarchy.
Moving away from teddies and towards The Matrix, leather coats have made a huge come back this year; Think less goth and more retro Kate Moss. This style is probably better suited to a night in the pub than a wholesome hike (as I write this in lockdown 2.0, I long for the days we can sip overpriced drinks somewhere other than our living rooms), but who am I to judge if you fancy nipping to Tesco Express looking like Keanu Reeves?
WEEKDAY Ellinor PU Coat – £110
A classic trench with a modern twist, wear this faux leather coat loose or belt at the waist for a cinched in style. This one comes in brown and black and I am dying to get my greedy hands on the black, but it keeps selling out. If you do see it back in in a small, please give me a shout…
ASOS ASOS Design Ultimate Leather Look Belted Trench Coat – £70
This one had me at ‘Leigh-Anne Pinnock Style Edit’. Hand-picked by the Little Mix queen herself, this faux leather coat looks good enough to wear alone with heels.
Just like the humble spork, there’s something very fun about two inanimate objects merging to create another. I like to think of it as a jacket and a shirt falling in love and having a baby. Fusing a shirt silhouette with the warmth and thickness of a jacket, this hybrid style has been spotted everywhere this year – I wish the same could be said for the spork. Layer over jumpers this winter and wear with t-shirts as we enter spring (seems like a million years away but I assure you, it’ll be here before we know it), it’s the perfect transitional piece that’ll last.
& OTHER STORIES Oversized Shirt Jacket – £175
A slightly higher price tag but I think this will be worth it for the wool – super cosy and oversized so you’ll be able to layer up underneath in the colder months and it’ll act as a proper winter coat. I can see this with leather trousers and chunky Chelsea boots and honestly can’t decide which colour is my fave. Shall we write to them and see if they can make a reversible version?
BERSHKA Oversize Overshirt – £29.99
A more purse-friendly option but just as good, this shacket comes in four colourways, including two checked patterns if you fancy exuding some sexy lumberjack energy. Believe it or not, I don’t actually own a shacket yet and I might have just added the cream to my basket.