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20 best winter coats for women

Looking for a coat to keep you dry, toasty and stylish through wind, rain and snow? We’ve got it covered with our round-up of the 20 best winter coats for women in 2022.

By Louise Baty | Last updated Dec 17, 2021

woman wearing winter coat in the snow

Winter is coming… but don’t stress about the weather because, with the right coat, you can enjoy the colder months and look stylish too. Every year, Mumsnetters like to chat about the best winter coat for staying warm and dry.

Whether you're looking for a parka to withstand wintry dog walks or a pop of colour to brighten up the school run, we’ve found the best warm wool coats and cosy waterproofs as well as some stylish faux fur jackets too.

Get ready for winter with our roundup of the best winter coats, as chosen by fashionable (and warm) Mumsnetters.

1. Best overall winter coat for women: Seasalt Janelle Coat

Seasalt Janelle Coat

Price: £160 | Buy now from Seasalt

“I will buy a Janelle Coat from Seasalt and sell my current one that is several sizes too big. It’s fairly stylish with its longer length at the back (for a casual, weather-proof coat). It really is rainproof, windproof and comfortable. I tested it in Antarctica so I know of what I speak!” AnnieSnap

“Seasalt Janelle. Not bulky, press studs on the waist so you can pull it in a bit, below the knee, waterproof. Perfect.” ForSaleChesterDraws

Considered a Mumsnet winter waterproof hero, our forums are awash (pun intended) with praise for Seasalt’s beloved all-rounder. The Seasalt Janelle Coat offers 100 percent cover, even on the coldest and rainiest of days. 

A lovely knee-length raincoat with fleece lining, it offers warmth and has fully-taped seams and a detachable hood with a peak. There are also reflective strips for added safety after dark. Of course, all these features come at a price – and a fairly hefty one at that - but Mumsnetters reckon that it’s absolutely money well spent. There are a raft of colours to choose from too.

Pros

  • Tried and trusted - a Mumsnetter favourite
  • Fully waterproof
  • Good choice of colours

Cons

  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Sizes: 8 to 28
  • Colours: Silhouette Leaves Maritime, Woodland, Thicket, Granite, Chalk Grey, Squid Ink, and Black
  • Material: 100% nylon

2. Best budget winter coat for women: Trespass Waterproof Clea Coat

Trespass Clea Womens Padded Jacket

Price: From £46 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought this just because it was cheap, but it actually seems to do the job.” LynetteScavo

Timeless isn’t a word you’d usually associate with a parka but, let’s face it, style icon Liam Gallagher’s been rocking this look since the 1990s. If you choose the right parka, you’ll wonder how you lived without it and the Trespass Waterproof Clea Coat is excellent value for money. 

This padded waterproof parka should see you through whatever the weather chucks at you this winter without cramping your style like some casual waterproofs can do. It’s machine-washable and also offers a dipped hem at the back for extra bum coverage, a detachable fur trim, flattering pull cord waist, plenty of pockets and a choice of three colours.

Pros

  • Practical but stylish
  • Fully waterproof

Cons

  • Fits small so be sure to size up

Key specs

  • Sizes: XXS - XXL
  • Colours: Dark Khaki, Black and Ghost
  • Material: Tres-Tex waterproof, breathable fabric

3. Best ethical/recycled winter coat for women: GAP Recycled Puffer Coat

Gap Recycled Puffer Coat

Price: £84.95 | Buy now from GAP

If you’re partial to animal print but still want the practicality of a toasty warm puffer, this could be the winter coat for you. 

Made from 100% recycled plastic, the GAP Recycled Puffer Coat is a sustainable choice too. Knee length with a straight silhouette, it’s an excellent school run coat and also offers a hood, zipper front and front slant pockets. It comes in petite, regular and tall too so you should be able to find the right fit for your shape.

