If you are searching for one of the best winter coats you may find that Reiss is a recommendation you hear often. But the price tag of this British clothing brand means that before you invest you will likely need to consider whether they suit your needs and offer what you consider to be good value.
Staying both snug and stylish is no mean feat, so here at w&h HQ we’ve been busy inspecting as many Reiss coat designs as possible—from the best parkas and puffers to the best leather jackets and trench coats. In this collection review, three members of the team poured over the collection. We’ll fill you in on what the high-end high-street brand has to offer in terms of outerwear this season—and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
- 1 REISS COAT COLLECTION REVIEW
- 2 TOP 5 REISS COATS PICKS
- 3 WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF REISS’ COATS LIKE?
- 4 HOW MUCH DO REISS COATS COST AND ARE THEY WORTH IT?
- 5 WHAT IS REISS’ COAT SIZING LIKE?
- 6 HOW EASY ARE REISS COATS TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR?
- 7 ARE REISS COATS WORN BY ANYONE FAMOUS?
- 8 DOES REISS OFFER EASY RETURNS?
- 9 REISS COATS COLLECTION—OUR VERDICT
REISS COAT COLLECTION REVIEW
Launched by David Reiss in 1971, the Reiss label started life as a men’s tailoring brand based in London’s financial district. They established an in-house design team in 1997 but didn’t expand into womenswear until 2000. The initial tailoring influence is clear to see in all womenswear Reiss pieces, from carefully crafted blouses through to structured dresses, but most clearly in their jackets and coats collection (they make some of the best blazers for women too).
Reiss favors a muted color palette, with creams and camels making up the bulk of their 2021/2022 outerwear range, peppered with classic greys and black. These are smart, timeless coats that won’t feel dated in years to come.
TOP 5 REISS COATS PICKS
We looked at the most popular and stylish winter coats in Reiss’ collection and these are our top five recommendations to see you through this fall, and beyond…
1. Reiss Bonnie coat
The Reiss Bonnie coat is the black style you’ll love for a lifetime. Made from a blend of wool and cashmere, the super-soft style is a winter hero buy. The lapel collar and sleek straight silhouette also make it perfect for smart occasions. It also comes in cream, and we’ve put that version in our edit, too. Keep scrolling to see it in the other hue.
2. Reiss Brooks Wool Blend Coat
A classic, timeless, and universally flattering style, the Brooks camel coat is worth the investment. The tie belt will draw in the waist, the wrap silhouette will flatter all chest sizes and the perfect midi length will also keep you cozy. On the shorter side? This coat is also available in a petite length so it’s ideal for everyone. Whether you wear it with jeans and your best white trainers or a knitted midi dress, this cover-up will never fail to elevate any look.
3. Reiss Macey Shearling Aviator Jacket
If you prefer a cropped coat then the aviator style is one to look out for. This versatile black style from Reiss is made from super warm shearling so it’s bound to keep you extra warm—and explains the higher price point. Not only this, but it’s also reversible so you can either wear it on the leather or shearling side. It’s basically a two-for-one buy if you ask us!
4. Reiss Bonnie Wool Blend Coat
If someone didn’t know what Reiss was like as a brand, we would show them this coat. The creamy color, clean cut, and luxe look is synonymous with Reiss’ classic look. A rich blend of wool and cashmere makes this coat a toasty number to wear throughout winter with everything from roll neck jumpers and jeans for the day, to wide-leg trousers and cami tops for the evening.
5. Reiss Thea Puffer Jacket
Puffer coats are everywhere this year, and it’s a welcome mix of fashion meets function. This punchy red cropped iteration is as warm as it looks. The shorter length styles can be easier to wear if you’re petite as they tend not to swamp your frame like a longline cover-up. The water-repellant Reiss version is filled with recycled down and has a handy hood ready for rainy weather.
WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF REISS’ COATS LIKE?
In a nutshell: very good. Reiss coats are exceptionally well cut, the fabrics feel luxurious to the touch and they wear well with repeated use. The linings are premium and feel well attached. Having given the pockets a good tug at the seams we don’t foresee holes appearing any time soon. Stitching is sturdy and neat, and the finishing hardware is luxurious.
HOW MUCH DO REISS COATS COST AND ARE THEY WORTH IT?
At the time of writing, the cheapest piece in Reiss’ winter coat collection is the Harper lightweight quilted jacket(opens in new tab), ringing in at £158 or $295.
You can expect to pay around £320 (or $600) for a tailored wool coat, closer to £400 (or $600+) for a leather jacket and up to £995 (or around $2000) for an indulgent Spanish merino shearling coat.
There’s no denying these prices are enough to make some shoppers’ eyes water, but remember, your coat is the hardest-working layer in your wardrobe. If you wear yours every day across a couple of seasons, the cost-per-wear will quickly whittle down. If you can afford it, we think the coats are worth the prices.
WHAT IS REISS’ COAT SIZING LIKE?
Reiss coats do run true to size, but as with all winter coats, consider what you want to wear under your coat before adding to your basket.
If you favour thin jumpers and lightweight blouses, your normal size should fit perfectly. If you’re a lover of chunky knits and oversized jumpers, you might need to size up to accommodate them.
Wearing structured, woollen coats in a size bigger than normal can make them look more expensive, too, playing up to the oversized aesthetic that’s easy to pull off.
HOW EASY ARE REISS COATS TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR?
The majority of Reiss coats require specialist dry cleaning to avoid damaging the integrity of the fabric. If in doubt, check the specific care instructions, as some lighter, polyester styles can be popped in the machine on a delicate cycle.
Leather and shearling styles require a specialist leather clean, so enquire with your local dry cleaner to see if this is something they can offer. If not, there are plenty of online services you can post your jacket or coat to, for them to clean and return to you.
ARE REISS COATS WORN BY ANYONE FAMOUS?
Giving the brand her royal seal of approval, the Duchess of Cambridge has been busy flying the flag for Reiss coats for years. She was first spotted in a white Olivia pea coat by the brand at Prince William’s graduation from the Central Flying School in 2008 and was praised for re-wearing it during their 2020 tour of Ireland—proof that good-quality fabrics and simple yet stylish design always stand the test of time. More recently, Kate Middleton has been spotted championing Reiss’ tailoring in a gorgeous double-breasted cream blazer. A longstanding fan of the brand, Kate often opts for Reiss’ timeless wardrobe classics that’ll never date.
DOES REISS OFFER EASY RETURNS?
UK and US customers can return unwanted items within 28 days for a full refund.
Firstly, you can do so for free at any standalone Reiss store, not including department stores, airports or franchises.
Alternatively, for US you can return via UPS with the returns label included in your original delivery. For free UK returns, use Hermes or drop off at your local service point.
REISS COATS COLLECTION—OUR VERDICT
Reiss coats might be pricey, but thanks to classic shapes and colorways, they’ll more than earn their keep in your wardrobe. If you can spend upwards of £200 or $300 on a coat, we highly recommend them.