With temperatures dipping left and right, it’s officially time to start shopping for the best winter coats for women. An essential in every woman’s closet, with the right winter coat, you’ll be ready to face the elements. But before you head over to the winter coat authority Nordstrom, we’ve compiled some helpful tips to make your next coat purchase the best one yet.
How to Pick the Right Winter Coat for You
Like any big fashion purchase, shopping for a winter coat involves a little planning. So what’s the secret to finding the ultimate piece of winter wear? It’s actually a lot easier than you may think. Here are four tips on how to find the perfect coat this winter season.
1. Be conscious of your climate. Depending on where you live, winter can either pack a wallop or feel virtually indistinguishable from other seasons of the year. Because of this, finding the right coat with the right amount of warmth is the first key to success. For instance, down coats and wool coats work great in areas that tend to get frigid, while cropped quilted numbers and the ever-trendy trench are great for climates that only see slight degree dips come winter.
2. Know your body type. Different coats come in different shapes, sizes, and cuts. When picking a coat, make sure you find something that flatters your body type. For instance, petite woman may like the roomy look of an oversized coat, whereas curvier woman may prefer the look of an A-line coat, which accentuates the waist and flatters the hips. With the right cut, you can look and feel your best this winter.
3. Don’t forget about layers. If you’re someone who layers a lot during the winter, get a coat that allows you to dress accordingly. That fitted coat might look sleek, but if you can’t fit your favorite winter sweaters underneath, it may not be worth it. In fact, many people will size up to make room for their favorite layers, so keep this mind when buying your coat.
4. Explore different styles. New seasons are an opportunity to change up your style, so if you’re someone who tends to buy different variations of the same coat style, switch it up! Stepping out of your comfort zone may help you find your new favorite piece. So, what are some of the most popular coat styles and fabrics for winter?
Wool coat: A classic for a reason, you can never go wrong with a wool coat. Known for its ability to insulate and protect the body against the most fierce, brisk winter winds, look into wool if warmth is your aim.
Quilted coat. Chic and a bit fitted, quilted coats are a great option if you like to stay warm without bulk. And don’t be fooled by their appearance — they may look thin, but thanks to their filled linings, they are a great cold weather option.
Faux-fur coat. From the ever-trendy “teddy bear” coat to your grandmother’s classic mink, fur coats have always been a staple in winter wear. Chic and fashionable, they’re also incredibly warm, making them a must-have for any fashionistas out there.
Puffer coat. No other coat style has taken over the coat landscape quite like the puffer coat. With thick layers of fill and soft linings, if you’re braving harsh weather this season, this is the coat for you.
Best Winter Coats for Women
Ready to find the perfect coat for you? We scoured Nordstrom, rounding up some of the warmest (and chicest) coats available this season. Keep scrolling for 29 of the best winter coats for women.
Best Winter Coat For Women
1. Best Winter Coat for Women
For the best winter coat for women, it's hard to beat this quilted parka from Lauren Ralph Lauren. With a mix of down and feather fill combined with an incredibly soft, plush faux-shearling lining, this coat is the definition of warm. Hitting at mid-thigh, princess seams sculpt this coat for a classic look, complete with a faux fur-trimmed hood. With additional leather-look accents, this coat strikes the perfect balance between style and function. (I personally fell in love with this coat, and I can truly say that I was not cold for one minute last winter, even when temperatures reached below zero.)
Where to buy: $320, Nordstrom
Best Long Winter Wool Coat
2. Best Long Wool Wrap Winter Coat
No coat is more beloved come winter than the iconic wool wrap coat, and if you're looking to get your hands on one this season, you're going to love the Double Lapel Wool Blend Wrap Coat from Kenneth Cole New York. Available in both deep black and glacier gray, this coat hits well past the knees for superior coverage against harsh winds. And, speaking of winds, you'll never have to worry about this coat blowing open thanks to its handy snap-button front. It conveniently remains hidden for a secure fit that won't cramp your style.
