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.
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.
Jona (above) wears a filled jacket for her winter walk.
Long or short?
Shorter could give you greater freedom of movement, but longer will keep you warmer.
Tina (above) opts for a long, blue puffer jacket that covers her hips, and styles with a matching scarf and sneakers.
Morgan (above) adds extra warmth with her quilted vest in an outfit perfect for transitional weather.
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.
Victoria (above) chooses a slim-line puffer jacket and wears with her leggings.
Meanwhile, Abi (above) keeps her pants slim-line and tucks her sweater in to emphasize her 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.
Patagonia featherweight down jacket
Patagonia is one of the best brands to look out for when choosing cold weather gear. The down jacket (below) is lightweight and water repellent, making it ideal for outdoor exercise or just heading out to run a few errands. Reviewers say it keeps them warm while still allowing them to move around.
Ralph Lauren coat
If you want the warmth of a padded coat but are worried it may not be flattering for your figure, a good option is to look out for a style with a belt like the Ralph Lauren diamond quilted coat (below).
Warmest coats for women: The North Face 700 Fill
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 700 fill, making it a warm choice without adding too much extra bulk.
The North Face waterproof
If you would like another option rather than a quilted style, you could also choose a streamlined waterproof option such as the The North Face waterproof (below). It still has 550-fill-power insulation so is warm, but it’s waterproof rather than water repellent so it should be more effective at keeping out the rain.
Colombia Mighty Lite
A down-fill isn’t the only choice when looking for extra warmth. The Colombia Mighty Lite 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.
The Orolay women’s winter coat 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 which kept her this warm.
Wantdo waterproof and windproof
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 waterproof and windproof jacket (below) could be a good choice. It has fleecy lining and a waterproof snow skirt to stop rain or snow from getting into your pants!
Bernado is a good option for quilted coats as well as moto jackets and wool styles. The packable coat (below) nips in at the waist for a flattering fit.
L.L.Bean short jacket
If you’re looking for a high-fill jacket, then L.L. Bean’s short jacket (below) has an 850 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.
Karl Lagerfield with faux fur trim
Winter is always a good time to play around with different textures to those you would wear in the summer. You could always add a touch of faux fur to your warm winter coat such as the fur around the hood of this Karl Largerfield coat (below).
The triangular shapes of the pocket give the illusion of the waist nipping in, creating a flattering effect.
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 tailored waist adds definition and means it is figure flattering.
Sam Edelman coat
Rather than fur, you could think about shearling to add warmth. The Sam Edelman puffer coat (below) would look great with your jeans, sweater and boots for casual days.
As you might expect from a coat which takes its name from the Alpine region, the mid-length 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.
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.
If you’re looking for a long parka that comes down to your knees then the Pendleton Vancouver coat (below) could be the one for you. One reviewer described it as one of her best buys ever.
Gray wool coat
If you want extra warmth but you want a different style to a quilted coat or puffer, then the single-breasted wool coat below features a down fill with classic styling.
Velvet down fill jacket
Another different option for you. While the coat below is a quilted style, the Blanc Noir coat (below) features a velvet texture and faux fur trim.
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