The Best Winter Coats to Wear On Your Commute

the best winter coats to wear on your commute

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Are you on the hunt for a new winter coat to wear on your commute to work? There are a TON of great options — and some crazy sales happening right now — so I thought we’d do a roundup. I’ve always advised here that wool coats are the more formal option and, in my humble opinion, often “look bettter” with conservative work attire — but I’ll be the first to note that down coats and puffer jackets have come a LONG way, and there are a ton of stylish options out there right now. (I know I’ve seen readers singing the praises of this particular coat.) Ladies, what do you look for in a winter coat — what are the most important qualities to you? Washability? Pockets? Hood? Warmth? Comfort? Do tell..

Here are some of our favorites out there right now…

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the best winter coats to wear on your commute - affordable

Uniqlo has a nice, classic-looking coat for a mere $ 79 on sale (down from $ 150). It’s available in four colors, but is only available in lucky sizes. Other really affordable options include an asymmetrical boiled wool blend coat for $ 129, with lots of sizes and colors left, and this hiiiighly rated walking coat for $ 150 in regular and petite sizes.

the best winter coats for your commute - stylish

Wrap coats are really in right now, and this gorgeous, sophisticated option from Cole Haan comes down to $ 199 right now. I love that there’s a working hood! You can find a ton of similar options out there right now, including this fun purple wrap coat from Tahari, an online-only option from Ann Taylor, a sleek option from Judith & Charles, and a reversible one from Talbots in regular, petite, and plus sizes. If down is your thing, I’ve seen a lot of readers singing the praises of this jacket from Cole Haan (available in regular and plus sizes in knee- and calf-lengths). 

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - babaton

I keep hearing great things about Babaton coats, sold at Aritzia — and they’re down to $ 175 right now, at least for the wool blend — the alpaca/wool blend is $ 275, and the wool/cashmere is down to $ 250 . We’ve pictured the wool blend, but 

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - stadium cloth

Stadium coats can be great if you don’t want a super fitted option — and I like all the pockets. J.Crew’s is very popular and highly rated (and on sale at Nordstrom and J.Crew, bringing it mostly under $ 200), but note that Everlane’s popular cocoon coat has a similar vibe. Talbots has a stadium coat in really nice rich jewel tones available now in regular, petite, plus, and plus-size petites (whoa, and for $ 135). If you like the neck coverage, this funnel neck coat from Ann Taylor is also nice.

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - ted baker

Ted Baker always makes some of the most stylish winter coats, and this printed chevron coat (with the brand’s signature rose-gold details) is gorgeous. (The Ted Baker wrap coat has been around for several seasons now — I love the collarless-look once it’s buttoned-up.) It was $ 615, but is now marked to $ 399. Other drool-worthy brands to be sure to check out if you want something really stylish: Mackage, Soia & Kyo, Trina Turk, and, on the more affordable side, Helene Berman. (Also keep an eye out for statement coats at stores like Anthropologie, The Outnet, Last Call, and more!)

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - the most elegant, luxurious option

If you’re looking for an elegant, luxurious option, it’s hard to go wrong with Fleurette — but they’re definitely pricey. The pictured coat is made from “plush Loro Piana wool” and available in multiple colors — and it’s marked from $ 1200 down to $ 800. There are lots of other Fleurette coats if you like this look and want a discount; also keep an eye out for brands like Cinzia Rocca and Brooks Brothers.  

Readers, which are your favorite winter coats? Are you on Team Wool or Team Down? Have you bought any great ones recently? 

Like this feature? Check out other recent installments! Curious for other roundups of winter coats? Here they are from 201720162013, and 2009.

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If you're hunting for the best winter coat to wear on your commute, boy have we got you covered: we did a big roundup of the best winter coats to wear to work in 2019 -- and TONS are on sale right now, including cashmere coats, alpaca coats, wool coats, stadium coats, wrap coats, blazer coats, and more!

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