These Are the 7 Best Coats, According to Our Editors

Ready to break out all the layers? Same. There’s nothing I love more than that point of the year when my boots and outerwear are brought out from the back of my closet and it’s exactly that time again. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned about fall fashion, your outfit is really all about the coat, so I’m focusing in on that essential piece here. Curious to find out the best coat styles with an editor’s stamp of approval, I asked our team to weigh in with the ones they wear season after season.

From sophisticated camel duster coats to sleek leather trenches to cozy sherpa styles, you’ll find picks that will fit into your wardrobe, no matter what your style is. Ahead, see the 7 best coat brands that you’ll spot our editors wearing in the coming months. Go on to shop their picks, starting with my personal must-own piece.

Kristen Nichols, senior editor



Leather outerwear is a recent obsession and my vegan trench from Nanushka gets more wear than anything other coat in my closet. It's the perfect piece to throw over just about any look—whether jeans and a tee or a leather bustier with relaxed trousers and kitten heels like the outfit above. Or, you can simply wear it belted like a dress as you'll see in the product shot below. Beyond their faux leather trenches, Nanushka has perfected all things outerwear.

Annelisse Dominguez, associate editor, branded content



"I’ve always been one to stick to black when it comes to outerwear, but ever since I borrowed my friend’s super-chic tan coat last winter while in NYC, I’ve kind of been obsessed with finding one of my own. (I swear something about neutral tones just makes me feel so polished!) For days now, I’ve been drooling over this Chloé number. Not only is it gorgeous, but the color will literally work with everything in my closet. So yes, it’s safe to say this is officially at the top of my wishlist."

Allyson Payer, senior editor



"This coat is definitely a splurge, but it's one that I think I might have forever. And I think it was a good investment, as Totême sells it at full price every year. It's very oversized and blanket-y (I'm wearing an XS), which is great because you can wear it over even bulky sweaters without looking ridiculous. It's unlined, so I don't wear it on super frigid days, but it's perfect for much of fall and winter in North Carolina, where I live."

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, audience engagement editor



"Ever since I bought I.AM.GIA's leather trench coat, it has become my go-to coat for transitional weather dressing—summer to fall, winter to spring from off-duty to zoom-ready you can find me in this coat. Plus, it makes me feel like Zoë Kravitz, and who wouldn't want a coat that does that?"

Judith Jones, market editor



"I love a plush shearling or sherpa coat—a trend that's having a major moment this season. I'm particularly partial to shacket styles that look casual and cool over dresses and jeans alike."

Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor



"I love a military-inspired coat because you can throw it over jeans and look polished immediately. It's a sleek and classic look, and the prominent buttons add some flair to your basic black wool coat. Sadly, I haven't been able to bust out any outerwear here in Los Angeles yet, but I'm counting down the days."

Bobby Schuessler, senior market editor



"You just can't beat a classic moto jacket from Mackage. It brings a chic twist to any ensemble. I basically wear mine all fall long with a sweater or hoodie."