5 Outerwear Trends To Elevate Your Cold-Weather Wardrobe

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5 Outerwear Trends To Elevate Your Cold-Weather Wardrobe
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No matter how dressed down I am, I always bundle up in a statement coat when I head out for the day. When you’ve got great outerwear, you can throw it on over even the simplest of looks—cough, the WFH sweatsuit you’ve been wearing all week, cough—and boom, you’re suddenly the epitome of fashion. If your fall and winter wardrobe feels a little meh, consider copying a few of these coat and jacket trends for 2021 to amp things up.

Last year, fur-trimmed coats a la the viral Saks Potts pick dominated the scene, but for fall and winter 2021, we’re focusing in on more streamlined silhouettes and using color and print to add in some fun. Think gorgeous wool coats in fun colorways and checkered patterns, plus a few texture moments by way of shearling (vegan, natch!).

That said, a sportier, borrowed-from-the-boys parka is the perfect street style staple—and Marmot’s iconic pick is back in bold new hues. Another classic coat silhouette making a comeback is the humble robe coat, ideal if you tend to spend your day lounging at home in a robe anyway. And if you’ve already got the camel coat of your dreams, it’s time to snag the same one in an undeniably bolder hue.

Whether your personal style is edgy or old-school, simple or over-the-top, there are ways to make all five of 2021’s top jacket trends work in your fall and winter wardrobe. Read on for the highlight reel, and shop our best-of picks below.

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Courtesy of Marmot.

Sporty Parka

When I was a kid at ski school, I used to hate how my oversized ski jacket made me look. Now, I’m craving that exact oversized silhouette for my cold-weather street style looks! This unisex pick by Marmot was worn by Biggie Smalls back in the day, and I’m eyeing it for myself in this bold blue. Plus, it’ll actually keep me warm this winter!


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Courtesy of Zara.

Timeless Wool

Nothing beats a classic double-breasted wool coat for winter. It’s been the chicest of all outerwear options for decades, if not longer! Opt for classic camel or black for something you’ll have in your closet forever, or go for a slightly more fun hue (more on that later).


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Courtesy of Eloquii.

Patterned Fur

Houndstooth isn’t the only pattern taking over this season! Colorful faux fur was last year’s must-have and this time around it’s all about fun prints. I could snuggle up in this checkerboard coat from now until spring.


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Courtesy of NOIZE.

Statement Hue

Yes, you need the basics in your wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to style a bright coat as a neutral! A fun shade like this Kelly green in vegan wool gives any everyday outfit a little extra pop.


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Courtesy of Apparis.

Shearling Robe

Two trends in one! Shearling is definitely trending this season, as are robe-style silhouettes—a.k.a. slightly looser coats that feature a tie-front closure instead of buttons, much like your post-shower robe. But way cuter!


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