10 stylish coats to help you brave the cold this winter

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Winter is just around the corner, which means it's time to stock up on chunky knits, cozy sweaters, and all things fleece. And while you're at it, a stylish and durable coat should be at the top of your shopping list, because once the bone-chilling weather sets in, you're going to need something more heavy-duty.

A good winter coat should keep you warm and dry without feeling bulky or weighing you down — and it should also complement your wardrobe. Whether you're in the market for a sleek wool overcoat you can wear to the office or a casual parka you can layer over jeans and a sweater on the weekends, we’ve found the style for you.

We made the search easy and found the best winter coats for women, from wool to down and everything in between. Check them out below!

The best overall

This coat is the epitome of warmth on those freezing days. (Photo: Nordstrom)
This coat is the epitome of warmth on those freezing days. (Photo: Nordstrom)

It doesn’t get better than super-warm goose down insulation and a quilted, flattering fit. That’s just what you’ll get with this solid design from The North Face. The water-repellent finish makes this rain and snow-friendly, while a high neck will ensure you stay warm no matter how cold. This machine-washable coat also features secure zip-front pockets, a removable hood and two-way front zip closure.

Shop it: The North Face Metropolis III Hooded Water-Resistant Down Parka, $289, nordstrom.com

The best wool coat

Style meets function with this flattering lightweight coat. (Photo: L.L. Bean)
Style meets function with this flattering lightweight coat. (Photo: L.L. Bean)

This wool coat is absolutely iconic. It’ll dress up a casual sweater and jeans, plus lend a sophisticated touch to a dressy look. Either way, it will keep you toasty without added bulk thanks to its 100 percent premium Italian lambswool construction. The flattering shape and timeless design combine the best of both worlds.

Shop it: L.L. Bean Classic Lambswool Polo Coat, $249, llbean.com

The best parka

Take on winter in style with this faux-fur-trimmed parka.  (Photo: Nordstrom)
Take on winter in style with this faux-fur-trimmed parka. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Double down on your fashion game with this cozy, water-resistant parka. The stylish silhouette has plush faux fur trim for extra warmth, zip closure with a snap-storm placket for extra security and plenty of pockets for utility. The removable hood is a must-have for any unpredictable weather, too.

Shop it: Marc New York Water-Resistant Faux-Fur-Trim Parka, $200, nordstrom.com

Best long puffer coat

This sturdy coat will keep you warm and protected in the harshest winter conditions. (Photo: Amazon)
This sturdy coat will keep you warm and protected in the harshest winter conditions. (Photo: Amazon)

Sometimes, you just need to bust out the long puffer for those stormy winter days. This classic Eddie Bauer style is built for comfort with an ultra-light, ultra-warm design that extends below the knee. There’s fleece lining in the upper body and interior storm cuffs for added comfort, and the shell is water-repellent, so even a sudden shower or snowstorm shouldn’t put a damper on your plans.

Shop it: Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Duffle Coat, $179 to $197, amazon.com

Best cocoon coat

A clean silhouette lends itself to a timeless piece you'll keep in your closet for years to come. (Photo: J. Crew)
A clean silhouette lends itself to a timeless piece you'll keep in your closet for years to come. (Photo: J. Crew)

There’s a reason this sleek cocoon-style coat has been a J. Crew best-seller since 2011: It keeps you toasty without cramping your style. Made with Italian wool and designed with roomy pockets and a high collar, this luxe coat checks all the boxes: Flattering, fashionable and functional.

Shop it: J. Crew Cocoon Coat, $365, jcrew.com

The best puffer

We've never seen a more fashion-forward puffer coat. (Photo: Everlane)
We've never seen a more fashion-forward puffer coat. (Photo: Everlane)

This is not your average puffer coat. Made from 100 percent recycled fabric and filled with recycled high-performance insulation, it’s made for tackling any weather. The eco-conscious, water-resistant coat has a hidden drawstring waist for a flattering fit and oversized pockets for all your bits and bobs.

Shop it: Everlane The ReNew Long Puffer, $175, everlane.com

The best teddy coat

Take on the teddy coat trend with this vintage-inspired coat. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Take on the teddy coat trend with this vintage-inspired coat. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Inspired by cute plush bears — and perhaps the 1970s — the trendy teddy coat is a great addition to any winter wardrobe. Designed with oversized lapels and buttons, the textured faux-fur coat is just as cozy as it looks. Pair it with flare jeans for a retro vibe or dress it up with trousers. Either way, you’ll stay warm and look impossibly chic.

Shop it: Sam Edelman Faux-Fur Teddy Coat, $160, nordstrom.com

Best Amazon coat

Feast your eyes on the wallet-friend Amazon coat 2.0. (Photo: Amazon)
Feast your eyes on the wallet-friend Amazon coat 2.0. (Photo: Amazon)

Remember the viral Amazon coat? Consider this puffer-parka the Amazon coat 2.0. The wind-proof and water-repellent design features a figure-flattering silhouette and is made with down and feather fill to help regulate body temperature. The hood has a removable faux fur trim and plush-lined pockets are perfect for keeping hands extra warm.

Shop it: Valuker Down Coat Puffer, $90 to $130, amazon.com

Best wrap coat

Available in four different colors, this coat is effortlessly stylish. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Available in four different colors, this coat is effortlessly stylish. (Photo: Nordstrom)

For days when the cool air is manageable, this chic wrap coat has you covered. The gorgeous long style offers enough coverage to keep you warm and its face-framing stand collar, which you can fold down for a draped look, instantly dresses up any look.

Shop it: Kenneth Cole Fencer Melton Wool Maxi Coat, $178, nordstrom.com

Best lightweight puffer

This coat is so lightweight, you won't feel like you're bundled up, but you'll definitely feel the warmth. (Photo: Amazon)
This coat is so lightweight, you won't feel like you're bundled up, but you'll definitely feel the warmth. (Photo: Amazon)

When those temps get frigid and the wind kicks in, it can feel like you’re in the middle of a tundra–unless you’re bundled up in this lightweight puffer. Designed for performance in the outdoors, this coat features Omni-heat thermal reflective lining and insulation for superb warmth. It’s also made with comfort in mind—the geometric stitching is flattering and its lightweight construction gives you a full range of motion.

Shop it: Columbia Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket, $98 to $280, amazon.com

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