The Best Proper Winter Coats For £200 Or Less

Get ready for Big Coat season

Aside from a perfectly cut suit, there is no item of clothing that does more for a man's confidence than a proper winter coat (unless you're Tom Cruise and the item is Cuban heels). It is both the flatterer and the deceiver, an investment piece that every man should have at least one of (if not several).

With daylight savings a distant memory and Christmas fast approaching, what better time for a nice list about all the quality coats and jackets you can buy right now?

Behold! A list of really great coats that all cost £200 or less.

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Barbour

A proper British coat for proper British outdoor pursuits like hunting, fishing and boujee weekend staycations at Soho Farmhouse. If you're not 100% into the Sloaney ubiquity of the hood-less Barbour jacket, then this is a slightly more alternative (but still classic) option.

Barbour International Weir Jacket, £169, endlcothing.com

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Albam

Crafted in the Midlands (they love their jackets up there) from an English wool melton, this vintage-style work coat from Albam can be worn on its own or under an even bigger coat for some proper deep winter layering action.

Better pray for a cold one. 

Albam Mechanics Jacket, £179, albam.com

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COS

With a knack for quality and contemporary silhouettes, COS' outerwear output is some of the strongest around, as demonstrated by this extremely nice overcoat in a dark mossy green wool blend. 

It doesn't all have to be black and grey you know.  

COS Tailored Coat, £175, cosstores.com

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Carhartt

Originally designed for blue collar workers to wear while grinding amongst the icy tundras and bleak industrial cities of Michigan, today you're far more likely to see Carhartt worn out-and-about by trendy Shoreditch types than on Detroit miners, but that doesn't make their jackets any less straight-forwardly stylish or winter-proof.

 Carhartt Detroit Jacket, £150, carhartt-wip.com

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Arket

From the monolithic brains and supply chains behind H&M and COS, Arket is the latest Scandi-inspired label that wants to dominate your wardrobe and your mind.

They sell things like mohair jumpers, cedar wood candles and tasteful topcoats in dark camel, like this one right here. 

Arket Melton Wool Topcoat, £190, arket.co.uk

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Gosha Rubchinskiy x Adidas

If you're looking for an aesthetic that says: 'Leningrad football coach screaming at a 13-year-old centre back from the sidelines because he bottled a challenge (typical Alexi!)' then this very trendy jacket by adidas and Gosha Rubchinskiy is perfect for you, comrade.  

Gosha Rubchinskiy x Adidas Hardshell Jacket, £195, endclothing.com

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Topman

One of Topman's greatest strengths is its reliably stylish and affordable line of outerwear, particularly its range of proper winter overcoats like this melange grey number with fashionably cropped sleeves. 

 Topman Black and White Textured Oversized Overcoat, £85, topman.com

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NN07

A sort of chore/bomber/shacket mix by a brand that stands for 'No Nationality' (they're actually Danish), this coat is made out of a high quality boiled wool that will get softer and warmer with every wear. 

Lovely.  

NN07 Oswald Boiled Wool Chore Jacket, £199, endclothing.com

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COS

A style that often suffers from over-embellishments, unflattering shapes and ridiculous collars, the peacoat might be a classic design, but it can be harder than most to pull off...  but that doesn't mean there aren't still some good options out there.

One of said Good Options (we've done the looking) is this oversized option by COS, which is designed with a longer body and absolutely no unnecessary brass buttons.

COS Oversized Wool Peacoat, £175, cosstores.com

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Universal Works

One of the country's best-kept label secrets, Universal Works make quality, versatile pieces that look great at work as well out there on the streets of Britain and beyond.

The brand's classic transitional piece, the Baker jacket has been reimagined for winter, with a sturdier wool build and a longer body for warmth and stuff. 

Universal Works Baker Jacket Long, £175, universalworks.co.uk