The Olsen Twins and I Agree—This Is the Most Classic Coat You Can Buy

Let’s talk about coat trends. I’ve worked as a stylist and editor in this industry for almost a decade now, and I’ve seen so many statement styles have their moment in the spotlight and then fade into the background again. Of course, we’re big believers at Who What Wear in buying pieces you personally love, whether they’re considered on-trend or not. That way, you’re guaranteed to get the most wear out of your buys over time. But if you’re currently on the hunt for a new coat and are looking to avoid the rotating conveyor belt of trends, one style is guaranteed to be considered classic forever. Yes, I’m talking about the simple black coat. I’ve rounded up the best black coats for you below. But first, here’s a little bit about why this coat is a great investment. 

Ashley Olsen is rarely seen without her black coat. 

You only need to look to some of the world’s best dressed people for proof that a black coat is a wise investment. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are rarely seen without theirs, and it would be controversial if their show for The Row didn’t include a version—even in spring.

A black puffer coat is just as timeless as a long wool style.  But it’s not just celebrity icons who love this “boring” coat. Camille Charrière—French It girl, original influencer, and regular on the front-row circuit—just designed not one but two classic black coats in her recent sellout collaboration with Mango. And on the whole, the style is a fan favorite among the fashion set for good reason. 

Abi shows us how to elevate a simple black coat with leather trousers and heels.  The black coat certainly doesn’t have to be boring. Even the most featureless versions will always feel incredibly chic. Whether you opt for a tailored wool style, a maxi length, an oversize fit, a cozy puffer, or a leather trench, it will not only go with everything you own but also add that cool effortlessness we’re basically all striving for. 

I tried (and loved) this Arket style recently. 

But if you’re still not sold on the power of this classic coat, keep scrolling. I’ve scoured through high-street offerings and all the luxury sites to bring you the best black coats in 2022. Whatever your budget and taste, I’m 99.9% sure you’ll find your dream style below. 

A wrap coat will never go out of style. 

Max Mara’s wool coats lend themselves to being a great long-term investment. 

Dreary winter days won’t stand a chance against this longline puffer coat. 

You can’t beat this price tag. 

Quilted jackets are a chic alternative to the traditional puffer coat. 

The tailoring on this coat is immaculate. 

Every wardrobe can benefit from the addition of a black trench coat. 

Cocoon sleeves were a standout trend on the fall/winter 2022 runways, making this coat the perfect trend-forward buy. 

Is it just me, or does this coat look like something Olivia Pope from Scandal would wear?

The puffer fabrication makes this trench extra cozy. 

Nothing beats a double-breasted coat. 

Positively chic. 

Isn’t the collar on this coat so cute?

The weather outside may be frightful, but this coat is oh so delightful. 

Dreaming of wearing a three-piece pinstripe suit under this coat.

Fun fact: This puffer coat’s fabric is derived from plastic ocean waste.

Shearling coats are back in style. 

You can’t go wrong with investing in a vegan-leather trench coat. 

Also looking for a great faux-fur coat? Apparis’s sustainably made coats should be on your radar. 

Simple yet stunning. 

This vinyl trench coat is far from boring. 

Stand Studio’s coats are always worth the investment. 

This coat is a favorite among the London fashion set. 

You’d never guess this coat was from Amazon. 

The nipped-in waist on this coat is ultra-trendy and flattering too. 

Another chic (and affordable) puffer coat. 

Peacoats are a perennial staple. 

With maxi hemlines trending, this coat is a no-brainer buy. 

I can’t get over how chic the snap closures on this coat are. 

Pair this coat with a turtleneck, jeans, and ballet flats, and you’ll have an effortlessly chic ensemble. 

So chic. 

The contrasting shag collar on this Staud coat is so on-trend. 

Aritzia’s outerwear is beloved by our editors. 

Ganni does it again. 

Another great coat with contrasting shearling. 

The high collar on this is so posh. 

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. Up Next: My Wish List Is Full of Designer Coats, But These Under-$300 Picks Rival Them

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