Compare women's outerwear

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Style notes: Your online guide to buying the best designer women’s outerwear for 2012

Many of us live in areas where the weather can be quite tempermental which means we need a coat on hand for when the weather turns on us. But with so many designers and styles to compare, where’s a girl to start? 

Take a look at our helpful guide to finding your perfect womens coat to fit all occasions and budgets before checking out our comparison table where you’re guaranteed to find your perfect coat or jacket come rain or shine.

The latest styles of coats for women

Blazer A great option for women wanting a formal look or to add a focal point to a casual outfit. Can be worn short or longer in length and either buttoned up to highlight the silhouette or undone to show off that LBD underneath!

Leather Traditionally associated with bikers, a leather jacket is actually an extremely wearable coat for women. It’s warm but stylish and can be dressed up or down depending on your look. Very durable and versatile, it should be a staple item of  ladies outerwear in any wardrobe.

 

Vest  Ideal for outdoor pursuits or for those who just want an added layer of warmth, the vest is sleeveless and cut in a thick fabric which is sometimes padded for extra protection against the cold. 

Raincoat A great ladies coat for when that sunshine turns to showers, look out for the coat’s absorption and whether it’s rain or waterproof. 

 

Duffle Coat Once a staple in the British Royal Navy, the duffle coat has been modernised and feminised with fitted waists and shorter lengths. Toggles, statement colors, seams and hoods add detail while the thick wool fabric keeps you cosy and looking chic. The perfect women’s coat for making a statement.

Parka Originally worn by Eskimos to protect them from harsh climates, the parka is the perfect womens coat for nailing that nonchalant, just-threw-it-on look. This style is traditionally khaki-coloured and longer in length with a hood and lined with faux fur, though shorter styles in a wider variety of colors are now available. 

Mac The perfect light coat for women looking to combat that tricky in-between season period or for an added layer on a summer’s night. Available in shorter or longer lengths in an array of neutral hues and rainbow brights with a tie at the waist to flatter the figure.

 

Fabrics for your new ladies coat

Acrylic Acrylic is a cheap alternative to wool, tweed or cashmere and is perfect if you’re on a budget. But it can wear out easily and may not be the best option if you’re looking for a coat or jacket you can wear year after year. 

Wool The perfect fabric for a warm and cosy winter coat because it’s durable and heavyweight – perfect for keeping those chills away. A timeless classic and always of-the-moment, wool is the best option for an investment buy. Look out for wool mixes for a cheap alternative. 

Cotton Cotton is typically waterproof, soft and breathable making it a chic and comfortable option for lighter coats such as a mac or trench. 

Denim Denim is a very thick and durable fabric which means a denim womens jacket can often last for years, making it a classic investment buy and a gorgeous vintage find for the future.

Leather Very durable and often used by motorcyclists as a protective layer of  outerwear. Faux leather (or PU/pleather) is a great, cheaper alternative that doesn’t use animal skin. 

Linen Ideal for those cooler summer nights. Linen keeps you feeling cool and fresh. It's great for those cool mornings that turn into hot days.

What color to choose for your women's outerwear

Your complexion, hair and eye colour are key factors in determining which colors will look best on you and flatter your coloring. This is especially important when choosing womens coats and jackets as they sit so closely to your face. So, what tones best fit you?

Deep complexions You have blue, red or pink undertones to your skin, which is often pale white, olive or dark. You are generally brunette with dark eyes. Bold, clear colors look fantastic on you – think white, black, blue and red - while neutrals, beiges and biscuit tones are best avoided.

Warm complexions You will have golden or yellow tones to your skin and will usually have red or brunette hair and darker skin. Your perfect color match will mimic the warm tones in your skin – camel, beige, orange and gold look great on you whereas cool tones such as blue are less flattering.

Light complexions Your skin will have golden undertones and will often be a creamy white or peach color. Strawberry blonde hair with blue or green eyes are characteristic of light complexions. Warm, orange-based colors and dirty tones look great on you.

Cool complexion Blue, red or pink undertones characterise a cool complexion. Your skin is often pale or pink and you have blonde or brunette hair with light-colored eyes. Pastels and lighter tones look fantastic against your skin. 

Which style womens coat is right for my shape?

We all know the importance of getting the right style to fit our body shape and make the most of our good parts while hiding those not-so-good areas. But, if you’re struggling to figure out which silhouettes will flatter your lovely shape we’ve put together some golden rules to offer you a helping hand.

Apple shaped You tend to carry weight around your bust and middle and have slim legs and hips. Dress to show off your best features and avoid adding volume around your mid-section. A fitted jacket or coat in a lightweight fabric and belted at the middle look great on you without adding bulk to your shape. Always bring that waist in and avoid anything too boxy or short in length. 

Pear shaped You are bottom heavy with a small bust. Add structure and shape with your outerwear by choosing a coat or jacket with detail around the collar and large lapels or voluminous sleeves. Womens coats and jackets without defined shoulders or with small lapels narrow the top half and are best avoided.

Top-heavy You have a big bust or broad shoulders with narrower hips and torso. Balance out your figure with single-button, belted coats or jackets that add volume below the waist. Avoid cropped jackets, shoulder pads or double-breasted styles. 

Hourglass You have a curvy figure with a defined waist and fuller bust and hips. Lean towards a tailored fit which defines that teeny tiny middle of yours. Belted trench coats and macs or cropped jackets look fantastic on you but steer clear of slouchy or shapeless styles – you want to show off that middle!

Boyish Slender with a ‘straight-up-and-down’ shape, you’re one of the lucky few who can take your pick of online styles. A structured coat or one that ends at the hip is ideal for you because it adds shape without bulking you up. Always cinch that waist in with a belt and avoid tubular styles. 

Compare fashion clothing sizes

The fit of your outerwear is especially important to keep you cosy, comfortable and looking fabulous. Getting the right fit from your online clothing purchase can sometimes be a guessing game but check the latest size guides on independent retailers’ sites before you buy and have a look at our size chart below for general guidance.

United States United Kingdom Europe Australia
2 4 32 6
4 6 34 8
6 8 36 10
8 10 38 12
10 12 40 14
12 14 42 16
14 16 44 18