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A cool-weather essential, winter outerwear (see: jackets and coats) is a practical addition to your wardrobe this time of year. Aside from keeping you warm when it’s cold out, a great topper can add magic to the most basic of outfits. Throw a stylish puffer jacket, bomber, wool coat or trench coat over blue jeans and a plain t-shirt and suddenly, you look as if you’ve made more of an effort than you really have. And really, what more could you ask for from a single piece of clothing?
To that end, we’ve pulled together the latest and greatest trends in cosy and cute outerwear this season to bring you the ultimate guide to winter coats and jackets. (Looking for plus size clothing options? We’ve included those too – as we should! – inclusive fashion for the win.)
No matter your style or budget, these must-know styles will make brisk winter mornings snug and stylish. From trench coats and puffers to faux fur and leather styles (and more), all you need to do is scroll and shop at Westfield North Lakes
Always chic, the trench coat is one of the few fashion items we can confidently say will never fall out of favour. A style you can feel safe about splashing out on, it’s been going strong for decades. This season, you’ll find the trench in traditional fabrics like gabardine, as well as cuddlier, more playful options with faux fur accents on the collar and cuffs. Cropped styles are fun for transeasonal dressing, but the classic below-the-knee length works best in winter.
Try: Cotton On, Portmans, City Chic, Kmart, Target, Tarocash or Connor.
Faux fur used to be considered a fashion faux pas, but it’s come a long way in recent years. Today’s versions either look and feel real, or wholly embrace their ‘fakeness’ via unnaturally vivid colours and prints. The fastest way to inject fun into your wardrobe, this fashion girl favourite delivers on drama and cosiness. Embrace fluffy faux fur this winter in neutral shades like beige, camel, and chocolate, or go for a chic animal print.
Try: Ally Fashion, Valleygirl, Cotton On, Kmart or City Beach.
A contemporary classic, this style is all about feeling snug as a bug. (It’s basically a blanket you can wear.) Simple quilting details mean it makes a statement without you having to do much – it’s the easiest way to dress up your favourite tee and jeans. A word of warning: quilting can add unwanted bulk. If you’re worried about being overwhelmed by volume, choose a cropped style and wear it open, with fitted layers underneath.
Try: Cotton On, Lorna Jane, Kmart, Target or Ally Fashion.
Over the years, puffer jackets have transformed from practical pieces you’d probably only pack for a snow trip to a modern classic. This season, you’ll find extra-puffy styles in beautiful fabrics like leather and vegan leather, as well as fun prints. They look great layered up with fine knits and dresses in autumn but truly come into their own when temperatures plummet. Wear yours with jeans and sneakers for a cool but casual vibe.
Try: Cotton On Body, City Beach, Lorna Jane, Rockwear, Supre and more.
Slouchy styles have always been around, and we don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Especially given our new, post-lockdown appreciation for comfortable pieces that also look good! For maximum wear, look for an oversized fit with minimal details in a practical colourway like black, navy or camel – it’ll go with everything you own. If you’re petite, go for a cocoon coat with a belt so you can cinch in your waist for definition.
Try: Lorna Jane, Portmans, Ally Fashion, Tarocash, Connor.
If you’re after a piece of outerwear that will last you (just about) forever, a leather jacket could be it. A true wardrobe staple, it levels up even the simplest of outfits with zero effort. Opt for a timeless fit – moto and bomber styles always feel current for both women’s and men’s jackets – then wear it with everything. If you prefer an animal-friendly version, you’re in luck – stylish vegan leather and suede options are everywhere.
Try: Jay Jays, City Chic, Just Jeans, Portmans, Supre.
Also known as the ‘shirt-meets-jacket’, this modern style is perfect for those who live in temperate climates or for use on warmer winter days. A versatile layering piece, they’re thicker than a shirt but not as heavy as a winter coat. Bonus: They look equally good unbuttoned or buttoned up, which means you’ll likely get lots of wear through autumn, winter and spring. Find them in chunky flannels, leather and wool, and pair them with everything from a cotton tee to a knit.
Try: Cotton On, Lorna Jane, Ally Fashion, Valleygirl, City Beach, Jay Jays and more.
A great place to start if you’re building out your outerwear options, a classic wool coat is – by definition – timeless. A slim, sleek cut means it works just as well draped over an evening dress or suit as it does sweatpants. You’ll find options galore this season, from single and double-breasted to cropped or floor-grazing. Choose what feels best, and you can’t go wrong. As always, go with a colour that works with your existing wardrobe for maximum wear.
Try: Portmans, Noni B, Rockmans, Connor, Lorna Jane, Katies and more.
While we’re all for maximising cost-per-wear with a timeless style (sustainable fashion and all that), sometimes you just want to splash out on something trendy and fun. Enter: the statement jacket. Options for women’s jackets in particular have expanded so much over the past few years – from cutouts and lace-up details to puffy sleeves and sequins, there’s something out there to catch every eye. For a more subtle take on the statement trend, go for a vivid colour or print.
Try: Connor, Lorna Jane, Rockman's, Noni B, Joshua Thomas Fashion and more.
They’ve been around for a crazy-long time (since the 1800s!), but denim jackets still have a heck of a hold on fashion. The easiest way to add a didn’t-try-but-still-look cool appeal to an outfit, they’re a perfect topper for casual ensembles. Indigo denim will never date, but white and black washes are versatile picks too. After something a bit more dressy? Look for a denim blazer or classic sports coat and wear with high-waisted trousers or chinos.
Try: Just Jeans, Kmart, Target, Katies, City Chic, Ally Fashion, Valleygirl and more.
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