With winter upon us, outerwear pieces that are equal parts stylish and sensible are becoming relevant again. Wool coats are dressier than any parka and signal a shift back to elegant dress from head to toe.
"There are so many great stylish wool coats out there at all price points and styles," says stylist Karen Schijman. "Zara offers a wide range of affordable styles, prints, and different colors, so you can go on trend and not break the bank. Mango and H&M offer similar options for finding styles and colors that can make a statement or for a classic cut at a reasonable price." Although she notes that quality tailoring and durable fabrics are a must for a wool coat, you don't have to pay luxury fashion prices to score coats with these design features. We considered dozens of different styles, evaluating coats on their tailoring and fabric, and also looking at color options and details like stitching and darting. After considering dozens of brands at a variety of price points, we landed on the following best in show.
& Other Stories Long Fuzzy Wool Coat
You can never go wrong with a classic, well-made coat. This one from & Other Stories, which comes at an approachable price point, certainly fits our bill. The versatile longline coat is made from a recycled wool blend with a soft fuzzy texture, complete with notched lapels, duo welt flap pockets, and tortoise buttons.
Price at time of publish: $279
Colors: Beige | Material: 70% recycled wool, 30% polyamide | Size Range: 0-12 | Care: Dry clean only, cool iron
Uniqlo Wool Blend Long Coat
This Uniqlo coat offers the same premium, luxurious feel and appearance as its designer counterparts, but at more than half the price (under $150, to be exact). It has a relaxed fit that drapes beautifully over the shoulders, and has a tie waist belt to enhance your waist and the silhouette of the coat. There's also an oversized collar for a more refined, modern twist.
Price at time of publish: $130
Colors: Black, Grey, Beige | Material: 42% nylon, 37% wool, 21% polyester inner layer and body; 100% polyester outer layer | Size Range: XXS-XXL | Care: Dry clean only
Burberry Dorea Belted Reversible Coat
If you're in the market for a more significant winter investment piece, Schijman says Burberry is one of her go-tos. This swoon-worthy reversible coat ensures versatility—with one side being solid black or beige and the other Burberry's signature check design. The relaxed silhouette provides comfort while the tie-waist belt can help add definition.
Price at time of publish: $3,150
Colors: Birch Brown Check, Archive Beige Check | Material: 100% wool | Size Range: 0-10 | Care: Dry clean only
Totême Belted Wool Robe Coat
This classic belted coat is the perfect example of what we love most about minimalist brand Totême—its ability to imbue the characteristics of essential garments into holiday wear for maximum versatility. The coat is strategically tailored from ethically sourced wool for a loose fit that still feels elegant (note the slits at the arm openings and in the back), with the large shawl collar creating an enveloping shape and the belt offering an option to cinch the otherwise oversized silhouette.
Price at time of publish: $1,104
Colors: Camel | Material: 100% wool | Size Range: DK 32-42 | Care: Dry clean only
J.Crew City Coat
We’re always on the hunt for a great bargain, and this number from J.Crew Factory, which offers similar quality products as the retail store at lower price points, is indeed a steal. Offered in a palette of colors, this coat is made from an insulating wool blend that covers you from the top of the neck with a standing collar to the mid-thigh. Reviewers online say they love its versatility and coziness.
Price at time of publish: $278
Colors: Bold Hibiscus, Heather Acorn, Heather Dusk, Dark Forest, Oxford Royal, Black | Material: Wool and polyester blend | Size Range: 00-24, 00-12 (petite) | Care: Dry clean only
Best Duffel Coat
L.L.Bean Classic Lambswool Duffel Coat
L.L.Bean nailed the quintessential duffel coat—you know, the Belgian-style topper that’s well known as Paddington Bear’s uniform but has been seen on everyone from Prince Charles to Alexa Chung. The fitted wool coat features four toggle closures, welt pockets, and a hood, and comes in several color options, including brick-red for those looking to go against the grain of neutrals.
Price at time of publish: $259
Colors: Navy, Light Gray Heather, Hickory Heather, Camel | Material: 100% wool shell; 65% olefin, 35% polyester insulation and lining | Size Range: 4-20 (regular and petite); 1X-3X | Care: Dry clean only
Wilfred by Aritzia The Only Coat
The camel coat has long been an essential piece in the canons of classic menswear and womenswear alike. One that delivers on quality and craftsmanship is this piece by Wilfred, an exclusive brand to Aritzia. Made from Italian wool, cashmere, and vegan chamois, this slightly oversized coat is billed to keep its wearer warm in below-freezing temperatures (down to 14 degrees!).
