In fact, we'd argue it's one of the benefits of the winter months. The right coat can elevate any outfit and make you feel snug as a bug, even if you'd rather still be in bed with the electric blanket on.
Whether you're after a classic trench or going for something more on-trend like vegan leather, investing in a good winter coat is crucial. The hardest part is deciding which coat to splurge your hard-earned dollars on. Are you feeling a caramel colour à la Sienna Miller in Anatomy of a Scandal? Or going for something more classic, perhaps along the lines of Catherine Deneuve's double breasted jackets in Belle du Jour.
We've rounded out the best winter coat options to buy now — and while a coat will be one of the pricier items in your wardrobe, we've also found a few budget-friendly options. Style and savings? Win-win.
Porta Nuova Trench Coat, $695, from Aje
For something super on trend, you can't go past a brown (artificial) leather coat - like this one from Aussie label Aje. It's an oversized take on the classic double breasted silhouette, and has the signature Age metal tips on the collar. Adore.
Max Mara Manuela Belted Coat, $4,135, from Harrods
If you, like us, watched Anatomy of a Scandal lusting over every one of Sienna Miller's coats, then good news: you can literally buy her exact coat. (It's also a fave of Meghan Markle.) At more than $4,000, it's one of the most expensive coats in this list, but it's a classic colour that will serve you season after season. (Want something a little more affordable? Try this Max Mara belted wrap coat for $1,925 instead.)
C&M Camilla and Marc coat, $650, from THE ICONIC
Long-line coats add an extra oomph to any outfit, and this black trench from Camilla & Marc (made from 100% recycled nylon) more than delivers. At $650, it's definitely one of the more affordable coats available this winter, without sacrificing on quality.
Kamille Coat Signs Jacquard, $389.95 (on sale for $195), from ksubi
For something that makes a statement, you can't go past this jacket from Ksubi. It falls right on the top of your thigh, making it super flattering for tall people particularly (and fashionably oversized for shorter people).
Edwin Trench, $460, from SIR.
This relaxed fit trench from beloved Australian label SIR is the antidote to the all-black winter uniform. It can be cinched in at the waist or left open for a relaxed vibe.
Theory Blocktech Coat, $199.90, from UNIQLO
UNIQLO knows what it does well, and does it consistently. Case in point: elevated basics, like this blocktrench coat. As well as keeping you warm it also repels rain, which might come in useful as we head into a few more months of La Niña weather.
Assembly Label double breasted wool coat, $250, from David Jones
For a more budget-friendly coat option, this double breasted, 100% wool coat from Assembly Label is right on the money. Definitely one to throw over any outfit when a jacket just won't cut it.
Thornton Coat, $1,600, from R.M. Williams
R.M. Williams is the type of brand you invest in once, and then wear it for life. Would this loose fit sheerling coat work for rural weekenders? Look, probably, it's R.M. after all. But it's also a vibe for concrete cowboys who wish they had a farm to escape to every other weekend.
Quilted Puffer Coat, $599, from Oroton
Puffer coats have been in season after season, and don't seem to be going anywhere soon. Want a non-black option? Try this creamy number from iconic label Oroton.
Call Me Cruella Coat 2.0, $1,640.30, from Maggie Marilyn
There's coats that are made to blend in, and coats made to stand out. This colour-blocked one from cult New Zealand label Maggie Marilyn is definitely the latter. At the time of writing, it's very (very) nearly sold out, but we couldn't help but include, so finger's crossed your size is one of the last ones left.
Isabel Marant Giboleen single-breasted coat, $2,360, from FARFETCH
For a coat that's both timeless and yet very on trend, look no further than this single-breasted one from the Parisian queen of ready-to-wear, Isabel Marant. It has a relaxed cut, an androgynous feel, and little details like the twill weave that will have people stopping you and asking you where it's from forever.
Adeline Coat, $549, from Blanca
You might know Blanca better as the brand that single-handedly rebirthed our love of oversized shirts, but did you know they did more than colourful summer wear? Enter: the boxy Adelein coat. It's oversized (naturally), making it perfect for winter layering.
Interior cotton-corduroy coat, $1,785.60, from Net-A-Porter
For a 70s vibe, this velvety coat from Interior — a New York-based label that's part of Net-A-Porter's Vanguard program — will absolutely do the trick. It's menswear inspired for that "steal your alternative indie muso boyfriend's coat" look, with a delicious silk lining inside.
Cassidy Coat Wool Melton Caramel, $9,49, from Juliette Hogan
Coats from Juliette Hogan, a New Zealand-based designer making the softest (and sustainable) clothes imaginable, keep selling out quick, so if you're keen on this oversized caramel number, you'll need to get in quick.
Pilgrim vegan leather coat, $199.95, from Myer
It's no secret that The Matrix had some of the most iconic leather fashion moments of all time, and thanks in part to TikTok, fake lather coats are making a comeback in a big way. For an affordable option, this vegan leather coat from Pilgrim is a great buy,
NXT-Level Women’s BioDown Jacket, $599.98, from Kathmandu
These Kathmandu puffer jackets are the first of their kind to be biodegradable. It's designed for a lifetime of wear, but after its lifetime will degrade in the right landfill conditions. Warm, affordable, and good for the environment? Check, check, check.
Black trench coat, $1,450, from ESSE
Straight off the back of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, this black trench coat from ESSE is it — timeless, understated, undeniably cool. This one is definitely an investment piece that'll work season after season.