The Dramatic Allure of a Really Long Coat

Don't skimp on length this winter.

A prime example of a dramatic long coat (Photo: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images).

A prime example of a dramatic long coat (Photo: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images).

Drama: It’s a feature that is terrible in relationships, but ideal for sartorial choices. And as fall inches into winter, we’ve got our sights set on coats that are so long, they introduce an air of drama to each outfit.

Whether that be a fur, wool, or brocade iteration, the allure of a long coat can’t be denied. That fact remains true even if the coat is double breasted, or collarless; this silhouette works in nearly every cut. And this is certainly an investment piece, something to grab from the closet year after year, so don’t hesitation on dropping a pretty penny on a coat with a lengthy hem. As I’ve come to find, during even the most grim of cold spells, there’s nothing that feels quite as powerful as stomping through the city in an ankle-grazing coat.

In order for this style to look as flattering as possible, go for a version which fits snugly in the shoulders and hangs close to the body. Underneath, a pair of wide-leg pants will amp up the drama, but some sharp skinny trousers are just as effective. Certainly play up the long hem by finishing off the outfit with a killer pair of shoes; some graphic Loewe boots or cheeky Brian Atwood pumps should do the trick, just know that the higher the heel, the better.

Below are 10 of our favorite picks, so shop ’em now!

Chloé Double-breasted wool coat, $4,985, Net-A-Porter.com (Photo: Net-A-Porter).

Chloé Double-breasted wool coat, $4,985, Net-A-Porter.com (Photo: Net-A-Porter).

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Rochas Striped Wool and Silk Blend Maxi Belted Coat, $3,950, ModaOperandi.com (Photo: Moda Operandi).

Zara Handmade long coat, $279, Zara.com (Photo: Zara).

Zara Handmade long coat, $279, Zara.com (Photo: Zara).

Rachel Comey Trail Coat, $1,093, RachelComey.com (Photo: RachelComey).

Rachel Comey Trail Coat, $1,093, RachelComey.com (Photo: RachelComey).

Zero + Maria Cornejo EO Coat, $7,495, ZeroMariaCornejo.com (Photo: Zero + Maria Cornejo).

Zero + Maria Cornejo EO Coat, $7,495, ZeroMariaCornejo.com (Photo: Zero + Maria Cornejo).

Dries Van Noten Belted Rineri Trench Coat, $2,535, Barneys.com (Photo: Barneys).

Dries Van Noten Belted Rineri Trench Coat, $2,535, Barneys.com (Photo: Barneys).

Acne Studios Foin Doublé Nougat Beige, $1,450, AcneStudios.com (Photo: Acne Studios).

Acne Studios Foin Doublé Nougat Beige, $1,450, AcneStudios.com (Photo: Acne Studios).

& Other Stories Long Tailored Coat, $325, Stories.com (Photo: & Other Stories).

& Other Stories Long Tailored Coat, $325, Stories.com (Photo: & Other Stories).

Carven Long Belted Coat, $1,214, FarFetch.com (Photo: FarFetch).

Carven Long Belted Coat, $1,214, FarFetch.com (Photo: FarFetch).

Temperly London Tuva Velvet Dress Coat, $2,050, OrchardMile.com (Photo: Orchard Mile).

Temperly London Tuva Velvet Dress Coat, $2,050, OrchardMile.com (Photo: Orchard Mile).

The Dramatic Allure of a Really Long Coat