The 22 Best Jackets and Coats For Cold Weather
The second the temperature drops, we immediately set our sights on finding the best jackets and coats for the new season. And with fall finally in our line of vision, we're more than ready to embrace cozy season with a fresh array of fall fashion styles that are sure to keep us feeling warm, comfortable, and ready to take on any seasonal weather in style. Lucky for us, some of our very favorite retailers are already embracing cooler temperatures too with a brand new selection of women's coats, windbreakers, capes, and some of the most popular jackets of the season.
We'll be honest: finding the best jacket or coat for winter wear is much easier said than done, as there are thousands of silhouettes, brands, and price points to shop. There's also the matter of which type of jacket or coat actually suits your lifestyle and wardrobe. Do you live someplace rainy where you could benefit from owning a waterproof raincoat? Are you often adventuring outdoors and in need of something sportier like a windbreaker or parka jacket? Perhaps come wintertime, the temperatures in your city or town can get pretty brisk, and a heavy wool coat or puffer jacket would serve as the best style to snuggle up in. Or maybe you just need something seasonally friendly yet still fashionable — like a wool cape or poncho?
Regardless of what outerwear style you're in the market for, we're here to help you get started, and have rounded up a list of the best jackets and coats you could ever need. Whether you love a staple leather jacket, are willing to splurge on a thick winter coat, or just want a cozy puffer, you can shop the best of the best ahead and find your next match in no time. Keep reading to check out our outerwear 101 ultimate guide — class is in session, and these winter jackets and coats are must-haves!
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— Additional reporting by Randy Miller and Nikita Ramsinghani
A Trench Raincoat: Old Navy Water-Resistant Tie-Belt Trench Coat
Long gone are the days of clunky, unflattering, and downright eye-catching (though not necessarily in a good way) raincoats. With this Old Navy Water-Resistant Tie-Belt Trench Coat ($85), you can withstand the season's harshest storms in style — and keep your base outfit free from getting soaked. This trench raincoat style is so polished, you'll be reaching for it when commuting to work, heading out for date night, and more. Bonus: it's even POPSUGAR editor-approved. Read through our Old Navy Tie-Belt Trench Coat product review to learn more.
A Faux-Leather Coat: Halogen Faux-Leather Car Coat
Your eyes aren't deceiving you — black leather jackets have made their return to street style wear and our fall wardrobes are about to be so much better because of it. Sure, you can probably shop out the style at your local thrift store. But with this Halogen Faux-Leather Car Coat ($119), you get all the same appeal of a more nostalgic coat just with a glossier, more modernized design. Did we mention it also has side pockets?
A Wool Coat: Mackage Mai Wool Jacket
Wool coats come in a variety of silhouettes, but often take on a more traditional shape past the knees. The styles can also range from being 100 percent wool options to more affordable picks that similarly come in a wool blend. This Mackage Mai Wool Jacket ($950) is as chic as it is durable — with a dense wool composition that's sure to keep you warm in even the coldest winter temperatures.
A Wrap Coat: Harris Wharf London Blanket Wool Coat
If there was ever an award for most regal coat, this Harris Wharf London Blanket Wool Coat ($700) would win by a landslide. The coat is wrapped in a heavyweight, non-stretch wool weave material that's incredibly warm — making it ideal for winter wear. The long sleeves and shawl collar also complete the style with a more polished appeal.
A Trench Coat: Sam Edelman Water Repellent Tie Waist Cotton Blend Trench Coat
Something about this Sam Edelman Water Repellent Tie Waist Cotton Blend Trench Coat ($120, originally $180) makes us want to book our next trip to London ASAP and spend our days strolling the streets in the rain. It's a specific dream — but one that's actually totally plausible thanks to this coat's packable capabilities and water-repellant finish. Plus, with that wrap belt design, you can easily adjust the trench to better suit your fit preferences.
A Bright Raincoat: Amazon Essentials Water-Resistant Collar Coat
This Amazon Essentials Water-Resistant Collar Coat ($17, originally $46) is giving off major Plazacore fashion energy and we're not even mad about it. The waterproof jacket is primed for wear in even the wettest seasons. And best of all, unlike other luxe raincoat styles, this piece is refreshingly affordable — with a price tag that falls below the $50 mark.
A Sporty Raincoat: Everlane The ReNew Anorak
Raincoats are an essential to have in any season — though they're especially welcomed come fall. This waterproof Everlane The ReNew Anorak ($118) is ideal for those living in colder or wetter regions, where extended rain showers and humidity could cause damage to more fabric-heavy coats. The deep coloring on this sporty style is especially chic!
A Fleece Jacket: The North Face Cragmont Fleece Jacket
Few things feel more primed for fall wear than a classic fleece jacket. It was love at first sight with this The North Face Cragmont Fleece Jacket ($105, originally $149), which features a snap fastening design and practical pockets, all wrapped up in a cozy beige material.
A Printed Shacket: Thread & Supply Plaid Flannel Shacket
We couldn't dream up a more perfect transitional style for fall than a shacket. At the present moment, we're obsessed with this Thread & Supply Plaid Flannel Shacket ($49) — which is crafted from a lightweight material that's super breathable, making it perfect for layering on top of a classic tee or thin-knit sweater. Throw on your favorite chunky combat boots, and you've got a fit that's cozy enough to sport all season long.
