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The Teddy Coat Is the Only Thing Getting Me Out of Bed This Winter

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I may have bought my vintage shearling coat from an upstate thrift store back in 2011, but for some reason it seems like fall 2018 is really the season of the teddy coat. I see them as soon as I leave my apartment, on the subway and on Instagram. I’ve seen it on Kim Kardashian West, Hailey Baldwin (above), and Rita Ora, among others. It makes me wonder: Where did it all come from? “Carine Roitfeld put her stamp of approval on it back in 2013. She wore the coat straight off the Max Mara runway,” says Amanda Murray, a private stylist at Farfetch. “It usually starts with European editors and eventually filters its way down to celebrities, then to the masses, which is clearly apparent now, with every brand pushing its iteration of the teddy bear coat.”

The teddy coat got its start in postwar Britain, when upper-class motorists wore them to keep warm. First designed for men, the versions worn by Salvador Dalí on his 1936 transatlantic trip to New York, and in the 1960s by Mick Jagger were made of cotton-backed alpaca wool woven by the German stuffed-toy brand Steiff (hence the teddy bear name). These days you’ll see them on the fall/winter 2019 runways of Christian Dior, Isabel Marant, Acne, and Chloé, and then of course, on the street, though those are likely faux-fur instead. (Max Mara’s teddy bear coat is also faux.) “We’re living in a new era of all-encompassing social consciousness,” says Murray, “and there’s always been a stigma attached to fur. Plus, faux-fur looks amazing these days.”

Even beyond runway trends, there’s another reason the coat feels particularly appropriate right now, when the world is a little uncertain and the weather is cusping on brutal. Stylish as it may be, the coat really is just an excuse to wear a stuffed animal. The current faux-fur versions are light and fuzzy and accessible (much more so than my fuzzy full-length vintage shearling). It might be high fashion, but it’s pretty low concept. “It has an almost no-fuss opulence about it,” says Murray. “It’s easy, chic, feels like you’re wrapped in a duvet yet it looks straight off of a runway in Paris.” To help weed through the tons of options out there, here are a bunch of teddy bear coats we love that you can buy right now in both luxurious shearling and cozy faux fur, plus, as a bonus, two standout teddy-ish bags we’re currently coveting.

Max Mara Teddy Bear Icon Faux Fur Coat
$3,590 at Nordstrom

The 2018 version of Max Mara’s faux-fur teddy bear coat.

Tiger Mist Teddy Jacket
$109 at Nordstrom
Urban Outfitters Teddy Duster Coat
$149 at Urban Outfitters
H&M Short Pile Coat
$80 at H&M
Stelen Tina Faux Fur Jacket
$88 at Need Supply
And Other Stories Faux Shearling Teddy Coat
$179 at And Other Stories
Anthropologie Teddy Faux Fur Coat
$258 at Anthropologie
Farrow Roma Faux Shearling Coat
$150 at Need Supply
Madewell Sherpa Portland Jacket
$150 at Madewell
The Arrivals Koda Oversized Shearling Teddy Coat
$1,295 at The Arrivals
Zara Double-Faced Faux Fur Coat
$169 at Zara
Asos New Look Teddy Coat
$64 at Asos
Ganni Fenn Long Wrap Coat in Chanterelle
$209 at Need Supply
Top Shop Cropped Borg Coat
$130 at Top Shop
The Arrivals Koda Shearling Pack
$195 at The Arrivals
Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack
$195 at Dagne Dover

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Teddy Coats Are the Only Thing Getting Me Out of Bed