by Jessica Pigza
Baby, it’s cold outside and that means it’s time to break out the winter coats from the back of the closet. As you’re going through your collection of coats I’m sure you, like many other Pretties, are wondering what coats deserve to stay and what coats should no longer take up precious closet space. For some, a coat is more than a fashion statement, it’s winter essential to keep you from freezing to death, literally. While for others it’s something you throw on to keep the chill away. No matter what category you fall into, there’s no reason why you can’t have it all.
As we’ve seen over the past few years trends have come and gone and come back again. But we must not forget the classics. They never go out of style but every so often have their moment in the spotlight. In short, you can never go wrong with a classic. Below I’m going to shed some light on a few winter coat trends as well as some classics that you can feel confident keeping in your closet year after year. Keep in mind many of these trends overlap and can turn a classic into a trend and vice versa. At the end of the day, I always say, if you love the way it looks and makes you feel then it’s a keeper.
Tip: You can’t go wrong choosing any of the below coats, classic or trend, in a bright color. This winter is full of vibrant color choices and it’s a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit!
If you’ve been hanging around GYPO or Outfit Formulas® for the past month then you know leather is very on-trend this winter. So why is this both a classic and a trend? Well, trench coats are also popular this winter but you won’t get as much longevity out of a leather trench coat as you would say a leather moto jacket.
This jacket screams cozy! Even though the actual term shearling refers to a lambskin and wool coat, the synthetic version is called sherpa. However the two names are pretty interchangeable, it would just be a faux shearling unless you are looking for the real thing. This type of jacket is like wrapping yourself in a big hug. It comes in many different forms as well. Some have only shearling accents around the cuffs or collars, while some have it on the inside of the jacket as well as out. Don’t forget the sherpa-lined denim and corduroy jackets too!
This is a tricky coat because oversized puffers are on-trend but do we really want to look like a marshmallow? It’s a fine balance between having the puffed look but in a more fitted and figure-flattering way. This is a perfect example of taking a trend and making it work for you. There are tons of jackets out there that follow the puff trend but won’t overwhelm you. With the new technology and materials available, jackets don’t need to be thick to be warm. Take the Patagonia Women’s Nano Puff® Jacket, while this is a puffer jacket, it’s not as bulky. I would totally consider this an investment piece but it’s one that will keep you warm and be current year after year.
Printed jackets are all the rage this winter. The most popular prints are plaid and leopard. Keep in mind that any printed jacket can cross over multiple coat categories such as a plaid puffer or a leopard faux fur. This is an item I wouldn’t break the bank over unless it’s a classic silhouette like a plaid peacoat. Even if it’s not ‘on-trend’ you won’t look out of style wearing it.
Love ’em or hate ’em the shirt jacket or the ‘shacket’ is the take-off trend of the winter. The shacket is a button-down shirt (sometimes with snaps instead of buttons) but way thicker than your typical button-down. This is perfect for the Pretties who don’t live in the extremely cold temps but still need that top layer. And for those who do need the extra warmth, a shacket makes the perfect mid-layer.
If you are in the market for something a bit more neutral then the camel color coat is just what you’re looking for. Camel can be seen in all the coat trends mentioned here and if you want something timeless, you can’t go wrong with a camel color peacoat or trench.
7. Faux Fur
It’s easy to get a faux fur jacket mixed up with a shearling jacket. It goes like this, all shearling jackets are fur, but not all fur is shearling. If that doesn’t help, typically shearling or sherpa is a lower pile while fur is typically fuller. If you don’t want to go for the all-over faux fur look, try a coat that has fur trim around the collar for added texture and detail.
8. Trench COat/Topper
I don’t know about you but when I think of a trench coat I think of springtime, a lightweight fabric that will help keep the April showers away. But after doing some more digging on this trend, it is indeed perfect for winter. The main defining factor of a trench coat is the length, which usually hits around the knees. The winter trench coat is also known as a topper coat and can come in many different forms, wool, like a peacoat, leather, as I mentioned above, or printed.
This coat is exactly what you would think it to be, quilted, however, it does have a modern twist. I didn’t think I would like this trend but after seeing a few examples it’s beginning to grow on me. It also comes in different lengths and thicknesses meaning you’re sure to find one that fits your climate.
This last trend will definitely push one outside their comfort zone but I would be remiss if I didn’t at least include it and let you decide for yourself. It’s the two-tone coat. In its most basic form, this coat looks like it’s two different coats sewed together right down the middle. The two-tone coat can be monochromatic or straight-up contrast. This is definitely one of those polarizing trends where you either love it or hate it and that’s okay.
Bonus: Ponchos & Capes
Ponchos and capes are making a huge comeback this winter. So if you have any laying in your closet now is the time to break them out! They are super easy to throw on and finish off any outfit. If it’s feeling too full and voluminous, add a belt to help balance out your proportions.