The colder months have well and truly hit, this year's summer heatwave has become a distant memory. As tempting as it is to cling on to the lighter jackets in your wardrobe, the time has come to invest in a warmer winter coat. It's the pièce de résistance of any outfit, needing to be versatile enough to work for most occasions, while making a statement.

It's a big investment, and most importantly needs to keep you warm in chilly temperatures. We've done all the hard work for you by scaling the high streets, testing a range of styles, colours and sizes to give you the best coats to wear this winter and beyond.

River Island Burgundy Wool Blend Overcoat: £75, River Island

River Island's offering is a stylish, three button up that provides a classic look and practicality. The wool blend fabric is warm and comfortable, this is a coat that goes with most outfits. We recommend pairing it with cream jumper and blue jeans, but you’ll easily find the right combinations to make this coat work for you in the winter.

The coat's burgundy colouring stands out from the usual numbers you see on the high street and at £75, we think it's a bargain. It's available from sizes XXS to XXL and will make the perfect present this season.

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Jaeger Double Face Check Peacoat: £279, Jaeger

Peacoats aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but we love this one by Jaeger. It is Italian milled, well fitting and the large lapel stands up solidly to deflect the wind when it becomes more blustery. It also features both functional and comfortable storage, with front pockets and two internal pockets.

It's one of the more expensive options in our roundup, but the quality is guaranteed and is a timeless piece that will last you for many a season. We recommend wearing this with white to show the coat off as much as it deserves.

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Percival Waterproof Sherlock Coat: £169, Percival

This limited-edition coat is manufactured in London. Originally only 30 of these were made but fortunately, due to the popularity of the coat, the team at Percival decided to make more. This unlined dry waxed cotton trench coat is a classic choice and is for all year round; it is waterproof, lightweight and dependable.

Importantly, its practicality doesn’t come at a cost to the clean and stylish aesthetics. The team at Percival recommend wearing it with simple whites or greys – and so do we.

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Reiss Bogart Double Breasted Peacoat in Soft Grey: £295, Reiss

If you want a slick look while battling the elements, this Reiss coat is the one for you. Crafted from a wool-rich blend, this coat is a modern take on classic outerwear style. It's versatile design means you can pair it with most outfits, we loved it with a black turtle neck.

The only downside is that we found it to be a tad itchy around the neck when worn for long periods, but it didn't put us off. We loved wearing it open with the collar down as much as buttoned up.

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Ben Sherman Camel Tailored Coat: £185, Ben Sherman

You can't beat a classic camel number. We searched for overcoat that is perfect for all seasons but is still warm enough to show off in the winter. What we unearthed was this stylish, tailored piece from Ben Sherman. The soft wool blend is thick enough to keep you toasty without being itchy and is offset with a contrast check lining that is British vintage at its best.

It's not too bulky either, allowing for layering underneath. The autumnal camel hue is one of our favourite colours to wear this season.

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Selected Homme Lee Wool Tech Dark Sapphire Coat: £215, John Lewis

Selected Homme’s technical wool blend coat is ideal for the cold winter looming ahead of us. The padded interior provides a great defence against the bitter English winds and you can’t go wrong with the coat’s simple and clean design. Its simplicity and colour pairs well with almost anything you may choose to wear beneath. Warm and stylish, this is a firm favourite of ours.

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Massimo Dutti Limited Edition Reversible Wool Coat: £249, Massimo Dutti

If you're indecisive on what colour you want your coat to be this winter, Massimo Dutti have you got covered with this limited edition, reversible design that's elegant and noticeable. The coat features a grey side with a notched lapel collar and beige trimmings showing through, we recommend wearing this side with the collar down. While the beige side if you reverse the coat should be worn with the collar up to show through the grey.

We love that you can wear this on consecutive days but look different, two for the price of one, if you will. The only downside is that it's not the warmest of the bunch, you'll want to pair it with warmer layers on colder days. Remember, it’s limited edition, so you’ll need to act fast if you want to get your hands on it.

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French Connection Double Dogtooth Check Coat: £245, French Connection

A step away from the check look you usually see, this outerwear from French Connection provides a modern dogtooth pattern that immediately draws the eye. The monochrome colour scheme means this will complement any outfit, be it smart or casual.

The length gives it a slimming appearance, with the long lines accentuating its sleekness. But it's not all style and no substance, as the soft wool-blend will keep you warm. The price of the coat is fairly steep but we loved its versatility and style enough to justify it.

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Farah Portobello Coat: £185, Farah

Farah’s Portobello Coat couldn’t be better for cold temperatures. It's 50 made of 50 per cent wool, is fully lines and has padded shoulders for extra warmth. The slim-line, mid-length cut means it doesn't drown you but rather offers a clean, stylish silhouette. It comes in two colours: grey marl and true navy. We loved pairing this with light wash jeans and dark boots. A gold Farah pin completes the look.

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Jigsaw Khaki Compact Wool Epsom Coat: £280, Jigsaw

This khaki coat looks great with brighter colours, we loved it paired with yellow as seen on the model, and tried and tested by us. It's quite a heavy garment, so be prepared for the extra weight – but it definitely does the job of keeping you warm.

We found the fit flattering and thought the black lining was a smart touch. The compact wool blend is classy and practical, it's an investment but in our opinion is very much worth it.

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The Verdict: Best men's winter coats

The limited edition Massimo Dutti's reversibility is a game changer, you’re essentially not buying one coat but two. However, our best recommendation is River Island's burgundy overcoat as it's effortlessly stylish and practical. The material is comfortable, it's warm and goes with plenty of outfits. Most of all, it’s really affordable and has stood the test of bad weather, proving its sustainability.

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