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With fall here — and winter not far behind — now’s the time to take stock of your outerwear before the temperature dips any further. If your coat closet is looking sparse, worthy options abound, from cozy dusters to (faux) fur bombers. To help you navigate the market, we asked 11 cool people, including style experts, photographers, and models, about their favorite plus-size coats and jackets. Ahead, their 21 recommendations, featuring luxury trenches, puffy parkas, and leather moto jackets for every budget in a range of sizes from 12 to 40.
Best $100-and-under plus-size coats and jackets
Asos has a large selection of affordable fall jackets available, like this one from U.K.-based brand Missguided. However, we suggest buying soon, since its stock tends to fluctuate quickly. Podcaster and style expert Ella Sisso told us “the combination of texture and color on this one is a dream.” Plus, she “really likes the boxy fit.” The jacket is available in sizes 12 to 20.
“I spent my entire four years of high school pining for a cool moto jacket because I just wanted to be as dope as every actor in The Outsiders — I’m looking at you, Patrick Swayze,” says creative Emma Smart. “Now that I can actually find them in my size, I have an addiction,” she adds. “This jacket makes me feel like smoking cigarettes behind a dive bar as neon lights faintly glow on the street on a rainy October evening,” she says, suggesting it’s perfect for any outdoor-dining dates you may have planned. The jacket is available up to a size 6XL.
While style blogger and editor Natalie Craig told us she usually keeps her outerwear simple and versatile, this year she’ll be “turning a new leaf with bold and brightly colored coats” like this leopard option from Eloquii. Like all of the brand’s clothes, it’s available from sizes 14 to 28.
Model and designer Sarennya Srimugayogam also pointed us toward a “stylish and fun” Eloquii jacket. “This is a statement piece which will turn heads, even if you are trying to maintain a neutral color palette,” thanks to the graphic black-and-white print and furry texture.
According to Lauren Chan, the founder and CEO of luxury plus-size brand Henning, “New York weather goes from mildly chilly to seriously cold quite quickly, so as soon as fall hits,” having a puffer on hand is essential. She likes this one from Mango, available up to an XXL, “for the length, so it’ll keep my bum warm on walks to the subway, the furless hood — it looks sleeker without a trim, in my opinion — and the cool matte-black color.”
Best under-$200 plus-size coats and jackets
Smart also has her eye on this “gorgeous copper trench,” available up to a size 6XL from Torrid, which she says has her “daydreaming of walking through autumnal foliage, like out of a Gilmore Girls episode, with a pumpkin-spice latte in hand” for a peak fall vibe.
Lifestyle blogger Sierra Holmes told us that if you want to take your trench a step further, this one, “with croc details that will flatter any figure,” is a good option. This double-breasted white vinyl coat has adjustable cuffs, a relaxed fit, and goes up to a size 26.
If you’re looking for a bomber jacket to wear during warm fall afternoons that quickly turn brisk, Sisso loves “the print and colors on this lightweight jacket,” covered in doodles, from Toronto-based size-inclusive designer Hayley Elsaesser. She notes that the brand also makes a dress, top, and skirt in a matching print if you want “to complete the look.” The jacket goes up to a size 3XL.
According to lifestyle and fashion blogger Ashley Carter, a utility jacket “is a wardrobe must-have” because “beyond being a great layering piece that can go from fall to winter, it is truly versatile.” Besides complementing most outfits, Carter told us she recently saw someone wear it as a dress, paired “with funky tights and chunky boots.” This one from Lane Bryant goes up to a size 28 and has an interior drawcord waist to ensure a comfortable fit.
According to Marie Denee, editor-in-chief of the Curvy Fashionista and a plus-size-industry expert, “One thing Eloquii does well is coats.” While there are plenty of new arrivals to choose from on the site (and this list), she specifically suggested this camel-colored robe coat — available up to a size 28 — which is “equal parts cozy and chic.”
Or try this color-blocked brown and black longline leather number, recommended by Holmes. “It’s perfect for transitioning from fall to winter,” she notes. Like the other Eloquii coats on this list, this one goes up to a 28.
