When cold weather hits, you need outerwear that will stand up to chilly temperatures. The best winter coats keep you warm, look chic no matter what you're wearing, and are as packable as possible. Deciding on the best option for you depends on where you're headed, what the current climate is, and your personal style.
There are endless options to choose from, so we've narrowed it down to the 28 best winter coats for women that will keep you warm whether you're headed to a snowy mountain lodge, a rainy metropolis, or a windy desert. We've selected a variety of styles for every type of traveler—leather jackets and wool coats, parks and puffers, raincoats and trenches, and windbreakers included. With coats like these, you'll be prepared for any adventure. Browse them all, or skip straight to the category of your choice:
- Leather jackets and wool coats for city trips
- Parkas and puffers for snowy summits
- Raincoats and trenches for rainy retreats
- Anoraks and windbreakers for adventure travel
This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.
Leather jackets and wool coats for city trips
Karl Lagerfeld Boucle double breasted coat
Nothing's more chic than a long, double breasted wool coat for the winter months. Whether you're exploring a new city or headed to holiday dinner party, this white coat will keep you just as warm as it does stylish. This one has an oversized fit ideal for layering, but size down if you want it to fit more true to size.
Abercrombie & Fitch wool-blend Mod coat
A classic wool-blend coat like this one is so versatile—wear it commuting into the office or pack it as your one go-to coat on a trip to a cold city. This one looks great layered over sweaters and so polished with the straight line of buttons down the center. It's available in neutral shades like light brown, brown plaid, and cream that will match anything you have on and comes in three different lengths (petite, regular, or tall).
Ly Varey Lin faux shearing moto jacket
This faux suede jacket looks expensive, but it's pretty affordable and is available on Amazon in a variety of colorways (the black and beige are closet staples). It's a great transition jacket for those days when you want a slightly thicker, warmer moto jacket, but don't need to wear a long coat. It features a soft, faux shearling material around the collar for added coziness and an adjustable pin-buckle at the bottom.
Universal Standard Leeron leather moto jacket
If you're looking for a buttery soft leather jacket, this sumptuous pick fits the bill. It's a medium-weight jacket with a boxy fit that allows for easy layering beneath. Seen here in chili chocolate, the high-quality investment piece is also available in black.
Spanx faux leather convertible jacket
Turn heads with this mixed media coat with faux leather details. It goes with just about everything, from leggings and Uggs for a casual downtown walk to a little black dress and heels for a night on the town. The mid-weight jacket is fitted through the sleeves and looser in the body. Size down if you are in between for the perfect fit.
Yanming faux leather moto jacket
This Amazon find is a bestseller with rave reviews. We tried it, and it lived up to the hype. It's got a flattering fit and sleek finish, and is perfect to layer over a fitted hoodie if you're sightseeing in a city with relatively warm winters (think L.A.). Plus, this bargain find is bringing the options—you can order it in faux leather or suede, and it's available in more than 20 shades (including red, burgundy, and tan).
Parkas and puffers for snowy summits
Everlane ReNew long puffer
Traveler editors are fans of pretty much everything Everlane makes and this long puffer is no exception. Made from 100 percent recycled fabric and PrimaLoft insulation, this winter must-have gives that wrapped-in-a-blanket feel as soon as you put it on. It features a drawstring hood and hidden drawstring waist to give the coat a little more shape, too. It's a great one to wear on a day trip—the oversized button flap pockets let you keep plenty of essentials on you, from your phone to a wallet and lip balm.
The North Face Nuptse belted long parka
It's surprising how lightweight this knee-length parka is. Made of 100 percent recycled fabrics, it keep you so toasty and is water repellent, so you don't have to worry about getting soggy on a rainy day. There's an attached, adjustable three-piece hood and an adjustable belt that makes the relaxed fit of this one a little more flattering.
Girlfriend Collective packable puffer
If you need something that's easy to pack in your suitcase, this Girlfriend Collective puffer has you covered. It can be packed up into a built-in bag on the inner pocket, making it an essential for shorter trips when you're only packing a carry-on. It's lighter than other puffers on this list, but works well for chilly weather that isn't freezing (think temperatures in the 40s and 50s) and can be layered over sweaters thanks to its relaxed fit. Made from recycled plastic bottles, it's both wind resistant and water repellent.
Patagonia Down With It parka
This sleek, protective parka will keep you warm on snowy winter days. It features a detachable, insulated hood and hand-warmer pockets that will be a lifesaver when you're walking around in freezing temperatures. It's ultra-durable and will be one of those jackets you have in your closet for years to come.
Abercrombie & Fitch ultra mini puffer
A warm yet stylish option, this ultra mini puffer is just as cozy as it is cute. Made of luxe satin nylon fabric, it's wind- and water-resistant and has fleece-lined pockets to keep your hands warm. This chic puffer is available in plenty of colors—burgundy, taupe, black, green, and brown included.
REI Patagonia Nano Puff jacket
Snow sports and trail runs are a lot more comfortable in this winter jacket with Primaloft insulation. It's incredibly warm while still being surprisingly lightweight (it's only 10 ounces). Shop the quilted jacket in nine shades, including this eye-catching blue.
