Don’t you just love fall and the crisp autumn air? It's time to think not only about staying warm but also about staying fashionably warm. And since fall has arrived it's the perfect opportunity to update your wardrobe with a classic coat that not only provides comfort but also showcases your unique style. Whether you're drawn to a sleek and tailored look or prefer the cozy embrace of an oversized design, I’m sharing a few of my favorite Classic Fall Coats for every style.
So don't let the chilly weather dampen your style - embrace the fall season with confidence and flair. It’s time to create the perfect autumn look that is both cozy and chic. It's time to say goodbye to bland outerwear and hello to fashion-forward choices that will keep you stylishly warm all season long.
Beth shares 7 classic fall coats
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One of my all-time favorites that always makes my top ten coat list is The Timeless Trench that embues elegance and sophistication. It also stands as a symbol of class and refinement. With its sleek and tailored design, the trench coat has been a staple in fashion for decades, transcending trends and remaining a go-to choice for those seeking a polished look.
Crafted with attention to detail, the timeless trench offers a balance of functionality and style. Its double-breasted front, complete with classic buttons, not only adds a touch of formality but also provides additional protection against the elements. The belted waist allows for a cinched silhouette, accentuating the figure while maintaining a streamlined appearance.
Of course, Burberry reigns supreme when it comes to a khaki trench. historians claim Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879. in 1901 he designed and submitted an Army Officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office, and so the military trench began its life. during WWI British Officers wore trench coats that had been modified with shoulder straps and D-rings. the ring was included so that map cases, swords or other equipment could easily attach to the belt. after all, necessity is the mother of invention.
Additionally, many trench coats are water-resistant, making them an ideal choice for those unpredictable fall showers.
The versatility of the trench coat is one of its greatest assets. Whether you're dressing up for a formal occasion or opting for a more casual look, the trench effortlessly adapts to any style. Pair it with tailored trousers and a blouse for a sophisticated office ensemble, or layer it over a sweater and jeans for a chic weekend outfit.
I love the timeless trench coat because it offers both style and practicality, making it a must-have addition to any fall wardrobe. Its sleek and tailored design, durable fabrics, and versatile nature make it a fashion statement that transcends time.
The peacoat is another classic fall coat that brings a touch of effortless chic to any wardrobe. With its timeless design and versatility, the pea coat is a must-have for those looking to make a fashion statement this season.
Similar to the trench coat, the peacoat can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Its tailored silhouette gives it a polished and put-together look. Paired with tailored trousers and a blouse, the peacoat exudes sophistication and elegance.
The history of the peacoat is deeply rooted in military and naval backgrounds and the jacket has been around since the 1800s when the first variation was worn by then naval powerhouse, the Dutch. The name pea coat originated from the Dutch word “pije” (they pronounce their j’s funny), which was used in the Dutch language to describe a coat made from coarse wool fabric.
While the Dutch are credited for inventing the peacoat, it was the British navy who can take the credit for the popularization of the jacket. The British version of the coat was similarly designed for naval duties, particularly designed to be a uniform for petty officers.
The coat then made its way across the Atlantic for a third appearance, this time with the American Navy. The U.S. Navy adopted the coat and used the coat for “reefers”, who were the sailors responsible for the unenviable task of climbing up the rigging of sailing ships.
The sweater coat is the epitome of cozy and casual style. With its loose, relaxed fit and soft, comfortable fabric, it's like wrapping yourself in a warm embrace. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely stroll through the park or running errands on a chilly autumn day, the oversized sweater coat effortlessly combines fashion with comfort.
One of the greatest benefits of the oversized sweater coat is its versatility. It can be dressed up or down, making it suitable for a variety of occasions. Pair it with jeans and ankle boots for a laid-back weekend look, or dress it up with jeans and heels for a casual dinner date. The possibilities are endless.
Not only is the sweater coat fashionable, but it also provides the perfect layer of warmth for those cool fall days. Its loose silhouette allows for easy layering, making it ideal for adding a chunky sweater or scarf underneath. The extra roominess also allows for freedom of movement, ensuring that you stay comfortable throughout the day.
This timeless piece effortlessly combines sophistication with warmth, making it a must-have addition to any fashion-forward wardrobe.
The beauty of the wrap coat lies in its versatile design. With its belted waist and graceful draping, it flatters every body shape, accentuating curves and providing a flattering silhouette. Whether you opt for a long or midi length, this coat exudes a sense of refined femininity that is hard to resist.
Crafted from sumptuous materials such as cashmere or wool, the wrap coat exudes a luxurious feel. The softness and warmth provided by these fabrics ensure that you'll be cozy and comfortable, even on the chilliest autumn days. Not only does it feel indulgent to wear, but it also adds a touch of opulence to any outfit.
In terms of style, the wrap coat offers a range of choices. Choose a classic, solid-colored option in muted tones like camel or navy for a sophisticated look that will never go out of style. Alternatively, make a statement with a bold and vibrant hue, such as deep burgundy or rich forest green, to add some personality to your ensemble. You can even opt for a wrap coat with a subtle pattern or texture, like herringbone or jacquard, for a touch of visual interest.
The wrap coat's versatility extends beyond its styling options. This coat can effortlessly transition from day to night, making it a perfect choice for those on-the-go days. Pair it with jeans and ankle boots for a casually chic daytime look, and then dress it up with a dress or tailored pants for a sophisticated evening outfit. With the wrap coat, you'll always exude an air of elegance and refinement.
What can I say about this classic coat except it’s the perfect third layer come fall.
Classic style never goes out of style, so if you’re looking for a classic coat that will stand the test of time, look no further than the iconic brand Barbour. I’m a big fan of their iconic waxed coat with corduroy collar made popular by Queen Elizabeth. According to fashion folklore, the late Queen Elizabeth II was so attached to her Barbour Beaufort jacket that when the brand offered to replace her waxed cotton, corduroy-collared style with a newer iteration, she opted to hold on to her well-loved original for 25 years.
Another barn jacket that caught my attention is this lightweight Heritage Barn Jacket from J.Crew in plaid. It has all of the classic details associated with barn jackets like corduroy collar, patch pockets and gold crest buttons. And if I haven’t mentioned it size up one size with coats so you can wear even the chunkiest sweaters underneath.
I also love this quilted jacket from Barbour that's sporty, chic, and oh-so-classic. It looks fantastic popped over a pair of black pants from and a simple black sweater.
Okay, I’m gonna admit I’m a sucker when it comes to sherpa whether it’s the main attraction or merely lining a coat for warmth.
Last but not least is the iconic puffer jacket made famous by Eddie Bauer and a fishing trip gone awry. Legend has it Eddie suffered a severe case of hypothermia after carrying wet fish back to camp. After the incident he was determined to create a coat that could withstand the elements, keeping him warm and dry.