The 2019 coat guide: the on-trend styles to opt for this winter

It’s officially that time of year when it’s acceptable to start thinking about the type of winter coat you want for the impending cold seasons. Autumn is right around the corner, and what follows will no doubt be a blisteringly cold winter, so start browsing soon to find your perfect style.

This year, there are plenty of options that’ll keep you both warm and looking chic. Inspired by the catwalks, the following six 2019 coat trends cover everything from classics like shearling and faux fur, to modern additions such as vinyl trenches, maxi length styles, and a new way to wear capes. Keep reading to find your perfect style that’ll see you through to 2020.

Shiny trenches

The humble trench is usually at the top of every coat fan’s list when it comes to trans-seasonal wear. The perfect autumn-winter silhouette, a trench keeps the light chill away, but is anything but weighty. This year’s trench coat, however, has been given a rather sultry upgrade. While the classic cream coat will always be on trend, there are options if you want to go that little bit further. Hi-shine trenches are the way to go this year, and as well as looking cooler, they also provide that extra touch of warmth thanks to the slightly thicker material they are in.

Burgundy Faux Crocodile Vinyl Coat, £79, Topshop

Nanushka Ambar double-breasted vinyl trench coat, £770, Selfridges

Topshop Contrast-buckle vinyl trench coat, £79, Selfridges

Weekday patent trench coat in light beige, £110, ASOS

Faux fur

They come around every year, and every year, we love them without question. Warm, snuggly fluffy jackets are a great option for the winter chill, and this year they are short, long, bright, muted, and everything in-between. Their sole mission is to keep you warm; how they look is up to you.

Faux fur coat, £79.99, H&M

Shrimps Zio puffed-sleeve faux-fur coat, £435, Selfridges

Maje Bayalou faux-fur coat, £420, Selfridges

French Connection Buona Faux Fur Coat, £170, John Lewis

Belted

The silhouette this year was cinched. Waists are defined, and things are kept warm and cosy thanks to secure fastenings. Labels such as Prada and Marni added waisted belts to their blazers and suits, while others belted up trenches and oversized coats. Want to be totally on trend this year? Just add a belt.

IDOL Reversible Borg Coat, £99, Topshop

Belted Wool Coat, £139.99, Mango

Shrimps Pegasus faux-fur coat, £695, Selfridges

Florina Coat, £349, Hobbs

Capes

After a healthy sabbatical, the cape is back. While you may question the practicality of the style, you can’t help but agree they look incredibly chic. The cape was spotted all over the AW19 catwalks, from Celine to Valentino, Miu Miu to MaxMara, cementing its spot as one of the most talked about coat designs of the season. Pair it with a roll neck cashmere knit, fitted jeans and some knee-highs.

Voluminous Wool Blend Cape, £175, & other stories

See By Chloe High-neck oversized cotton-blend cape, £350, Selfridges 

Red Valentino Checked double-breasted wool-blend cape coat, £820, Selfridges

Shearling

Another trend which never fails to show up to the party, shearling was back and better than ever. This year, things were a little more active and sporty, rather than laid back and country. Shearling was spotted on the catwalk at brands such as Celine, Isabel Marant and Chloe.

Faux Shearling Teddy Coat, £135, & other stories

Faux shearling long coat, £119.99, Mango

Allsaints Hawley leather and shearling jacket, £898, Selfridges

Hema Shearling Coat, £995, Whistles 

Oversized

This year, fashion designers were really looking after us when they drew out their sketches; maxi dresses that skim the floor and keep legs, bums and even ankles warm are officially in. Brands such as Balenciaga took coats to new lengths, with ankle-skimming designs that could arguably become a bit of a tripping hazard. But if you get it right, the bigger the better, and the longer the better.

Hooded Long Puffer Coat, £180, Cos

S Max Mara Custodi double-breasted brushed wool coat, £825, Selfridges