I know it sounds redundant to say that these coat
are trends virtually immune to trends, but let me explain. When I say trends, what I really mean are the specific coat styles that have withstood years of trend cycles and will continue to do so. I grew up in the Midwest, where our harsh winters were no joke, and I still own the first investment coat I ever bought in high school to this day. So I can personally attest to the fact that coats are one of those items you really will own for years—all the more reason to go for one that you’ll still think is stylish in 10 years.
Ahead, I’ve nailed down six outerwear styles that I firmly believe are immune to
trends and therefore would recommend to anyone. Since you’re probably here to find out which classic coats are timeless and indeed trend-proof, just keep scrolling to discover why I think they’re classics and to shop my favorites for each category.
Trench coats have been around since their inception in the mid-1800s and have earned a spot in the closets of stylish women from all over. If that’s not the definition of trend-proof, then I don’t know what is. For transitional weather, the lightweight topper comes especially in handy.
The OG trench coat in all its glory.
Ankle-length trench coats are becoming increasingly popular, and with their sleek look, it’s not hard to see why.
The voluminous sleeves add such a pretty element to this.
A camel coat is truly the perfect winter item, and that’s a fact. There’s something undeniably chic and sophisticated about them, and while there certainly are investment-worthy camel coats like the below Totême one, even the versions on the affordable end still have that polished look.
Meet the camel coat to end all camel coats.
I like that this gives you the option to cinch up the waist or wear it as a boxier coat.
Blazer-inspired coats will always look polished.
I hardly need to explain this one since I think it speaks for itself, but if I must, I’d just say that a leather moto jacket is the ultimate cool-girl outerwear pick and is, in my experience, one of those items you’ll have in your closet for years.
Our senior market editor, Bobby, can’t speak more highly of this Mackage coat.
If Levi’s is making it, then you know it has to be good.
There’s a reason this one always sells out.
If you live in a cold-weather climate, you’re well acquainted with puffer coats, so I’m merely here to reinforce that the toppers are as stylish as they are practical thanks to all the cool colors and prints designers are reimagining them in. But of course, you can’t go wrong with classic black.
The puffer that celebs and fashion people adore comes in a zillion colors.
I never knew a denim puffer jacket existed, but I’m so glad I do now.
Can’t go wrong with black.
Maybe I’m late to the game, but I recently learned that this style is called the car coat because, historically, it was designed to keep people as warm as possible while driving. (This was before heated cars.) The modern-day versions could also be described as blazer-inspired wool coats that are classic and polished.
I’ll take this whole outfit idea, thanks.
Mango is my hidden source for coats and jackets since I can always find wallet-friendly versions of what I’m looking for.
Go ahead and re-create the above outfit with this classic overcoat.
TBH, I was hesitant to add this one in since shearling skews trendy, but each year, different iterations of fuzzy-textured coats bubble up, which tells me that the style is actually in it for the long haul.
I’ve recently gotten into manifestation and will now be manifesting this dream jacket into my wardrobe.
The leather detailing here is just *chef’s kiss.*
You already know this looks good with jeans, so that’s half the battle, right?
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