18 chic little overcoats and topcoats

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Just in case you’ve curious, the difference between an overcoat and a topcoat is that an overcoat extends below the knee, and a topcoat above it, and I didn’t know that myself until I googled it just now. I’ve been seeing quite a few stylish women walking around in them lately, and that has inspired me to dig mine out of the closet, and to compile this post for you. Here’s one from Everlane with a really clean shape and cool slant pockets.

Olive green boucle is an unexpected choice, and this one is pretty well-priced (it also comes in a couple of other colors).

I dig the gold hardware, and the way it contrasts with the grey of the coat, on this little number.

 

Black and white herringbone has a nice graphic feel, and I like the slightly boxy cut. Here’s another one in herringbone that’s not quite so pricey.

Just a really pared-down style with an ever-so-slightly cocoon-ish cut.

A very menswearish plaid choice.

This one from Anine Bing comes with a detachable faux fur collar, but I like how it looks attached: very lady rock star.

This Rag & Bone coat is reversible, which is a nifty trick, and I like how the white looks against the camel.

I really really really like the barely-there leopard print on this one, which I know is quite predictable of me.

This camel coat is boiled wool, which gives it a cool, nubby texture.

This double-breasted specimen is just a really elegant choice, and I like the ever-so-slightly peaked shoulders.

The slightly swingy shape here makes this otherwise menswearish coat come off nicely feminine.

 

 

The oversized patch pockets here are both useful and stylish.

I don’t usually like a shawl collar, but I think it really works here.

Plaid coats can be a whole lot of statement, but this one is nicely subtle.

This is just about as classic as it gets, and reminds me of something Carolyn Bessette might have worn.

I’m a big fan of the leather collar on this one from Allsaints.

 

 

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    Mimi
    31 Oct 2019
    5:39pm

    The three long black wool coats all spoke to me, especially the Anine Bing and the All Saints. If I lived in a city they’d be in my cart and the favorite IRL would get to live at my house. Great choices!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    30 Oct 2019
    5:40pm

    I just love collecting coats. There’s something so comforting about a nice oversized coat that you can wear over a sweater, with lots of Kleenex stuffed in the giant pockets (See: Madewell coat).

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    Liz
    30 Oct 2019
    1:02pm

    Beautiful coats – thank you. As I am height-challenged, I wonder how some of those coats would look after I had them hemmed 5 inches? I’d hate to ruin the nice line of the coat.

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    Mary
    30 Oct 2019
    1:17pm

    Love coats like this! Immediately makes me and my jeans feel more put together.

    Such a short time to wear them, unfortunately. Before you know it, nothing but a heavy-duty parka will do.

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    Joannawnyc
    30 Oct 2019
    1:35pm

    I used to think of this style as boring, but now it feels sleek and chic! A good alternative to those cozy fuzzy coats.

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    Rebecca
    30 Oct 2019
    12:20pm

    Wow there were a few coats that I really wanted there… and they are all Allsaints!

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    Mae
    30 Oct 2019
    12:11pm

    I love the black and white herringbone Maje and how it’s styled in the photo. Loooooovely.

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    HickfromStyx
    30 Oct 2019
    9:51am

    “Car coat” is what I would call the Allsaints, mid-thigh length one.

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      Kim France
      30 Oct 2019
      12:14pm

      Noted.

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    c.w.
    30 Oct 2019
    9:33am

    Didn’t know that about overcoats/topcoats. Although I have a minimal need for either, I am drooling over the AllSaints and both Everlanes are dang desirable. When I moved from my old condo to my new condo last April I rediscovered an ancient Ralph Lauren overcoat I purchased for $10. at a consignment store sale about a million years ago. I refer to it as my Good Republican Cloth Coat a la Nancy Reagan and my mother and my former mother-in-law. I wear it about once a year. When I moved I put it in the to-get-rid-of pile, but took it out at the last minute and am now glad I did!

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      Elle
      31 Oct 2019
      9:27am

      “Good Republican Cloth Coat” 🙂

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