7 Outdated Coat Trends We're Skipping and 7 We're Buying Instead


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Coat season is officially upon us—and with it comes a slew of fresh trends (or anti-trends) to keep us looking chic and warm this winter. Finding the perfect coat can often seem like an overwhelming task. For one thing, coats are not cheap, so you probably want to take time to consider before making an investment purchase. You’ll also want to ensure you’re choosing something that not only feels comfortable, warm, and stylish but will also rack up a lot of mileage on your outerwear odometer.

If you need some coat-buying guidance this season, then you’ve come to the right place. After analyzing the fall runways in great depth, seeing what's trending with the fashion It crowd right now, and getting plenty of input from our Who What Wear editors, we rounded up the must-have styles to invest in this season—as well as the trends we’re skipping (for now!).

From floor-length silhouettes to toggle details, keep scrolling for the coat trends to add to your wardrobe for the brisker temps ahead.

Buy: Floor-Length Overcoats

Skip: Ultra-Cropped Coats


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We saw simple yet striking ankle-grazing elegant overcoats all over the fall 2023 runways, from Khaite to The Row and Saint Laurent, and now we're seeing them at all our favorite retailers. Go for a relaxed, tailored silhouette that looks polished with zero effort required.


Buy: Statement Shearling

Skip: Croc-Effect Fabrics


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Not only do shearling coats deliver warmth, but they're also incredibly stylish—and continue to be a huge trend for fall/winter 2023. Skip croc-effect fabrics for now, and opt for the tactile fabric that feels like a warm hug.


Buy: Scarf Coats

Skip: Cape Coats


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Ever since Toteme's wool-blend scarf coat went viral last year, we're seeing plenty of chic and stylish iterations of the two-in-one topper. The style is sophisticated and chic and a little easier to wear than a dramatic cape. 


Buy: Long Leather Trench Coats

Skip: Colorful Leather


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Saint Laurent and Versace put leather coats on their F/W 23 runways, and naturally, we've been seeing the fashion set wearing them thereafter. Opt for a sleek black or tan option that oozes luxe vibes.


Buy: Puffed-Up Parkas

Skip: Oversize Duvet Silhouettes


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Skip the massively oversize duvet coats of the past, and cozy up in streamlined puffed-up parkas instead. These quilted coats and chic down toppers that will keep you warm, cozy, and chic.


Buy: Toggle Clasps

Skip: Shiny Buttons


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Functional and fashion-forward, toggle-embellished coats are trending this season thanks in part to their large presence on the fall 2023 runways. (We're looking at you, Prada.) The outerwear piece feels fresh and of-the-moment for winter—especially when styled with contrasting feminine pointed-toe pumps.

Buy: 50 Shades of Gray

Skip: Pastel Hues


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A sensible gray coat is one of the smartest investments you'll make this year. Practically every shade of the color was spotted on the the fall runways—leaning into the businesscore trend that's dominating this season. You can't go wrong with a classic and timeless tailored silhouette—from charcoal to heather.


Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.