The 15 best winter coats for women 2021
22 December 2020
Never fear the elements again with one of these warm wool coats or cosy waterproofs. Whether you're looking for a parka to withstand wintry dog walks or a splash of colour to brighten up the school run, check out our roundup of the best winter coats – as chosen by Mumsnetters.
You don't need to hide away on freezing days. Instead, wrap up in one of these popular winter coats to stay toasty and dry. From petite and plus-size to maternity/babywearing, there’s something for everyone.
Here are the best winter coats for women.
1. Best winter coat for women: Uniqlo Hybrid Down Coat
“Uniqlo has lovely, classic wool-cashmere coats.”
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.
It’s a simple, yet chic, coat that 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 non-quilted design on the outside gives a sleek look, but padding makes it extra warm – perfect for the great British weather. Available in four wear-with-anything colours.
If you really feel the cold, but have to ditch your favourite parka and wear a very smart coat for work, Mumsnetters advise layering an ultra-lightweight (yet extremely insulating) Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest under your posh coat.
Price: £109.90Buy it now from Uniqlo
2. Best budget winter coat: Next Belted Wrap Coat
“I bought a black winter coat for work from Next and so has half the nation it seems.”
“I picked up a gorgeous black Next coat for under £70. Bargain!”
Next’s Black Belted Coat is a bargain buy at just £65 and is a mix of polyester and wool. This flattering look cinches at the waist with a belt-tie and the long length will smarten up your wardrobe. It’s available in petite and tall sizes for those of you over 5’10”.
Mumsnet users report that the sizes can be snug so, if you want to layer up with thick woollen jumpers or shawls, buy at least one size bigger.
Price: £65Buy now from Next
3. Best for keeping dry: Craghoppers Women’s Josefine Jacket
“You need the Craghoppers Josefine. Actually life-changing. I've completely turned off all other brands now. So warm (the fur lines the top half of the coat too) with superb waterproofing. So many really useful features including small things like magnets on the pocket flaps so they always sit properly.”
Snuggle down and hibernate for the rest of winter in this highly-insulated, water-, snow- and sleet-proof coat from popular outdoor brand Craghoppers.
They even have a heat rating (zero to seven) on their clothes – the Josefine with its faux-fur-trimmed hood and lining coming in at a mighty seven. It also comes with five pockets, including one specifically for your phone. Dreamy.
With a RRP of £220, you can bag a bargain depending on size and colour. The dark moss is a steal at £49.99.
Price: £49.99 (depends on colour)Buy now from Amazon
4. Best wool coat: Boden Knight Coat
“I have just got a wool coat from Boden and am really pleased with it. The fit is great and it feels lovely and warm.”
“Boden is good for wool coats – I have a 10-year-old one that is 100% boiled wool and I've never had a warmer coat."
A splash of colour can make all the difference on a dreary winter morning and the Knight Coat is an easy way to brighten your day. Available in a range of three colours (that are not black!) – from Lomand Blue to the oddly named Rope (a beige colour) – this coat is sure to get the compliments rolling in.
Look out for the contrasting colour under the V-shaped collar for a surprise pop of brightness too. There’s no belt but the strap detailing at the back will define your waist. Not only does it look great, the Italian boiled wool is also soft to touch and will keep you cosy.
5. Best quilted coat: Joules Cherington Chevron Longline Padded Coat
“Love my Joules quilted jacket. Very warm and has lasted really well. Still looking new.”
“I think Joules coats are fab. Me and my girls have them in our house. In our experience, they wear well, wash well and remain weather-proof. I know they are expensive, but seem like good value for money.”
This longline quilted coat from Joules is just the ticket when all you want is to wear your duvet out of the house. Luckily, the flattering chevron quilting and gathered side panels for a nipped-in waist mean you don't even have to worry about resembling the Michelin man – a frequent worry with padded coats.
The faux-fur trim of the hood gives the coat a parka-inspired look and you can pop that off if you fancy too. New for this year, if you want your little one to follow in your footsteps you can buy a mini-me version for ages one to 12 for £69.95.
