I'm a Bit of a Minimalist—5 Classic Coat Styles That Are Truly Timeless

You can plan your outfit as carefully as you like, but us Brits know that come the cold months, it's your coat that's the most visible item in your wardrobe. It's the ultimate layering piece, the thing that defines your street style aesthetic and, most importantly, the item that has to strike the perfect balance of fashion and function. 

Simple Coats: @anoukyve wearing a long black coat with a jumper draped over the shoulders



For minimalists, the focus is on finding a simple, understated silhouette that works seamlessly with your outfit. Fortunately, when it comes to coat styles, classic reigns supreme year after year, and this season is no different. Versatile and effortlessly chic, a timeless camel, black or double-breasted coat perfectly completes any look. Adding a long black wool coat to a simple jeans and jumper combination elegantly pulls it all together, and that same coat works just as well for an evening dress-and-heels outfit. 

The good news is a classic coat doesn't have to break the bank. High street staples like Mango and H&M have tapped into the importance of a simple, full-service coat, and have some seriously impressive options this season. That being said, as Girl Math dictates, the timelessness of these coats more than justifies opting for an investment piece that rises above seasonal trends and will be your go-to for years to come. Whatever your budget, these are the best simple coats I've found to buy now and love forever. 

1. The Best Simple Black Coats

Style Notes: A black coat can be used to create a monochromatic look, or to contrast a jolt of colour. 

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Beautifully tailored, this voluminous style gets bonus points for being made from a premium recycled-wool blend. 

The bouclé texture gives this classic style a touch of edge. 

Everyone's lusting after the camel version, but I think the black one is so sleek. 

Perfect for those who prefer a cropped cut. 

This sleek style would look equally elegant over jeans or a dress. 

I love how this falls somewhere between a blazer and a coat. 

2. The Best Simple Camel Coats

Simple Coats: @femmeblk wearing a long camel coat with low heel ballet pumps.



Style Notes: A camel coat makes every look appear that bit more polished. 

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Yes, it's an investment, but a Max Mara camel coat is the classic that every tastemaker swears by. 

The same great shape at a much more affordable price. 

This relaxed style is great for throwing over jeans. 

This is Jigsaw's bestseller year after year for a reason. 

For those who like a slightly lighter camel tone. 

Elegant enough for work, cool enough for weekend wear. 

The fitted waist gives this a beautiful silhouette. 

3.The Best Simple Robe Coats

Style Notes: As comfortable as a bathrobe, but far more stylish (and outside world-appropriate). 

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Who wouldn't want to wrap themselves in this?

This oversized fit leaves plenty of space for your favourite jumpers. 

Half cardigan, half coat, completely cosy. 

I'm obsessed with this soft brown colour. 

Lapels, big pockets and a chunky belt—this is a very elevated robe coat. 

Griege is such a versatile colour for outerwear. 

4. The Best Simple Double-Breasted Coats

Simple coats: @abimarvel wears a black double-breasted coat over a grey maxi dress.



Style Notes: As Abi proves, floor-sweeping double-breasted coats are seriously elegant. 

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The cocoon shape gives this double-breasted style a contemporary twist.

The dramatic lapels on this style have caught my eye. 

The gold buttons on this give a military touch. 

This light beige, supremely soft coat is made with mostly recycled materials. 

5. The Best Simple Navy Coat

Simple Coats: @smythsisters wearing a long navy coat over leather trousers



Style Notes: A navy wool coat is a brilliant styling tool for contrasting with different textures. 

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I'm obsessed with the abstract collar on this navy style. 

You can always trust Boden to have the perfect classic coat. 

For a touch of contrast, go for this pinstriped version. 

This thick, high neck is sure to keep out the winter chill. 

There's nothing more luxurious than a cashmere coat.

If a wool coat isn't your style, this Studio Nicholson canvas coat is the ideal marriage of form and function. 

I can't believe the price tag on this seriously stylish coat.