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The Fall Coat Edit: What to Wear with Every Kind of Outfit

Written by: Amanda Chung

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Published on: October 11, 2022

Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk

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Photo courtesy of Anouk Yve

Choose an outfit. Change your top. Internally debate which shoe goes best. Change your top again. It’s not until the final mirror check that you realize you forgot to factor a coat into this whole situation—which, in some cases (parkas, puffers, peacoats), will ruin the look you just spent the last 10 minutes on.

We know the struggle. So this fall, we decided to assemble an outerwear cheat sheet. These are the best options to zip, fasten, layer, or drape, depending on what you’ve got on underneath.

BEST FOR:

Wide-Leg Pants

You want something that either hits high on the hip (the impossibly cool sherpa-collar leather jacket from our September G. Label drop comes to mind) or falls around your shins, like this chic wool coat. What you don’t want is something that hovers awkwardly in the middle—it’ll interrupt the elongating A-line silhouette of the pants.

FROM LEFT: MANSUR GAVRIEL BAG, goop, $495; G. LABEL SHIELDS WORKWEAR JACKET, goop, $625

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  1. G. Label Typhaine Sherpa-Collar Leather Jacket goop, $1,495
    G. Label Typhaine Sherpa-Collar Leather Jacket goop, $1,495
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  2. Toteme coat Toteme, $1280
    Totême coat Totême, $1,280
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  3. Alex Mill Jacket goop, $285
    Alex Mill Jacket goop, $285
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  4. G. Label Kaplan Vintage Flare Jeans goop, $295
    G. Label Kaplan Vintage Flare Jeans goop, $295
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  5. Proenza Schouler White Label pants goop, $395
    Proenza Schouler pants goop, $395
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  6. Proenza Schouler Boots goop, $995
    Proenza Schouler Boots goop, $995
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BEST FOR:

Suiting

If you’re in a suit or even just a blazer and jeans, reach for an overcoat that’s equally tailored. Ideally, it’s done in a substantial fabric like heavyweight wool or felt, which will give the relaxed cut some structure. As for the color? You’ll never go wrong with a neutral (what that means, exactly, is for you to decide).

ALEX MILL BLAZER, goop, $395; MARA HOFFMAN VEST, goop, $325

  1. Max Mara coat Max Mara, $1,675
    Max Mara coat Max Mara, $1,675
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  2. Alex Mill blazer goop, $395
    Alex Mill blazer goop, $395
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  3. Mara Hoffman Vest goop, $325
    Mara Hoffman Vest goop, $325
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  4. Totême Denim Totême, $330
    Totême Denim Totême, $330
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  5. Mansur Gavriel BAG goop, $495
    Mansur Gavriel BAG goop, $495
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  6. Aeyde flats goop, $275
    Aeyde flats goop, $275
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If You Own Too Many Black Coats…

  1. Cos COAT Cos, $350
    COS COAT COS, $350
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  2. Loewe Coat Net-a-Porter, $4,600
    Loewe COAT Net-a-Porter, $4,600
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  3. Khaite coat Khaite, $2,900
    Khaite coat Khaite, $2,900
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BEST FOR:

A Miniskirt

Every fall, we’re reminded that the mini—worn with socks and loafers or bare-legged with knee-high boots—is truly a moment. Up the ante with a double-breasted peacoat that hits right at the hem of the skirt or a strong-shouldered plaid number that plays with proportion.

NILI LOTAN COAT, goop, $1,595; MATIN MINISKIRT, goop, $470

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  1. Miu Miu Coat Miu Miu, $4,900
    Miu Miu Coat Miu Miu, $4,900
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  2. G. Label Anna boiled-wool miniskit goop, $395
    G. Label Anna boiled-wool miniskirt goop, $395
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  3. Bottega Veneta Eyewear Net-a-Porter, $470
    Bottega Veneta Eyewear Net-a-Porter, $470
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  4. Aesther Ekme bag goop, $450
    Neous Crossbody goop, $950
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  5. Johnstons of Elgin socks Net-a-Porter, $50
    Johnstons of Elgin socks Net-a-Porter, $50
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  6. loafers
    Prada loafers Prada, $1,150
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BEST FOR:

Black Tie

Lean into the elegance of an evening gown with a cropped jacket that can be draped over your shoulders like a cape. (The cascading collar and silver hardware on Totême’s has landed it on multiple editors’ wish lists.) Other solid options: a satin-crepe topper or a burgundy stole draped gently around your shoulders.

G. LABEL PANELLA SQUARE-NECK DRESS, goop, $725

  1. Westman Atelierr Mascara goop, $58
    Westman Atelier Mascara goop, $58
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  2. Bondeye Jewelry Earrings goop, $775
    Bondeye Jewelry Earrings goop, $775
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  3. Mason and Books ring goop, $4,750
    Mason and Books ring goop, $4,750
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  4. Lee Mathews dress goop, $830
    Lee Mathews dress goop, $830
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  5. Cult Gaia clutch goop, $428
    Cult Gaia clutch goop, $428
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  6. Neous goop, $535
    Neous slingbacks goop, $535
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Because Dress Codes and Puffer Jackets Don’t Mix

  1. Totême Jacket Totême, $1,140
    Totême Jacket Totême, $1,140
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  2. The Row cape Net-a-Porter, $2,250
    The Row cape Net-a-Porter, $2,250
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  3. Loro Piana stole Loro Piana, $1,225
    Loro Piana stole Loro Piana, $1,225
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BEST FOR:

A Midlength Hem

While there’s no one-size-fits-all advice for how to stay warm while in a skirt or dress, we will say this: A curved-sleeve silhouette complements an elegant LBD, a quilted shell offsets a whimsical skirt nicely, and a short shearling jacket and a cozy tartan coat are two pieces you’ll tap all season long.

FROM LEFT: MARA HOFFMAN DRESS, goop, $395; AEYDE FLATS, goop, $275; GANNI JACKET,
goop, $395
; CARA CARA SKIRT, goop, $395

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  1. G. Label Camberlyn Pleat-Neck Midlength Dress goop, $645
    G. Label Camberlyn Pleat-Neck Midlength Dress goop, $645
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  2. Loewe coat Loewe, $3,300
    Loewe coat Loewe, $3,300
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  3. LouLou Studio Jacket Net-a-Porter, $1,265
    Loulou Studio Jacket Net-a-Porter, $1,265
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  4. Brunello Cucinelli Coat Brunello Cucinelli, $7,995
    Brunello Cucinelli Coat Brunello Cucinelli, $7,995
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  5. Esse Skirt goop, $645
    ESSE Skirt goop, $645
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  6. Cult Gaia Crossbody bag goop, $398
    Cult Gaia Crossbody goop, $398
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More Styles to Choose From

Diamond quilting, interesting collars, sharp patterns and color combos to pique your interest—any of these eight cold-weather picks would be a worthy investment.

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