Is there a better way to take the sting out of having to say farewell to summer than with a new fall coat?
Polished women's fall coats can instantly pull your look together whether you're on a quick jaunt to the gym, racing to catch the train for work, or meeting friends for brunch. Case in point: human rights attorney and all-round fashion plate Amal Clooney, who clearly knows the transformative power of a statement coat. Whether she's sporting a classic camel style, a dramatic fire-red trench, or a pastel-blue fur-trimmed number, her coat game is unflinchingly strong.
The Trench Coat
The universally flattering trench coat has long cemented its place in the fashion vernacular after debuting as a topper for soldiers during World War 1. The coat typically features a double-breasted design rendered in a water-repellent fabric, pronounced lapels, epaulets, slot pockets, and a vented back. Since the shoulders and belted waist provide shape and balance, the structured shape works on all body types. The most versatile colors are khaki, brown, and black (a good choice if you're making a significant investment), but trench styles in allover plaid, patent leather, and dramatic colors like red and cobalt blue are a fun, forward approach to fall fashion. Oversized trench coats look especially cool belted with tonal colors and oversized handbags.
The Camel Coat
Looking for the one coat that may possibly push all of your other fall coats to the back of the closet? Enter the camel—the Cadillac of coats. The time-honored staple and celebrity favorite comes in a variety of designs and will take you through the season in impeccable style. To ensure wearability, look for a flattering-for-all style like a double-breasted coat with peak lapels, a relaxed wrap design with a shawl collar, or a generously cut style with a standalone belt. Whether you wear your camel coat over jeans and a Breton stripe boat-neck, a print blouse and tailored pants, or a sleek evening gown, this coat will always leave you looking polished.
The Teddy Bear Coat
Style mavens the world over bundle up in the teddy bear coat thanks to its clever fusion of chic and cozy. Oversized, soft, and fleecy, the teddy bear ranges from short jackets to long coats and colors ranging from beige, brown, and black to pastel pinks, bright blues, and minty greens. To turn up the sophistication, style your neutral teddy bear coat with tonal neutral shades, and play down bright colors and pastels with black and white. Or you can just go bold and amplify the hue by wearing a head-to-toe monochromatic look.
The Classic Black Coat
The Little Black Dress of women's fall coats, the classic and minimalistic black coat belongs in every wardrobe—and sometimes it needs a seasonal refresh. Durable wool and wool-cashmere blends cut in a knee-length shape will provide the most versatility and look for dressy accents like gold-tone buttons to lend an instant dose of glamour. If black is too dark for you, opt for a navy or charcoal grey coat in a similar style.
The Faux Fur Coat
When it comes to the best fall jackets women's fashion has to offer, the faux fur coat is one of the most luxurious ways to inject your wardrobe with some immediate au courant (and animal-friendly) vibes. The plush coat is a runway favorite each season—it's perennially chic and comes in all manner of colors, shapes, lengths, and patterns. For an extra glamorous style, look for oversized shapes that recall the vintage fur coats of Hollywood starlets. Wrap a belt around it to create an extra-flattering shape or wear your faux fur coat open over a T-shirt and faux leather leggings for a relaxed downtown chic look.
The Plaid Statement Coat
There's something about the refined, elegant checked plaid coat that exudes effortless fall fashion. Whether you prefer traditional tartan plaid, a distinguished Glen plaid, or equestrian-inspired Tattersall, this sartorial favorite looks striking regardless of whether it's donned atop a power suit or jeans and Chuck Taylors. The striking pattern, woven from various yarns in stripes of different widths, looks strongest in a double-breasted, slightly oversized design with pronounced, padded shoulders.