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19 Best Winter Jackets for Women That Will Get You Through Until Spring


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As winter wears on and we eagerly await signs of spring, shopping for a new coat may be the last thing you feel like doing. However, it’s actually the perfect time to pick up one of the best winter jackets for women, as many of them are on sale now — and there are still plenty of cold days to come in many parts of the country. What better way to cheer yourself up — and of course, stay warm and dry — than to treat yourself to a new winter jacket that will see you through as March comes in like a lion (and, we hope, goes out like a lamb)? And then when winter comes around again, you’ll be all set with a gorgeous winter coat you didn’t have to pay full price for!

If you’re watching your pennies and looking to save money on the best winter jackets for women, you can get a great value right now, as high-end coats that may have been out of reach at their original price are often much more affordable at the end of the season.

We’ve rounded up a crop of jackets that will not only keep you toasty in extreme cold, but will serve you well right through any surprise spring snowstorms or other unseasonable squalls. A colorful new winter jacket is just the ticket on a cold, dreary day, and nothing takes the chill out of a lingering winter like a little retail therapy!

Our picks range from trendy jackets that are well-crafted enough to last for many seasons, to waterproof trenches and windproof parkas that are as chic and comfortable as they are practical. Whether you’re looking to invest in a heavy-duty winter jacket that’s made to last, or a budget-friendly choice that will serve you well for seasons to come, you’ll find something to love on our list. Keep scrolling to shop our picks for the best winter jackets for women, so you’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way!

Looking for other end-of-season outerwear that’s on sale now? Check out all our guides to the best winter wear!

When’s the best time to buy a winter jacket?

If you’ve held off buying a new winter jacket until after the holidays, you’re in luck. Many of the best winter jacket brands, such as The North Face, Columbia, and L.L. Bean mark their winter gear down in January and February. So while it may be a little harder to find certain sizes or colors in stock, you’ll likely be able to score a great deal on the best winter jackets for women.

Don’t wait too long though, because the later in the season it gets, the slimmer the pickings will be. That said, retailers like Amazon are pretty good about keeping everything in stock year-round. After all, as unpredictable as the weather has been in many places lately, you never know when you’ll need to bundle up!

What is the best winter jacket for women? 

When thinking about what kind of winter jacket you want, there are many factors to consider. Do you want a puffer jacket that hits at your waist, a parka that goes below your hips, or a full-length jacket that covers you up all the way past your knees? Do you prefer a jacket with a hood, and if so, should that hood be fur-lined, removable, adjustable, or all three?

It goes without saying that you’ll want a winter jacket with pockets, but do you want them to zip closed so your gloves don’t get lost? And how many extra pockets do you need for phones and other gear?

When it comes to color, are you the kind of person who likes to keep it simple with a classic black jacket, or would you prefer a pop of color? A red jacket stands out in a sea of neutrals, and a purple or pink jacket is always a fun choice. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a winter jacket out there that’s perfect for you — and we think you’ll find it on this list.

What are the warmest winter jackets? 

If you live in a place where the temperature regularly dips below zero in the winter, you’ll want a coat that offers serious warmth. (Don’t miss our roundup of the best winter coats for extreme cold!) Down filling is the go-to choice for the warmest winter jackets, but if you’re looking for a vegan winter jacket, a wool jacket, or a faux-fur jacket, there are plenty of stylish options to keep you warm as well.

Brands like Patagonia, Columbia, Lands’ End, and North Face are all known for making stylish, sturdy cold weather apparel, and for good reason — their winter jackets are well-crafted and stand the test of time. But other brands you may not have heard of, such as OROS, which makes high-tech outerwear using the same material NASA uses to insulate spacecrafts, or vegan-approved retailer Noize, which makes a full line of cruelty-free, sustainable jackets and coats for both men and women, shouldn’t be overlooked.

You’ll also find fabulous picks by smaller labels at Anthropologie and other boutique retailers. In fact, there are so many different brands making winter jackets you’ll love, we recommend getting more than one!

