The Highsnobiety Winter Wardrobe Manual is a guide to dressing well when temperatures plummet. Expect big coats, padded pants, snug accessories, and hibernation-ready homeware.
Coat season is back. Which means it's almost time to bundle up until you're nothing but a head emerging out from under multiple layers of down, wool, and shearling. That might sound appealing, but winter coats are a tricky look to get right. Not everyone is into the extra-large silhouette, and while others eagerly await any opportunity to go big with their outerwear, some prefer a covert layering approach.
With this divisive winter wardrobe essential on the agenda, I called upon Highsnobiety editors and staff across the globe, from New York to London, to get the lowdown on the winter coats that they're using to cope with their respective climates. As is evident from these submissions, it's often hard to pick just one.
Check out some of this season's best winter coats below.
Thom Bettridge, Editor-in-Chief, New York
Y/Project x Canada Goose Parka
Constable Parka Coat
Y/Project x Canada Goose
"It seems like everyone is either stuck in a cramped apartment or hiding out in a rural Airbnb these days, so in the spirit of this wacky winter, I need to provide “town” and “country” options for this round-up. My city pick is this Y/Project x Canada Goose parka that I’ve had my eye on since I saw it gliding down the runway in Paris last February. That was the show where they put all the editors in a giant balloon pit — pretty sure that’s illegal now. It’s a time-honored New York dude past time to rock a ludicrously outdoorsy statement parka (shout to the Marmot Biggie) and this is the one this year."
Barbour Diggle Jacket
Diggle Quilted Jacket
"With Supreme and Noah heaping hype onto the brand this year, I’d like to draw the public’s attention to Barbour’s lesser-appreciated quilted offerings. The Diggle is a comfy car coat with sporty elbow pads and a look that says “I’m out buying a quart of milk” in the most effortlessly cool way possible. Its giant front pockets are perfect for shotgun shells if you’re one kind of country person — or an extra iPhone battery and a bag of magic mushrooms if you’re my kind of country person."
Alex Rakestraw, Outerwear Expert, New York
Arc'teryx Veilance Monitor Down TW Coat
Monitor Down TW Coat
"Choosing a single jacket pick feels like picking children. My favorite child of the moment is Veilance's Monitor Down TW Coat. In New York, winters are cold rain, colder rain, and if you've got a flight to catch, snow. This insane techno-tweed GORE fishtail keeps wet on the outside and warmth on the inside, all while looking rather chic. If $1,600 is too stiff a bill, go for sister brand Arc'teryx's Radsten Parka."
The North Face Brown Label Down Parka
"Few coats have caused the emotional reaction in me that this one did. If you look at this mohair-alike '70s explorer puffer and don't immediately love it, it's just not for you. But if you did love it (and have the closet full of wide cuts and playful textures needed to pull it off), welcome aboard."
Herbert Hofmann, Creative Director, Berlin
GmbH Wool Coat
"I love how this coat almost doesn't make it as a coat. There's a weird tension in the awkward length of it, which could make many consider it a jacket rather than a coat. It's a classic for the winters to come and can be dressed up and down. Combined with a hoodie, sweat pants, and some Dr. Martens Chelsea boots it will look amazing. For the winter in Berlin I might need a down vest and long johns underneath - winters are tough in Central Europe."
Dries Van Noten Roburn Coat
"This green Dries Coat reminds me of my grandfather's hunting outfits, which he wore in the Austrian Alps. It has kind of a dated, old-school, and vintage shop-vibe but I can't imagine a better coat."
Haley Culp, Assistant Fashion Editor, New York
Peter Do Shearling Jacket
"Peter Do uses less traditional women's tailoring fabrics like leather that make up clean androgynous looks. This coat is structured yet functional with shearling paneling that is sure to keep the cold out this winter. The double belt is like a built-in neck warmer that's a statement in itself. You could pair this with basics and still look super chic."
Aimé Leon Dore X Woolrich Coat
"The Neutral toned palette on this puffer is something that can outrun many winters because it matches anything in your wardrobe. It's a more playful take on a puffer and you can build on contrasting shades to dress it up. New York has been throwing those random painfully cold days and there's nothing better than an easy coat that you can throw on without too much thought."
Corey Stokes, Fashion Director, New York
Bottega Veneta Puffer Jacket
"I'm obsessed with the play on proportion with this coat. Brown is my favorite neutral, like black, to pair with any and every color story you decide to rock underneath."
Christopher Morency, Editorial Director, London
Dunhill Cashmere Wool Kimono
"2021 is the year of Dunhill. Calling it here. The English heritage brand is so wildly underrated in the fashion space and deserves a lot more love. Since creative director Mark Weston joined the house the brand has become a real contender to grow exponentially on a global level. (Let's not forget Kim Jones got his start at Dunhill as well). This cashmere wool Kimono coat for those that can afford it is understated comfy post lockdown lux. For those that want to beat the dreary weather here in London."
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