Pros

  • Stylish print
  • Warm and knee-length

Cons

  • Not waterproof

Key specs

  • Sizes: XXS - XXL (petite, regular and tall)
  • Colours: Brown Leopard Print
  • Material: 100% recycled plastic

4. Best down jacket for women: Orolay Women's Thickened Down Jacket with Hood

Orolay Thickened Down Jacket with Hood

Price: £139.99 | Buy now from Amazon

A bona fide viral sensation, this cosy down jacket is one of Amazon’s bestsellers and regularly sells out online. The Orolay Women's Thickened Down Jacket with Hood is ideal for picky types because it comes in a veritable rainbow of shades. 

This winter coat for women is windproof and water-resistant with ribbed knit cuffs and a fleece-lined hood - ideal for arctic weather. The side zips allow you to adjust it to fit over thick winter jumpers and the crinkle hem means that it will suit a variety of figures. It also offers a multitude of pockets for your phone, keys, purse and the obligatory kiddy snacks.

Pros

  • Loads of colours
  • Adjust to fit

Cons

  • Not suitable in heavy rain

Key specs

  • Sizes: XXS - XXL (petite, regular and tall)
  • Colours: Beige, Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Red, Yellow, Army Green, Dark Gray, Green Camo, Jet, Khaki Camo, Navy, and Wine
  • Material: Windproof, water-resistant shell with down filling

5. Best quilted winter coat for women: UNIQLO Ines de la Fressange Quilted Coat

UNIQLO Ines de la Fressange Quilted Coat

Price: £109.90 | Buy now from UNIQLO

“A black quilted coat from UNIQLO.” Pliudev

For many Mumsnetters, UNIQLO is their go-to brand for warm winter coats at an affordable price. Ideal for layering up with jumpers and down gilets, UNIQLO’s winter coats for women offer style and warmth - what’s not to like? 

This chic quilted coat from the Ines de la Fressange collaboration is slightly more expensive than their usual fare. It channels timeless French chic so your school run wardrobe can ooze Parisian glamour even on freezing cold mornings. Padded for extra heat retention with striped quilting inspired by hand-stitched techniques and a sleek stand up collar, this coat is available in beige and black.

Pros

  • On trend quilted design
  • Good for layering

Cons

  • No hood

Key specs

  • Sizes: XXS - XXL
  • Colours: Black and Beige
  • Material: Cotton and polyester

6. Best biker jacket for women: Whistles Lauren Faux Fur Biker Jacket

Whistles Lauren Faux Fur Biker Jacket

Price: £195 | Buy now from Whistles

“My recent purchase is the faux fur lined leather jacket from Whistles. It’s an extravagance but I think I will wear it loads. I do like a leather jacket but I also don’t like to wear jumpers so this fur lined one I’m hoping I can wear with a non-warm top and still be warm when outside.” Beachlovinggirl

If you’re looking for something a little more edgy and unusual than a duvet coat, the Whistles Lauren Faux Fur Biker Jacket is a great investment buy. Granted, it’s expensive - although much cheaper than a real leather jacket would be - but if you work out the cost per wear, it should pay its own way. 

You can sling it over jeans and a jumper during the day and then look gorgeous with a dress and heels for nights out. Available in three colourways, it’s made from sustainably sourced faux fur so it ticks ethical boxes too. 

Pros

  • Stylish 
  • Warm and cosy

Cons

  • No hood

Key specs

  • Sizes: 4 - 16
  • Colours: Black, Red, and Blue
  • Material: Sustainably sourced faux fur

7. Best winter coat for big boobs: Hush Leia Puffa Jacket

Hush Leia Puffa Jacket

Price: £159 | Buy now from Hush

“I love their stuff because it seems to be designed for my shape (apple, larger bust, etc).” Talisin

This lightweight but cosy jacket is a great option if you feel swamped in longer styles. Also, Mumsnetters reckon that Hush clothes are well cut for those blessed with generous busts so this should be no exception. 

The Hush Leia Puffa Jacket is a great transitional autumn to winter coat and is easy to throw on over jeans or joggers. It also has a detachable hood to keep you dry in rain showers. Yes, it’s certainly pricey for a short jacket but it gets good reviews and, in leopard print, it’s certainly a school run style statement. 