Where to buy: $178, Nordstrom
Best Winter Coat With Faux Fur Hood
3. Best Winter Coat With Faux-Fur Hood
Looking for a faux-fur trim to help you brave the cold? Then the Water-Resistant Hooded Coat with Faux Fur Trim from Maralyn & Me is just the ticket. This heavyweight coat hits right at mid-thigh, and it is designed to keep the warm in and the cold out. With a water-resistant finish, extended knit thumbhole cuffs, and a buckled throat latch, blustery winter winds don't stand a chance.
Where to buy: $89, Nordstrom
Best Rust Colored Winter Coat
4. Best Rust-Colored Winter Coat
If there's one color we've seen everywhere this season, it's rust. From sweaters and dresses to scarves and jackets, we couldn't make a list of the best coats in 2018 without including at least one rust-colored coat. The latest from Halogen, the Double Breasted Boucle Coat, is a stunner. Made from a rich bouclé knit, this coat offers a streamlined cut, making it just roomy enough for your favorite layers. With a notched collar and hand-warmer pockets, there's nothing you won't love about this trendy coat.
Where to buy: $198, Nordstrom
Winter Coat Women Plus Size
5. Best Plus-Size Winter Coat
For the curvier ladies out there, make the Jersey Hooded Parka from Marc New York a contender on your list this year. This pillowy puffer coat hits just a little above the knee while still providing ample warmth. Completely lined with an attached drawstring hood, secure zip pockets, and a drawstring waist for a flattering cinched look, this is the perfect coat for all of your cold-weather activities.
Where to buy: $138, Nordstrom
Best Winter Shearling Teddy Coat
6. Best Shearling Winter Teddy Coat
If there's one coat trend you're bound to notice at one point or another this season, it's the teddy coat. Looking to try the trend? Pick up Kenneth Cole's Notch Collar Curly Faux Shearling Coat in a chic blush pink. Covered in faux-shearling, this coat is as soft on the inside as it is on the outside. With deep front pockets and a hidden snap, this coat strikes the perfect balance between trendy and sophisticated. This coat style does have a looser fit, so make note — you may want to size down.
Where to buy: $200, Nordstrom
Best Short Quilted Winter Coat
7. Best Short Quilted Winter Coat
For the best short quilted coat it's hard to beat the Quilted Short Coat from Cole Haan Signature. Covered in a basket-weave pattern, this warm and water-resistant coat is perfect for the transitional months of fall and the chilly days of early winter. With a flattering drawstring waist, a snap-zip closure, and a faux-leather belted collar for a little extra something, get your hands on this coat today.
Where to buy: $129, Nordstrom
Best Faux Fur Winter Coat
8. Best Faux-Fur Winter Coat
For the perfect faux-fur look, one of the most beautiful options we found this year was the Textured Faux Fur Coat from Kenneth Cole New York. Available in stylish sand and truffle colors, this plush wonder features a single button front closure, silky smooth lining, and deep front pockets that'll keep your hands warm all winter long.
Where to buy: $99.90, Nordstrom
Best Winter Peacoat Double Breasted
9. Best Double-Breasted Winter Peacoat
The ultimate winter-wear staple, everyone should own a peacoat. For a high-collar take on this classic piece, opt for the Double Breasted Peacoat from Thread & Supply. This wool-blend coat features a front button closure with trendy tortoiseshell-patterned buttons and cozy front pockets, elevating the simple yet elegant look of this coat.
Where to buy: $37.90, Nordstrom
Best Knit Collar Wool Coat
10. Best Knit Collar Wool Winter Coat
Looking for a fun-colored wool coat this season? Put away the black and cognac, and pick up this dusty blue Knit Collar Wool Blend Coat from BCBGGeneration. Double-breasted and fully-lined for optimal warmth, this coat's starring element is the cozy (and detachable) knit collar. Hitting at mid-thigh, this boxy coat is expertly tailored for a classic look with a fun edge.
Where to buy: $169.90, Nordstrom
Best Lavender Wool Clutch Coat
11. Best Lavender Wool Clutch Coat
Keeping on the trend of fun colored coats, lavender is another color we've been seeing everywhere this season. Cozy and chic, the Raw Edge Wool Blend Clutch Coat from Halogen is a great way to add this gorgeous hue to your closet. Perfect for warmer winter climates, this boxy open-front coat features a notched lapel, hidden pockets, and lined sleeves with a split hem for fun twist.