How much does a winter jacket cost? 

A good winter jacket can easily run you several hundred dollars — Canada Goose down jackets are notoriously pricey (but worth it!). But if you don’t want to spend that kind of money, there are plenty of more affordable choices. Try looking at discount department stores like Kohl’s, and of course Walmart, that old standby for savings. Amazon also has a wide selection of winter jackets, and many of them are less than $100.

Keep scrolling to shop our selection of the best winter jackets for women!

What are the best winter jackets for women in 2021?

Canada Goose Trillium Parka

best women's winter jacket for extreme cold
canada goose parka
Canada Goose

Buy on Canada Goose ($995)

Why we like it:

  • Has a slimming cinched waist design
  • Comes in 11 gorgeous colors
  • Customizable hood

Designed for arctic conditions, this jacket will keep you warm even when temperatures fall far below zero. Leave the puffy coats behind and enjoy the cinched waist design for a slimming effect. Canada Goose jackets are certainly not cheap, but their durability and quality craftsmanship makes them worth the investment. This one comes in a rainbow of colors, ranging from classic black to bold red.

Promising review: “Ever since getting this jacket, my husband and I have taken multiple night trips to NYC within the last couple of weeks, and have felt so comfortable walking around 25 degree weather plus wind chill. Also for work and school, I have to walk a good distance and it definitely keeps me warm. Great investment!”

Patagonia Nano Puff Water Resistant Jacket

Best Waterproof Winter jacket for Women
waterproof patagonia jacket

Buy on Nordstrom ($199)

Why we like it:

  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Highly water-repellent

Need something to keep you dry in a squall, but don’t want a heavy winter coat? This Patagonia water-resistant jacket is just the ticket. It’s a light, quilted jacket with a durable water-repellent finish, and available in gray, white, or black — a basic that’s easy to throw on and super stylish, as well!

Promising review: “Got this in black and wore it on vacation. It was perfect for the cool spring weather in Melbourne. It’s lightweight yet kept me warm, and surprisingly I did not overheat as the temperature got a little warmer. Enjoyed having a hidden zippered pocket for valuables too. Only improvement would be just a tad more room in the waist/hip area. It’s also easy to wash and quick to dry.”

Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Best plus size women's winter jacket 
pink columbia heavenly hooded coat
Columbia Sportswear

Buy on Columbia ($170)

Why we like it:

  • Comes in 10 great colors
  • Water-resistant shell
  • Warm but not bulky

This toasty jacket is filled with synthetic down insulation and covered with a water-resistant shell to keep you warm and dry no matter what the weather throws at you. An interior pocket keeps keys, phones, and other necessities safe, and clever cuffs featuring thumb holes prevent sleeves from riding up and leaving your wrists exposed to the elements. From the attached hood to the drop tail, this jacket has you covered from head to, well, caboose!

Promising review: “I live in Michigan and our winters can get bitterly cold, so a warm jacket is a must! I love this jacket because it is very comfortable and warm, despite it being lightweight! The Omni-heat lining works amazingly well and I love that the sleeves have a thumbhole at the bottom. This is the second one of these jackets that I’ve purchased because I love it so much and wanted it in a different color. Highly recommend!”

Olympia Waterproof Down Stadium Jacket

Best winter jacket for tall women
olive green stadium coat
Eddie Bauer

Buy on Eddie Bauer ($239.40, Originally $399)

Why we like it:

  • Machine wash, tumble dry
  • Fleece-lined collar and pockets
  • Comes in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes

If you’re tall, it can be tough to find a winter jacket that keeps you warm through the hips and fits your long arms without tugging. Luckily, this Eddie Bauer jacket comes in tall sizes, so you can find just the right fit! Besides that, it’s extra long, waterproof, and filled with premium down to keep you cozy. Zippered hand pockets and a two-way front zipper are useful additions, and an adjustable hood with removable faux fur accent makes it stylish and ups the warmth factor!

