The Winter Coats The Vogue Editors Are Wearing This Season

If there’s any one item you ought to invest in at this time of year, it’s a coat: not only is it (obviously) getting chilly, but it’s the single easiest way to instantly update your wardrobe (keep it buttoned and nobody need ever know what’s underneath). Here are the ones we are ordering to Vogue House: from the cosiest shearlings to the chicest blazers. We have deliberated at length so that you don’t have to.

Poppy Kain, Senior Fashion Editor
“For me, it’s always Prada. I invest in one of Miuccia’s coats every season – usually a simple cut in an interesting fabric: neat, chic, practical and often commanding compliments. I have leather, corduroy and satin versions lined up in my wardrobe already so this season I’m after one of the brand’s classic padded nylon coats to add to my collection. This one is twisted and updated with a modern, digital neon-lit city print. It’s utilitarian and functional against the elements and when winter hits, it’s loose, single-breasted shape will allow a warm cosy sweater to be worn underneath.”

Olivia Singer, Executive Fashion News Editor
“If you aren’t going to spend good money on a winter coat, when are you? At least, that is my reasoning for this hyper-chic, slightly-sculptural longline blazer from The Row, which I have faith will transform my season, and my very being, into one filled with minimalist elegance. Whether worn over a chunky turtleneck by day, or a silky slip dress at night, it is grown-up glamour at its very best. All I need now is a giant Birkin.”

Sarah Harris, Deputy Editor and Fashion Features Director
Because it’s cosy, chic and it’s the kind of coat that will last a lifetime. I love a coat that doesn’t need a million layers underneath it to stay warm and, with a coat like this, all you need is a white T-shirt: it’s practical and glamorous and works as well for day as it does for evening. With pockets and a collar that can flip up, there’s no need for gloves or a scarf either – it might be expensive, but it’s saving you money on accessories (that’s my justification and I’m sticking with it).

Rosie Vogel, Bookings Director
“What better way to beat the winter blues than in a bubblegum-hued coat? I always love a slightly mad coat to lift my spirits – black and navy may be more practical, but they just don’t cut the mustard for me. I’m envisaging this thrown over a pair of vintage Levis, worn either with my trusty Manolos for work or a pair of trainers for weekend walks in the park. The oversize shape will be my best friend as I gently balloon towards Christmas, hiding a multitude of sins and also flattering a greying complexion until spring returns.”

Alice Casely-Hayford, Digital Editor
“If you’re going to put on the same coat every day this winter, it ought to be something that will brighten your mood as well as your wardrobe. A beautifully cut coat can make you feel invincible as the architectural shape almost feels like armour. This hourglass coat, straight from Balenciaga’s AW18 catwalk, features a vibrant heritage tartan pattern and a thoroughly modern fit with an exaggerated cinched waist. I’ll be wearing it over my daily work uniform as well as my partywear.”

Jessica Diner, Beauty & Lifestyle Director
“The silhouette. The structure. The length. The lapel. The buttons. This Stella McCartney coat is ticking all my boxes this season. And in a wardrobe where all my current coats are either navy or black, this khaki colour feels like a bold but much needed departure for winter. I’ll be wearing it uniform-fashion with midi length floral dresses and stompy Saint Laurent boots. Not forgetting long hair tucked away into the collar as Stella herself would.”

Naomi Smart, Shopping Editor
“I really have no more room in my closet and they are the most impractical use of space, but I like nothing more than wrapping up in a heavy sheepskin coat come winter – the bigger, the better. I always look for big lapels, and usually a retro edge that hovers on the (right) side of Del Boy. This Sies Marjan number comes with all of the above, and with its hood and belted waist, it serves up that cool luxe vibe that will take me from the weekend, to the office and all the way through to the after-dark party season.”

Ellie Pithers, Fashion Features Editor
“I’ve been waiting for this Lemaire coat to drop for six months. Nice chunky mannish cut, ’60s funnel collar and a luxurious check ticks all the boxes for me. (Whilst I am thoroughly pleased with my Uniqlo U chocolate brown wrap coat, also designed by Christoph Lemaire and bearing all the hallmarks of his exacting eye, sometimes you can’t beat the real deal.)”

Naomi Pike, Miss Vogue Editor
“Considering the amount of coats that fill my wardrobe, there’s not a single that you could consider wholly practical. This wool-blend option from Cos is at the top of my shopping list as it unites the colour palette I would usually go for with sharper tailoring, and will prove the perfect option to carry me through winter weekends. I’ll buy it a size up to emulate the catwalk’s penchant for the oversized this season as well as allowing me to pile jumpers underneath. Somehow, the single-breasted silhouette and clean lines pacify the pink. Plus, there’s nothing I love more than a tulle skirt peeping out of a tailored coat for a party-season arrival.”

