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The Best Winter Coats You Can Buy In 2019 – Your Guide To The Warmest Outerwear

Friday, 22nd November, 2019

The Best Winter Coats You Can Buy This Season

UPDATED FOR 2019

It’s that time of the year again! It’s getting very cold, and you need a winter coat.

If you’re looking for a new coat to wear outdoors in the British winter, you’ll want to make a good investment. The UK may not be the coldest place in the world, but knowing that doesn’t warm you up on a cold winter night.

It’s all about getting the right coat to last. You’ll be able to wear this throughout the year, from October until March, and who knows, maybe longer. Getting the right coat can also last you years, so making the right investment can pay off in the long run.

With that said, investing in a good jacket is not only worth it because you’ll be getting much better quality which will be noticeable when you wear it, as well as it lasting longer than a cheap and cheerful coat.

My winter coat and jacket collection has grown over the past few years, and I have quite a few of the bases covered with quite the selection, including my Pull and Bear Parka, Barbour Chelsea Quilted Jacket, Adrian Hammond padded jacket and of course the daddy of them all, my Canada Goose.

The Best Winter Coats And Warmest You Can Buy This Year

Here are the best winter coats and jackets you can buy this year. All budgets are covered, and here you’ll find the warmest outerwear you’ll find for the cold season we’re in.

Quilted Jackets For Winter

Winter Coat Guide - Quilted Jackets

Quilted Jackets

Quilted jackets usually have a diamond or squared pattern to them, and they are usually quite light, made of polyester and will keep you warm enough providing it’s not super freezing cold and your other layers under your coat are substantial enough.

Be careful when buying a quilted jacket, as you can get some paper-thin ones which are usually at the cheaper end of the market.

Unfortunately it can be hard to tell by simply looking, so I would advise going and trying out a couple of brands in a store to check out the quality and see what you get for your money.

Out of all the jacket types they are not the warmest, but they probably are the smartest, stylish and most versatile.

The biggest plus point about a quilted jacket for the winter is that they are smart. You can wear them to work, out to lunch, around the city or on a night out. A good stylish quilted jacket will never look out of place.

Layer a quilted jacket with a jumper or knitwear and you’ll be set for a cold day or evening.

The Best Quilted Jackets

Barbour Powell Quilted Jacket

I have picked out the Barbour Powell quilted jacket as one to go for. It’s a sleek minimal design, which can be styled with almost anything. Plenty of pockets for storage, and the funnel style neck will keep you warm.

This comes in at £159 here.

Gant Windcheater Coat For Winter

Another option could be this, the GANT quilted windcheater. It’s a lighter jacket and slightly shorter at bomber length. It looks a little more casual than the Barbour, with it’s exposed zip. If you’re looking to layer up with a few layers, this outerwear would make a nice final layer, and shouldn’t cause you to overheat.

£190 here.

 

Parka Coats For This Winter

Premium Brand Parka Coats For Winter

Parkas

For me, the best choice of a winter coat is a good parka. They are some of the warmest jackets you can wear in the winter, and are really easy to wear.

Parkas are usually that little bit longer and can come with faux-fur (or in some cases real fur) hoods. They are good for the winter, and stand up to cold, harsh weather well.

Typically they’re waterproof or resistant, so whether you’re faced with snow, rain, wind or all three, you should be in good shape with a parka.

There are some really expensive options at the higher end of the market, with some more reasonable priced offerings at the other end.

Brands like The North Face, Canada Goose and Woolrich offer protection against the coldest weather and have really strong brand qualities.

The Best Parka Jackets For Winter

Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Jacket

I have to start with probably the best. I own one, and the Chilliwack bomber jacket from Canada Goose is one of the best. If you’re looking to spend a lot of money and want something which will last you for a long time, this is the one.

It’s heavy, thick and will keep you warm in virtually any conditions. Very practical, a coyote fur hood and plenty of pockets. They are expensive, and it comes in at £775 here.

The North Face McMurdo for Winter

The North Face is another reputable brand for offering very good winter coats which will keep you warm. The McMurdo jacket is waterproof and filled with down to keep you warm in the coldest temperatures. A good choice if you want to spend £320. You can get it here.

