Swears by: the best winter coats

best winter coats

Whether you're looking for a coat that can withstand the elements on wintry dog walks, or a colourful layer to brighten up your commute, take a look at our round-up of the best winter coats – as chosen by Mumsnetters

Seasalt Janelle Coat, £150

Seasalt Janelle Coat, £150

Whether your plans include rainy dog walks, standing in the freezing school playground, lunch with friends, or all of the above, the Janelle coat will keep you warm and dry all winter long. The taped seams and a knee-length cut make this Seasalt bestseller nigh-on impenetrable, whilst the fleece-lined upper half and quilted lower half mean it's probably the warmest waterproof you'll ever own. Available up to size 26, this coat also has an adjustable waist for a more flattering fit.

“Janelle all the way! I find it very warm.”

“I’ve just bought this and I love it. It feels warm enough now but has space for extra layers if need be.”

Buy now Seasalt

Hush Short Parka, £150

Hush Short Parka, £150

Snuggle down and hibernate for the rest of winter in this dreamy Hush parka. The fur-lined hood doesn't just feature a faux fur trim, the whole hood is lined with fluffy fur for maximum cosiness and the drawstring waist adds definition to balance the oversized fit. When spring finally rolls around you can remove the faux fur lining and hood for a lightweight military jacket: two coats for the price of one – result!

“I've got this parka from Hush and I absolutely love it. The fur lining is removable, so it's good for in-between weather as well.”

If bum coverage is an absolutely non-negotiable priority for you, Hush also stock a similar longer parka.

Buy now from Hush

Protected Species Waterproof Mac, £225

Protected Species Waterproof Mac, £225

An elegant trench coat that's 100% waterproof sounds too good to be true, but Protected Species have made it a reality – no wonder their Waterproof Mac is a cult Mumsnet favourite. Combining practical features such as the large hood and deep, waterproof pockets with flattering stylistic touches like the waist tie and button sleeve detail, this coat is an investment piece that you'll wear for years to come. There are also six versatile shades to choose from – wet weather gear has never looked so chic.

“I bought a mac yesterday and it arrived today. It's beautiful. I'm very excited to wear it – I really needed a smart waterproof coat.”

“Last year my lovely parents gave me a Protected Species mac for my birthday and I really love it. Being tall, I am pleased that the sleeves are a good length. It's totally waterproof and a very flattering design.”

“My mac arrived today, it's a storm grey one and a perfect fit. I really like it!”

Buy now from Protected Species

Land's End Expedition Down Coat, £215

Land's End Expedition Down Coat, £215

If you live somewhere very chilly (we're looking at you Scotsnet), have a wintry getaway planned, or just really hate being cold, this Land's End Expedition coat will soon become your new best friend. Land's End give it their “warmest” rating, which means it will keep you snug no matter what winter throws at you. Plus, with a fully waterproof shell and HyperDry water-repellent down filling, this coat will keep you warm and dry in rain and snow. It's even machine washable, as long as you remove the faux fur hood.

“I've recently bought a Lands End Expedition Parka and I'm extremely impressed with the quality. I wanted a coat to take to Finland that could deal with -20 in February but still use when I got home. It's a decent length, very warm, not too padded and generous in sizing. The waist can be adjusted accordingly and the faux fur around the hood is good quality. It's also waterproof, and sits just above the knee on me at 5'4”."

Buy now from Land's End

Joules Raine Parka, £139

Joules Raine Parka, £139

Wet weather needn't mean wrapping up in a drab cagoul – add a little pizzazz to rainy school runs and dog walks with this waterproof parka from Joules. It might seem a little spendy for a waterproof but it is packed with little details – a jersey lining, contrast elasticated toggles, and an adjustable waist, to be precise – that really elevate it above your bog-standard anorak. Plus, when you consider how much it rains in the UK, the cost per wear is a downright bargain…

“Have a look at the Joules Raine – properly waterproof macs and three different designs (I think). I've got an old version of this and absolutely love it. It covers your bum, too and the hood is very useful.”

Buy now from Joules

Uniqlo Wool Blend Chesterfield Coat, £129.90

Uniqlo Wool Blend Chesterfield Coat, £129.90

If you're after a coat that will sit beautifully over the top of any outfit, then this hardworking Uniqlo number is the one for you. This simple, yet chic, coat looks as good with jeans and converse as it does with a dress and heels meaning you'll get plenty of bang for your buck. The brushed wool texture makes it extra cosy and long lapels which are perfect for showcasing an extensive scarf collection. Available in four wear-with-everything colours.

“Uniqlo have lovely, classic wool-cashmere coats.”

“Uniqlo have wool-cashmere coats that look gorgeous.”

Buy now from Uniqlo

Mumsnetter top tip

If you really feel the cold, but have to ditch your favourite parka and wear a very smart coat for work, Mumsnetters advise layering one of these ultra-lightweight (yet extremely insulating) Uniqlo down gilets under your posh coat. They cost less than 40 quid, will keep you toasty-warm, and no one else will be any the wiser – it's an old newsreader trick, according to Mumsnetters in the know.

“You could also get a very thin down coat e.g. Uniqlo ultra-light down, and wear it under your wool coat on really cold days. I do this if I want to be warm but look smart.”

“Get a thin Uniqlo puffer gilet and wear that under a smart wool or cashmere full-length coat and get a thick woolly scarf to fill in any gaps on the neckline.”

“Came in to suggest this. It's what TV news correspondents do if they need to wear a formal coat for an outside broadcast in perishing cold.”

Didriksons parka, from £133.55

Didriksons parka, from £133.55

Mumsnetters absolutely rave about their Didriksons parkas and, when you consider their 100% wind- and waterproof welded seams, cosy padding, and faux fur trim, it's not hard to see why. Didriksons make parkas in all shapes, sizes, colours and finishes (and loads are available on Amazon) so you're sure to find one you like.

“I spend lots of time reading similar Mumsnet threads last autumn and ending up buying a Didrikson. It wasn't the cheapest but on horrible days I feel like I'm a warmth bubble. No regrets, it's still like new, I'll have it for years.”

“I love my Didrikson parka. Warmest coat I've ever owned.”

“Another vote for Didrikson, I’m already panicking as I’ll be too pregnant to zip it up this year! I feel the cold terribly and this kept me toasty warm and dry in the last terrible winter.”

Buy now from Amazon

North Face Arctic Parka, £350

North Face Arctic Parka, £350

We know, we know, this one is rather steep but it comes highly recommended by your fellow MNers and they really do know their onions – or, should we say, down-filled parkas? The North Face Arctic Parka is waterproof and has a removable hood, removable trim, flattering elasticated waist and, best of all, is filled with responsibly-sourced down. We promise, you've never felt warmth like it.

“I love love love mine. I commute by train to London and walk everywhere. I've never been cold, not once, in my Arctic Parka! It's really efficient when you zip it up and put the hood on. It should last years.”

Buy now from Amazon

Mantaray Fur Hood Puffer Coat, £89

Mantaray Fur Hood Puffer Coat, £89

A splash of colour can make all the difference on a dreary winter morning and this Mantaray Puffer Coat is an easy way to brighten your day. Available in bright blue or a warm autumnal peach shade, both with cosy faux fur trim and a flattering nipped-in waist – meaning you don't have to worry about vaguely resembling the Michelin man – this coat will keep you toasty all winter long. Available up to size 26.

“I like that it's not black or navy and it's quite versatile – I've worn it lots with leggings and trainers but you could get away with it with a skirt and boots as well. I like how it sits when it's unzipped as it fits snugly around the shoulders and then follows the waistline.”

Buy now from Debenhams

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