Promising review: “I live in very, very upstate New York where it averages 20 on good days. I wanted the warmest parka I could possibly find that wasn’t hideous. I found it; this is the warmest coat I’ve ever owned. It’s like wearing a sleeping bag with a waterproof exterior. It’s also very stylish and flattering. I wore this ice fishing with windchill of -20F and I was never cold. 10/10 would recommend.”

Orolay Thickened Down Jacket

Best winter jacket on amazon
orolay down jacket

Buy on Amazon (From $149.99)

Why we like it:

  • 4.5 stars on Amazon with nearly 12,000 reviews
  • Available in 13 colors and patterns
  • Lots of pockets

This jacket is so popular, it’s known simply as “The Amazon Coat” — and we can see why people love it! If you’re a fan of pockets, you can’t do better than this jacket: It’s got six huge ones, with zipper closures to keep them secure! It’s also got a fleece-lined hood, down filling to keep you warm (genuine duck feathers and down, vegans beware), and soft, ribbed knit cuffs. The most difficult thing about this jacket will be trying to decide on a color — it comes in 13 different shades, including two different camouflage options!

Promising review: “I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this coat, love everything about it! The quality is outstanding! I have had every expensive brand name winter coat, but have never ever had one that has kept me this warm! I I’m not even looking forward to the warmer months because I don’t want to put this coat away! Every time I wear it, I get at least one, ‘I love your coat!'”

Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go Trench

Best Trench Coat jacket for Women
Eddie Bauer winter trench coat
Eddie Bauer

Buy on Eddie Bauer ($111.75, Originally $149)

Why we like it:

  • Comes in four colors
  • Available in petite, regular, tall, and plus sizes, XS to XXL
  • Machine wash, tumble dry

Winter doesn’t only mean snow, it often means rain as well! Or the dreaded “wintry mix,” which as far as we can tell just means sleet. In any case, you’ll likely want a rain jacket, or trench coat, that can double as a winter jacket in your wardrobe of outerwear. We love this one because it has princess seams for a slimming, flattering fit, an adjustable, removable hood, and comes in four lovely colors. It also has plenty of pockets — two on the outside and one on the inside — that zip up to keep your stuff secure.

Promising review: “This coat is a winner! Don’t even hesitate to buy it. A removable hood, an easily accessible phone pocket, lined pockets that zip on the sides, great length for warmth and rain protection and classic enough to wear to work. The hood adjusts to be snug enough to stay on in our miserable winds … Now I only need this one coat for any trip when we finally get to travel again. In the meantime I wear it for our daily three mile walks.”

Fleurette Stand Collar Wool Car Coat

Best wool winter jacket for women
best winter coats

Buy on Nordstrom ($429.97, originally $1,049)

Why we like it:

  • Made of super soft Italian wool
  • Available in 4 classic colors
  • Roomy side pockets

A wool winter jacket is essential for those events when you just can’t wear a puffer, and we love this one from Nordstrom. Side pockets keep your hands warm, and a button front helps keep the heat in. That said, this isn’t the jacket for walking around on a bitterly cold day. However, if you need a more formal winter jacket for a fancy occasion, this is it!

Promising review: “Perfectly gorgeous! I just had to try this coat to experience the Italian wool and I was not disappointed! This coat is well tailored, but runs a little big … Fleurette must have allowed for the extra room in their design. This coat is mid-weight and perfect for casual or more dressy occasions. I ended up buying the black coat, although I initially wanted the camel color … this coat is a real treasure and you won’t be disappointed!

Cole Haan Signature Bib Front Down Jacket

BEST down jacket for women
best winter coats for women

Buy on Nordstrom ($150, originally $300)

Why we like it:

  • Insulated with down-and-feather fill
  • Water repellent finish
  • Machine washable

This hooded Cole Haan jacket is everything you want in a winter jacket. It’s got hand-warming pockets, a water-repellent finish, a storm placket to keep the wind out, it’s filled with down and feather fill, and includes an extra standing collar to keep you toasty. It’s also easy to care for — just toss it in the washing machine when it needs a refresh — and will stand up to years of wear.

