The Coats Were The Real Winners Of New York Fashion Week

Eliza Huber

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, with dozens more shows and presentations to go. With the splay of new collections come a fresh supply of real-life style inspo, courtesy of show attendees. You know, the editors, reporters, designers, stylists and influencers for whom fashion is a literal job. While we covet their colorful bags, animal print boots and monochromatic looks , there's one item that no one (besides a brave few) can avoid: coats.

With a few days this week reaching the low twenties, coats are shaping up to be the real winners of New York Fashion Week street style. And while below-freezing temps typically amount to frumpy, oversized looks, fashionistas have figured out how to stay toasty and look chic while running from one side of Manhattan to the next (and even to Brooklyn). From that vegan leather puffer to extra-puffy duvet coats, the crowd at NYFW is showing us just how to do winter right this season.

Ahead, check out the best (and wildest) coat trends from the streets of New York this Fashion Week and see how you can get one of your own.

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<p><strong>Matrix-Style Trench Coats</strong><br>If Neo can take on <em>The Matrix</em> in a sleek leather trench, these similar styles must be powerful enough to help us survive New York Fashion Week — <em>and</em> the rest of this polar vortex.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/alyssainthecity/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alyssa Coscarelli" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Alyssa Coscarelli</a> in a <a href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1086902/dodo_bar_or/crystal-embellished-belted-leather-midi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dodo Bar Or coat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dodo Bar Or coat</a> and <a href="https://usa.miista.com/products/carlota-slate-blue-boots?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Miista boots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Miista boots</a>.</em></p><span class="copyright">PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK</span>

Matrix-Style Trench Coats
If Neo can take on The Matrix in a sleek leather trench, these similar styles must be powerful enough to help us survive New York Fashion Week — and the rest of this polar vortex.

Alyssa Coscarelli in a Dodo Bar Or coat and Miista boots.

PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK
<p><strong>The Ultimate Two-In-One</strong><br>What happens when you combine the warmth of (vegan) leather and the blanket-like qualities of a puffer coat? Just ask nearly every NYFW attendee, because everyone who's anyone is wearing either the original Nanushka Hide coat <em>or</em> one of its equally as good knockoffs.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/xeniaadonts/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Xenia Adonts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Xenia Adonts</a> in a <a href="https://www.nanushka.com/products/hide-black-vegan-leather" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nanushka coat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nanushka coat</a>.</em></p><span class="copyright">PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK</span>

The Ultimate Two-In-One
What happens when you combine the warmth of (vegan) leather and the blanket-like qualities of a puffer coat? Just ask nearly every NYFW attendee, because everyone who's anyone is wearing either the original Nanushka Hide coat or one of its equally as good knockoffs.

Xenia Adonts in a Nanushka coat.

PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK
<p><strong>Duvet To Go</strong><br>When the weather is this miserable, getting out of bed can be a gruesome task. That is, until someone came up with the brilliant idea to turn your cozy duvet into a wearable coat. <em>Genius!</em></p><span class="copyright">PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK</span>

Duvet To Go
When the weather is this miserable, getting out of bed can be a gruesome task. That is, until someone came up with the brilliant idea to turn your cozy duvet into a wearable coat. Genius!

PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK
<p><strong>Statement Coats For The Win</strong><br>Your whole outfit can shine when the top layer makes a statement. Go simple beneath (with tons and tons of layers) but add a bold Big Bird-inspired topper to finish it off.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lpeopleswagner/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lindsay Peoples Wagner" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lindsay Peoples Wagner</a></em></p><span class="copyright">PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK</span>

Statement Coats For The Win
Your whole outfit can shine when the top layer makes a statement. Go simple beneath (with tons and tons of layers) but add a bold Big Bird-inspired topper to finish it off.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner

PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK
<p><strong>(Color) Block Out The Wind</strong><br>There's nothing like a bold hue (or a few different ones) to brighten up a look when it's cold and gray outside. Make it even better by opting for a dual-toned coat that's faux shearling or down to stay toasty all day long.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/susiebubble/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Susie Lau" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Susie Lau</a></em> <em>in a Coach jacket.</em></p><span class="copyright">PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK</span>

(Color) Block Out The Wind
There's nothing like a bold hue (or a few different ones) to brighten up a look when it's cold and gray outside. Make it even better by opting for a dual-toned coat that's faux shearling or down to stay toasty all day long.

Susie Lau in a Coach jacket.

PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK
<p><strong>Highlight Your Best Asset</strong><br>Your best asset being your outerwear, of course.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/tamumcpherson/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tamu Mcpherson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tamu Mcpherson</a> in <a href="http://www.tibi.com/shop/outerwear/luxe-faux-fur-track-jacket-11" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tibi coat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tibi coat</a>.</em></p><span class="copyright">PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK</span>

Highlight Your Best Asset
Your best asset being your outerwear, of course.

Tamu Mcpherson in Tibi coat.

PHOTO: ASIA TYPEK
<p><strong>Your Teddy Bear Just Grew Up</strong><br>You might know them as borg coats, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/faux-fur-coat" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:faux shearling coats" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">faux shearling coats</a>, plush coats, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/09/209567/fleece-jackets-winter-fall" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fleece coats" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fleece coats</a> — the list goes on. But no matter your pet name of choice, they all equate to one thing: something extra-cozy.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/alealimay/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Aleali May" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Aleali May</a></em> <em>in</em> <em><a href="https://thearrivals.com/products/liv-perez-kala" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Arrivals x Liv Perez coat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Arrivals x Liv Perez coat</a>.</em></p><span class="copyright">Photo: Tyler Joe</span>

Your Teddy Bear Just Grew Up
You might know them as borg coats, faux shearling coats, plush coats, fleece coats — the list goes on. But no matter your pet name of choice, they all equate to one thing: something extra-cozy.

Aleali May in The Arrivals x Liv Perez coat.

Photo: Tyler Joe

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