Lululemon Wunder Puff long jacket
Stay extra cozy in cold climes with this roomy, calf-length puffer. The relaxed fit is perfect for layering over sweaters and scarves. You can also use the interior drawstring to cinch the waist for a more fitted look. The matte fabric is incredibly soft, water-repellent, and windproof. Inside, it's filled with insulating goose down that keeps the entire jacket plush and warm. Shop the puffer in everglade green or black (pictured).
The North Face Arctic parka
Brave the elements in style with an insulated goose down coat that features a flattering fit, cinchable waist, rib knit cuffs, and removable faux fur trim. Winter coats don't get much warmer (or cuter) than this. Seen here in black, the coat is available in nine neutral shades.
The North Face Metropolis 550 fill power down hooded parka
This mid-length down parka is a staple you can pull out winter after winter, whether you're at home or on the road. It has a stand-up collar, hidden pockets, a removable hood, and the fabric is covered in a water repellent finish. It's equally great for chilly morning hikes and afternoon sightseeing.
Draper James DJ x Fera Maddie ski jacket
Any trip to the slopes necessitates a sleek ski jacket, and this Draper James find is a must-have. The navy chevron stands out beautifully against the jacket's crisp winter white front. Psst: There's a matching ski bib that is definitely worth a look.
32 Degrees ultra-light packable down jacket
Another one of the best winter coats for women (and one of our readers' most-purchased products last year) is this sleek insulated jacket that packs up into a small pouch for easing packing or carrying. It's durable, compressive, water-repellent, and available in several colors, including black, chateau gray, stormy night, and darkest spruce (pictured).
Raincoats and trenches for rainy days
The North Face City Breeze waterproof rain jacket
This classic rain jacket made of 100 percent recycled polyester is seam-sealed yet breathable. Whether you're headed out on a day trip or commuting to the office, this waterproof jacket will keep you dry and protected. It features the classic The North Face logo and an adjustable hood and waist cinch for a customizable fit.
Aritzia Babaton Tabloid trench coat
If you've been on the hunt for a chic trench coat to wear this winter, this pick's for you. This double-breasted vegan leather trench is fully lined to keep you warm and comes with a removable belt that cinches your waist. Choose from colors like coffee bean, taupe, fen green, black, matte pearl, and more fall-and-winter-friendly shades.
Vuori Palisades rain jacket
This rain jacket offers three-layer waterproof protection and is lightweight enough to pack in your suitcase or backpack this season. Whether you're hiking, camping, or just walking around, this mid-length jacket will keep you covered and dry all day long.
Lululemon Apres It All jacket
Designed for active travelers, this breathable jacket is made with PrimaLoft insulation that will keep you warm, even on the rainiest of days. It's waterproof, seam-sealed for protection, and has enough of a relaxed fit that you can layer sweatshirts or thermals underneath.
Lululemon Rain Rebel jacket
Headed to a city with majorly rainy winters? Then don't forget a rain jacket like this great find from Lululemon. The exterior is waterproof and the interior is sweat-wicking, so you'll stay happily dry no matter what outdoor adventuring your itinerary entails. Shop the coat in night sea, black, and red merlot (pictured).
Patagonia Torrentshell City Coat
This packable rain coat is impeccably designed with winter weather in mind. The outermost layer is made of durable, recycled nylon with a water-repellent finish. The jacket also features a brimmed hood to protect your face from rain while roaming city streets, as well as polyester-lined pockets, two-way zip closure, and coverage to mid-thigh. In addition to utility, it was also designed with style in mind—which is why you'll find princess seams in the front and back. The coat, which is sewn in a fair trade-certified facility, is available in black, basin green, pumice, stingray mauve, and stone blue (pictured).
Calvin Klein double-breasted rain jacket with removable hood
This belted style from Calvin Klein has a classic silhouette, and everything you'd want in a raincoat: it's water-resistant and has a detachable hood. Plus, it's wrinkle-resistant, so you can store it in your suitcase without worrying about how it will look when you unpack. In addition to black, you can find this coat in several solids, including chambray blue, oyster (khaki), cement (gray), and fig (mauve).
Anoraks and windbreakers for hikes, bike rides, and more
Patagonia Houdini jacket
Ideal for nighttime runs or windy bike rides, this zip-up jacket has a reflective logo to boost your visibility. It's lightweight, packable, and features an adjustable hood. Made of recycled nylon, it helps block wind and sheds light rain so you can stay active during all types of weather.
Lululemon waterproof hiking Half-zip pullover
Waterproof and windproof, this breathable half-zip pullover from Lululemon was made with hikers in mind. The seam-sealed fabric will keep you dry even in a downpour, so you can be as adventurous as you want, no matter what the weather has in store.
L.L.Bean Mountain Classic anorak
This colorful anorak features a modern fit, adjustable hood, kangaroo pockets, and an adjustable drawstring at the hem to keep breezes at bay. The lightweight jacket comes in five color options.
Girlfriend Collective Sideline full zip windbreaker
Girlfriend Collective's zip-up windbreaker checks all the boxes. Water-resistant? Check. Hooded? Check. Cinchable waist? Check? Vents for breathability? Check. Looks good? Double check. Find it in black or moss.