Price: £189Buy now from Joules
6. Best parka: Didriksons Natasha Parka
“I spent lots of time reading similar Mumsnet threads last autumn and ended up buying a Didriksons. On horrible days I feel like I'm a warmth bubble.”
“Another vote for Didriksons. I’m already panicking as I’ll be too pregnant to zip it up this year! I feel the cold and this kept me toasty, warm and dry in the last terrible winter.”
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 easy to see why.
Their Natasha coat has thumbholes, which will give you even more movement, an attached hood with a detachable faux-fur trim and is available up to a size XXXL. If that doesn’t take your fancy, Didriksons make parkas in all shapes, sizes, colours and finishes – and loads are available on Amazon.
Price: From £122.59Buy now from Amazon
7. Warmest winter coat: The North Face Metropolis 3 Parka
“I have a Metropolis Parka. It's just about to go into its fifth winter. It brings me absolute joy every time I put it on, so much so that I'm actually looking forward to it being cold enough to wear it!”
“I used this parka while working in Alaska and it kept me so warm! Definitely recommend.”
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?
The North Face Metropolis Parka has always been a popular model, but has been updated to feature a longer back and contoured quilting for a more flattering silhouette.
As you’d expect from The North Face, it’s water-repellent, has a detachable hood, two hidden pockets and, best of all, is filled with responsibly-sourced down. We promise, you've never felt warmth like it.
Price: From £224.99Buy now from Amazon
8. Best puffer jacket: Hush Leia Puffa Jacket
“I'm still on the no-spend bench for a while, but I would like to order the Hush khaki puffer. Loving all the new autumn clothes coming out at the moment.”
“I LOVE my Hush velvet puffer. Super cosy and luxe-looking – it’s totally changed my mind about puffers.”
Have you been searching for that perfect autumn-to-winter (and maybe even spring too) coat? Well, thanks to this luxurious puffer jacket from Hush, your quest is at an end.
Not only is it super warm and shower-proof, it's also lightweight, short and has a detachable hood, meaning it will see you from mild autumnal days right through to the bleak midwinter. Plus, the ribbed cuffs and zip-up pockets mean it's nice and practical too.
With Leopard print design, you’ll definitely stand out on the school run.
Price: £149Buy now from Hush
9. Best down-filled winter coat: Lands’ End Expedition Down Parka
“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°C in February but still use when I got home. It's a decent length, very warm, not too padded and generous in sizing. It's also waterproof, and sits just above the knee on me at 5'4”."
If you live somewhere very chilly (we're looking at you Scotsnet), have a wintry getaway planned, or just really hate being cold, this Lands’ End Expedition coat will soon become your new best friend. Lands’ End give it their ‘warmest’ rating, which means it’ll 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. Choose between Medallion Mulberry, Deep Sea Navy, Black, Fresh Boreal Blue, Soft Ash and Wild Cherry.
Price: From £168Buy now from Lands’ End
10. Best plus-size winter coat: ASOS Curve Longline Trench Coat
“Bloody love them. I like the Curve range a lot. It’s nice to see a variety of shapes wearing the clothes.”
“ASOS Curve is by far my favourite plus-size brand. Everything seems to be designed specifically for curves, not just ‘bigger,’ and is still fashionable.”
“Their Curve range is the best place to find plus-size clothes.”
Released last year, this ASOS Curve Trench is available in sizes 16 to 30. The long line is extra flattering and the removable belt-tie helps to define your waist. The khaki colour is on trend and it’s an absolute bargain at under £60.
Mumsnetters report that ASOS is one shop that’s usually true to size so you don’t need to worry about sizing up or down.
11. Best winter coat for big boobs: Bravissimo Lightweight Padded Jacket
“Nicely cut and good quality. Would really recommend it for big boobs.”
“I worship at the altar of Bravissimo. I've just got the catalogue and mentally spent hundreds of pounds already!"
