6 Chic Coat Trends That'll Go With Everything You Own

Don't get me wrong, summer is lovely and all, and autumn threw out some excellent trends, but honestly, I always find myself counting down to winter for one reason: It's officially coat season. Not the too-warm-for-jumpers-but-too-cold-for-T-shirts jacket season. And absolutely not "I'll pop a cardigan in my bag for later" weather. This is the start of full-blown layering, and I find the prospect of getting cosy in big boots and even bigger coats nothing short of exciting. 

As we enter the second half of winter, things are about to get even cooler, meaning it's time to consider investing in sensible outerwear to see us through to spring, and given just how many coats are on the market right now, it's tricky to know which are actually worth spending our money on. There are of course timeless classics that come around every year (we recently tried on the very best), but if you're looking for something that will do a little more than just keep you warm, we've got that covered too.

Like anything else in fashion, new trends come around as quickly as dated ones fall out of favour and coats are no exception. Over the past few months, we've shelved our denim jackets, trench coats and quilted car coats and are instead looking for something buzzier (and far better suited to inclement weather), so it's time to start shopping around for something to fill the gap.

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Having searched through runway photographs, street style images and the wardrobes of social media's best dressed, a handful of clear trends have emerged for this winter that you're going to want to wear through 2024 and beyond, too.

So, should you be feeling uninspired by your current go-to coat or just curious about the looks that are about to start popping up everywhere this winter, here are the six chic coat trends that we're ready to start wearing now. You won't be disappointed.

1. THE DUVET COAT

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Style Notes: There's nothing worse than having to head out into the cold on the days we'd rather be in bed. The solution? Take your duvet with you, of course. Longline puffer coats are the secret to banishing the winter blues, and this ultra-cosy, ultra-comfortable coat stays warm whilst looking cool, so you needn't worry about what the weather might throw at you.

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SHOP DUVET COATS:

2. THE SCARF COAT

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Style Notes: Whoever came up with the scarf-coat hybrid first, we applaud you. Not only does this polished coat manage to make every outfit look infinitely more expensive, but it cuts out the need to stuff a scarf into your bag "just in case". Simply wrap and go. 

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SHOP SCARF COATS:

3. THE MAXI COAT

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Style Notes: It was only a matter of time before the maxi dresses and skirts we were obsessed with in the autumn would influence our outerwear choices too. The long, sweeping maxi coat pairs perfectly with ankle-grazing dresses and knee-high boots, but happens to look just as good with jeans and flats too. However you style it, nothing quite beats the dramatic silhouette that this tailored coat creates, and it's the key to making even the simplest outfit feel like a statement. 

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SHOP MAXI COATS:

4. COLOUR-POP SHEARLING

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Style Notes: Dopamine dressing is undoubtedly the antidote to grey winter weather, and pops of brightly coloured shearling are guaranteed to add a dose of vibrancy to your day (as well as everyone else's). Sure, a black wool coat is timeless, but it's impossible to have a bad day in Crayola shades of hot red, cobalt blue and apple green, along with plenty of cosy fluff. Consider this mood-boosting coat that is just as important this season as your umbrella. 

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SHOP COLOURFUL SHEARLING:

5. CHOCOLATE BROWN

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Style Notes: As editors, we're often asked for tips on how to look rich without having to actually shell out, and often the answer lies in something as simple as introducing the right colour into your wardrobe. Brown is officially the new black and it's just as professional and well-put-together as its darker counterpart, but the rich, warm undertones make it universally flattering for all skin tones. We love you, camel, but this season we're heading to the dark(er) side. 

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SHOP DARK BROWN:

6. THE BOYFRIEND BOMBER

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Style Notes: We supersized our tailoring and our tote bags and now it's the turn of our bomber jackets. This autumn/winter, the preference is for baggy, voluminous leather bomber jackets that look like they were borrowed from the menswear section. No complaints here—this roomy jacket style is perfect for layering over chunky knits and oversized shirts (in other words, everything we'll be wearing for the foreseeable), and judging by the number of influencers and editors who have taken to the trend, it'll be sticking around for a while too. 

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SHOP LEATHER BOMBERS:

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

Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.