A Puffer Jacket: H&M Hooded Down Jacket
Love 'em or hate 'em, puffers are here to stay. And if you're looking to finally embrace the trend this season, you'll want a style that will make you stand out from the rest. Few puffers have caught our eyes quite like this red-hot H&M Hooded Down Jacket ($199).
A Bomber Jacket: BlankNYC Faux Leather Bomber Jacket
Just when we thought we were sick of the bomber jacket trend and ready to embrace another style, this BlankNYC Faux Leather Bomber Jacket ($49, originally $98) comes into our lives. In all seriousness, there's so much to love about a classic bomber jacket like this one. From the long-lasting faux-material to the removable drawstring, this jacket can practically shape-shift to fit your styling preferences, as needed. Plus, it looks really good with something as simple as a cropped white t-shirt and high-waisted jeans.
A Collared Jacket: Topshop Rory Collared Bomber Jacket
Need a go-anywhere jacket that you can throw on and sport regardless of the weather or occasion? This Topshop Rory Collared Bomber Jacket ($102) feels like the perfect fit, with its colorblock design, balloon sleeve styling, and collared neckline, which elevates the look with a slightly more polished touch.
A Classic Shacket: Madewell Plus Corduroy Kentwood Oversized Shirt-Jacket
Dressing for transitional weather is hard — but fortunately, the shacket has proven to be the most reliable style to wear when you're ready for winter but not quite committed enough to pulling out your chunky coats. This Madewell Plus Corduroy Kentwood Oversized Shirt-Jacket ($90) is made from a buttery-soft corduroy material, and is available to shop in a variety of fresh colors.
An Edgy Bomber Jacket: Alpha Industries MA-1 Reversible Bomber Jacket
A great bomber jacket carries more of a sporty, cropped essence — with a hemline that finishes at the waist and also features an elasticated band. It also usually has a thick lining, typically made of sheepskin. And while there are bomber jackets aplenty to shop for fall and winter, we have our eyes on this contrasting Alpha Industries MA-1 Reversible Bomber Jacket ($190) style from Shopbop, at the moment.
A Moto Jacket: BLANKNYC Faux-Leather Moto Jacket
While moto jackets have historically been associated with edgy, artistic styles, make no mistake — there are plenty of stylish moto jackets that are wrapped in neutral colors and ideal for daytime wear, especially. We love the vibe of this BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($98), in particular. Not only does the camel-colored faux-leather jacket feature a structured design, but it also has practical side pockets — perfect for tucking your hands into when the temperatures are too chill outside.
An Earthy Biker Jacket: Ted Baker LOUIEY Biker Jacket
We truly had no clue that a biker jacket could be so earthy and warm — that is until we saw this Ted Baker LOUIEY Biker Jacket ($650). The streetwear style is wrapped in a perforated suede material that's as elegant as it is soft to the touch. The biker jacket's asymmetric zip fastening also completes the look with a more shapely finish that's sure to elevate even the simplest of outfits.
An Oversize Jacket: Madewell Washed Leather Oversized Motorcycle Jacket
As confirmed by TikTok, motorcycle jackets are predicted to be everywhere this fall. And we're more than ready to embrace the edgy trend in this Madewell Washed Leather Oversized Motorcycle Jacket ($548). While black biker jacket styles might be the norm, this particular piece features a dark olive coloring that's as autumn-friendly as it is unique.
A Best-Selling Windbreaker Jacket: Lululemon Always Effortless Jacket
This Lululemon Always Effortless Jacket ($148) is a best-seller from Lululemon — and for good reason. The wind-resistant jacket is styled with a close-fitting neck, waistband, and cuffs. Regardless of the weather or winter temps at hand, you'll feel supported (and stylish!) in the poppy green number.
A Chic Windbreaker Jacket: The North Face Class V Windbreaker
We're calling this the "ultimate packable jacket," as it's hailed as being the perfect style to wear or take on a trip when you're unsure of what the weather might look like. The The North Face Class V Windbreaker ($89) features a water-repellant finish, which provides the jacket with an added durability. Plus, with secure zip pockets, you can keep all of your essentials close and dry, too — regardless of the weather.
A Wool Cape: Ted Baker WENDIYY Wool Trench Cape
A wool cape typically boasts more of a relaxed silhouette that doesn't cinch at the waist or have defined shoulders. It also usually falls just above or at the knee — as demonstrated with this Ted Baker WENDIYY Wool Trench Cape ($765). With its elegant button design and breezy collared neckline, you can be the fashion superhero of your dreams.
A Poncho: H&M Fringe-trimmed Poncho
Contrary to popular opinion, there are actually some affordable poncho options out there that are equal parts chic and budget-friendly. The proof? This H&M Fringe-trimmed Poncho ($30) encompasses the same breezy flair of a more luxe poncho style and at a fraction of the cost.
A Colorblock Poncho: Marina Rinaldi Jacquard Knit Hooded Poncho
Looking for a style that will help you stay warm without having to commit to a chunky coat? We humbly recommend this breezy Marina Rinaldi Jacquard Knit Hooded Poncho ($855) which features a fresh colorblock design and deep side pockets — perfect for carrying your phone, wallet, and other essentials when you're on the go.