Promising review: “I never write reviews but had to say how much I love this coat! …. It’s keeping me very warm in the Chicago winter already. It’s also very flattering. I love the bib inside. Five stars without a doubt!

Sportoli Long Quilted Puffer Jacket

BEST Quilted PUffer jacket for women
best quilted puffer jacket

Buy on Amazon (From $69.99)

Why we like it:

  • Comes in 6 great colors
  • Faux fur-lined hood protects your face from the elements
  • Zippered pockets keep your belongings secure

This quilted puffer jacket goes all the way down to mid-thigh or knee length (depending how tall you are), so it’s perfect for those days when you need to really bundle up against the cold. Fluffy synthetic down insulation and a plush lining will keep you toasty, and drawstrings and elastic cuffs will stop the wind from creeping in. Plus, it’s stylish, affordable, and gets great reviews! (P.S. The hood is removable!)

Promising review: “Really nice coat! I was worried, due to the low price, that it might be cheap looking, but it isn’t at all! Nice fabric, soft plush lining, and warm enough for a Montana winter. This is a great value!”

Women’s Ultralight 850 Down Jacket

Best long winter jacket for women
long down coat
L.L. Bean

Buy on L.L. Bean ($289)

Why we like it:

  • Available in regular, petite, and plus sizes
  • Comes in 4 colors
  • Machine wash and dry

Premium 850 down makes this full-length jacket super warm while also being lightweight. It resists moisture better than regular down, and dries faster, keeping you dry and comfy no matter what winter brings. A durable nylon shell, insulated attached hood, elastic cuffs, and an interior pocket make this a long winter jacket with everything you need!

Promising review: “I love this coat. It is so warm and yet lightweight. The hood is a wonderful extra and also fits very well. it is longer than most coats so keeps my legs warm too. I walk outside all winter and this coat has made it so much more comfortable.”

Canada Goose Shelburne Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka

Best fur-trimmed winter jacket for women
red canada goose coat

Buy on Nordstrom ($995)

Why we like it:

  • Fur-trimmed hood keeps out the chill
  • Available in 6 colors including this standout red
  • Stands up to extreme cold

Little Red Riding Hood was never so warm — but maybe she would have been, if she’d used that big bad wolf’s fur to line her cloak! This gorgeous red jacket from Canada Goose has a hood trimmed with genuine coyote fur, and is insulated with 625-power-fill down to keep you warm on the coldest days. The pockets are lined with fleece, the hood is adjustable, and the jacket hits at mid-thigh. We love the red, but it comes in five other colors as well! (And sure, Canada Goose parkas are pricey, but they’re worth it if you are looking to invest in a winter jacket that will keep you warm and dry in any weather.)

Promising review: ” have been wanting one for a couple of years now, but was hesitant to purchase it because of the price. I finally just went for it and as soon as it arrived I knew it was the right decision and well worth every penny! I live in MN and we have some pretty long, brutal winters. The slim cut of this coat and navy color is gorgeous and can be worn both with dressier clothes, and more casual clothes and it looks great either way. Just a note on the fit, it is most definitely a SLIM fit. I ordered one size up to accommodate wearing bulkier sweaters. If I had ordered my usual size I would have only been able to wear thinner tops of T-shirt thickness underneath. I highly recommend this coat; it will be your go-to coat no matter what you’re wearing or where you’re going. The quality is also impeccable. This can be a forever winter coat.

