Because the ladies’ coat developed relatively late and was therefore unable to fall back on traditional examples, its designers turned to the classics in men’s fashion for inspiration, at least as far as daywear was concerned. Consequently a woman’s wardrobe may contain a number of well known, traditional designs with this inspiration, ranging from the chesterfield coat with velvet collar to the sporty polo coat with patch pockets, in the other hand, fashion designers created very feminine silhouettes for evening wear, and the fashion for fur developed its own interpretation of the coat. After World War II, haute couture also began to concentrate on coat design, which now had to reflect the fashion of the day. The coat’s length had to follow that of the dress or skirt, as a result of which coats became very short in the 1960s, when designers created a simple but very elegant coats.
This week, as I draped a well-loved, almost floor-grazing wool coat over the tired sweatsuit I’ve been wearing on a weekly basis since last March, I quickly remembered that coats are practically closet magic. The best fall coats can transform any outfit and make casual separates (yes, even sweatpants!) look put together instantly. While comfort-first wardrobe staples aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, draping a sleek coat over an outfit, no matter how informal, can make the mundane feel special again.
This season the best fall coats go back to basics with classic silhouettes. Thanks to styles from timeless trench coats to elegant wool overcoats, getting out of a style rut is easier than you may think. Here, 36 fall coats to help you keep warm, feel put together, and shake up the monotony of your wardrobe.