Denee says Australian plus-size brand City Chic is “always one to watch” because it provides “expertly crafted items at an accessible price.” (It even sells bridal gowns and lingerie.) “This jacket is a fun way to add color without feeling too overwhelming,” Denee says, adding that the burgundy faux-fur-lined hoodie provides both “fashion and function.” The coat is available up to a size 20.
Best splurge-worthy plus-size coats and jackets
Two cool people we talked to name-checked New York City–based brand Veda, founded by Lyndsey Butler in 2008, well known for its leather pants and jackets. “I’m leaning more into sustainable brands these days,” says photographer Lydia Hudgens, who appreciates that Veda is a woman-run company. She suggests Veda’s classic leather jackets, which go up to a size 6XL. Craig is also a fan of the company’s slightly cropped Baby Jane moto jacket and recommends pairing it with jeans and a T-shirt to “bring a basic ensemble to life.”
If you want “a variation on a classic black leather jacket” that’s still “simple enough to fold into an existing wardrobe quite well,” Chan likes this “cool, comfortable” option from Universal Standard. “This jacket has the style of a classic denim jacket but is made in a warm espresso-brown leather and comes in up to size 40.” Her styling tip is to wear it “with a tonal turtleneck, vintage-wash jeans, and tall Chelsea boots for the fall — and when winter comes, it will layer well under a cropped puffer.”
For a coat that’s a little cozier, try this marshmallowy puffer, also from Universal Standard. “Finding a puffer coat that flatters my apple shape can be challenging,” notes Holmes, adding, “I love how this puffer coat hugs my curves in all the right places” due to the roomy hem. This cocoon-style coat is made from a cruelty-free down alternative to keep you warm and has a water-resistant, sleek exterior to keep you dry. Plus, it has a zipper, button, and tie closure to make sure it fits you just right. It’s available in sizes 00 to 40 and comes in three colors: black, ice blue, and dark green.
According to Craig, “Everyone needs a trench coat they can count on” once the weather changes. “Whether I am shielding my chic look from the elements or want to add a touch of sophistication to my outfit, a beige trench coat like the Overtime Trench from Henning is always in my fall-outfit rotation,” she says. Henning’s mission is to bring luxury design to the plus-size community, and this cozy stretch-wool coat — which goes up to a size 22 — has plenty of well-thought-out details, like a breathable lining, detachable belt, and super-deep pockets. And while it is an investment, a classic trench never goes out of style and will last you for many falls to come.
If you want a less tailored trench, Hudgens also tipped us off to Baacal’s take, which offers a more oversize cut that features storm flaps, cuffs with adjustable tabs, and a removable belt. The brand’s sizing works slightly differently: It is available in a 1, 2, 3, and 4, with the largest size equivalent to a 22.
And if you want a trench that is slightly less classic, photographer and style expert Marielle Elizabeth suggests this one from Tamara Malas, which has more unexpected details like contrast stitching and clear acrylic hardware. “There is so much to love about this trench, but the modern detailing with the clear vinyl pockets is a favorite touch,” she notes. The trench is available in both khaki and denim and goes up to a size 32.
“A classic staple for everyone’s closet that also screams ‘Why yes, I did just hand-forage these edible wildflowers,’” says Elizabeth of this chore coat. Only Child Clothing makes each piece to order in its Oakland-based studio. While it also comes in denim, camel, and black, Elizabeth’s advice is to forgo the fear of stains: “Live dangerously and get the eggshell,” she says, which she promises “will only look better as you wear it in.” The coat — available up to a 4XL — has four super-deep exterior pockets and a snap-front closure.
“Finding a plus-size puffer jacket above an XXL has led me to publicly cry on more than one occasion, so I am delighted to share this two-in-one puffer,” says Elizabeth. She adds that the adjustable puffer also has a removable bottom, so while the coat is pricey, you are getting both a cropped puffer and longline parka for the price of one. The puffer goes up to a size 24, and each one is made from recycled polyester that uses approximately 330 plastic water bottles.
If you’re looking for a more glamorous take on outerwear, model and fat activist Saucyé West says this coat from Roaman’s — which gives us Cate Blanchett-in-Carol vibes — might be the one for you. “They go up to a 5x, which is amazing,” she says, adding that she loves that arms are roomy enough “to be comfortable” all winter long.
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