Best winter coats for women for 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 colourful layer to brighten up your commute, check out our roundup of the best winter coats – as chosen by Mumsnet users.
1. Craghoppers Josefine Jacket, from £50 (was £220)
Snuggle down and hibernate for the rest of winter in this highly-insulated and water- (and snow- and sleet-) proof number from outdoor brand Craghoppers. They even have a heat rating (0-7) 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.
At such a steal (dependent on size – the dark moss colour is the best value at £48, but the black will set you back a bit more), the Josefine really is an all-rounder of a coat, at excellent value.
“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. It has a drawstring for if you want a more fitted waist but looks fine straight. So many really useful features including small things like magnets on the pocket flaps so they always sit properly. But mostly it's just a really, really warm furry coat.”Buy now from Amazon
2. & Other Stories Belted Wool Blend Coat, £175
Who says being cosy can't be chic? This wool-blend duster coat from & Other Stories makes the transition from bed to the cold outdoors even easier due to its robe-inspired silhouette. Available in both navy and camel, this flattering look cinches at the waist with a belt-tie and includes invisible pockets to seamlessly slip your hands into.
It is an oversized fit (although not quite as oversized as this similar belted number from & Other Stories if that's what you're going for), so the recommendation is to get a size down if you want a more fitted look.
“I recently bought a coat from them. It was great quality, and really fast delivery.”
“Love their coats, have a couple. I always get compliments when I wear their clothes.”Buy now from & Other Stories
3. Boden Hengrave Coat, £175
A splash of colour can make all the difference on a dreary winter morning and the Hengrave is an easy way to brighten your day. Available in a range of five looks – from bright baltic blue to firecracker red, or if you're feeling especially snazzy, leopard print – this coat is sure to get the compliments rolling in. But it doesn't only look great, the Italian boiled wool is also soft to touch and will keep you cosy from the funnel neck down to your knees.
“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 are good for wool coats – I have a 10-year-old one that is 100% boiled wool and I've never had a warmer coat.”Buy now from Boden
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4. Joules Cherington Quilted Longline Padded Coat, £189
Available in dark teal – who doesn't love teal? – as well as navy and black, this longline quilted coat from Joules is just the ticket when all you want is to wear your duvet out 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, but you can pop that off if you fancy.
“Love my Joules quilted jacket, very warm and has lasted a couple of years 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 value for money.”Buy now from Joules
5. Didriksons parka, from £70
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 have a Didriksons Nadine and love it with a passion: it's long, it has a slim cut, it has THUMBHOLES (I adore them) and the pockets are at the perfect height, just below my breasts, which is where I naturally rest my folded arms, not near my hips which was always annoying.”
“I spend lots of time reading similar Mumsnet threads last autumn and ending up buying a Didrikson. On horrible days I feel like I'm a warmth bubble.”
“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
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6. North Face Arctic Parka, from £249.99
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
7. Hush Leia Puffer Jacket, £149
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 showerproof, it's also lightweight, short and has a detachable hood, meaning it will see you from mild autumnal days right through the bleak midwinter. Plus, the ribbed cuffs and zip-up pockets mean that it's nice and practical too.
“I'm still on the no-spend bench for a while (since July) but I would like to order the Hush khaki puffa. Loving all the new autumn clothes coming out at the moment.”
“I LOVE my Hush velvet puffa. Super cosy and luxe-looking, it’s totally changed my mind about puffas. Even if it makes me look like the Michelin man I don’t care…”Buy it now from Hush
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8. Land's End Expedition Down Parka, from £240
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
9. 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 from Seasalt
10. Uniqlo Cashmere Blend Chesterfield Coat, £99.90
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 three wear-with-everything colours.
Uniqlo also has another wool-blend Chesterfield coat minus the cashmere which is now £59.90.
“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 eg 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.”
“It's what TV news correspondents do if they need to wear a formal coat for an outside broadcast in perishing cold.”
11. 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
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