Pros

  • Style statement 
  • Detachable hood

Cons

  • Dry clean only 

Key specs

  • Sizes: 4 - 18
  • Colours: Brown Leopard Print
  • Material: 100% polyester

8. Best waterproof winter coat for women: Lands’ End Hooded Expedition Maxi Long Down Coat

Lands End Hooded Expedition Maxi Long Down Coat

Price: From £112 | Buy now from Lands' End

“I've just bought a Lands’ End Expedition - absolutely love it. It's warm but light because it's down, has the double zip from the bottom thing, and millions of pockets (including fleece lined ones to keep your hands warm).” Pootles34

If you live somewhere chilly (we're looking at you, Scotsnet), have a winter getaway planned or just really hate being cold, say hello to your new best friend. 

Lands’ End give their Hooded Expedition Maxi Long Down Coat the ‘warmest’ rating. With a waterproof shell, HyperDry water-repellent down filling and sherpa fleece-lined hood, this coat will keep you snug in rain and snow. It's even machine-washable. Choose between petite, regular or plus for the perfect fit.

Pros

  • Water-repellent
  • Longer length

 Cons

  • Heavy to wear on milder winter days

Key specs

  • Sizes: 8 - 30, petite, regular, and plus
  • Colours: Rich Red, Forest Moss, and Black
  • Material : 100% polyester shell, body/sleeve lining; 67% polyester/33% acrylic collar/hood lining; 80% down/20% feathers body/sleeve insulation; 100% polyester hood insulation; 85% polyester/15% elastane inner cuffs

9. Best statement winter coat for women: Boden Wool Blend Crombie Coat

Boden Wool Blend Crombie Coat

Price: £240 | Buy now from Boden

“Boden are good for wool coats.” CountFosco

A splash of colour can make all the difference on a dull and wintry day and the Boden Wool Blend Crombie Coat is an easy way to brighten things up. Available in two colours with zingy contrasting collars and lining – this coat is sure to get the compliments rolling in. 

It's flattering, too, thanks to clever stitching that gives it a fitted shape. At the price, it’s certainly an investment buy. But not only does it look chic, the Italian wool-blend is also soft to touch and breathable as well as keeping you cosy. 

Pros

  • Smart and eye-catching
  • Cosy wool-blend

 Cons

  • Not waterproof

Key specs

  • Sizes: 6 - 22, petite and regular
  • Colours: Navy and Ground Ginger
  • Material: Italian wool-blend

10. Best warm winter coat for women: The North Face Arctic Parka

The North Face Arctic Parka

Price: £360 | Buy now from The North Face

“I love my Arctic parka [...]. I find them flattering and cosy, especially with a cashmere jumper underneath!” DGFB

We know, we know, this one is rather steep but it comes highly recommended by your fellow Mumsnetters and they really do know their onions – or, should we say, down-filled parkas? 

As you’d expect from top outdoorsy brand, The North Face, their Arctic Parka is fully water-repellent, has a detachable hood, plentiful pockets and, best of all, is filled with responsibly-sourced down. It’s longer-line and waist-flattering too as well as being snuggly. We promise, you've never felt warmth like it. 

Pros

  • Seriously warm
  • Fully waterproof

 Cons

  • Pricey

Key specs

  • Sizes: XS - 3XL
  • Colours: TNF Black, Vanadis Grey, New Taupe Green, and Aviator Navy
  • Material: 73% nylon and 27% cotton with a non-PFC finish

11. Best single-breasted winter coat for women: M&S Single Breasted Overcoat

M&S Single Breasted Overcoat

Price: £59 | Buy now from M&S

“Two things I’m looking for. 1. A camel coloured traditional wool coat 2. same colour in a cashmere roll neck.” MissyB1

You can’t go far wrong with a classic wool coat and this M&S Single Breasted Overcoat is fantastic value. Single-breasted tends to be more flattering than double-breasted if you’re curvy, and this stylish knee-length winter coat is seriously versatile as it will look just as great with weekend jeans or office attire. 

