You Can Have Too Many Black Coats—30 Vibrant Options That Are the Solution


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No one will debate that a black coat is essential. It's a major building block of a well-thought-out wardrobe and is undeniably timeless, and almost any editor worth their weight in Manolo Blahniks will advise owning at least two. But there definitely is a limit. Just like how the same desk salad becomes lackluster after a few months, wearing a black coat 24/7 also loses its flair. That's where a more vibrant alternative comes in. 

High-impact color has made its rounds as a major trend over the past few seasons, and it isn't letting up within the coat arena either. From players like Loewe and Valentino, all the way to The Row (a brand that famously touts neutral tones), bright statement outerwear has emerged as one of the foremost winter trends of the moment. But even after the fanfare dies down, a strong coat in a pretty color hardly ever goes out of style. There's really no con to experimenting with a fun winter coat, even if you're fervently pro-neutral. In case you were wondering where to start, any of the fashion person–approved toppers below won't let you down. Keep scrolling to see and shop them all.

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.