If you’re looking for the one wardrobe hero that can truly finish off a fall or winter outfit, it’s time to upgrade your outerwear rotation. Having been in Minnesota for years now, I think it’s safe to say that your outer layer is the most crucial element of every look. And since it bears the most importance, you’ll want options that make the highest impact. I’ve covered the key styles every woman should own before, so I thought I’d take it up a notch and break down the exciting new comers that matter most this year. Whether you’re looking for something edgy and cozy or long and sleek, you’ll find the best coat trends of the season below.
I’ve always been a fan of aviator jackets and was admittedly disappointed when the coat style got pushed to the back burner these past two years. But thanks to designers, like Khaite and Stand Studio among others, it’s resurfaced and looking better than ever. Use it to add a cool-girl edge to your daily looks and take advantage of the plush collar to keep you warm.
AllSaints Balfern Leather Jacket (better for budget here) |Tom Ford Black Bra Tank Top (wearing an XS) | Club Monaco White Pleated Skirt (wearing an XXS, similar here) | Tom Ford Padlock Pointy Heeled Sandals | Louis Vuitton Coussin PM Bag | Celine Edge Sunglasses (similar here, better for budget here)
Leather is taking shapes in all form, giving you plenty of choices when leaning into the trend. I’m talking everything from trench coats to bikercore jackets to oversized blazers. Take your pick and use it to toughen up a look – or to balance out ultra feminine pieces, like I did with the pleated skirt above.
Anine Bing Houndstooth Blazer (also here) | Bloomingdale’s Ribbed Knit Hoodie | Commando Faux Leather Leggings | Nike Daybreak Sneakers | Similar Gucci Velvet Bag (also here) | Saint Laurent Sunglasses (better for budget here)
Houndstooth has been my latest obsession for the past year – and thanks to brands like Mango and H&M, it’s accessible to everyone now! I just love how the chic heritage print brings a dose of polish to every outfit whether you’re dressed in loungewear or a fancy dress. It’s my current go-to over everything – literally.
Karen Millen Faux Fur Trim Coat (exact style sold out, similar here) | Karen Millen Cardigan Dress (exact style sold out, similar here) | Paris Texas Boots (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Boucle Bag | Fendi Sunglasses
For the most statement-making effect, you’ll want to embrace the faux fur trim coat. It’s the one style to wear when you want to dial up an evening or date night look – or if you want an ensemble that commands attention.
Shearling and sherpa textures have been a growing trend for some time now, and I’ve worn several variations of sherpa jackets last year. However, it’s gone to a whole new level. The cozy fabric is plastered across the every outerwear silhouette you can imagine. Although it’s certainly worthy of splurging on, there are plenty of faux iterations for any budget.