Let’s face it, other than Christmas, winter doesn’t offer much for us to look forward to, right? Wrong.

As glorious as a British summer sun can be, winter is undoubtedly the best time for dressing up and really investing in our wardrobes.

One of the best investments you can make is a fantastic winter coat. It is a great way to express yourself and stand out from the crowd while also keeping yourself cosy from the bitter winds.

A good winter coat isn’t a random purchase, it’s an absolute wardrobe essential, not only are they a style must-have, but they are also one of the most practical items of clothing out there.

As the days are getting colder and shorter and summer is drawing to an end, now is the time to start looking for a trusty companion to keep us safe and dry through the misery of a British winter.

When you’re trying to look for good quality winter coats, it can be very difficult to choose which is right for you, especially with the abundance of stylish warm winter coats on the market these days.

With that in mind, we’ve put together our pick for the best women’s winter coats of 2017, to help you look and feel your best while you wait for better days.

Best Duffle Coats

Women's Navy Duffle Coat

The Duffle coat is as proud and hard-wearing as its military background suggests, and is definitely a British heritage icon.

Thought by many to be the best women’s thick winter coat, the Duffle is often mistakenly presumed to originate from the Belgian town of Duffel, which is famous for making a cloth of the same name, but the Duffle coat has various different traceable origins.

What we do know is that, much like the peacoat, these beautiful winter coats were a firm favourite of the British Navy thanks to their hard-wearing nature and ability to keep out even the most bitter of winds.

One of the most interesting features of the Duffle coat is the hood, a rare but flattering find on women’s smart winter coats.

This one is waterproof, making it perfect for protecting you and keeping you insulated from the wet winter weather.

This is why the Duffle is often seen as one of the best ladies’ winter coats.

This classic British wool coat is ridiculously versatile and will work with most of your casual outfits.

It is flattering but has a slightly looser fit, making it perfect for layering over a chunky sweater - the way that it used to be worn in the navy.

When it comes to picking a colour, you can’t go wrong with a basic grey, navy or black, although camel is a popular choice and looks great when styling with a variety of outfits.

When buying this cool womens’ coat, it would be better to stay away from synthetic fabrics and we recommend going for natural fibres such as wool or Loden.

These are the most breathable but also the most durable, making them well worth your money.

Best Overcoats

Women's Camel Overcoat

When you’re choosing from a range of ideal womens smart winter coats to get you through the winter months, you can’t go wrong with a classic women’s overcoat.

Simple, stylish and forever in vogue, the overcoat is a wardrobe essential for any woman and is a classic style piece, meaning you should invest in quality that will last you many a winter.

An overcoat can be quite a bold statement, and your choice should reflect a bit about you, so bear this in mind when buying your winter overcoat.

What should you be considering then? Are you a young professional in a city, dressing well to make a great impression? If so then something more classic and formal would probably be the best way to go.

This doesn’t mean you have to avoid stylish winter coats altogether, but you should steer clear of anything too fashion forward.

On the other hand, you might work in a creative field, in which your ability to express yourself is vital to your job.

If this is the case, then it makes more sense that you consider more fashionable winter coats, to show that you’re aware of the current trends in women’s coat styles.

Another very versatile piece, these long coats for women lend instant sophistication to any smart outfit but are equally at home when worn with jeans or casual trousers.

Best Casual Coats

Women's Casual Jacket

When looking for the most stylish warm winter coats, a good casual jacket is an absolute essential to keep out the cold. Come rain or shine, you’re still going to need to look your best over the winter, so investing in a coat that is both chic and practical is a must.

It might be that you are looking for something on the smarter end of casual, that can transition from office to weekend if needs be. Casual winter coats come in an array of different styles, so there are plenty of options to choose from.

Equally, it’s best to opt for something that will work well with the clothes that you already have, so that you can incorporate it into your wardrobe without having to buy new clothes to go with it.

With plenty of casual styles of coats to choose from, we suggest going for something classic, even if it is not necessarily the warmest coat.

This is because it won’t go out of style and will be of a decent enough quality to last you a good number of years.
So give yourself something to look forward to, go out and invest in a coat that will keep you looking your stylish best on the outside and warm and happy on the inside.