Where to buy: $129.49, Nordstrom
Best Puffer Coat With Knit Sleeves
12. Best Puffer Coat With Knit Sleeves
For the perfect winter coat for outdoor activities, pick up the the Puffer Coat with Puff Knit Sleeves from Marc New York. With a medium weight, this "mixed-media" coat is the perfect companion for everything from morning runs to sitting sideline at your next football game. Thanks to its channel quilted insulation, this coat helps keep your core warm while soft stretch-knit sleeves offer more freedom of movement. One thing to note: This coat has a slim fit, making it great for outdoors, but if you plan on layering underneath it, consider going up a size.
Where to buy: $129, Nordstrom
Best Houndstooth Winter Coat
13. Best Houndstooth Winter Coat
One of the season's most beloved prints gets a chic upgrade in the Multi Houndstooth Coat from NVLT. Polished and sophisticated, this long coat is a chic way to stay warm through the winter months. Completely lined with a fun paisley print, this coat also has a front-button closure, fitted body, and side pockets. It's the perfect addition to any winter collection.
Where to buy: $168, Nordstrom
Best Hooded Wool Coat
14. Best Hooded Wool Winter Coat
Ever wondered what would happen if you blended a puffer jacket and a wool jacket? Well, with the Hooded Jacket from Michael Kors, wonder no more. Offering a slight insulation, this classic wool-blend coat switches things up with a puffer hood and bib for the perfect combination of both styles. Complete with a front-zip closure with a snap placket, adjustable drawstring, and front zip pockets, you can truly get the best of both worlds.
Where to buy: $189.90, Nordstrom
Best J Crew Winter Coat
15. Best J.Crew Winter Coat
From the minds at J.Crew, if you're looking for the perfect light coat, the Camille Short Boiled Wool Wrap Coat is it. Cut from coveted Italian-made boiled wool, this short wrap coat offers sleek style in an array of fun colors. Designed with a front-button closure to ensure maximum warmth, this stylish piece 'wraps' everything up in bow with notched lapels and side-seam pockets.
Where to buy: $140, Nordstrom
Best Maternity Winter Coat
16. Best Maternity Winter Coat
Are you or someone you know expecting? Looking for the best coat to get you and baby through the cold winter months? Then pick up the Dixie Down Maternity Park from Kimi and Kai. Water-resistant and filled with a blend of down and feather, this is the chicest way to stay warm and cozy well throughout the cold winter months. Thanks to its A-line design, this coat remains loose around the belly while an adjustable tie at the back accommodates a changing shape. Some of the best parts of this coat? It has long sleeves with rib-knit cuffs, hand-warmer pockets, and a removable, insulated hood. It's a win all around.
Where to buy: $248, Nordstrom
Best Long Plaid Coat
17. Best Long Plaid Winter Coat
A favorite of many come winter, plaid coats are a snowy-season staple. New from NVLT, the Plaid Long Coat offers a chic cut and colorful red, cream, and blue color combinations for a coat that is simple and sophisticated. Fully lined with a contrasting paisley print, this front single-button closure coat is one of the most stylish ways to ring in the new season.
Where to buy: $168, Nordstrom
Best Plus Size Boucle Coat
18. Best Plus-Sized Bouclé Winter Coat
We talked about bouclé before, but if you're looking for a plus-size version that's just as chic, pick up the Pressed Bouclé Coat from Kenneth Cole New York. Made from a wool-blend bouclé, this is the perfect coat for anyone who wants a stylish jacket without sacrificing warmth. With a front hidden-snap closure and convertible funnel collar, you'll be keeping warm and looking great while doing it.
Where to buy: $198, Nordstrom
Best Quilted Sleeve Coat
19. Best Quilted Sleeve Winter Coat
Have you ever seen a coat with quilted sleeves and just quilted sleeves? The Quilted Sleeve Coat from Michael Michael Kors is unique. Instead of a quilted bodice, this coat features quilted sleeves. Complete with a quilted bib that mimics the look of the sleeves, this fully lined poly-spandex coat also has an attached drawstring hood and front side-entry welt pockets, and it hits just above the knee.
