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.