Valuker Down Jacket

Best women's winter jacket with fur hood
coat with fur hood

Buy on Amazon (From $79.99)

Why we like it:

  • Very affordable (under $100)
  • Comes in 11 different solid colors plus 2 different shades of camouflage
  • Thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews

Do you love the look of a fur-trimmed hood? This down puffer parka will do the trick! The faux fur is plentiful, framing your face to make you look like the queen of cold weather — and it won’t shed, either. A two-way zipper closure opens from the top or the bottom, and elasticized cuffs keep the cold out. There are two deep outer pockets, plus an interior pocket, so you can stash your keys, phone, face mask, and other must-haves, and the windproof, waterproof material will keep them safe and dry. Besides the affordable price tag, you’ll love that this jacket comes in a wide array of colors.

Promising review: “This coat held up well last winter. I lived in a town center and walked everywhere to run errands — in wind, rain, sleet, fire, and locusts. As it’s starting to get chilly again, I’ve unpacked the coat and am looking forward to wearing it again this winter.”

Sam Edelman Faux Fur Trim Down Parka

BEST hooded winter jacket for women
sam edelman faux fur jacket

Buy on Nordstrom ($149.90, originally $260)

Why we like it:

  • Neck-warming collar
  • Adjustable hood keeps out the cold

If you’re looking for a brand that combines quality with trendiness, then Sam Edelman is your go-to. This jacket not only comes with a protective outer shell to keep you dry, but also features rib-knit cuffs to help lock in heat and keep your arms warm. If you’re a fan of layering, this jacket is made to accommodate you, with plenty of extra room so you aren’t constricted.

Promising review: “The ideal parka for blustery winter days. Wintery weather has descended on my town, and my old puffy coat was no longer up to the challenge. Bought this new Sam Edelman parka and could not be more pleased. It’s seen me through snow, sleet, and icy weather. Paired with my Sorel boots, this coat makes me impervious to the winter weather. Love it!

Columbia Mountain Croo Long Down Jacket

Best plus size long Down winter jacket
best plus size winter coat
Columbia Sportswear

Buy on Columbia Sportswear ($179, originally $240)

Why we like it:

  • Available in 1X, 2X, and 3X
  • Comes in black or olive green as well as blue (pictured)
  • Waterproof

This plus-size jacket from Columbia Sportswear can stand up to any storm, with its waterproof fabric and tightly sealed seams that keep your body heat in. Made with 650-fill-power down insulation, it’s seriously warm. Ribbed cuffs, a drop-tail hem (that means it’s longer in back than in front), an attached hood, and a collar that snaps up complete the look and will keep you dry no matter how blustery it gets outside. Zippered pockets, soft elastic cuffs, and a drawstring waist are much-appreciated touches, as well!

Promising review: “Excellent quality. This coat is a must-have for my closet. Perfect for a walk, biking to market, or enjoying a cup of social-distancing coffee with a friend at a park. It fits my active curvy body perfectly and keeps warm and toasty during the cold, windy and drizzling days of winter.”

The Gigi Parka

Best vegan winter jacket for women
best vegan winter coat

Buy on Noize ($169, originally $260)

Why we like it:

  • Made from 100 percent animal-free, sustainable, PETA-approved materials
  • Available in 8 gorgeous colors
  • Stylish and warm

If you’re looking for a winter jacket that’s cruelty-free and contains no material sourced from animals, you can’t do better than a jacket from Noize, which has the PETA seal of approval and makes a wide range of vegan outerwear. We love their Gigi Parka, and would wear it whether we were vegan or not! It’s super stylish, with a nipped-in waist and asymmetrical front zipper and a sweetheart hood lined with vegan fur. And with eight lovely shades to choose from in sizes from XS to XXL , you’re sure to find one that suits you!

Promising review: “I’ve been looking for a vegan winter coat option for years and wish I had found Noize sooner. I was skeptical that this coat would be as warm as my North Face down coat but it is above and beyond. I’ve tested this out in subzero New England conditions for several weeks and it lives up to all its promises. It’s so warm I can wear a thin shirt under and feel warm and toasty without all the bulk. Quality of coat is amazing too. Fits true to size.”

