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5 Fall Coat Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Season

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Outerwear is arguably one of the most fun categories to shop for. Whether it's a timeless trench or a tundra-proof parka, coats are one of the best ways to make a sartorial statement regardless of where you live or venture to throughout winter. Besides, a new coat (or two, or three) is often a wise investment each season: Not only will its cost-per-wear ratio be lower than that of, say, a sweater, but also because it should last you multiple seasons. Which brings us to the biggest fall coat trends of 2018: The runways ushered in a host of fresh looks from classic silhouettes to impactful prints in a range of fabrications like warm wool, supple leather, and cozy down.

Whether you’re looking to update your collection with a new color, luxe texture, or exaggerated shape, options abound at a range of price points. And, taking stock of the new-season trends — as well as what's already hanging in your closet — is helpful when considering a pricier purchase, especially if you’re going to invest in a designer version.

If your style is classic and you’re looking to add a bit of flash into the mix, a traditionally tailored coat in a pastel shade or of-the-moment leopard print could suit you well. Designers like Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors, and Max Mara showed elegantly spotted coats while Balenciaga, Acne Studios, and Saks Potts delivered on sorbet shades.

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If you’ve rotated through a series of statement-making styles and are hoping to replace a couple showstoppers, fall’s fresh approach to puffer coats and shearling might spark some interest. We got chills after seeing Dior, Louis Vuitton, Altuzarra, and Giambattista Valli’s takes on shearling. Likewise for and Chanel, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda, and Alexander McQueen’s fanciful puffers. For fail-safe styling with edgy appeal, luxurious leather coats proved unanimous in both neutral colors and vivid shades — Chloé, Miu Miu, and Rejina Pyo showed slick variations.

Wherever you fall on the outerwear spectrum, we tapped Natalie Kingham, buying director at MATCHESFASHION.COM to help break down the fall coat trends that will be everywhere this season. Read on as she shares pro-tips for styling each trend with aplomb, plus, shop our edit of fall coats for every budget.

Animal Print

“Definitively the trend of the season, you'll have no trouble finding the animal print of your dreams," says Kingham. "Leopard print galore at Max Mara and the tiger print show stopper at Bottega Veneta were highlights. A coat is such an effortless way to buy into the trend because it allows the primal prints to either be an accent or your total look." And if you're not sure how to incorporate it into your current wardrobe, know that you can and should treat animal print as a neutral, Kingham tells TZR.

Leopard Print Jacquard Coat

$119

Zara

Faulkner Jacket

$250

Ganni

Cheetah Faux Fur Coat

$695

FRAME

Tiger-Stripe Coat

$4,650

Bottega Veneta

Straight Coat

$955

KENZO

Pastel

“Soft hues, particularly in a coat, can be tricky as you want to appear anything but washed out in the winter months,” says Kingham. “Opt for a pastel with purpose such as teddy texture like Roksanda’s version or romantic print at Burberry are sophisticated alternatives to a solid.” She suggests you pair pastel outwear "with tonal separates such as a navy coordinating pant and top.”

Textured Camel Hair Coat

$1,875

Roksanda

Faux Fur Jacket

$99

H&M

Patsy Hand-Crocheted Coat

$490

Dauphinette

Curve Waterfall Collar Coat With Tie Belt

$111

Asos Design

Limited Edition Wool Coat With Detachable Scarf

$595

Massimo Dutti

Leather

“Leather coats have always been a staple for a fall winter wardrobe and this season is no different," says Kingham. "From Maison Margiela’s update on the classic leather jacket with oversized proportions and Marques Almeida’s colorful take on a perennial biker style to Nili Lotan’s full length trench, there is a style for everyone. Layer it up, wear it from day to night — it’s a piece that'll last you a lifetime.”

Point-Collar Leather Trench Coat

$2,547

Nili Lotan

Olivia Blue Faux Leather Jacket

$775.02

Rejina Pyo

Faux Patent Leather Belted Jacket

$229

Vince Camuto

Leather Coat

$1,158

Low Classic

Belted Leather Coat

$4,890

Loewe

Shearling

“Shearling has proven to be more of a staple than a trend when it comes to coats; the last few years of designs have provided everything from aviator to shearling maxi coats all have staying power,” says Kingham. “The runway this AW18 taught us that the shearlings to invest in have that little something extra. From Isabel Marant’s intarsia version to Loewe’s layered luxury, your shearing should be and will be the star of your outfit.” Not sure how to wear it? “Don’t overthink it. Let your coat be the star of your look and pair with essentials like a black trouser and your favorite basic boots,” she says.

Faux Shearling Biker Jacket

$199

Avec Les Filles

Aviator Coat

$813

Nanushka

Faux Shearling Hooded Coat

$59

Uniqlo

Aban Reversible Patchwork Shearling Jacket

$5,150

Isabel Marant

Pixie Coat

$110

I.AM.GIA x Urban Outfitters

Luxe Puffer

“The puffer is going through a moment of redefinition,” says Kingahm. “As the style came into popularity this time last year, it left so many of us daunted by its sheer size and challenge to make the (previously benign) chic. Designers like Gucci and Versace have made our lives easier by offering thoughtful volume in interesting prints and multiple textures.”

Embellished Tartan Wool Down Jacket

$4,500

Gucci

Plus Metallic Puffer Jacket

$129.99

Mango

Floral-Printed Puffer Coat

$1,385

MSGM

Quilted Velvet Down Jacket

$1,650

Moncler

Fur-Collar Multi-Floral Lace-Embroidered Short Puffer Coat

$4,465

Giambattista Valli