Even though Kate Middleton has been switching up her style as of late, the Duchess of Cambridge is still partial to a particular type of outerwear: the longline, double-breasted coat. And it makes perfect sense why Kate’s sticking to this classic silhouette while the hemlines underneath get (a bit) shorter and (a lot) more asymmetrical. The structured shape adds a suit-and-tie level of sophistication to her overall look while keeping it feminine — Kate’s favorite numbers nip at the waist and flare into a figure-flattering A-line silhouette. Plus, the at-the-thigh length goes perfectly with Kate’s favorite pair of black knee-high boots.
Kate’s latest picks to bundle up her baby bump: two gorgeous double-breasted numbers that show she’s on her outerwear A-game. Here are 10 coats that ensure you can be, too.
1. J.Crew Majesty Peacoat ($298): Don’t be fooled by this peacoat’s slim, figure-fitting shape: J.Crew’s exclusive Italian wool (in turquoise!) is as warm as parka, yet still impossibly chic. Keep it that way by accessorizing the notched collar with a silky-soft scarf.
2. Zara Button Coat ($170): We consider this Kate’s day coat, probably worn with riding boots and a pair of skinnies while taking the royal pup Lupo for a stroll. We’d wear this as our everyday peacoat too, though those chunky, high-shine shaft buttons make us want to bust out our favorite pair of ’90s-inspired lug soles.
3. Madewell Military Swing Coat ($328): We wouldn’t be surprised if this coat made its way to Kate as her bump gets bigger — its swing shape leaves lots of room for a bun in the oven. And post-baby, its flared cut remains figure-flattering. No scarf necessary here: just button up its high-neck collar for major warmth and maximum impact.
4. Forever21 Glen Plaid Peacoat ($63): This is the perfect balance of menswear-inspired print and ladylike silhouette — you could say, a look fit for a Duchess. Keep it at Kate levels of chic and pair with all-white winter accessories that have some texture to them just like the coat — try a fuzzy beanie or cable knit mittens.
5. Kensie Long Wool Blend Peacoat ($190): A ribbed shawl collar adds an extra preppy element to this peacoat, while faux leather piping keeps it cool. We imagine if Kate ever subbed out her derby hats for hoods, they would look a lot like this. Outfit with a classic plaid scarf and finger-less gloves — hid your ‘tips in those piped zip pockets.
6. Kate Spade Saturday A-Line Coat ($290): Kate’s occasion-ready trick is finding double-breasted coats that fit and flare, aka a silhouette that can stand up to any cocktail dress or wide leg trouser. Make this A-line number your go-to coat for all your holiday parties.
7. Merona Double Breasted Knit Jacket ($32): An astoundingly chic silhouette that’s as cozy as a blanket? This jersey coat is part robe, part trench and *all* amazing, whether you wear it to warm up in the office or while you lounge around the house.
8. H&M Double Breasted Jacket ($40): Kate’s up on the winter pastel tend, and since she’s already sported an icy blue coat (see above), we can only assume a frosty pink one is up next. Beat the Duchess to it with this pre-winter steal that would look on point with a slouchy beret.
9. Kate Spade Saturday Piped Overcoat ($290): If Kate ever dons an oversized silhouette, this is how it’d go down (in our dreams), in a luxe camel coat with contrast trim. Modern, refined and totally Palace-ready — just add leather driving gloves.
10. Hobbs London Grey Elsa Coat ($515): Really ready to take the royal plunge? Splurge on this double breasted coat by oft-worn-by-Kate British brand Hobbs. Kate would certainly approve of the fitted bodice and down-to-there hemline.
What winter coat takes your outfit to the next level? Is it polished like a peacoat, or edgier like a sleek (faux) leather moto jacket? Tell us about your go-to style savers in the comments below.
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