The 13 Designer Duster Coats to Invest In This Season

Minimal designs and floor-sweeping lengths.
Last Updated
Aug 15, 2022

The duster coat creates the utmost drama regardless of what’s underneath. Much of the allure lies in the fact that dusters require little to no effort and always appear dynamic, whether you’re styling one casually over basics or atop dressed-up pieces. From neutral colors to printed versions and textured iterations made of wool, cashmere, or leather, the duster coat is one every woman should own, with designers championing them for fall and winter.

What Is a Duster Coat?

In its truest form, the duster is a loose, lightweight coat sans buttons or embellishments. The lengths are long, often hitting below the knee if not nearly grazing the ground. Originating in the 1920s, its designs have since evolved—but the topper’s floor-sweeping lengths and minimalist cuts are forever hallmarks of the iconic style. Today, most ankle-skimming coats are categorized as dusters, even if they’re finished with buttons, a belt (like a trench coat), or other unique details, making them far more prevalent than in years past. 

New interpretations of the duster coat are cropping up in fall/winter designer collections from New York to Paris, in ultra-stylish form. Ahead, we present your guide to the most stylish duster coats of the season, from classic cuts to contemporary styles. You’ll undoubtedly discover a luxury version to suit your taste, if not several.

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Black Duster Coats

​​To maximize the versatility of your duster coat, opt for a style in classic black. Whether you choose an iconic style like Max Mara’s minimalist virgin wool coat or prefer a version without a collar, like the latest designs from Raey, you’ll wear this type of duster repeatedly with basics and eveningwear alike. For an everyday look, we love Totême’s effortless long black coat, complete with a shawl collar.

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White Duster Coats

​​A white duster looks decidedly fresh with everything in your wardrobe but particularly pops against black pieces or when styled in a monochromatic fashion. When selecting the perfect white duster for you, consider the details. If you’re one for minimalism, Raey’s overcoat is an impeccable choice. Look to Altuzarra’s shearling-trimmed merino wool-blend coat for a topper to wear later in the season, as it will keep you cozy and warm. The perfect mid-weight layer comes from Magda Butrym in a timeless double-breasted silhouette, ideal for special occasions.

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Brown Duster Coats

With ’90s-inspired fashion reigning supreme this season, you can’t go wrong with a brown duster coat to set a nostalgic tone. Max Mara’s Ludmilla Belted coat, and S Max Mara’s Winter coat will help you master a classic and minimal look. For those who crave sophisticated style, Altuzarra’s ​​Astralle leather trench coat offers a refined take on double-breasted design.

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Trench Duster Coats

Few silhouettes are as iconicas the trench coat, but ultra-long lengths guarantee stand-out style. Luxury iterations are well worth the investment in iconic khaki or camel shades. Topping our edit this season: Burberry’s iconic Sandridge design in crisp cotton, Totême’s double-breasted trench, Moncler’s lightweight and belted iteration, and Khaite’s structured Augusta hooded duster in a cotton blend.

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Checked Duster Coats

​​Another timeless take on the duster is a checked version that delivers a heritage feel. Designers like Isabel Marant, Acne Studios, Smythe, and La Vie Style House debuted  modern versions for this season, which are perfect for those seeking light or midweight options. From archetypal double-breasted shapes to oversize fits and exaggerated details (think oversized lapels and twisted silhouettes), a checked duster coat is one you’ll repeatedly wear for years to come.

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Wool and Cashmere Duster Coats

It doesn’t get much better than a quintessential cashmere or wool duster coat. Neutral shades like black, gray, ivory, and camel will live the longest in your wardrobe and be the most versatile for styling various looks. For a genuine duster, Chloé Harrouche's oversized LouLou Studio wool and cashmere-blend coat is flawless, as is Tove’s wool design with scarf detail. Another option is Loewe’s impeccably-made gray design that will stand the test of time.

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Leather Duster Coats

​​For an edgy take on the iconic duster coat, look no further than leather designs by luxury labels like Max Mara, Khaite, Chloé, and Nour Hammour. Channel a Matrix vibe with  a style in the deepest black to set the ultimate mood. Though this leather duster style may feel most suitable for evening, you can easily wear it during the daylight hours. Natural leathers are ideal for daywear, while glossy, patent styles befit after-hours looks. 

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Lightweight Duster Coats

While the most traditional duster coats are inherently light, those made from fluid fabrics like silk and satin feel supremely luxe. We love this type of duster coat most in a gorgeous shade of ivory and styled with tonal separates, as Net-A-Porter’s Global Buying Director, Elizabeth von der Goltz, flawlessly demonstrates. It’s a fail-safe look you can seamlessly wear day to night without changing a thing—though you may opt to sprinkle in a few diamond baubles after hours.

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Tuxedo Duster Coats

Inspired by formal menswear, we love the sharpness of a tuxedo-inspired duster coat for evening occasions. Elegant detailing is at the crux of this look—satin lapels, cuffs, and covered buttons are the most traditional, while two-tone designs feel fresh and forward as a contemporary take. To maximize a luxury designer style’s versatility, we suggest investing in a simple black iteration like Rick Owen or The Row’s thoughtful designs. However, Alexander McQueen’s Mixed-Media Graffiti coat makes a strong case for the unconventional.

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Made-For-Rain Duster Coats

Thanks to the latest crop of designer dusters, there are many options made to withstand the elements that blend unparalleled designs with function. It’s all about technical fabrics and thoughtful design—two factors Moncler, Burberry, and The Row have combined and mastered this season. While you might not reach for these in a blizzard or wintry mix, they’ll serve as a stylish go-to on rainy days, at the very least.

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Oversize Duster Coats

If there’s one design element that instantly modernizes a coat, it’s an oversized fit. When combined with floor-sweeping lengths and plush textures like shearling, alpaca blends, and fur, you’ve got a rather luxe and dramatic look. Uncomplicated silhouettes with a defined waist are best for this duster design—while it’s perfect for enveloping yourself in on the coldest days, you won’t want to feel like you’re drowning in fabric or lacking shape.

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Animal Print Duster Coats

​​For a spot of fun in your duster collection, an animal print design is well worth the investment. Though tiger, zebra, leopard, and snake motifs remain key among the latest fall and winter trends, a printed duster such as this will live long past the current season. Even the boldest prints will stand the test of time in a timeless silhouette. 

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Brightly Colored Duster Coats

We’ll always champion neutral colors when investing in luxury outerwear. Still, designer runways and the street-style circuit have proven the appeal of colorful duster coats in vivid shades. Simplicity is critical when buying into this duster coat trend—bright dusters from Raey, Stella McCartney, and Max Mara top our edit, not just for their plucky palettes, but also for their pared-back designs that maintain sophistication and poise.

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