Donna Wallace, Fashion and Accessories Editor
What is great about this coat is that it gives a fairly unassuming, utilitarian (and a bit of a football coach) vibe at the front whilst the bow at the back is unexpectedly feminine. I actually really enjoy a weighty bow. The fact that it is in the revered Prada Nylon means its going to look as appropriate at an evening soiree as it would at a warehouse party.

Ten seriously cool high-street shearling jackets to shop now

Shearling, oh how I’ve been waiting for you! In honour of autumn’s debut, I’ve been on the hunt for the most perfect shearling jacket. But I found ten. Autumn is all about doubling up on cosy layers, and I can’t wait to find my new signature cocoon because honestly, what’s more comfortable than shearling? It’s like wearing around a giant, warm hug.

Orginally worn by fighter pilots shearling jackets breathe old-school nostalgia. Today, designers including Dior, Philosophy, Burberry, and Tod’s, have introduced a modern twist with boxy cropped designs, vintage patchwork, and colourful styles. Coming in a myriad of classic neutral shades, but also in hyper-hued dyed colours, you couldn’t miss this warm fabric, it’s one of the leading coat trends for AW18. While I’m absolutely on board for shearling everything and anything, I prefer reaching for rainbow colours, printed knee-grazing cocoon coats, ultra-fuzzy textures, and something oversized, like a fluffy blanket.

I’d pair any shearling jacket with stretchy corduroy pants and white low-rise ankle boots for autumnal perfection, with a quirky charm. For a feminine touch, wear yours with a straight-leg jean and a floral blouse. Whatever the style, keep it cosy. And don’t forget your Pumpkin Spice Latte and a cute beanie; then you’ll really have autumn written all over you.

You know there’s nothing more exciting than going on that first cold-weather shopping trip. So in order to make your life slightly easier, I’ve sussed out some cosy shearling jackets that are difficult to resist.

How To Style This Season’s (Faux) Shearling Trend

Since the Iron Age, shearling, otherwise known as sheepskin,, has long served as a sartorial signifier of social class rather than a purely utilitarian function. By the medieval times, the wool trade became a highly lucrative business with England securing a place as one of the textile’s main exporters.The shearling trend arguably emerged in the United States in the 1940s as pilots were frequently outfitted in sheepskin bomber jackets.

It was not until the 1950s, when Hollywood celebrities such as Marlon Brando and James Dean opted to glamourize the textile once again after wearing shearling-trimmed jackets in their popular films, On The Waterfront (1954) and Giant (1956).

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, shearling has served as a longstanding fabric of choice among fashion-conscious consumers. In the 1990s, Ugg boots were all the rage. However, in the 2010s, aesthetic aside, many shoppers started to shy away from supporting the Australian footwear company due to its questionable treatment of the sheep they used to source the fabric for their well-selling shoes.

Similarly, with the faux fur trend dominating the fall 2018 season, many fashion brands are starting question the ethical and practical cost of using fur in their collections. Designers such as Burberry, Gucci, Maison Margiela, and most recently, Diane von Furstenberg joined the Fur Free Alliance this year.

Shearling, a combination of a sheep’s skin and fur, otherwise known as wool, sits in the middle of this industry divide. While it might take some time for designers to find ways to restructure their supply chains in a manner that makes producing truly sustainable fashions a reality, some designers already have created stylish alternative shearling options.

To stay on trend this season, here are seven of favorite faux shearling outerwear pieces to shop now.

Biker Jacket

For a sleek and sophisticated look that provides a dose of urban edge, bikers jackets offer warmth without adding unnecessary bulk to your outfit. This style of jacket sits right a few inches below the hiplines and is a great outerwear option when you need to walk around but want more insulation than a traditional shorter jacket provides.

Shop these alternative leather and shearling picks to elevate any cold weather outfit.

Teddy Coat

Serving as a unique yet equally comfortable alternative to its trending faux fur counterpart, these coats with their faux shearling outer shells add an intriguing textural element to all of your wintertime looks while simultaneously shielding you from the cold. Choose a longer length style, as shown above, for maximum protection against the natural elements.

Try out these neutral tone options for a cozy item that will pair well with many of the items already in your winter wardrobe.

Moto Jacket

A more casual, yet still cozy, alternative to a biker jacket, this shorter style is great for warmer winter days or times when you’re going from place-to-place and cannot be bothered to weighed down by the bulk that inevitably comes with wearing a longer-length coat. With its plush faux shearling lining and collar detailing, these moto jackets encompass softer elements than their furless counterparts, provide a feminine touch to your weather-appropriate look.

Check out these shorter shearling-like styles to ensure that you always have a comfortable and versatile outerwear option on hand to wear throughout the season.