The coat that continues to perform year after year is one that you might not have been expecting: the belted coat. That’s right, the simple robe-meets-outerwear style of a longline coat that’s nipped in at the waist with a simple belt tie. Chic, yes, but you might not find it topping the trend charts, as this is not a flash-in-the-pan, viral “moment” for the style. In fact, its been quietly and consistently gaining momentum in the background, and it isn’t a coat that tries to make a statement per se. Instead, it’s an understated and elegant option for the minimalist dresser whose simple but perfectly tailored pieces do all of the talking.
I’m a firm believer that the coat’s timeless appeal lies in its casual fit but dressy finish, just ask Angelina Jolie and Gigi Hadid, who were pictured in Max Mara’s wrap coat last year, and of course Megan Markle, for whom the belted coat is almost a style signature.
So, should you be looking for an easy, layerable but infinitely comfy coat that manages to make any outfit look at least 50% more stylish, allow me to share with you some of the best belted coats that are available now and how to wear them. They come in leather, wool, cashmere, even alpaca, so there’s a coat for every style and every budget.