I’ll be honest. I’ve only recently got to grips with the importance of incorporating staple pieces into my wardrobe. White T-shirts, black jeans, camel blazers, they’re the true heroes of everyday dressing. If you’re anything like me, where better to start than black coats which you can throw over the top of any outfit?
It’s the perfect item to nail first time round so that you can be sure you’ll get maximum wear out of it, because believe me, you’ll reach for it time and time again before leaving the house – I have a very old black coat from Dorothy Perkins which is still my go-to staple. If it ain’t broke… I wear it throughout the year and still absolutely love it. If you look after it well then a great one will last you years.
Need something to throw on over the top of a party dress and heels? Grabbing a coffee in a tracksuit and trainers? Or heading out for a smart work lunch? The humble black coat has you covered every time.
Seeking out the best styles on the high street can be tricky, especially when it’s something as popular as black coats. Currently, there are 173 different styles for sale at Zara, while ASOS has a staggering 1216. So, to make it easier for you, here’s my pick of the best black coats you can get your hands on right now from the brands we love.
Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be a roundup of the best black coats without featuring high street hero, Zara. I have had so many recommendations about this particular coat so I had to try it on for myself in store. Readers, it did not disappoint.
I love the versatility of it. It can create a relaxed, comfy look when worn over a matching knitted set and with an oat latte in hand, but it’s also a perfect going out choice with black heels and a sparkly dress when you want something less rigid to cover up with.
Material wise, it’s made of 75% Manteco wool which is great quality for a staple piece you plan to keep forever.
You can’t go wrong with a sleek, tailored number, and this Mango coat ticks every box. Just look at that structure – it’s a great pick for formal occasions.
Equally, it’s the perfect coat for the office and would look great styled with trousers, loafers and a white shirt. The black buttons and smart silhouette give it an expensive designer feel to it but for a fraction of the price.
For a more laidback style, may I introduce you to this single-breasted coat from Warehouse, which is easily the most versatile on my list.
The brown buttons give a less formal look and although it has some structure, it’s got much more flexibility, so if you’re looking for a day coat which would effortlessly transition into an evening outfit, this is the one.
Pair it with a striped jumper, a beanie hat and trainers for the ultimate winter city break look, or throw it over your shoulders on top of a silky slip dress with kitten heels and bold earrings for a fancy dinner.
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An elegant black coat is especially handy during party season when you don’t want a cover-up that’ll clash with a bold sequinned dress. I’ve had many occasions where I’ve almost not wanted to wear a coat in fear that it would ruin my outfit. If you’re anything like me, this is the type of coat you should invest in.
The funnel-neck and dropped shoulders on this one are both elegant features – ideal if you’re trying to elevate your look.
While most black coats typically have buttons, this one has a hidden zip along with two pockets which are also undetectable.
After testing out lots of different styles, I discovered how much I really love those made of Borg, the thick, soft material used to mimic sheepskin and therefore tend to keep you warmer.
This black coat would suit the go-to winter formula of chunky boots, a big scarf, a knit and blue jeans. If you plan to wear it in colder weather, as it’s permanently open, you can comfortably fit a thinner coat or blazer underneath, which makes it a great one for layering.
The length, along with the material, will make it feel as if you are wearing a big blanket. What more could you want?
If I was to choose one coat to live in during the colder months, it would be this. It’s the ultimate DREAM winter coat for style, comfort and practicality.
The faux shearling material lining the coat around the wrists, collar and the front seam really compliments the leather look and adds interest, while the toggle fastening detail is the perfect subtle addition.
It’s also important to consider the length of a coat based on what you plan to wear it for the most, so that you aren’t disappointed with how it looks as part of your outfits. This one is a good length for colder weather as it works with jeans, trousers, and midi dresses.
It’s ideal, and that’s before you look at the affordable price tag. I might already be at the checkout as we speak.