As someone who basically wears the same outfit all winter, I do love a winter-coat refresh.
And while I almost never purchase my hardest-working, performance winter coats on sale — not the ski jacket, not the uber-warm, long black puffer (oh, hey — mine currently is on sale) — I do love to score a really exciting statement coat at a discount.
The function of a statement coat is simple: perk up my usual jeans-and-a-sweater outfits. I can be a little flexible on actual warmth, but I do want major style. After all, it’s the coat that only needs to keep me warm as I dash from the car to the restaurant.
Perk Up Winter Outfits With Timeless Statement Coats: A Deep Dive
Furthermore, if I ever have any sort of event to attend, one where a puffer jacket isn’t going to cut it, I’m covered.
Lastly, the thing I’ve noticed about statement coats over the years is that they really don’t go out of style. While trends come and go — and statement coats are definitely influenced by these trends — the fact that these coats are intentionally different from the norm is what also makes them special and, therefore, fairly timeless.
A fabulous coat is a fabulous coat is a fabulous coat…ya know?
Start Here: My Top 2 Swoon-Worthy Statement Coats
There are two statement coats I’ve been relying on to perk up my outfits, and both happen to be on sale. These coats have two very different vibes (and are two very different levels of warmth), but that’s part of the fun: They don’t actually have to tick all of the boxes.
My only requirements for statement coats are that 1. I’ve gotta love it — like, make-me-swoon, bury-me-in-this-coat kind of love because I plan to wear it for years — and 2. it’s gotta fit in the budget (which is where the sales come in).
I bought this SAM Denver sherpa jacket over a year ago, and wow — it was a really good purchase. SAM. jackets are shockingly technical (read: very, very warm) yet look more like a fashion jacket. This one in particular spoofs almost a faux fur with it’s slouchy vibe.
It’s that fancy-not-fancy element that means that I’ve worn this jacket to school drop-off, running errands, aprés-ski AND date night.
Don’t miss the warm, elasticized cuffs (with thumbholes), the drawstring cord at the waist, and windproof zippers. Actually, the whole thing is pretty darn windproof. Highly recommend.
My latest purchase is this plaid cocoon coat from BA&SH. A classic plaid has been given an unexpected twist with an almost subtle pop of turquoise. It makes this coat a bit more playful and nearly…subversive. It still gives school-girl plaid, but maybe one who cuts classes. I haven’t had this coat long enough to really photograph (underwhelming selfies to follow), but I’ve been stalking it all season, waiting for it to go on sale.
I had actually rented BA&SH’s old version of this coat from Rent the Runway last year (long gone now, unfortunately), but I’m wild about the shape. Cocoon coats are genius for layering, and this one fits over my thickest, nubbiest, cable-knit sweater.
A Guide To The Best Statement Coats: From Designer To Budget-Friendly
As I mentioned before, the end of January is THE time to splurge on a statement coat. Not only is there a ton of inventory, but almost all are on sale! And if you’ve ever found yourself eyeing up some of the pricier designer coats, you might be in luck. Sizes are going fast (of course), but I did round up my favorites below as a little guide to the sales.
P.S. While I did include plenty of designer finds, I also made sure to round them out with a few affordable options as well.
In addition to my SAM. Denver jacket and my new plaid BA&SH coat, the collage above contains my current top 10 statement-coat finds. However!! It was alllllllmost impossible to narrow it down to just 10 (oh, haha, it’s actually nine), so below I have many, many more gorgeous, on sale, statement coats for your consideration, sorted by type: pretty patterns, plaid, sherpa, faux leather, colorful, long, short and menswear-inspired.
Shop: Pretty, Patterned Statement Coats
These are some of the most fun of the bunch. I adore what any of these coats would do for a simple T-shirt and jeans, and many of them will help ease the transition from winter to spring nicely. The left (paisley) coat is from Boden, and the right is — obviously — Missoni. Gorg.
Shop: Plaid Statement Coats
I tried on this Isabel Marant Étoile coat, and it’s great. This is another option that fits over even the chunkiest sweaters and looks cute both open and buttoned up. It is definitely a statement.
Warning: This coat is much longer than it appears here and hits well below my knees, almost to mid-calf. I suspect it would be amazing on someone tall.
Shop: (Real Or Faux) Sherpa Statement Coats
There really isn’t anything more luxe than a sherpa coat, and even the faux-sherpa coats have that same casually-rich vibe. This particular faux-fur/knit coat is by one of my fave French designers, Maje, and I’m swooning hard over this one.
Shop: Statement Coats In Pretty Colors
Again, I always start by picturing a statement coat with a basic T-shirt and jeans, and wow — this rose-colored jacket from Free People would be stunning (and cozy). There are, of course, other options…
Shop: (Real or Faux) Leather Statement Coats
There’s something about a leather (or faux-leather) winter jacket that automatically gives ’70s vibes, so I love that this faux-fur-lined coat just leans on innnnnn.
Shop: Long Statement Coats
Long maxi coats hit hard last season and are still going STRONG, which likely explains why there are very few on sale right now. This is one coat type I keep trying to cover, but they tend to sell out quickly. In the shopping widget below, I just tried to identify which coats have some serious length (even if they’ve already been featured in other shopping widgets above).
Well, there you have it! Statement coats, all ways. Which one(s) are you loving?