If you’ve ever struggled to do a coat up because of your boobs, but can’t size up without looking like you’re wearing your mum’s clothes, then Bravissimo has the answer. They don’t just do bras, their clothes range is designed with boobs in mind.
As well as coming in a size 6 to 20, their styles also come in curvy, really curvy and super curvy, depending on your bra size. Their Lightweight Padded Jacket is cosy for colder days and is machine-washable. Bonus!
Price: £80Buy now from Bravissimo
12: Best high-street winter coat: ASOS Design Herringbone Oversized Coat
“I've used ASOS for about a decade and have always been pleased. Their size finder tool is really accurate too.”
ASOS’s Herringbone Coat looks much more expensive than it is at a bargainous £80. It’s oversized and double-breasted so you’ll have plenty of room underneath for cosy winter jumpers and layers.
It also has stylish folded cuffs and side pockets for keys, phones and various ‘treasures’ your children give you for safekeeping.
13. Best for the environment: Mango Long Recycled Wool Coat
“I love my Mango one and have had a few compliments on it.”
“Mango has so many smart coats. Mine arrived this morning."
Mango’s Recycled Woollen Coat was released in 2020 and has great environmentally-friendly credentials. It’s made from 69% recycled wool, and has been produced using sustainable fibres and processes, reducing their environmental impact. It won’t just please Greta Thurnberg, it’s also smart, stylish and very warm.
Mumsnetters warn that Mango sizes tend to come up small so order at least one size bigger than usual.
Price: £199.99Buy now from Mango
14. Best leather jacket: All Saints Leather Jacket
“Mine is lush. It’s beautiful, versatile and everyone compliments me on it. I love it!”
Mumsnetters are big fans of the All Saints Leather Jacket – it regularly comes up as a best buy on the Mumsnet forums. It’s soft leather and the diamond-quilted shoulder panels and zip cuffs offer a classic biker style, which is just as well as it’s on the pricey side.
Price: £298Buy now from All Saints
15. Best maternity and postnatal winter coat: Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka
“I treated myself to the Seraphine 3-in-1 Parka, mainly for babywearing. So warm and soft, and clearly good quality. I was 39 weeks when I tried it on and it fit in my pre-pregnancy size (I'm a large bust as well). Will definitely do the job of babywearing in Scotland this winter!”
“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.”
Seraphine’s Maternity Parka should be called a ‘forever’ parka. It’s not just designed for your bump, it has a special zip-on ‘kangaroo’ pouch so that you can wear it while carrying your baby in a sling. And when you’re not babywearing anymore you can remove the panel, turning it into a normal coat.
It’s faux-fur-lined to keep you warm and it is weather-resistant too. There’s even a hood so you don’t have to faff with umbrellas if you’re pushing a lightweight buggy.
Price: £149Buy now from Seraphine
Verdict: what are the best winter coats for women?
For warmth, you can’t beat The North Face Metropolis 3 Parka – it’s like wearing your duvet out.
If you’re looking for a bargain buy, it’s a close run between Next's Belted Wrap Coat and ASOS, but the latter’s stylish Herringbone Oversized Coat, which looks much more expensive than it is, is the ideal style for lots of winter layering.
Mango’s Long Recycled Wool Coat has fantastic eco credentials making it best for the environment.
Overall, the best winter coat for women is the Uniqlo’s Hybrid Down Coat, which will suit most shapes and sizes. It’s smart, warm and stylish and won’t make you look like the Michelin man either.
How long should a winter coat last?
On average, you should expect to get three to four years of wear from a woollen coat or padded parka – although it may be shorter or longer depending on quality and material. Investment pieces like pricier leather jackets can last as long as 10 years if you look after them. Cheaper high fashion items may go out style before they start looking shabby so expect one season, maybe two seasons maximum.
How we chose our recommendations
All of our recommendations for winter coats came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which products – including smart wool options, down-filled parkas, as well as plus size, petite and maternity/babywearing coats – that Mumsnetters really loved. We also looked at new style updates this year, as well as other review sites to see which coats performed well across the board.
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