Trends are irrelevant, but why not treat yourself to an investment coat this payday weekend?

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HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Bibata Kone wearing grey Asos trenchcoat, beige Bottega Veneta leather bag, beige NA-KD pants and white Nike sneakers on April 24, 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Bibata Kone wearing grey Asos trenchcoat, beige Bottega Veneta leather bag, beige NA-KD pants and white Nike sneakers on April 24, 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)
  • Trends are fleeting and perhaps even irrelevant. But every season has its defining items and this winter is all about coats.
  • Leading coat styles right now include the maxi coat, plaid overcoats, versatile trenches and parkas, and statement faux fur outerwear.
  • We give you 14 coats to add to your carts this payday weekend from your favourite retailers including Zara, Witchery, Mr Price, and The Fix. 

Okay, let's be honest; May is a tricky time to shop for coats.

It's a time that might even have you asking yourself if groceries for the month are really that important. I mean, do you need food when drip can keep you hydrated? 

Kidding.

But if you have the financial muscle, there are plenty of options for you shop right now. And if all else fails, you can always go thrifting. The best coats were first worn in the '50s - '90s anyway. 

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE | Knits, checks, puff sleeves have withstood the pandemic, according to womenswear experts

Leading coat styles right now include the maxi coat, plaid overcoats, versatile trenches and parkas, and statement faux fur outerwear. (Don't worry, puffer coats will have their own dedicated spread.) 

Why are coats this season's It pieces?

Well, it became clear on the day of the Biden-Harris inauguration that 2021 would be the year for coats, and we've had coat envy since then. 

This is why we've gathered street style inspo from around the world to inform our local purchases. Plus, 14 coats to add to your carts from your favourite retailers including Zara, Witchery, Mr Price, and The Fix. 

And if you're just window shopping for now, here's a tip for next season: Summer is the most wallet-friendly time to shop for winter merch.

Transitional trenches 

We haven't hit single-digit daytime weather just yet, so a standout trench coat for the nip in the air should be enough. We especially love them in vinyl. 

Paris, France: Emilie Joseph wears a Vinyl double breasted trench coat from Burberry in dark blue.

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Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

New York City: Stylist Jada Adkins, is seen wearing a green ASOS trench. 

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Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images 

Hamburg, Germany: Bibata Kone wearing grey Asos trenchcoat. 

HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Bibata Kone wearing g
Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images 

Shop:  

Panelled trench coat, R2899 at Country Road   

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Levi's Miko trench coat, R2499 at Levi's 

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Tye landscape printed parka jacket, R1999 at Poetry 

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Plaids are never played out

Ever since their eager return circa 2017 (with the exception of Burberry whose never opted out of it for obvious reasons), plaids have been the mainstay of winter dressing. 

Berlin, Germany: Karla Jenders wears a brown Ivy & Oak coat. 

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Karla Jenders wearing
Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images 

Hamburg, Germany: Emily Liptow in a black and white plaid coat.  

HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 17: Emily Liptow wearing
Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images 

Paris, France: Emy Venturini wears a brown checked oversized wool coat with large lapels and flare sleeves from Burberry.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 17: Emily Liptow wearing
Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images 

Shop: 

Check coat, R3199 at Witchery 

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Longline check overshirt, R1399 at Zara 

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Milk & Check oversized shacket, R499.99 at The Fix 

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READ MORE: The coordinated coats worn at the Biden inauguration were sentimental displays of fashion 'politics' 

Maxi coats for Long-evity  

The longer the coat, the longer the money. No seriously, a maxi coat will cost you a pretty penny. 

But it's worth the investment, because this cut will never be knocked out of trends cycles (visit your parents' trunk for proof). That's why there's 'long' in longevity.

Hamburg, Germany: Milena Karl wearing a beige Anine Bing coat.  

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Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images 

Paris, France: Emy Venturini in a grey long wool coat from Dress to Drama. 

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Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images 

Hamburg, Germany: Yuanyuan Gau wearing a beige Max Mara coat. 

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 17: Yuanyuan Gau wearing
Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images 

Shop: 

Grey maxi coat, R1299 at Factorie 

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Coat fruita - light grey, R2499 from Mango on Superbalist 

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Captain wool coat, R6599 at G-Star Raw 

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It's not maxi, but the colour alone is worth the purchase. Melton coat, R369.99 at Mr Price 

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Make fauxs your friends    

They're PETA approved, and if you don't have a Peter of your own for cuddles, you could always let a faux fur coat embrace you instead.

And although faux fur isn't as eco-friendly as we'd like to believe (or have been made to believe, rather), it's still a statement dressing cheat code we like to see hanging in our wardrobes.

Evidently, so do the Parisians.

READ MORE: California bans the sale of fur - here are all the fashion houses that have done the same 

Paris, France: Jaime Xie, wearing a black leather coat with white fur collar. 

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Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images 

Paris, France: Carrole Sagba wears a neon pink faux fur fluffy winter long coat. 

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Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images 

Paris, France: Sharon Alexie in a teddy coat. 

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Sharon Alexie is seen
Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images 

Shop: 

Faux fur trim biker jacket, R999 by Edition at Woolworths 

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Solid open front coat, R1067 on SHEIN 

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Faux fur coat, R329.99 at Mr Price   

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Lory faux fur coat, R2999 at GUESS  

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