Winter is coming. Ned Stark warned everyone about it wayyyy back when the show was good. But unlike the rest of Westeros, let’s all heed the advice of the Lord of Winterfell and prepare in advance. That’s right, we are gearing up for the snowfall, bitter breezes, and all-around chill that the season is known for. And the best way to combat the elements effectively is, of course, with a winter coat.
Don’t confuse it with a playful fall jacket or bomber. No, the best winter coats are heavy-duty, incredibly insulating, and, last but certainly not least, look damn good. And guess what? It ain’t all “Canada Goose this” and “Canada Goose that”—though, the brand makes one mighty fine parka. There are puffers from Moncler, Heron Preston, and The North Face. Woolrich and Uniqlo have element-blocking anoraks. And Wales Bonner and Tommy Hilfiger have pretty sleek wool options. There’s a slew of toppers, all at different price points, that will protect you from wind, snow, sleet, and all sorts of nasty weather. Just take your pick and bundle up.
Another piece of advice: It’s best cop these coats soon, because once the season is here, getting your hands on these bad boys will definitely be a game of thrones.
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Longline Faux Shearling Jacket
A cross between a topcoat, a bomber, and a shearling, this Topman longline jacket effectively has three types of cold-weather coats in one. And at this price, it’s basically a steal.
Ultra Warm Down Coat
$179.90 $99.90 (44% off)
The Japanese mega-retailer reduced the weight of its polyester by 15 percent to make its down jackets as light as possible—all without compromising on comfort or durability. Its water-repellent winter coat packs in a whole lot of style for not a whole lot of coin.
Wool Melton Walking Coat
The reviews for this Tommy Hilfiger coat are as good as it gets. From the warm, durable wool-blend material to the detachable scarf and price point, it’s getting all the gold stars.
Synthetic-Fill Windrunner Jacket
Nike’s cold-weather jacket was designed with your morning commute in mind. It’s made to repel all the gusts that come your way (just check out the name). But even if you’re no longer trekking across sprawling urban tundras to get to your 9-to-5, this topper will keep you red-hot in more ways than one.
Rockfall Down Parka
A water-resistant exterior and 550-fill power down are just part of the story with this Columbia jacket. The lining uses the brand’s proprietary Omni-Heat technology, which reflects back body heat to keep you extra warm in cold conditions.
ReNew Long Parka
Everlane’s ReNew parka delivers on two fronts. Firstly, it’s incredibly eco-conscious. The recycled polyester fabric is made from 55 renewed plastic bottles. Secondly, it’s warm as fuck. The boxy fit is filled with Primaloft insulation that’ll keep you cozy on intensely frigid days.
Yes, utility may be in the name of this J.Crew Kinloch cloth jacket, but when you factor in the details—from the corozo buttons and corduroy collar to the tartan lining and three flap pockets—dashing should definitely be included.
1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
Aside from being the go-to puffer for kids of the ’90s, The North Face’s Nuptse jacket has a lot to offer. The 700-fill goose down is certified to the Responsible Down Standard, and ranked among the warmest insulation the brand provides. And while it’s not entirely wind and waterproof, the Nuptse will keep you guarded from the elements on blustery days.
Tres 3-in-1 Parka
If you need something to shield you from the wind and cold on your way to wherever the hell you’re going, Patagonia has you covered. The brand’s sleek, waterproof parka looks and feels refined, but its bonded construction and removable, insulated liner ensure you’ll stay warm and dry in winter weather. Plus, you can wear both pieces together, or each separately for a true 3-in-1 system.
Slim-Fit Flex Jacket
The maker of some of most durable, first-class luggage also offers a coat with the same qualities. From the detachable hood and knit cuffs to the party of pronounced pockets, this is the kind of topper for jet-setters.
Hooded Padded Coat
Martine Rose’s down-filled coat takes all the functionality you want in a winter coat—from the concealed button fastening to the heavy padding—and blends it with an old-school, military-inspired feel. If you’re looking for something that’ll still be in style years from now, this is it.
With almost two centuries in the biz, Woolrich is as classic as it gets. And the brand’s sleek Arctic anorak—with its hand-warmer pockets, detachable fur trim, and rib-knit storm cuffs—will keep you warm and dry for many, many years to come.
Herno’s waist-length puffer is filled with lightweight goose down, so you can be sure it’ll protect you from wind, water, and whatever else it encounters this winter while maintaining its breathability. Throw in concealed fastenings and a muted black colorway and you’ve got a super-sleek, super-functional winter coat.
Arc’teryx’s area of expertise is the great outdoors, so it should come as no surprise that its 750-fill power down parka is fully kitted out to handle whatever the elements throw at it with ease, Gore-Tex exterior and all. Extra impressive: the brand’s signature Down Composite Mapping, which helps to deliver insulation in the areas that need it most.
Padded Hooded Coat
Parajumpers’ polar puffer is designed for severe weather, so it’s packed with technical details that’ll keep you warm and safe whether you’re trekking through the tundra or just on your way to the bodega down the block. Down insulation shields your body from the worst of the wind and rain, and a distinctive high-neck design leaves as little exposed to the elements as possible.
Logo-Print Hooded Padded-Shell Jacket
Just take a look at the adjustable velcro straps, drawcord hem, bulbous panels, and, lest we forget, the bib on this eye-catching puffer from A-Cold-Wall*. It’s essentially the coat of future that can be worn today.
Oliver Reversible Puffer Jacket
Breathable, windproof, and water-resistant, the premium three-ply micro denier exterior is built to combat the worst of it. It’s also machine washable, in case you encounter stains and don’t have time to go to the dry cleaner. But if you’re in pinch, it’s also completely reversible.
Label Nylon Puffer Jacket
Heron Preston likes things heavy-duty. Indeed, his recent collection was inspired by the garb of construction workers, which is made clear with the orange logo (a signature of his) and patch details on this streamlined puffer.
Logo-Appliquéd Garment-Dyed Quilted Nylon Down Hooded Jacket
Stone Island has built its cult-like following in no small part thanks to the brand’s mastery of materials. In this case, that means a durable nylon shell that’s been treated to look intentionally lived-in (while still being rugged enough for a lot more living), driven home by the iconic compass fabric badge on the left sleeve.
Citadel Fusion Fit Parka
Before Canada Goose became the brand of choice for style-conscious urban-dwellers, you could find it on arctic explorers and film crews working in seriously unpleasant conditions. There’s a reason for that: The company’s down-filled coats are both tough and insulating. And even if you’re not venturing into the unknown, the 625-fill power down on this Citadel parka is enough to keep you warm all winter.
Moncler is damn-near synonymous with high-end ski style, and for good reason. The label knows how to keep you insulated, sure, but it also knows how to make sure you look great as you make your way down the slopes or down the street.
Twist-Zip Logo Puffer Jacket
Off-White’s Vigil Abloh is known for taking tried-and-true styles and giving them a slight refresh. Evidence: This puffer comes in classic silhouette, but features a sinuous zipper that gives a whole new meaning to twist and shout.
Contrast Piped-Trim Detail Jacket
The upstart British designer brings her penchant for wood-block prints to a heavily insulated, waist-length neon yellow coat that celebrates her Iranian heritage while keeping its wearer toasty all winter long.
Brixton Wool-Blend & Leather Jacket
A collegiate-style wool-and-cashmere coat with Caribbean influences? Wales Bonner continuously offers the right ingredients that are a feast for the eyes.
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