This 2023 Coat Trend Was All Over Paris, Milan and New York—20 I'm Shopping Now


(Image credit: Saint Laurent; The Row)

It makes sense that the spring runways would be filled with the kind of light layers and liberally skin-baring silhouettes that can only be worn during the warmer months. And while we'll have to patiently wait for winter to melt away before wearing the majority of the season's top looks, we did spot one standout trend that we're already inspired to start wearing now: floor-length coats.

Designers in Paris, Milan, and New York introduced maxi-length coats to the 2023 style lexicon, and since ankle-grazing hemlines in dresses and skirts are already popular this year, there's no question this outerwear take will also be a hit. Whether they were coated in luxurious leather like the tonal versions Saint Laurent sent down the runway or billowy and floor sweeping like Peter Do's trench coats, one thing is clear. The time to drape yourself in a massive cocoon-like coat is now.

Translate the trend into your fall and winter wardrobes by shopping the 20 ankle-length coats I've picked out below.


Paris: Saint Laurent
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At its show under the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower, Saint Laurent presented a number of floor-grazing coats in glossy leather that created tonal ensembles with the sleek maxi dresses they were layered over. The collection was comprised of at least five of these looks, which is a sure sign that maxi coats are bound to be a big trend. In fact, it's only a matter of time until Saint Laurent darling Hailey Bieber dons one. (She's already worn the dress solo.)


Milan: Max Mara
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Outerwear stalwart Max Mara sent several longline coats down its spring runway in notably soft and unstructured shapes.


New York: Peter Do
(Image credit: Peter Do)

Well known in fashion circles for his forward-thinking tailoring, New York–based Peter Do also backed the long-coat look with a dramatic billowing trench that topped crisp basics.


Paris: The Row
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It comes as no surprise that these long tailored coats showed up in The Row's spring collection as well, seeing as they're part of the brand's minimalist DNA and a defining item in designers Ashley and Mary-Kate's own wardrobes.


Milan: Diesel
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Sleek and minimal may not be the words I'd use to describe Diesel, but the newly revamped Italian house proved that maxi coats can appeal to the edgy and grungy among us.


New York: Interior
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Interior is a relatively new brand on the scene, but it's been on the lips of insiders since fashion week dropped anchor in New York. This runway look is a good reason to pay attention. It layers a longline coat over a blazer of the same shade to create a cool take on tailoring. I'll surely be re-creating it the second I get a chance.


Paris: Valentino
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From quiet wool versions to graphic logo embossing, Valentino's cape-coat hybrid proves just how many iterations there are to be had from this trend.


Milan: Ferragamo
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When it comes to these coats, tonal styling seems to be a big way to wear them. Try a singular shade like this delicious camel at Ferragamo for one cohesive look.


New York: Tory Burch
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Tory Burch took a sportier approach with a lightweight nylon trench that topped off leggings and bold color-blocking. 


Milan: Bally
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At Bally, a maxi coat creates balance between a liberally cut bodysuit. I'd translate this dramatic leg moment into a more wearable look by pairing a minidress with a long coat.

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This story originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.