Price at time of publish: $350
Colors: Classic Camel, Heather Dark Grey, Heather Light Grey, Bone, Black, Burnt Cedar, Crimson Red, Dark Taupe | Material: 78% virgin wool, 12% polyamide, and 10% cashmere; 100% cupro lining; 94% polyester, 6% elastane interlining | Size Range: 1-3 | Care: Dry clean only
Loulou Studio Borneo Oversized Double-Breasted Wool and Cashmere-Blend Coat
Influencer and founder of Loulou Studio Chloé Harrouche prides herself on creating high-quality garments that make getting dressed less challenging. And truly, we can’t source a piece that’s easier to wear. Given that you can team this oversized, wool-and-cashmere coat with virtually any outfit—from a delicate silk dress to layers of knitwear and shirting—we believe it’s well worth the investment.
Price at time of publish: $720
Colors: Black, Taupe, Green, Ivory, Grey | Material: 90% wool, 10% cashmere | Size Range: XS-L | Care: Dry clean only
Wilfred by Aritzia The New Cocoon Coat
Wilfred makes a classic cocoon jacket you’ll love, online reviewers say. Made from Italian wool and cashmere, it has a funnel neck, hidden placket closure, and vegan chamois lining to keep you toasty in temperatures as low as 14 degrees. Other details like princess seams create a universally flattering shape, while the interior welt pocket with button closure is capable of keeping any contents secure.
Price at time of publish: $328
Colors: Black, Heather Dark Brown, Cigar, Charcoal, Heather Medium Grey, Gold Camel, Light Taupe, Heather White | Material: 70% wool, 25% polyamide, 5% cashmere; 100% cupro lining; 94% polyester, 6% elastane interlining | Size Range: XXS-XL | Care: Dry clean only
Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Single-Breasted Wool Blend Jacquard Coat
For a bolder statement, look to Off-White. The Italian brand founded by the legendary Virgil Abloh puts a genius luxury spin on streetwear. The 90 percent wool coat is complete with horn buttons and an all-over jacquard logo print that features the designer's iconic arrow motif. Balance out the bold pattern with an all-black ensemble or dress down with denim and a white tee.
Price at time of publish: $2,569
Colors: Dark Grey | Material: 90% wool, 10% polyamide; 52% viscose, 48% cupro lining | Size Range: IT 40-42 | Care: Dry clean only
Nanushka Alamo Reversible Wool Coat
Budapest-based fashion brand Nanushka designs sophisticated yet sensible wardrobe staples with compelling details, and this reversible wool coat is a prime example. It mixes patterns and neutral colors for versatility, while its oversized, robe-like silhouette makes for truly comfortable garb.
Price at time of publish: $1,165
Colors: Check | Material: 100% wool | Size Range: XXS-XL | Care: Dry clean only
Lauren Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Peacoat
Over a century ago, the peacoat was primarily seen on European navy men. Design-wise, it was based on a dark blue, slim-fitting double-breasted jacket with vertical welt pockets and six metallic buttons (three down and two across). Today, it’s a fashion statement—one that brands like Lauren Ralph Lauren make so easy to wear. This style, made from a wool blend, is a modern take on the classic pea coat.
Price at time of publish: $300
Colors: Two Tone | Material: 43% polyester, 41% wool, 11% acrylic, 5% other fibers | Size Range: 4-12 | Care: Dry clean only
Rails Connie Wool Blend Shirt Jacket
For good-looking comfort, check out this versatile shirt jacket (also known as a "shacket") from Rails. We love the combination of the soft wool, oversized silhouette, and slouchy collar. The vibrant lilac color will work hard in your closet from fall through springtime. Wear it with your favorite pair of straight-leg jeans and best knit.
Price at time of publish: $348
Colors: Lilac, Blue, Camel, and more | Material: 51% wool, 49% polyester | Size Range: XS-XL | Care: Dry clean only
Petite Studio Delphine Wool Coat
Brands with a full range of petite options are hard to find, but Petite Studio, a company that designs high-quality pieces exclusively for petite figures, is tried and true. Its "Delphine" style is the perfect wardrobe addition if you’re into relaxed fits and blends of fabrics.
Price at time of publish: $183
Colors: Camel | Material: 80% wool, 10% mulberry silk, 10% alpaca; 55% polyester, 45% polyurethane; 100% polyester lining | Size Range: XXS-L | Care: Dry clean only
Everlane The Brushed Italian ReWool Peacoat
A plaid coat can make an outfit—this we know well. But what plaid is going to see you through the warm hues of fall to the traditional prints of the holidays to the neutrals of springtime? Our favorite option is this checkered wool coat from Everlane which works for all of the above. Pair it with a khaki sweater and knee-high boots for the fall months, velvet dresses and holiday outfits through December, and monochrome cream pieces for those chillier spring evenings.
