Scandinavian brands know how to welcome winter with a great coat, and these are the best ones to invest in now
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Coats are practically closet magic. When swathing yourself in the right silhouette, even the most tired outfit – whether its threadbare sweats or a combination of casual basics – is given a certain je ne sais quoi. Likewise, floor-skimming wool coats have a sense of gravitas, a dramatic flair, if you will. Few garments can instantly transform a look from haphazardly mundane to intentionally elevated, but the right coat is certainly one of these wardrobe staples.
No one knows the importance of a good coat like we do the Nordics. When most of the era is spent bracing for chilly mornings and freezing nights, the right outerwear becomes essential – that's why we've scoured for the very best that the region has to offer. Whether you're in favour of an oversized silhouette or a tailored fit, double-breasted or asymmetrically buttoned, we have gathered our favourite wool coats from local designers and Scandinavian brands below.
Designed using fabric from Italian textile innovators, Manteco, Cos's tailored coat is made using recycled wool created by recycling pre- and post-consumer wool fibres, which are then repurposed into yarn. The oversized silhouette with dropped shoulders in a bold checked print create a relaxed silhouettes – the perfect statement this autumn.
Part of H&M's conscious collection (meaning that the product must contain at least 50% sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and recycled polyester) this oversized coat is perfect for layering. The wide sleeves and roomy silhouettes comfortably fit a chunky knit underneath – we'd opt for a cashmere roll neck to keep the chill at bay.
Weekday's classic tailored trenchcoat in a single-breasted silhouette is made from a recycled polyester satin twill. The traditional cut of this coat makes it a timeless piece to keep in your wardrobe season after season – a saviour on those days when you don't know which outerwear will go with your outfit.
Fernanda check midi coat
Made from 75 per cent recycled wool and 25 per cent recycled polyamide, Stine Goya's colourful check coat boosts our moods when facing an undoubtedly gloomy winter. Lacking lapels, the robe silhouette with a tie-waist gives the garment a relaxed look. We'd pair the eye-catching print of this coat with all black tailoring – or if you're feeling bold, why not pick up on the colours of the checks to create a colourful ensemble?
Double-face wool coat
Made from 100 per cent wool that comes from non-mulesed sheep and is certified according to the Responsible Wool Standard (an independent, voluntary standard ensuring that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked through all processing stages), this double faced coat in a classic cut from Arket makes for the perfect autumn investment. Also available in black and sage green, it's a style that will survive season after season.
Samsoe & Samsoe
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Via Samsoe & Samsoe
Made from recycled wool and recycled polyester blended fabric, this impeccably tailored long wool coat exudes laidback sophistication. Neatly fastened or draped over your shoulders, the styling options of this classic cut are endless while the moss green shade is muted enough to pair with any colour scheme.
A part of the art
Via A part of the art
A brand that shows classic yet contemporary silhouettes with style that transcends place and time, A Part of the Art believes in mindful consumption. Working outside of the traditional cycle of fashion, the brand wants to dress the conscious gentlewoman for the different seasons. With dropped shoulders and slits at sleeve and bottom hem, the A-line silhouette and boxpleat back of the Lyric coat was designed to last.
& Other Stories
Oversized Belted Wool Coat
Via & Other Stories
At & Other Stories, the goal is for all of their materials to be either recycled or sourced in a more sustainable way by 2030. And although this coat might not be a part of their conscious line (if you prefer a coat made form recycled wool we suggest this similar style), the traditional design and premium material will make it a lasting classic – especially in this timeless cream colour. The tailored cut and belted silhouette accentuates the waist, while the wide structural lapels brings a certain gravitas to the garment.
Swedish brand Rave Review identifies innovative ways of transforming home textiles into desirable garments. Deemed 'positively conscious' by Farfetch's third-party analysts, this up-cycled coat made from blankets is good for both the environment and your conscience. Not only that, the silhouette and bold colour way makes for an incredibly stylish addition to any wardrobe.
Ganni measures the impact of every item they produce and supplies a Carbon Neutral Certification with each purchase, which measures the environmental impact of production and shows that they've covered the cost of making the carbon footprint neutral. Crafted from a recycled wool-blend, the wrap-style of this coat features an off-centre front button fastening and long wide sleeves.
Check-print wool coat
Totême stands for lasting style, quality and purpose. With an edited approach and transeasonal aesthetic, the aim is to narrowing down the options and curating a streamlined wardrobe that transcends trends. The brand's signature coat – hand-stitched from a checked doublé wool fabric – is cut for an oversized fit with a draped collar, dropped shoulders, and an open front which makes it perfect for layering.
Belted Kaya coat
Filippa K is all about transparency and longevity. Over the last year, they've worked to reduce the size of their new collections, instead focusing on their core collection and the lifespan of their garments. Made of a merino wool blend from non-mulesed sheep and a lining from recycled polyester, this classic coat is a perfect example of how the Swedish brand works with their sustainability.
On the sustainability vision of her eponymous brand, Carin Rodebjer says that: " I was brought up to be aware of the nature and the animals around me and I saw directly the impact life had on the surroundings. Responsibility and resourcefulness was general practice." Carried throughout the Swedish designer's collections, the Dalia coat with statement raglan sleeves, made from a jacquard check fabric in recycled wool and recycled polyester is no exception.
Anine Bing's Hunter coat is a collarless, full-length style designed for a clean and simple construction that's timeless enough to return to season after season. Made from a wool and cashmere blend, the soft chocolate fabric and relaxed silhouette ensures that this investment coat is one to treasure. Styled with other staples, like a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans this coat elevates any casual look.
Wool-blend trench coat
Designed to be in an extremely over-sized fit, the cut of this coat is the definition of comfort. The anthracite grey unlined coat is made of a thick wool blend with textured piling and features raw edges in quintessential Acne Studios fashion. For the Swedish brand, the starting point of its sustainability ambition is to be proud of its products - how they look, their quality and how they are made and used.