The #1 Coat No Self-Respecting Fashion Girl Should Be Without

We've said it before and we'll say it again: While we're very much here for just about every trend the fashion ether can throw at us, nothing beats a wardrobe classic that can stand the test of time. Pieces such as grey jumpers, blue jeans, cream blouses, leather loafers, and top-handle bags are, essentially, the building blocks for every chic look you'll ever wear. So versatile are they that you could pair them with just about anything and they're guaranteed to go with. And the item we're here to talk about today is certainly no exception. 

Boring it may sound but, in our opinion, the black wool coat is a garment all too often overlooked. When you think about it, however, it makes every other coat pale in comparison.


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It's a fact—black clothing always looks expensive and sophisticated while the woollen fabric is basically guaranteed to keep you cosy, even in the chilliest depths of winter. And, like the aforementioned wardrobe staples, it'll go with every single ensemble you dare layer it over. 

This season, it seems designers and brands agree that the black wool coat is well overdue our attention—everyone from Arket to Acne has given the coat its own spin, to very stylish avail. Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best black wool coats on offer right now. Invest in one, and you won't know how you ever got dressed without it. 


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.