Price at time of publish: $398
Colors: Camel Buffalo Check | Material: 75% recycled wool, 22% recycled nylon, 3% other fibers; 100% recycled polyester lining | Size Range: XXS-XXL | Care: Dry clean only
Best Pop of Color
Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Dad Coat
A no-brainer from Abercrombie & Fitch: This tailored dad statement coat is crafted with a relaxed fit, which is perfect for winter layering. Made from a vibrant red wool blend, it evokes the timeless spirit of ‘40s glamour we can’t help but swoon over.
Price at time of publish: $220
Colors: Red, Dark Brown, Light Brown, and more | Material: 100% polyester lining; 65% polyester, 34% wool, 1% nylon | Size Range: XXS-XXL (petite, regular, tall) | Care: Dry clean only, do not tumble dry, do not iron
Best Trench Coat
Abercrombie & Fitch Wool-Blend Trench Coat
Another wool option from Abercrombie, except in a trench coat version. Made from a soft blend of wool and other silky fabrics, this trench style has an easy fit construction with a double-breasted collar that will drape effortlessly over your favorite winter ensembles, from stiff shirting to chunky knits.
Price at time of publish: $240
Colors: Brown, Dark Brown Plaid | Material: 64% polyester, 32% wool, 2% nylon, 2% acrylic | Size Range: XXS-XL (petite, regular, tall) | Care: Dry clean only, do not tumble dry, do not iron
& Other Stories Cropped Pea Coat
Play with proportions and go for a cropped cut, like this one by & Other Stories. It’s a sleek yet casual peacoat style that sits near the waist. It also features a wide collar, fold-up cuffs, and a double-breasted silhouette for a comfortable, relaxed fit.
Price at time of publish: $219
Colors: Black | Material: 70% wool, 29% polyamide, 1% acrylic; 53% polyester, 47% rayon lining | Size Range: 0-12 | Care: Dry clean only, cool iron
Universal Standard Peak Lapel Tailored Wool Coat
From a 4XS to a 4XL, Universal Standard is possibly one of the most size-inclusive brands out there, and this tailored wool coat is just an example of that. The design is a true classic wool coat with a double-breasted style, peak lapel, and multiple pockets to store your personal items. In addition to these many features, the tailoring is seamless, with only a single visible button and streamlined princess seams that make the coat feel and look super luxe.
Price at time of publish: $258
Colors: Black, Maple | Material: 50% wool, 45% polyester, 5% others; 100% polyester lining | Size Range: 4XS-4XL | Care: Dry clean only
H&M Wool-Blend Coat
For a long length, H&M has you covered. The height of the model is said to be 5-foot-10, but nonetheless, this style should fall at least to the mid-calf of wearers under that height, which is longer than most. This coat from H&M's premium line is loose-fitting and is constructed from a wool material that has been blended with other fabrics for added warmth. While the simplified unlined construction may appeal to those who favor minimalist fashion, the dark camel hue is a departure from more quintessential winter colors of brown, gray, and black. Reviewers say it runs large.
Price at time of publish: $259
Colors: Light Brown | Material: 70% wool, 20% polyamide, 5% acrylic, 5% other fibers; polyester lining | Size Range: XS-XXL | Care: Dry clean only
Best Cape Coat
Totême Doublé Wool Cape Coat
With their boxy shape and subtle arm slits, cape coats are great for transitioning from season to season and adding modern elegance to your wardrobe. This one from Totême may be a luxury find, but it is crafted from responsibly sourced wool, has wide lapels that gently drape over the shoulders, and is versatile enough to wear with or without its sleeves, which all help to justify the high cost.
Price at time of publish: $1,020
Colors: Black, Taupe | Material: 100% wool | Size Range: 32FR-42FR | Care: Dry clean only
Best With Hood
Lattelier Hooded Wrap Wool Coat
Having a hood attached to your coat is necessary on those snowy winter days, and Lattelier makes sure to include one in their stylish wrap wool coat, which they claim is so cozy that you might not want to take it off. It's important to note there aren't many size-inclusive options for this brand and coat. But all around, we adore this sophisticated find.
Price at time of publish: $279
Colors: Black, Camel, Smoke | Material: 100% wool | Size Range: S-L | Care: Dry clean only
Best With Faux Fur Details
Mango Detachable Wool Coat with Fur Collar
The '90s are back, baby, and nothing screams '90s fashion more than a wool coat with a lush faux fur collar. Mango's interpretation of this style has a recycled wool-blend fabric, and a detachable collar for those days where you decide to wear without it (a two-in-one coat, basically). Plus, a long, straight design and waist belt to tie it all together.
