The Only 3 Winter Coats That Matter, According to Fashion Girls


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Winter means one thing and one thing only for fashion girls: It’s coat season. Breaking out the seasonal staple for the next few months is fashion’s reason for the season. There’s a joy in bundling up and braving the cold in winter’s trendiest coats. If you think about it, during the winter, coats are the outfit—especially when you can’t leave the house without one.

While a handful of coats are on trend right now, from the coveted cape (thank you, Celine) to quilted coats and vibrant outerwear, there are three silhouettes standing out among the fashion crowd. That’s right: It’s easy as 1-2-3. Confirmed by from some of the most fashionable ladies, including fashion editors, fashion directors, creative directors, and creative brand managers, these coat silhouettes are dominating this season.

Discover which silhouettes these NYC girls refuse to live without this winter and why these specific styles.

The Many Lives of a Trench 


The Wool Trench
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"On supremely crappy-weather days—ones where I inevitably have to feel extremely put-together—I always find myself reaching for this winterized version of the classic Burberry trench. Cut from 100% cashmere, it does double duty as a closet workhorse that's equal parts functional and stylish. In fact, if I had to wear one coat for the rest of the season, I'd figure out how to make do with just this one." — Nikki Ogunnaike, GQ deputy fashion director

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The Leather Trench
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"My Nanushka leather trench coat is a favorite for winter. It's wind resistant, great for layering a sweater or sweatshirt underneath, and looks more polished than my puffers." — Aemilia Madden, The Zoe Report senior fashion editor

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The Unconventional Trench
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"I had been eyeing this coat since it came down J.W. Anderson's F/W 19 runway; the voluminous take on a classic, utilitarian silhouette with check lapels and cuffs had me immediately noting it on my phone, and months later (thanks to sale season) it became mine. While arguably not a traditional winter coat, this trench leaves plenty of room to layer underneath. I'll be wearing it with a chunky crew-neck over a turtleneck in neutral colors all season long." — Sarah Brody, Interview market and accessories director

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Faux Fur 


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"This faux-fur number from Unreal Furs is the coat I've been wearing on rotation this winter. I'm really drawn to an extra-long floor-length coat this season, and with its classic silhouette, it really works for every occasion. You also can't go wrong with a little black coat!" — Anny Choi, Métier London brand manager

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Tailored Wool 


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"This year, I made my own go-to winter coat. I could never find an expertly tailored one that looked sharp but kept me warm. Most of the visually comparable offering in the plus-size market is made of cheap, synthetic fabric that doesn't keep the wind at bay. Ours in made of merino wool, so it's equal parts functional and beautiful." — Lauren Chan, Henning founder and CEO

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