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.