The 7 coat trends to love for winter 2019 

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Your winter coat is, technically, the piece in your wardrobe which will get the most air-time over the coming months. Choose wisely, and it should strike a balance between being a quality, warm investment which you will reach for year after year, and something that looks interesting, current and stylish. 

Coat trends move at a glacial pace, but there are a few new silhouettes and updates that you might want to consider for 2019. Here are the seven best to try...

The new leather jacket

The leather biker jacket is a wardrobe staple, but there is a new silhouette to know this year. The belted leather mac is a little softer, falls below the hip, and is cinched at the waist with a wide belt for slightly Seventies, vintage proportions. 

Kitri’s vegan leather version, from the British label’s debut outerwear collection, is the best on the high street, available in bottle green, or navy mock-croc. Some colours are customisable with detachable faux fur collar and cuffs.

From £195, kitristudio.com, pictured above

The maxi coat

Floor length coats offered a new, dramatic silhouette on the winter catwalks, particularly at Chanel where Cara Delevingne’s trailed behind her in the fake snow set. On the high street, brands from H&M to Ganni have designed takes on the oversized coat trend, while at Amanda Wakeley, the best incarnations come in textural woven fabrics. 

With this style, the coat engulfs the outfit below it, so consider wearing it open or pick a hemline which skims above the ankle, allowing your trousers to be seen beneath. 

Monochrome Jumbo Check Coat, £995, amandawakeley.com

The colour-blocked coat

Splicing panels of unexpected colour together can switch up even the most classic coat styles. On the catwalk, Valentino, Rejina Pyo and Roksanda are the established top colourists, clashing colours that, on paper, shouldn’t work together, but look eclectic in practise.

On the high street, Boden is the best at the technique; their colour-blocked Farleigh, Burney and Mitford coats throw shots of bright pink, scarlet and pea green onto more sober base fabrics. 

Farleigh coat, £250, boden.co.uk

The cape

A wool cape is the season’s surprisingly versatile layering piece and looks great when paired with maxi skirts and cigarette trousers alike. Marc Jacobs’ catwalk versions were quite Mary Poppins, but on the high street, there are cleaner, more structured versions with subtle equestrian hardware which are much more wearable. Zara’s flattering mid-thigh grazer comes in beige or black.

Long cape with pockets, £95.99, zara.com

The jumbo checked coat

Big checks are another key coat trend for this winter, seen on the catwalks at Dior, Chloe and more. Plaid, gingham and tartan prints look best on oversized coat silhouettes, worn with monochrome clothes underneath that won’t clash. Tommy Hilfiger’s wrap coat plays with scale; micro checks on the collar and macro for the main body. 

The belted camel coat

Belted coats should always be approached with caution; pick the wrong cut, or the wrong thickness of tie, and you can look like you’re wearing a dressing gown. This A-line wool style from & Other Stories strikes the right balance, as it’s well-tailored and contains enough ‘proper coat’ features so as to not read as loungewear. 

A-Line coat, £175, stories.com

The animal print coat

Leopard print coats come around again every year without fail, but for 2019, there are zebra, snake and tiger print coats to try too. By Malene Birger has the best menagerie of prints this season, available on her slim, mac-style coats which come in wool or cotton blends. Matching items available, and optional.