Bellivera Faux Fur Jacket

BEST faux fur winter jacket for women
best faux fur winter coat

Buy on Amazon (From $42.88)

Why we like it:

  • Super soft and stylish
  • Available in several striking colors
  • Drawstring hood and hidden side pockets keep your head and hands warm

This fun little faux fur number comes in a rainbow of colors and is so cute, you might even be sad when it’s time to pack it away for the season. With a zip front, a drawstring hood, and hidden pockets on the side seams, this fashionable faux fur jacket will add a splash of color to your winter wardrobe. Wear it with jeans and keep it casual, or pair it with a warm skirt for a night out — it looks great dressed up or down.

Promising review: “I love this jacket … beautiful and very soft. I originally got it thinking it’d be a lighter jacket, but to be quite honest its much warmer than expected. The material is beautiful on the inside, as well soft and sleek. I highly recommend this coat for cold weather.”

Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Parka

Best Eddie Bauer jacket on Amazon
sun valley down coat

Buy on Amazon (From $179.40)

Why we like it:

  • Front pocket is the perfect size to hold a phone
  • Durable, water-repellent finish
  • Warm fleece lining

Which of the seven colors will you choose if you buy this jacket? That might be the toughest decision to make when picking out a new winter jacket on Amazon, because this one is so popular and beloved by happy customers. Eddie Bauer’s Sun Valley Down Parka is made with 650-fill down, which offers warmth without the bulk, and the shell is crafted with a metallic cross-dying process that adds a subtle sheen of iridescence you’ll love. The two-way zipper means you can adjust it from the top or bottom for comfort, and the fleece lining feels cozy, even over layers. (Yes, the pockets are fleece-lined and zip up!)

Promising review: “This coat is amazing. Fits beautifully, flatters the figure, and is very warm. I live in Fairbanks, Alaska; this last week we saw temperatures as low as -42. I stayed very comfortable in this coat. I love the minky lined cuffs and pockets. Breast pocket is perfect for my iPhone 8 Plus, and keeps it inside the down layer. I ordered an XXL for my large bust and it fits perfectly. I did order and try two other Eddie Bauer coats, but this is the one I kept. Will definitely buy from them again.”

Ultralight Packable Down Jacket With Hood

Best lightweight Down jacket for Women
best value down coat
Lands’ End

Buy on Lands’ End ($169.95)

Why we like it:

  • Rolls up and packs into a pocket
  • 800-fill-power down insulation for serious warmth
  • Comes in 6 stylish colors

Believe it or not, this entire jacket can be rolled up and packed into its own pocket, making it the ultimate in portability. It’s also a great value, at less than $200 for an 800-fill-power down insulated jacket that falls below the hip. It’s not bulky, but it will keep you warm — and yes, it has a hood, too! Water-resistant, stylish, breathable, and available in six great colors, this jacket is an affordable option you’ll love.

Promising review: “Very warm and not heavy. Makes me move well doing errands and travel. Worth the sale price and delivery was great! Excellent value as always with Lands End!

The North Face Women’s ThermoBall Eco Insulated Hooded Jacket

Best North Face women's Winter jacket
thermoball eco parka in gray
The North Face

Buy on Amazon (From $131.95)

Why we like it:

  • Made from 100 percent recycled polyester
  • Available in 6 colors
  • Zippered hand pockets

It’s easy to see why people love this North Face parka: It comes in a great variety of colors, is available in sizes XS to XXL, and has a drawstring waistband so you can cinch it snugly around your middle, as well as a two-way zipper that unzips from the top or the bottom. An attached hood keeps the heat in (did you know you lose almost half your body heat through your head?) and zippered pockets keep your hands warm and your stuff secure. Concerned about the planet? This jacket is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, so it’s environmentally-friendly!

Promising review: “I live in the southeastern part of the US and this is a great jacket for our not-too-cold autumn and winter days. And such a bargain that I bought two — one for me and one for a friend. Love the jacket and color. Love that this jacket is light as a feather but surprisingly warm.”

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.

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