You Can Have Too Many Black Coats—30 Vibrant Options That Are the Solution


No one will debate that a black coat is essential. It’s a major building block of a well-thought-out wardrobe and is undeniably timeless, and almost any editor worth their weight in Manolo Blahniks will advise owning at least two. But there definitely is a limit. Just like how the same desk salad becomes lackluster after a few months, wearing a black coat 24/7 also loses its flair. That’s where a more vibrant alternative comes in.  High-impact color has made its rounds as a major trend over the past few seasons, and it isn’t letting up within the coat arena either. From players like Loewe and Valentino, all the way to The Row (a brand that famously touts neutral tones), bright statement outerwear has emerged as one of the foremost winter trends of the moment. But even after the fanfare dies down, a strong coat in a pretty color hardly ever goes out of style. There’s really no con to experimenting with a fun winter coat, even if you’re fervently pro-neutral. In case you were wondering where to start, any of the fashion person–approved toppers below won’t let you down. Keep scrolling to see and shop them all.

When I first saw this jacket, my immediate reaction was “wow.” It’s just that good, and unsurprisingly, it’s almost sold out. 

The price is so worth it.

Plush faux fur adds a layer of luxury. Overall, this coat looks so expensive.

Grab this while it’s on sale.

For that hyper-structured look, this Zara coat offers the polished traits of something designer. 

It’s a fact: Everyone loves J.Crew right now.

A color to turn heads. 

Repopularized by Saks Potts, Penny Lane coats certainly fall into the splurge category, but here’s a very affordable and cute alternative.

The contrast of the hot pink with the black buttons is divine.

I’ll be having sweet dreams over this coat.

For an even more impactful outfit, buy the matching pants.

Cool girl approved.

Yes to this entire outfit.

Reviewers love this one.

If a coat was my personality.

This shade of pink feels especially timely given Barbiecore’s hold over everyone right now, but even later, it’ll be a beautiful topper.

Albeit more muted, this jacket still packs a punch.

Robe coats are a godsend for perpetually cold people.

I’m all over this.

It will take some saving, but this coat looks to be triple the price.

Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off for a limited time. That’s all I needed to hear.

I love the sportiness of this.

Yep, another pink coat here. 

Victoria Beckham scored big with this coat, but let’s also take a moment to gawk over this styling.

I bought this coat as a present for myself and haven’t regretted it at all.

Extra points for coordinating with matching pants.

The coat of dreams.

For those still reluctant to drop their black coat, this pistachio green is very approachable.

Fashion with a capital “F.”

Truly stunning.

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