French Connection Parka Coat

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money but still need a parka for the winter this year, I’ve found this option from French Connection. At only £40 you can’t grumble. It comes with a faux fur hood, and all the practicality you’d expect to find in a parka. Get it for £40 here.

Padded Jackets For Winter

This Year's Puffer Jackets For Winter

Padded & Puffer Jackets

Padded jackets, puffer, down filled, whatever the term you use to describe them, padded jackets are quite a popular choice for a winter jacket. They’re light, often made of nylon & waterproof and come in bomber, mid or longer lengths.

One of their big selling points is that there is a wide range available in terms of price, as well as an abundance of different styles and colours. You can get super light weight bomber lengths from the high street brands, or get something more substantial from luxe-fashion labels.

There’s a large choice in padded jackets. The advice would be, as with quilted jackets, to test drive a few before you buy. Usually with a padded jacket you get what you pay for, and of course getting a higher end label will result in a higher price tag, but not necessarily better at keeping you warm.

Lyle And Scott Wadded Jacket

This padded jacket comes from Lyle and Scott, and is called their wadded jacket. It comes with a padded all round design, and hood to keep you dry from that winter rain. A very clean minimal look, and navy blue in colour will make this one timeless.

It’s £150 at Lyle & Scott here.

Tommy Hilfiger Washed Cotton jacket

The Tommy Hilfiger washed jacket comes in a few different colours, and I’ve picked it out in blue. It has a washed cotton finish, and is a padded style which should keep you warm.

£160 here.

Uniqlo Padded Jacket For Winter

If you prefer a long coat, this puffer from Uniqlo is going to do the job. Reasonably priced at you’d expect from Uniqlo, it’s a long puffer jacket which is knee length. The seamless down comes in 3 colours, I’ve picked out black.

£160 here.

Waxed Coats From Barbour For Winter

Waxed Jackets

Waxed jackets are made from waxed cotton which is water resistant, and were originally made for outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and shooting. They’ve recently became popular in modern mainstream fashion, and when you think of Waxed jackets, Barbour is the brand that is synonymous with the style.

They now have a wide range of styles available, including a collection inspired by Steve McQueen. One of the best aspects of the Barbour waxed jackets is that they are still made locally, near my neck of the woods, in South Shields.

Technical Jacket

What is a technical jacket?

It’s just a way of saying a jacket which is made for everything. That means it needs to be waterproof, with the key aspect of this style being function. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the style, with plenty of good options out there.

If you’re battling the elements, a technical jacket is a good choice. That means that technically, a lot of jackets could be called technical jackets! However usually when we talk about them, they are lighter, are made for all types of weather, and comes with a few key details.

A drawstring hood is one of those details, as well as plenty of pockets, zips and other practical niceties.

Napapijri Technical jacket tribe

The Napapijri jacket above is the perfect technical jacket. It comes with a drawstring hood, as well as drawstring mid and lower sections, ensuring that you’re protected from the rain and other elements.

You can get this one for £186 at the moment here.

Overcoats

If you’re looking for a coat which is smart, an overcoat is the one you can pick. The camel coat is one which has regained popularity over the past couple of years, with plenty of other staple colours such as navy, grey and black being options too.

If you’re layering up, an overcoat or top coat as they’re also known, can go over a blazer or suit jacket, giving you that extra layer of protection. They’re not as warm as a parka or others above, but when you want something more formal, this is the coat to go for.

Massimo Dutti Overcoat In Navy

I can of course recommend my Massimo Dutti overcoat. It’s navy in colour which is a staple and will be stylish forever. It’s still available at £229 here. You can read my thoughts on the coat here.

If you’re wearing a suit on New Years Eve, this will be the perfect outer layer which you can take off once you’re indoors.

Pea Coat

Like the overcoat style but want something shorter? You’ll want a pea coat.

The pea coat is a similar style of an overcoat, but it’s a bomber length jacket. They’re usually a double breast style of jacket, a lot of the time with one row of the buttons being faux.

