There’s a well-known saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. However, when the weather really is frightful outside, it can be hard to muster enthusiasm for going out. That’s why you’ll find the warmest winter coats for women below to keep you cozy even in extreme cold.
This article has some of the very best women’s coats for extremely cold temperatures, as well as what to look for when choosing a coat for very chilly weather.
Choosing the warmest winter coats for women
Depending on where you live and how cold it is, your priorities can vary when choosing a winter coat. It may be that the style of the coat is the most important factor to you. In that case, I’d definitely recommend taking at look at the best winter coats for women.
However, when you’re facing really cold weather, your coat definitely has to be practical as well as stylish. Below are some key considerations.
You’ll tend to find that down or insulated parkas are the warmest options for you. The good news is that not only are these coats warm, but they’re actually very on-trend right now.
Jona @the50plusgirl above chooses a puffer coat and elevates her look with designer accessories.
Things to think about when finding a coat for extreme temperatures
Down is often the warmest filling to choose because it creates little air pockets.
Long or short?
Shorter could give you greater freedom of movement, but longer will keep you warmer.
Warm coats for women: Making them flattering
Some of the warmest jackets to choose are not always the most flattering, because they tend to be quilted or puffer styles. This can make you look bigger than you actually are.
However, by keeping the rest of your outfit in balance you can make sure you still create a pleasing silhouette. If you’re worried about adding unwanted bulk, you could also look for styles that nip in at the waist or which have a belt.
Jas @thefashionstylefile above chooses a beige style that nips in at the waist.
Warmest winter coats for women
Now that you’re thinking about what might work for you, let’s take a look at some of the most recommended and some of the warmest winter coats for women in stores. You’ll find the best women’s winter coats for extreme cold below.
The Parajumpers coat (below) is a good option for cold weather as it comes just below your knees (depending on how tall you are, of course), and features a down fill as well as ripstop nylon to keep the water and wind out.
The North Face
The North Face is another well-known cold weather brand to consider. If you’re choosing a down jacket, one thing to consider is the down fill number which usually ranges from around 500 to 900. The higher the down fill, the warmer the coat should be.
The North Face jacket (below) has a 550 fill, making it a warm choice without adding too much extra bulk.
A down-fill isn’t the only choice when looking for extra warmth. The Colombia Suttle jacket (below) is 100% polyester. But, it still manages to pack a punch when it comes to keeping you cozy as a result of its heat reflective lining.
Reviewers say it is warm, yet lightweight. You may want to size up though as some reviews say it runs small.
If you want one coat, but you want to get two different looks, you could look out for a reversible jacket like the Pendleton option (below). It is down filled and comes with a packable bag if you want to take it out with you during changeable weather.
Well known for its country wear, Barbour is a great choice for warm coats for winter walks. The quilted coat (below) has a drawstring so you can define your waist, and there’s detachable faux fur at the hood for extra warmth.
The Ralph Lauren jacket (below) has a fleece lining and cozy faux fur hood.
Bernardo is a good option for quilted coats as well as moto jackets and wool styles. If it’s not super cold where you are, you might want to think about wearing a sweater with a long vest over the top.
save the duck
If you prefer an alternative to down, then Save the Duck is a good brand to look out for. It’s long to keep you cozy, and it has a water-repellent finish.
As you might expect from a coat which takes its name from the Alpine region, the vegan down jacket below is well reviewed for its warmth. It comes in black, grape or a bright red and is designed to trap heat inside while keeping cold out.
A colorful choice with good fill power, the Cotopaxi jacket (below) is a good choice if you prefer a shorter jacket for freedom of movement. Perfect if you like winter hikes.
Zella is a great choice for exercise wear (you’ll find zella leggings among the choices in our article about wearing leggings over 40), and also does a good range of warm coats to wear while out and about. The snow puffer coat (below) has a removable hood.
For a classic winter coat style that won’t date, the Superdry jacket (below) in an olive color with a faux fur trim fits the bill. It also comes in black or red and features warm insulation along with pockets to keep your hands toasty.
With 700 down fill, the long hooded Sanctuary coat (below) will keep you cozy in chillier weather.
Karl Lagerfield with faux fur trim
Winter is always a good time to play around with different textures and colors to those you would wear in the summer. You could always add some metallics to your warm winter coat with the Karl Largerfield coat (below). It features an interior vest for extra warmth.
Cole Haan with bib insert
The bib insert in this Cole Haan down coat gives an extra layer of coziness, even if you don’t have your coat fully zipped up. Plus, the asymmetric zip adds interest.
Sam Edelman coat
The Sam Edelman puffer jacket (below) would look great with your jeans, sweater and boots for casual days.
If you’re looking for a high-fill jacket, then L.L. Bean’s jacket (below) has a 650 down fill, so it should be ultra warm.
Everlane long puffer
For casual basics, Everlane is one of my favorite brands to try. The long puffer below has oversized pockets to give it a designer feel, as well as a hidden cinch so you can draw the waist in for a more flattering fit.
Reviewers say it is high quality and warm. It is designed to be oversized, so depending on how you like your fit, you may want to size down.
The Orolay thickened jacket is so popular, it even has it’s own fan-based social media accounts. I can see why. It does look like a designer jacket, but at a fraction of the price.
Reviewers say they bought it because they wanted something a little different to the norm. One said she was now looking forward to winter as she’d never had a coat that kept her this warm.
If you’ll be taking part in winter sports this year, or you know that the wind chill factor is usually an issue for you, then the Wantdo jacket (below) could be a good choice. It has a fleecy lining and a waterproof snow skirt to stop rain or snow from getting into your pants!
Quilted winter puffer
Plush lined and with a hood that zips off so you can change the look of the coat, the Sportoli puffer coat (below) comes in a choice of neutral shades. Reviewers describe it as soft inside and toasty warm.
Another option with a zip off hood is the Marmot Montreal jacket (below) which has a 700 down fill so it should keep you warm when the temperatures fall. Reviewers say it kept them warm even in temperatures which dipped down to -15c. Most said it runs small though so it may be best to size up.
Adaline @sdmomstyles above chooses a puffer jacket with warm shearling boots.
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above chooses a padded coat in a beautiful shade of cobalt blue.
Josephine @chicatanyage above wears her long, green coat with a bright, print scarf.
What are your own recommendations for the warmest winter coats for women? Do you have a favorite brand?
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