13 Types of Coats – Which Style Defines You Most?

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If you are to immediately grab attention, wear a coat. It’s the biggest statement-making apparel you can have. Coats are not just necessities, covering and making you warm, they also serve as a reflection of your inner style.

There are 8 tips to help you choose the right coat that flatters your figure, pick your outer layer wisely. Amp up your look with these stylish ways to wear coats. Before you go shop for your most stylish coat, it’s essential that you know all types of coats.

1. Trench Coat

classic trench coat
Banana Republic Classic Trench

Originally an optional item of dress in the British Army, trench coat has evolved into one of the most fashionable coats, dressing up the most stylish of women. This ten-buttoned, double-breasted raincoat now comes in both dark, sophisticated shades and light, feminine hues, such as red, peach and periwinkle.

2. Parka Coat

parka coat
Jessie G. Women’s Down Parka Coat

A puffy, often down-filled jacket, Parka can be challenging to style. This casual style ranges from cropped to below midcaff, with or with the absence of fur. When the temperature drops to -40C and the wind makes it feel like -60C, Parka can be your best friend.

3. Pea Coat

pea coat women
Double Breasted Pea Coat

Originally worn by sailors and navies, this outer coat typically hits below the hip and is double-breasted. The female version of this classic style is often referred to as a Jackie O jacket.

4. Wrap Coat

wrap coat
Banana Republic Doublefaced Wool Belted Wrap Coat

This outer layer that’s somehow akin to a robe has an extra material that allows it to overlap in the front. It’s cinched by a belt.

5. Chesterfield Coat

Chesterfield Coat
Coat available at Nordstrom

A long, tailored overcoat with very little waist suppression, Chesterfield coat is the equivalent of the ‘sack suit’ for clothes. Chesterfiled is slim, with blazerlike lapels which sometimes comes in velvet. This is a mens-style single or double breasted coat.

6. Military Coat

military coat
soft polyester blend coat

A reinterpretation of traditional military coats, it is usually long, from below the knee to the ankle, and double breasted, most often with brass-button details.

7. Cape Coat

cape coat women
Thea Belted Cape Coat

The cape was common in medieval Europe, often worn with a hood. A sleeveless style that can have armholes, it can be belted.

8. Car Coat

Car coat women
Andrew Marc Car Coat

This above-the-knee coat typically features buttons running down the front but can also have a double-breasted closure. Car coat has a classic appeal.

9. Cocoon Coat

Bernice cocoon wool-blend coat
Diane von Furstenberg Bernice cocoon wool-blend coat

Often cut above the knee and has sleeves that aren’t full-length, this outercoat is roomy.

10. Toggle Coat

Toggle Coat
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Hooded Toggle Coat

This coat has front toggle closure and often a hood. Usually cut from wool.

11. Duffle Coat

duffle coat
Wool-blend duffle coat

A coat made from duffle, a coarse, thick, woolen material. The name derives from Duffel, a town in the province of Antwerp in Belgium where the material originates

The most common style of Duffle coat is British style. Made of genuine Duffel, lined with a woolly tartan pattern, a hood and button able neck strap, four front wooden or horn toggle-fastenings with four rope or leather loops to attach them to,  two large outside pockets with covering flaps. It’s with three-quarter length.

12. Bracelet-Sleeve

bracelet-sleeved coat
Diane von Furstenberg Loretta Three-Quarter-Sleeve Coat

Long or short, this coat has sleeves that end somewhere between elbow and mid-forearm.

13. Top Coat

BGSD Women´s Long Wool Blend Walking Top Coat

A lightweight overcoat, this traditional button-front cut hangs from the shoulders and features a fold-over collar and side pockets.

So tell me Creative Fashionistas, which coat defines you the most?