Where to buy: $129.90, Nordstrom
Best Short Winter Puffer Coat
20. Best Short Winter Puffer Coat
We've featured a good amount of lengthy coats, so if you prefer a shorter look, try the Active Puffer Jacket from Marc New York. Covered in channel quilting, this hip-length coat is designed to keep you warm and does just that. Lined and featuring a fixed hood and side-zip pockets, this is a chic way to stay warm without fussng with too much fabric.
Where to buy: $130, Nordstrom
Best Chervron Winter Coat
21. Best Chevron Winter Coat
While most quilted puffer coats feature straight horizontal or vertical stitching, we wanted to find something with a bit more pizzazz. Stitched in a lovely chevron pattern, the Matte Satin Chevron Faux Fur Trim Coat from Marc New York is a unique take on the popular design. Mid-weight and featuring a faux-fur trimmed hood, this down and feather-filled number is the most stylish way to beat the cold this winter.
Where to buy: $129.71, Nordstrom
Best Water Resistant Quilted Coat
22. Best Water-Resistant Quilted Winter Coat
Looking for a coat that'll keep you warm and dry this winter? Then you'll love the Water-Resistant Quilted Hooded Jacket from Maralyn & Me. Hitting at mid-thigh, this cold-weather, wind-shielding, and water-resistant coat offers protection from all of the elements from torrential rain to blizzard like snow. With front and back princess seams, this coat offers a flattering fit while its stand collar and inset bib provide maximum warmth.
Where to buy: $69, Nordstrom
Best Winter North Face Coat
23. Best Winter North Face Coat
One of the most popular brands of coats for the blisteringly cold months of winter is the North Face. Their coats are designed to help you get through the coldest of days, so you can rest assured that in their hands, you'll be nice and warm. A staple in their collection is the Harway Heatseeker™ Water-Resistant Jacket with Faux Fur Trim. Lined with their Heatseeker insulation and topped by a faux fur-trimmed hood, this midweight coat is the perfect way to stay warm even on the coldest days.
Where to buy: $160, Nordstrom
Best Winter Trench Coat
24. Best Winter Trench Coat
For places where a trench coat is all you'll need, pick up the Chriselle Lim Chloe Trench Coat. One of the most stylish trench coats we've come across, this rust-colored coat is a timeless stunner and the perfect way to stay warm on chilly days. Made from a cotton-poly blend, this glamorous coat features epaulets on the shoulders, notched lapels, and a double-breasted front button closure with an added tie at the waist.
Where to buy: $165, Nordstrom
Best Winter Rain Coat
25. Best Winter Rain Coat
Does your winter consistent primarily of rain? Looking for the best rain jacket to get you through even the worst storms? Then pick up Levi's Rain Jacket. Stylish and featuring a classic relaxed cut, this coat is constructed with a waterproof shell to keep the water out and the warmth in. Complete with a drawstring hood and secure front-flap pockets, you won't want to head into rainy weather without it.
Where to buy: $98, Nordstrom
Best Patagonia Winter Coat
26. Best Patagonia Winter Parka
One of the most renowned cold-weather clothing brands is Patagonia, and with the 'Radalie' Water Repellent Parka, it's easy to see why. Filled with recycled Thermogreen insulation, this coat will keep you warm whether you're simply out for a stroll or hiking up a mountain. Coated with a durable water-repellent finish, this coat is guaranteed to keep you dry while its princess-seam fit-and-flare construction gives it the perfect feminine touch.
Where to buy: $199, Nordstrom
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27. Best Canada Goose Down Coat
The most luxurious buy on this list, there's a reason people go gaga for the Shelburne Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka from Canada Goose each winter. Designed to withstand the coldest temperatures around, this stylish mid-thigh length coat features a superior down insulation, ribbed cuffs to keep the cold out, and soft fleece lining in the pockets and across the chin guard for 24/7 warmth.
Where to buy: $950, Nordstrom