It has two side jet pockets and a handy internal pocket along with a flattering back hem vent to add shape. Unsurprisingly, at this price point, it’s 100% polyester rather than wool but it’s still a super stylish pick.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Classic style

Cons

  • Not waterproof

Key specs

  • Sizes: 8 - 24
  • Colours: Caramel and Black
  • Material: 100% polyester

12. Best high-end winter coat for women: Fjällräven Women's Nuuk Parka

Fjallraven Women's Nuuk Parka

Price: From £221.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“Fjällräven Parka. It was very expensive but it was a combined birthday and Christmas present from DH. For once I was happy to have a birthday just before Christmas. It’s my most favourite winter clothing. It's like being wrapped in a duvet.” Notonthestairs

The perfect choice for freezing cold winter mornings whether you’re dog walking or ferrying the kids to school, the Fjällräven Women's Nuuk Parka is definitely an investment buy. But if you’re willing to stump up the admittedly hefty cost, you’ll have a winter coat that goes above and beyond its remit.

Fully waterproof with a cosy lined hood with detachable fur trim, long sleeves and loads of practical pockets, this cold weather beater will be your favourite winter purchase and should last for years to come. 

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Warm even in freezing temperatures

Cons

  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Sizes: XXS - XL
  • Colours: Yellow, Brown, and Red
  • Material : 100% polyamide

13. Best investment buy parka for women: Jack Wolfskin Women's Ottawa Parka

Jack Wolfskin Ottawa Parka

Price: From £192.61 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought a Jack Wolfskin parka last year and it was one of the best things I've ever bought. Kept me warm and dry for the whole winter and I expect many, many, more years out of it if my eight year old waterproof jacket is anything to go by.” delilahbucket

Another investment parka, this cosy winter coat won’t let you down. Mumsnetters rave about Jack Wolfskin as a brand for their outdoorsy credentials and this Ottawa Parka is no exception.  

Made from 100 percent PFC-free breathable polyester, there’s an adjustable hood to ensure proper head coverage whether you’re tackling heavy rain or snow. 

The super soft detachable NANUK fleece inner coat will keep you cosy even in coldest weather and both layers can be worn separately so you’re really getting three coats in one. Available in three colours, it’s a proper, sturdy winter coat that will take you far.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • 3-in-1 coat

 Cons

  • Pricey

Key specs

  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Colours: Black, Granite, and Midnight Blue
  • Material: 100% polyester

14. Best faux fur winter coat for women: M&S Faux Fur Short Jacket

M&S Faux Fur Short Jacket

Price: £59 | Buy now from M&S

A dressier short-length winter coat alternative to a puffer, this sweet M&S Faux Fur Short Jacket works well if you’re petite and feel drowned in long styles. 

Available in two lovely, flattering shades (which aren’t black- hurray!), this waist-length lined faux fur jacket will inject a bit of colour into your winter wardrobe as well as keeping you warm. It will look equally lovely with smart attire or dressed down with your jeans and trainers. 

It’s not machine-washable though so be careful if you’re wearing it around toddlers with grubby hands.

Pros

  • Great for petites
  • Cosy and stylish

Cons

  • Not waterproof

Key specs

  • Sizes: 6 - 24
  • Colours: Raisin and Air Force Blue
  • Material: 100% polyester

15. Best teddy coat for women: Daily Ritual by Amazon Teddy Bear Lapel Coat

Daily Ritual Teddy Coat

Price: £29.02 | Buy now from Amazon

The closest you’re going to get to wearing a comfort blanket in public, the purse-friendly Daily Ritual Teddy Coat will keep you warm and stylish without breaking the bank. 

This super soft, mid-length coat from one of Amazon’s own fashion brands is available in a large range of colours. Go subtle with Olive or classic with Black. It offers a roomy fit, button fastening, practical deep pockets and a flattering wide lapel. It’s also machine-washable so you can wear it to the park with the kids and then fling it in the wash if required. 

