designer coats
Burberry $2,490

There is nothing more decadent than a designer coat. When chosen wisely, a high-end winter coat is with you for the rest of your life — a staple for your cold-weather wardrobe. It’s a blanket on a plane, a versatile statement piece, and a more prominent status symbol than a high-end handbag in my personal opinion. With outdoor socializing still a major part of our lives and a chilly spring ahead of us, we need some more fabulous outerwear to stay warm out there.

Best Stores for Designer Coats

As I update this post each winter you’ll see some brands come up over and over again. Burberry is a great example of this. Beyond their classic trench coats, their outerwear in general is a fantastic investment and they have some truly elegant winter coats. I always have multiple Burberry goodies on this list, but the real consistency is where I shop for my high-end coats. Here is my list of go-to stores for the best designer coats, along with their return policies, since investment shopping can be nerve-wracking. 

  1. Farfetch – Returns are accepted for free within 14 days of receipt, items must be returned unworn, undamaged, and unused, with all tags attached and the original packaging included.
  2. MyTheresa – Returns are accepted within 30 days of receipt, all items must be returned in their original condition, without having been worn, washed, or altered, and with tags still attached. Free returns are only available from the country to which an order was originally shipped, for example, orders delivered to Germany must be returned from Germany. Otherwise, the return is unfortunately not free of charge (import and shipping fees will be charged at your own expense).
  3. Outnet –  Returns are accepted for free within 28 days of when the order was delivered.
  4. Bergdorf Goodman – Returns and exchanges are accepted within 30 days of receipt, with eligible merchandise returned for FREE if received within 15 days of the delivery date, with the exception of CHANEL handbags, accessories, and apparel which are eligible for return within 14 days of receipt and exchange within 30 days. All merchandise must be unworn, undamaged, and in sellable condition with original tags and original product packaging.
  5. Neiman Marcus – Returns and exchanges are accepted within 30 days of receipt, with eligible merchandise returned for FREE if received within 15 days of the delivery date. Returned merchandise should be in the same condition as when you received it, unworn, undamaged, saleable, with original tags and packaging.
  6. Net-A-Porter – Returns are accepted for free within 28 days of receipt, items must be returned unused with all tags and designer labels still attached.

Expensive Coats: When Are They Worth The Splurge?

There are coats on this list that range from $500 to $7,000 dollars. Depending on your income and expenses, even the least expensive coat can be considered a splurge. So let’s discuss when a designer coat is worth the splurge. An expensive winter coat is worth splurging on if any of these things are true…

  1. The coat is unique (and you LOVE it).
  2. The coat is versatile (and you will wear it often).
  3. The coat is timeless (and you LOVE it).
  4. You wear (or would like to wear) coats daily for at least 30 days of the year.

A designer coat is a no-brainer purchase if it is the right coat for you. If it is unique or versatile, flattering, and complementary to your wardrobe, buy it. If a designer coat pairs well with a lot of your wardrobe, and you will wear it often, it almost doesn’t make sense not to purchase such a useful item that has the quality to hold up season after season. Another thing to keep in mind is the climate where you live. It makes complete sense for someone in New York to invest in designer coats to help them stay stylishly warm from October through May.

I personally love to splurge on bold unique coats, but pragmatic people prefer to splurge on high-end winter coats that are versatile and/or timeless. In this case, I recommend splurging on a camel coat, trench coat, or puffer jacket.

Expensive Winter Coats: When Are They NOT Worth The Splurge?

An expensive coat does not make sense if you feel drawn into a major discount and not necessarily the coat itself. Above, I mentioned Outnet. Outnet sells discounted designer items. It is very easy to be distracted by the incredible deals you can get, but in the end, you should not own any item that:

  1. Isn’t flattering to your body type
  2. Doesn’t complement your hair color or skin tone
  3. Is itchy or uncomfortable
  4. Doesn’t pair well with any of your fall/winter wardrobe
  5. Doesn’t make sense for the climate you live in

Let’s expand on the climate where you live. If someone lives in San Diego (like moi) and never travels to extreme cold, splurging on a heavy-duty designer winter coat is not a smart choice. It makes more sense to splurge on the lighter-weight designer coats that are perfect for the 45-degree evenings in America’s Finest City. Likewise, in this case, you probably don’t need as many designer coats in your closet since it only reaches 40° at night a couple months of the year.

Personally, I love to sport the bold designer coats when I travel to New York or Park City in winter, but they can be very memorable, so I often rent most of the expensive coats you see me wearing from Rent The Runway.