Perfect to wear on a night out, put this on to give your overall look a bit more formal style.

Dark grey Pea Coat from H&M

I’ve picked out this H&M pea coat in grey. It’s sleek and simple, and doesn’t cost the earth. If you’re going to buy one rugged jacket for every day wear, this would be perfect to wear on occasions when you want to look this bit smarter while keeping warm.

£70 here.

Shearling Jacket

When I think of a shearling jacket, only one man springs to mind…John Motson. Well known for wearing a shearling coat when the temperatures plummet, Motty’s jacket became his trademark commentating on football in the Winter.

If you’re just the average guy, like me, then this could be a hard jacket to pull off, but it’s going to be one which will make you stand out, and can really look the part.

There’s two roads you can go down with this one, the affordable and the expensive. The affordable shearling coats will be made from polyester, or other man made materials. The luxury shearling coats will be made from leather and sheepskin.

Your choice will come down to your budget. You should always think about the cost per wear. If it’s a jacket you’ll wear for years, it’s worth an investment. If it’s a trend choice, it won’t be.

Topman Shearling Jacket

You can pick up this affordable option from Topman. At £95 it’s easily affordable as a Winter coat for almost anyone. Grab it here while you can.

Expensive options run into the hundreds, and even thousands, depending on the brand and style.

Trench Coat

A trench coat is usually a long coat not associated with a full on Winter coat. It’s a coat which has a lot of history, and is usually seen as a smart style of jacket, which could be considered for wearing with smarter clothing.

The traditional trademarks of this jacket is a mid to knee length, double breasted jacket with a fold down collar, and accompanied by a belt. It’s most important feature is that it’s water resistant, which is one of it’s core design features.

Burberry Trench Coat

The most famous of all trench coats is the Burberry, and it’s their signature piece. If you’re looking to make an investment, this is the one to go for. You can get the Chelsea Heritage coat for £1,490 at Burberry here.

Zara Trench Coat

If you don’t have serious coin to drop on a Burberry original, there’s plenty of high street options. That includes this one above, from Zara. It’s a similar style, in the camel beige colour but this one will only set you back £129. You can get it here.

The Canada Goose Is Hands Down The Best – Buy One!

I would love to advise you to go out and spend over £600 on a Canada Goose jacket, but things are not that simple. In my opinion if you need a coat for a harsh winter there is simply no better than a Canada Goose.

I got a Chilliwack Parka a few years ago, and it was a godsend for 2 bad winters we had. It does come with a few problems in the UK though. For example, last winter was so mild I never actually wore it! They are amazing for harsh weather, and if it’s freezing cold, if there’s wind chill, or if it’s snowing, then wearing one will keep you toasty.

However if it’s a mild winter and not really sub-zero temperatures, you’ll literally be sweating in one; They are not really designed for mildly-cold winters. There’s the price too, at around £700 it is rather expensive.

Final Word

Whatever style of jacket you go for make sure you buy a good one which will last you for the entire winter, and hopefully many more to come. Go for a timeless colour, I recommend something dark such as dark blues, greys and black, these colours never go out of style.

If you can afford it I would advise getting a smart jacket for more formal occasions and times where you need to look a bit more sharp, and another for the really cold winter mornings going to work, and the more general cold conditions where keeping warm slightly overshadows looking super smart.

My picks would be a quilted jacket and a parka. Layering up is always a good idea, so remember to have a read of my men’s Autumn/Winter knitwear guide and get yourself a warm, smart jumper or cardigan to pair with your Winter coat of choice.


Michael Adams

About Michael

Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

  1. jamie Saunders Said,

    Nice photographs, thank you for sharing. I just realized that I like the jackets with more than one color better than the ones in which a single color is used. So, first one on the list is the one I liked from these.

    posted on Saturday 21st January, 2017 at 11:07
  2. Michael Said,

    Hi Jamie, glad you like it 🙂

    posted on Saturday 21st January, 2017 at 14:09
  3. bio Said,

    I am not familiar with winter wears for cold regions. Your articles are really helpful. Thank you

    posted on Monday 14th January, 2019 at 12:00
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