Pros

  • Warm and snuggly
  • Great value

 Cons

  • No hood

Key specs

  • Sizes: XS- XXL
  • Colours: Black, Butter Yellow, Camel, Olive, Caramel, Dusty Rose, Hot Pink, Leopard Print, Navy, Sage Green, Sand, and Ivory
  • Material: 100% polyester

16. Best sustainable winter coat for women: Monsoon Beverley Faux Fur Collar Coat

Monsoon Beverley Fake Fur Collar Coat

Price: £110 | Buy now from Monsoon

Monsoon are known for their occasion clothes but they do a great line in winter coats. This streamlined, dressy version of a duvet coat will shield you from the elements every day of the week, not just on special occasions. 

Featuring a soft fake fur wide lapel and including a padded recycled nylon lining, the Beverley Faux Fur Collar Coat is a fashionable choice as well as being reassuringly ethical too. The streamlined silhouette is designed to show off your shape without compromising on cosiness and the zip fastening ensures you’ll stay warm. Available in chic green and go-with-anything black, it will add some chic to your winter wardrobe.

Pros

  • Dressy but practical
  • Machine-washable

Cons

  • No hood

Key specs

  • Sizes: S- XXL
  • Colours: Black and Green
  • Material: 100% nylon (recycled) lining and 100% polyester outer

17. Best petite winter coat for women: Forever New Petite Wrap Midi Coat

Forever New Petite Wrap Midi Coat

Price: £110 | Buy now from ASOS

Some winter coats can overwhelm petite figures, but there are a wealth of designs aimed specifically at those with dinkier proportions. With notch labels, press-stud fastening and a tie waist, the Forever New Petite Wrap Midi Coat is super soft and incredibly flattering for smaller women and versatile too as it can be dressed up or down. 

The midi length offers lots of coverage, keeping you warm on colder days. The only sticking point? It’s dry clean only so perhaps not the best choice for muddy family days out.

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Versatile

 Cons

  • No hood and not waterproof

Key specs

  • Sizes: 6- 14
  • Colours: Camel
  • Material : Main: 52% acrylic, 42% polyester and 6% wool

18. Best plus-size winter coat for women: ASOS Design Curve Oversized Hybrid Quilted Coat

ASOS Design Curve Hybrid Coat

Price: £75 | Buy now from ASOS

“I get most of my outfits from ASOS, mostly their own Curve range.” MistressWeatherwax1

Mumsnetters rate ASOS as being a great place to find stylish and flattering plus-sizes. The ASOS Design Curve Oversized Hybrid Quilted Coat is the best winter coat for plus-size women. 

Also, as Mumsnetters report that ASOS is one shop that’s usually true to size, you don’t need to worry about sizing up or down. An open fronted, wrap style is ideal for curves as you can fasten it as tight - or not - as you like to suit your shape. 

This coat has a quirky double-layer design, with a quilted inner layer to keep you warm, along with oversized lapels and handy side pockets. It’s a genuinely stylish yet practical coat which won’t cost the earth. Although it only comes in one shade - Olive - it should go with most wintry outfits. It also comes in regular fit.

Pros

  • Easy to wear
  • Double layered for warmth

Cons

  • No hood and not waterproof

Key specs

  • Sizes: 16 - 30
  • Colours: Olive
  • Material: 100% polyester (contrast: 80% polyester and 20% cotton)

19. Best maternity and postnatal winter coat for women: Seraphine Slate 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat

Seraphine Slate 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat

Price: £189 | Buy now from Seraphine

“I have the Seraphine 3-in-1 winter coat. I’m wearing it at the moment and absolutely love it. The quality is really great and I think it's worth the money, as I'm sure I will wear it after pregnancy as well.” Rotorua

This multi-tasking Seraphine Slate 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat should be called a ‘forever’ coat. The genius design means that it’s not just able to accommodate your growing bump. It will also be there for you afterwards, thanks to the special zip-on ‘kangaroo’ pouch so that you can wear it while carrying your baby in a sling. 

When you’re no longer babywearing, you can remove the panel, turning it into a normal coat. It’s rated Warmth Level 4 thanks to the soft velour lining and ethically sourced down filling, making it suitable for extreme cold. There’s also a hood so you don’t have to faff with umbrellas if you’re pushing a lightweight buggy.