Price at time of publish: $250
Colors: Ice Grey, Black | Material: 53% polyester, 30% recycled wool, 10% recycled polyester, 5% wool, 2% acrylic; 100% polyester lining and piping | Size Range: XXS-XXL | Care: Dry clean only, do not tumble dry
Best High Collar
Zara Wool Blend High Collar Coat
Under $200 for a wool coat? Sign us up. This Zara wool blend coat features a high collar and loose long sleeves perfect for layering chunky sweaters, oversized cardigans, and many more. From afar, it gives a semi-military-style appearance with its double-breasted button closure and hidden front pockets, but with a fashion-forward, contemporary twist. This coat runs on the larger size, so we suggest sizing down if you're looking for a more fitted style.
Price at time of publish: $169
Colors: Black | Material: 47% wool, 32% polyester, 14% acrylic, 5% polyamide, 2% other fibers; 100% acetate lining | Size Range: XS-XXL | Care: Dry clean only
Best on Amazon
BGSD Women Heather Wool Walking Coat
Amazon is a great place to look for wool coats, too. We adore this one from BGSD, which offers various sizes in petite, regular, and plus-size for each of its four color options. Similar to most traditional coats, the design has a single-breasted button closure, two slant pockets, back vent, and a spread collar, but without the overly expensive price tag.
Price at time of publish: $190
Colors: Black, Navy, Camel, Wine | Material: 70% wool 25% polyester 5% other; 100% polyester lining | Size Range: S-3X (petite, regular, plus-size) | Care: Dry clean only
Meet the Expert
Karen Schijman is an NYC-based fashion stylist represented by Honey Artists. She also recently launched a handbag line called Chascona Bags.
What to Look for in a Wool Coat
It’s so important to assess fabric when buying a wool coat. The best-quality ones will be made entirely from wool or a blend of wool and other luxe materials, like cashmere or silk. These options are very breathable and durable, making them a great investment—and we do emphasize the term investment, as they can run you into the thousands. If you're looking for more approachable price points, wool blends that include polyester, nylon, acrylic, and the like are options to consider. These picks also have easier care instructions (i.e., you can machine-wash them).
"[Remember] the golden rule: You get what you pay for," says Schijman. "You want it to be classic and last you a lifetime, so I believe in investing in [wool coats] as it’s not a trend piece. I tend to gravitate to ones that have a blend of cashmere as they can be softer and lightweight without giving up warmth." Schijman also adds that cashmere can help avoid the lint and hair issue that some wool coats tend to attract.
Shape and Style
Determining the most sensible silhouette for you is key to finding the perfect wool coat. Mid-length and cropped cuts are great for mild winter weather, while longer wool coats will cover more surface area and thus provide more insulation. But beyond that, you must commit to an aesthetic. Are you going for minimalism and versatility, or are you looking for something niche, like a checkered shacket or a bold military-style piece? Perhaps you’d like to integrate easy-to-wear prints for a subtle statement. Whatever your preference, our best advice is to cross-reference your practical needs with your taste to guide your search and decision.
Why is a quality wool coat worth investing in?
"I think everyone should invest in a quality 3/4 wool/cashmere car coat," says Schijman. "It's is the most classic cut that will never go out of style—from the insouciantly chic French woman with a pair of jeans and a simple cross-body bag to a more slouchy look with a men’s tailored trouser and sneaker to a pencil skirt and knee boots!"
When should you wear a wool coat?
A wool coat should complement your autumnal wardrobe and keep you warm through the winter months. Long wool coats will inherently provide the most coverage and, therefore, warmth. The shorter the coat, the less the insulation, so we’re inclined to say that such styles are best left for fall, early spring, and mild winter weather.
Can you wash a wool coat?
Wool is naturally stain- and odor-resistant, so it isn’t too demanding care-wise. Many instructions will encourage dry cleaning, and this is the most responsible route for care, especially when in doubt. As we mentioned above, some wool garments are OK to be machine-washed, and doing so is fairly easy. Wash your coat on a wool or delicate setting with a mild detergent, then lay it flat to dry. If the care claim says hand-wash only, turn the piece inside out, then hand-wash it in lukewarm water with a gentle detergent. The Woolmark Co., which represents Australian woolgrowers and evaluates wool for quality control, recommends soaking it for 10 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly in lukewarm, then cold, water.
Why Trust Byrdie
This shopping guide was written by Byrdie contributor Hayley Prokos. A seasoned commerce writer and editor, she’s always looking for sensible garments that are also stylish. Her work has appeared in SELF Magazine, Newsweek, and the daily Greek newspaper Ekathimerini, and she holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Northwestern University. For this roundup, she spent upwards of 15 hours trying on, virtually assessing, and otherwise researching the best wool coats on the market.