Can your current winter coat withstand the next blizzard? You can’t enjoy the best things to do in winter if your parka isn’t warm or strong enough to combat the elements. And since New Yorkers are known for their fashion choices, your cold-weather protector might as well be stylish and practical. So, where should you hunt for what might be one of the most important wardrobe essentials? You’ve come to the right place, friends. Whether you want a splurge-worthy style or a wallet-friendly contender, these local retailers (ranked by their affordability) stock nice and warm winter coats that cater to your budget. Once you’ve secured your coverall, you’ll be ready to check recommendations for where to go sledding in NYC as well as ice skating.
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Best places to buy a winter coat in New York
This Japanese clothing chain might want to keep you warm all winter long with its affordable cashmere sweaters, but that doesn't mean you should overlook its assortment of more substantial outer layers. Men and women can scoop up tailored down-hooded coats ($99–$170) and down vests ($50) with plenty of cash to spare.
This family-owned store stocks trusted heritage brands such as Red Wing and Schott that will last for generations—but are priced so that you could pick up a new coat every season. Utility is the name of the game here, so fellas, be sure to check out pieces like Alpha Industries parkas with fur-trimmed hoods while ladies can discover Woolrich knee-length duck-down parakas.
Known for a vast selection of affordable on-trend apparel, the Spanish chain stocks a range of women’s coats at its various NYC locales, including down anoraks with faux-fur trim, collarless bouclés, and wool styles fashioned with prints and wraparound collars. Guys can keep the cold at bay in classic duffles and fleece-lined parkas, too.
This Lafayette Street shop sells coats that just don’t mess around. From down parkas and ski jackets to flexes and wind shells, you can easily find a style here that’s marked under $200.
Cashmere blanket coats and striped wool-blend dusters are among ladies’ styles at this British import’s Soho and Fifth Avenue outposts. Add to those men’s fishtail parkas and belted wool trenches, and the season is suddenly bearable.
If you're not familiar, the minimalist creators produce high-quality shoes, bags and ready-to-wear, but you've certainly seen their work. So many notable male and female fashion influencers model their duds and kicks on Instagram. And guess what? They sell coats, too, ranging from puffers to wool styles for men and women.
Calling all you rustic dudes! You can now pretend you’re going somewhere a bit more rugged than your midtown office once you slip on one of the West Coat brand’s Stryker jackets. The Great Jones shop currently only carries styles for men, but you could make one of those shearling lined Wool Packer coats work for a female very easily.
Head to this heritage brand’s flagship for ultra-heavy men’s waxed-cotton jackets and women’s quilted coats. If you’re wondering how the label has lasted for 185 years, check out the arctic parkas, available for all: mystery solved.
Winter is coming. But have no fear. Thanks to this sailing outfitter, which hawks high-quality, waterproof outerwear and cozy sweaters you just want to snuggle into, you’re about to get warm and toasty. The brand’s first-ever NYC store stocks pants, hybrid jackets, knits and bags, which are functional not only when you sail on the Hudson but also when you leap over slush puddles. Take a moment to peruse the offerings such as turtleneck sweaters, beanies and puffer coats for both men and women, and cradle a hot espresso or coffee drink (for purchase) from the upscale beverage bar.
Jen Mankins is a master at editing down all the coats from the runways to only offer the best at the shop’s four locations. Check out outerwear styles from some of our favorite designers like Suno, Rachel Comey, A.P.C. and more.
Our six picks to buy now
Stone Puffer Jacket, $76, us.topman.com
Teddy Bear Faux Fur Coat, $150, longtallsally.com
Michael Kors Men's Hooded Bib Snorkel Parka, for Macy's, $150, macys.com
Mongolian Faux Fur Coat, $240, us.topshop.com
The Cocoon Coat, $250, everlane.com
Middlebury Coat, $328, reformation.com