Pros

  • Warm for your baby and you
  • 3-in-1 coat

 Cons

  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Sizes: 6 - 20
  • Colours: Black and Slate
  • Material: 100% polyester and down filling; fake fur

20. Best winter coat for family days out: Joules Womens Chatham Showerproof Longline Quilted Coat

Joules Womens Chatham Showerproof Longline Quilted Coat

Price: £109.55 | Buy now from Amazon

“I love Joules, especially their coats, wellies and knitwear.” cosycableknit

Joules is beloved on the Mumsnet forums and Mumsnetters particularly rate the brand’s practical but pretty outerwear. Quilted coats are a big thing for this winter and the Chatham Showerproof Longline Quilted Coat is bang on trend as well as being fully equipped for cold weather. 

Showerproof and hooded with a high zipped neck and secure snap fastenings, it will keep you dry and warm even on the coldest, wettest days. The clever bottom side slits with snap fastenings allow you to adjust the coat to fit more generously - ideal if you’re stomping around in clumpy boots or wellies. Available in two classic shades, this coat by Joules is an asset to any wardrobe and should see you through a fair few winters. 

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Longer length

Cons

  • Not cheap

Key specs

  • Sizes: 8 - 20
  • Colours: Heritage Green and Marine Navy
  • Material: 100% polyester

When's the best time to buy a winter coat?

The fashion industry is all about looking forward - and that’s why new autumn and winter fashion picks often go on sale in July and August. But most of us don’t have the spare cash or the inclination to buy a winter coat when we’re busy enjoying the summer holidays.

The best time to  buy a winter coat is as we head into autumn and the nights start to draw in. As the best winter coats for women always sell out early in the season so, if you spot a style that you love, don’t hang about and let it slip through your fingers. Snap it up as soon as you can so that it’s ready and waiting in your wardrobe for when the chillier weather arrives.

How long should a winter coat last?

If you treat your clothes well, always hanging them up and keeping them clean and tidy then a good coat can last you three to five years or more. On the other hand, if you’re wearing your winter coat for muddy family walks, taking the kids to the park or walking your dog, you may find that it doesn’t last quite so long. 

What should I look for when buying a coat?

Consider the following points when choosing a new winter coat.

  • Be honest and really think about what suits your body shape: Your winter coat is the one thing everyone else sees every day on you so it makes sense to choose one that flatters your figure rather than slavishly following trends.
  • Consider your lifestyle: If you wear smart office attire most of the week, you may want a smart winter coat. If you’re working from home and only venturing out for the school run or to the park, a warm practical puffer coat may suit you more.
  • Material: Italian wool may look and feel smart but it won’t last long in heavy rain. If you’re set on a down coat, consider whether the down filling is ethically sourced. If you’re going to be out in all weathers, including torrential rain, look for a fully waterproof coat as showerproof may not be up to the job. 
  • Colour: A neutral coat - such as camel or olive green - will go with most things. For a statement, choose an eye-popping bright. Consider your skin tone too. Black may seem like a safe choice but it can be draining for some skin tones.
  • Ask a friend: If you’ve spotted a winter coat you like but aren’t 100 percent sure about, it’s always good to get a second opinion from a (fashionable) friend you trust. Failing that, start a Mumsnet thread in our Style and Beauty forum.
  • Budget: If you’re wondering ‘how much should I spend on a winter coat?' then first of all, it’s important to consider your own budget and to stick within it. That said, buying a quality coat that you really love and that will last for years will actually end up costing less money per wear than a cheap but shoddily made coat that falls apart after one season. 

What is the best winter coat for women? 

The best overall winter coat for women is the Seasalt Janelle Coat because it’s a hard-working and stylish all-rounder for winter that is loved by Mumsnetters of all shapes and sizes.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real fashionista, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which winter coats for women were rated by stylish Mumsnet users. We compiled a list of the best winter coats for women they loved for fit, practicality, style and value-for-money.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which winter coats were recommended by fashion experts and bloggers - and what customer reviews said about them too. 

Having collated all that information, we picked the best winter coats for women that we thought would make the best buys.

Why you should trust us

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