Where To Buy Second-Hand Designer Coats

Buying a second-hand designer coat is a great idea if the coat you want is sold out, you want something no one else has, or you want to save some money. Here is where I like to buy second-hand designer coats:

  1. The Real Real
  2. Rent The Runway
  3. Farfetch

Feel free to email me or leave a note in the comments if you have any questions about which splurge-worthy coat has the most versatility for your wardrobe. I am more than happy to assist you with this investment purchase.

Carolina Herrera Shawl-Collar Belted Wool Twill Coat

splurge worthy coats
Carolina Herrera $3,190

Akris Kosima Cashmere Long Coat

expensive winter coats
Akris $6,950

You know I love wearing pastels in winter. A chic baby blue designer coat will take away your winter blues and is well worth the investment. This coat is available at Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Isabel Marant Étoile Double-breasted Checked Coat

designer coats
Isabel Marant Étoile $895 $545

Burberry Detachable-hood Padded Jacket

designer coats
Burberry $1,650

This Burberry winter coat is available at Farfetch and Burberry.

Dolce & Gabbana Lace-insert Tie-waist Trench Coat

expensive winter coats
Dolce & Gabbana $5,245

This designer coat is available at Farfetch and Dolce & Gabbana.

Theory Double-breasted Wool Coat

stylish winter coats
Theory $720 $685

MSGM Belted-waist Midi Coat

splurge worthy coats
MSGM $1,160 $631

Patrizia Pepe Double-breasted Belted Trench Coat

designer coats
Patrizia Pepe $568

Burberry Waterloo Heritage Trench Coat

designer coats
Burberry $2,490

This Burberry winter coat is available at Farfetch and Burberry.

P.A.R.O.S.H. Fringe-detail Belted-waist Coat

expensive winter coats
P.A.R.O.S.H. $1,010

Max Mara Teddy Bear Icon Camel Hair And Silk-Blend Coat

max mara splurge worthy coats
Max Mara $3,990

This designer coat is available at Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Moschino Tap-plaque Single-breasted Coat

designer coats
Moschino $2,950 $1,509

Burberry Kensington Trench Coat with Detachable Hood

burberry splurge worthy coats
Burberry $1,350

This Burberry coat is available at Saks 5th Avenue, Burberry, and Farfetch.

Mackage Patsy Water Resistant Down Coat

mackage patsy water resistant down coat
Mackage $890

Mackage Elodie Double Breasted Military Maxi Coat

splurge worthy winter coat
Mackage $950

This high-end winter coat is available at Saks 5th Avenue.

Burberry The Waterloo Trench Coat

splurge worthy coats
Burberry $2,490.00

This Burberry coat is available at Burberry and MyTheresa.

Mackage Mai Long Wool Wrap Coat

splurge worthy coats
Mackage $790

This designer coat is sold at Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue.

Sentaler Alpaca & Wool Textured Sleeve Wrap Coat

splurge worthy coats
Sentaler $1,295

This high-end winter coat is available at Nordstrom.

Burberry Cashmere Trench Coat

splurge worthy winter coats
Burberry $3,890

Max Mara Studio Wool, Cashmere and Silk Coat

stylish winter coats
Max Mara Studio $1,625 $1,137

Max Mara Labbro Belted Cashmere Coat

splurge worthy winter coats
Max Mara $6,090

This designer coat is available at Net-A-Porter.

Canada Goose Marlow Parka

designer coats
Canada Goose $1,350

This high-end puffer coat is available at Canada Goose, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and MyTheresa.

Designer Coats From Years Past

I originally wrote this post on designer coats years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Burberry Shearling Trim Wool Cashmere Trench Coat

burberry shearling trim wool cashmere trench coat
Burberry $6,500

Mackage Azara Water Resistant Wool & Leather Wrap Coat

mackage splurge worthy winter coats
Mackage $690

Burberry Two-tone Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat

burberry trench coat splurge worthy winter coats
Burberry $2,690

Gabriela Hearst Franz Belted Leather-trimmed Cashmere Trench Coat

gabriela hearst cashmere trench coat splurge worthy coats
Gabriela Hearst $7,290

Valentino Double Breasted Double Face Cashmere Coat

splurge worthy coats
Valentino $7,500

This designer coat is available at Nordstrom.

Burberry Kensington Cashmere Heritage Trench Coat

burberry kensington cashmere heritage trench coat
Burberry $2,990