The holiday season may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean winter is even close to done. And, in case you haven’t been outside much this season to notice, it’s kind of more than just a little bit chilly out there. It’s downright cold outside. So how exactly, you wonder, are you going to show off that flair for fashion amongst freezing cold temps this winter? Why, by wearing some seriously stylish coats and dressy hats, of course. Gone are the days of grabbing any old thing to run outside. Now is the time to elevate your winter wardrobe with some seriously stylish outerwear. Check out our top eight winter coat trends for women in 2021 and get a jumpstart on walking the runway this winter.
1. The Puffer
Long or short, chunky or thin, the puffer coat is definitely at the top of our list for warm yet stylish outerwear this winter. And while puffers may seem more casual/sporty as far as cute jackets are concerned, they are definitely capable of being dressed up as well. Try a short black puffer with a sexy faux leather skirt and knee-high boots for an edgy look everyone will love. Or add a bit of fun to a bleak winter day with a long puffer coat in a vibrant pop of color. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or the supermarket, the puffer is one winter coat you can take just about anywhere.
2. Faux Fur
Ever want to look super glam and luxurious, but without harming a single innocent creature in the process? Us, too. That’s why we love faux fur. Not only does it offer the same jaw-dropping-stun factor as a real fur coat, but you don’t have to apologize to any fine furry friends you encounter while wearing it. Plus, faux fur comes in a variety of lengths, patterns and styles, so it’s nearly impossible not to find one you’ll love. Layer it over a sexy LBD or simply showcase your patterned faux fur jacket as the focal point of your ensemble. Either way, you’ll steal the show–and isn’t that kind of the point?
3. Belted Coats
It’s sometimes hard to show off your flattering figure in the winter–especially beneath chunky sweaters and thick winter coats. Don’t be shy about highlighting your waistline this winter in a sleek and sexy belted coat or jacket. Cinch that baby at the waist–or slightly above–to show off that sultry silhouette you worked so hard to achieve over the summer. For the most flattering figure, think thinner knits underneath like cashmere sweaters or long sleeve thermal shirts. A belted coat like the classic trench is pretty much the most perfect dressy coat you can wear with an elegant evening dress in the winter. Whether you’re going dressy or not, don’t forget about the accessories. A fringed scarf and a pair of faux leather gloves are the perfect companion pieces to wear with a belted winter coat this season. Hands down.
4. Sherpa/Shearling Trimmed Coats
OK, we know there’s a bit of an ’80s vibe that comes with the whole shearling trim look, but we gotta say, we kind of love this trend. It just looks so cool. Add a pair of aviator shades and some seriously sexy faux leather leggings with heels and you can pretty much forget about ever blending in again. This is a standout look we’re so behind–and we think you should be, too.
5. Plaid Coats
If you ask us, every woman needs a plaid coat in her closet. Why? For one thing, plaid is timeless, so you know this is one trend that will bring you years of use. Another reason that’s slightly less practical and a little more fun? It’s just easy on the eyes. Plaid is the perfect pattern to wear if you want to stand out in a crowd without making a bold, obnoxious statement. Pair it with neutral tones like black and cream and solid colors underneath. And remember not to blend patterns. Plaid is the star today and that’s OK. After all, it’s guaranteed to get only the right kinds of glares–the ones that come from pure envy.
6. The Leather Look
If you think you need to choose between looking stylish or keeping warm this winter, think again. Faux leather is the answer you’ve been looking for (even if you didn’t know you were living with the dilemma). Not only does it have the sleek, smooth look of leather, but faux leather also keeps you warm and cozy when the winds turn. Long or short, belted, buttoned or opened, leather jackets are one closet staple you’ll want to have on hand this winter.
7. The Quilted Jacket
While wearing your actual bed quilt out in public on a cold winter’s day still isn’t on trend, wearing a quilted winter jacket is probably the next best thing. On par with a puffer coat but often slightly thinner, quilted jackets offer another option for fashionable warmth this winter. Layer a short quilted jacket over jeans and a flannel for an extra warm look indoors or out all season long. Or, if you’re more of a head-to-toe coverage kind of gal, think about wrapping your beautiful self up in a knee-length quilted coat to get you from point A to point B all winter in cozy, stylish comfort.
8. The Lapel Look
Nothing says fancy fashionista better than large, eye-catching lapels. Let your winter coat do the talking this season while you just stand back and accept all the compliments. Think pea coats, trenches and long, open-faced teddy coats if you’re looking for some serious lapel action. Not only do they look classy, but that open neck practically begs for a vibrant and stylish scarf to accessorize your already pretty amazing ensemble. Wouldn’t you agree?
Don’t let those dropping temps lull you into fashion hibernation this winter. Put your best-dressed-self forward this season.