Of All the Coat Trends, These Are the 6 That Matter Right Now

Given the week's drop in temperature, now feels as good a time as any to talk coats. Yes, it's a topic we've been covering for the past few weeks already, but as we finally find ourselves fully immersed in winter, it's now that the biggest coat trends have truly become known. These are the coats that feel the freshest and are yet to be overdone, making them the ideal addition to your outerwear line-up should you be looking to fill a gap or simply want to start the incoming cold weeks on a sartorial high. 


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As style people, we're always looking to our favourite brands and fashion friends on Instagram to inform what's new and what's next. And when it comes to coats, we've clocked six trends that will be the most important for the rest of the season. From the shade that never fails to look chic (but that you'll ultimately want to keep any mulled wine at arm's length from) to the cute fastening that might leave you feeling nostalgic for your youth, continue on to see which coat trends will ensure you enter the colder months on a stylish note—and that you'll also love to wear for years to come. 



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Style Notes: Shearling has been bubbling under the surface for a while now, but it seems that trend has finally peaked. Instead of merely lining coats, the fabric is now gracing the exterior of this season’s hottest outerwear. Totême’s real-shearling option is proving to be a favourite amongst the fashion set, but there are plenty of faux iterations at your disposal should you have a budget. 

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Style Notes: When it comes to choosing a winter coat, checks are always reliable. Timeless, yes, but becoming tedious? Maybe that's a bit harsh—we still love wearing our checked coats after all—but if you're looking to change things up a bit, turn your attention to herringbone. Black and white in a tiny chevron print, this traditional weave is as everlasting as checks but will give your outerwear collection a point of difference.

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Style Notes: It's time to channel your inner silver-screen starlet because furry-collared and cuffed coats are the throwback trend making a serious impact this winter. Whether it's the Insta-famous Saks Potts style or one of the high street's impressive homages, this is a coat that wants all the attention and is not afraid who knows it. 

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Style Notes: Not so much of a trend but more of an observation—cream coats are everywhere right now and more prevalent on our social media feeds than ever before! Prone to staining, they're not the most practical coat you could opt for, but if looking sleek is your priority, then this is the way to go.

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Style Notes: Perhaps it's something to do with the fact that The Matrix is still influencing our wardrobes since the reboot last year, but chances are the leather coat's return is simply because, well, they're just so darn sleek. Of course, there are a plethora of black options out there, but we're taken with some of the lighter tones that are currently trending in fashion circles. 

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Style Notes: Does deciding which scarf to wear with your winter coat cause you any stress? If so, then this is the trend for you—we're seeing more and more coats coming with scarves built in, streamlining the accessorising process in a very pleasing way.

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This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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 InStyle.co.uk’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.