- A good winter coat should keep you warm in cold weather without weighing you down.
- Bonus points if it looks good, too.
- If you're searching for a winter coat that will keep you warm and dry without any frills, consider picking up The North Face Metropolis III Hooded Down Parka.
Part of the problem with finding a satisfactory winter coat is that it's really hard to tell whether a jacket will be warm enough for the dead of winter until you're wearing it in the dead of winter. Sure, the coat might seem cozy from the comfort of a dressing room. But is it really going to stand up to subzero temps once you bring it outside?
When shopping for a winter coat, it's essential to keep your lifestyle and location in mind. Are you looking for a heavy-duty parka? Something stylish to keep you warm from the office to the train station? A full-on duffle coat for Arctic temperatures?
Regardless, winter coats are getting cooler by the second. It's certainly possible to both be warm and look hip at the exact same time. Not every option on this list will appeal to everyone's individual aesthetic, of course, but they will all keep you warm without much of a style sacrifice. And that's pretty important.
Here are the best women's winter coats you can buy:
- Best overall: The North Face Metropolis III Hooded Down Parka
- Best bargain coat: Orolay Women's Thickened Down Jacket
- Best wool coat: L.L. Bean Lambswool Polo Coat
- Best coat with a lifetime guarantee: Patagonia Down With It Parka
- Best professional coat: M.M. LaFleur Prospect Puffer
- Best winter parka: Fjällräven Singi Down Jacket
Updated on 10/9/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting. We'll continue to update this guide as we research and test new winter coats this season.
The best winter coat overall
The best affordable coat
The best wool winter coat
The best with lifetime guarantee
Tired of going coat shopping year after year? Patagonia's Down With It Parka could last you a lifetime.
On the surface, the Patagonia Down With It Parka is your average long puffer jacket. It has quilted fabric, a detachable hood, a zipper obscured by a front placket, and princess seaming along the waistline for definition.
There are a few details that make this jacket special, however. The outside is made of 100% recycled polyester. Inside, the jacket is stuffed with what the brand calls Traceable Down, which is "duck down traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure the birds that supply it are not force-fed or live-plucked," according to the company
Like all Patagonia outerwear, the Down With It Parka comes with an "Ironclad Guarantee" that allows you to have the coat replaced or repaired at any time. The coat is not waterproof, but the knee-length silhouette and roomy hood will give you plenty of cover from wind, rain, and snow.
The Patagonia Down With It Parka also comes in a shorter style if you prefer something trendier. — Erin Mayer
Pros: Recycled materials, detachable hood, lifetime guarantee
Cons: Not waterproof or packable
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The best beanies you can buy
The word "beanie" is kind of one of those catch-alls that encompasses a ton of different styles, from slouchy cuts to ultra-fitted ones with a variety of embellishments and fabric variations. The sheer number of options is overwhelming. After all, when you can buy a beanie anywhere, how do you narrow it down?
You could do a ton of research on the topic. Or you can read on for our top five favorite picks for men and women from around the Internet.
Here are the best beanies you can buy: