Utility Coat Trend Designs for All Seasons

Utilitarian designs were featured a lot at this year’s London Fashion Week and for good reason.

The Utilitarian aesthetic is one of the biggest trends this season taking the functional design of traditional Trench coat and utility coat designs to the catwalk. Of course, combining premium fabrics with durability and functionality is very much what we’re about at 49Winters, so it’s definitely a trend we can get behind.

Today we take a deep dive into our utility coat and mid parka jacket designs to highlight what makes them unique and why they work for all seasons.

Introducing the Utility Coat for men

The Utility Jackets in Sepia by 49Winters

Our utility coat is the ultimate field jacket with iconic parka styling but more versatility with a detachable hood. Like all of our designs, the 49Winters utility coat is also compatible with our down jackets and fur trim, so you can zip in a layer and add some additional protection from the elements with the trim in colder climates. Great for all seasons but also for travellers who often visit differing climates and need a versatile outerwear design.

Technically this coat is designed for men with ‘male opening’ but many women also order this coat, Sepia is particularly popular.

Introducing the Mid Parka jacket for women

A classic parka jacket is very much associated with the winter months and cold climates, but our Mid Parka is designed as an all-weather parka that offers the same versatility as the utility with a more feminine cut.

The Mid Parka Coat by 49Winters

What’s great about this coat is that you get the classic parka styling and protection from the elements with all three layers, but you can also detach the fur trim, hood and remove the inner layer. Much like Flora in her Sepia Mid Parka during London’s fashion week (pictured below). This means you can pull off the utilitarian look with just the outershell or go more sports luxe with the inner down. Then, when you’re ready to hit the slopes again or the British weather does a u-turn you can zip all of the layers together for the full luxury parka experience.

Interchangeable layers for every season 

Zip close up navy 49Winters utility and down jacketAs British fashion designers, we know all too well how unpredictable the British weather can be, that’s why we worked tirelessly to create a three-layer system with a zip design that can be interchangeable. Believe it or not every single standard zip is unique, but we’ve managed to design zips that can be used with any of our layers. That means you can get as many differing inner downs or trims and coats as your heart desires! Here’s a breakdown on the three different layers: 

  1. The Outershell: Utility or Mid Parka
  2. The Down: Inner layer or Spring outer
  3. The fur trim: optional warmth and style

Multi-use pockets for a modern lifestyle


Zip pocket on sleeve 49Winter Utility JacketsThe team at 49Winters wanted to create a coat that would suit a modern lifestyle, which is why all of their outerwear pockets have been tested for use with mobile phones, passports and typical business travel or expedition gadgets. The idea was that no matter the activity, whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or going about your day at home - all you need is your 49Winters coat.

The Utility has 9 pockets in total:

  • 2 chest pockets with zip and a patch
  • 4 pockets below the hem (with two openings) - 1 with fleece lining
  • 1 sleeve pocket for convenience
  • 2 inner pockets for added security

The Mid Parka has 6 pockets:

  • 4 pockets below the hem (with two openings) - 1 with fleece lining
  • 2 inner pockets for secure items

Premium style and fashionable palettes

Premium style and fashionable palettes 49Winters

Beyond the functional design and quality fabrics, the reason so many people love 49Winters is the ability to play with the palettes and mix and match layers. The most popular palette this year has been the metallics, including Smoke and Moonstone. The Blush Pink and Lapis Blue options are also very popular. There are also the classic staples Sepia and Black, which can be mixed or work together for a block stylish look to suit any outfit.

Quality fabrics with functional design

The outershell

The utility coat outershell is 72% cotton, 28% polyamide and windproof with a Teflon coated water-repellent finish. It also includes a drawstring waist and press stud-fastening cuffs. All of the pockets have thermal touch pocket lining and are concealed with a two-way zip or press stud fastening. The lining is 100% polyester. 

The mid parka outershell is 65% cotton and 35% polyamide with triple-layer cotton and nylon drill. It’s also has a Teflon 5,000mm water repellent finish with breathable windproof membrane (10,000g). The soft touch lining is 100% polyester and the pockets have thermal fleece pocket lining.

The inner down

The inner down is available in three designs. The down for men or the tailored down and Boxy Down for women. All are 100% Polyamide with Teflon coated water and stain repellent finish. The filling is pure duck down filling ethically sourced from Prauden who are certified by accredited institutions for stringent  standards of quality and ethics.

Optional fur trim

We know not everyone is comfortable with having fur, which is why we offer our customers the choice. Saga Furs as our fur provider as they work with fur breeders to ensure the highest levels of animal welfare and industry leading practices. For those who choose fur, saga furs ensure that they are making a responsible and sustainable choice in the process. The trim is sold separately and is removable. We also offer Shearling hood trims as a bi-product from our tannery in northern Spain and are equally luxurious in touch and appearance.

A detachable hood perfect for the British weather

While all of our coats have a detachable or optional trim, The Utility is the only 49Winters designs with a detachable hood. Perfect for those ‘is it or isn’t it going to rain today?’ days. Better yet, when you remove the hood we’ve created a lip with a snap button that hides it and you can also zip in the down jacket hood.

Detachable hood by 49Winters

Utility coat designs for men and women

Utility coat designs two women one man wearing 49Winters

If you’ve developed a penchant for pockets with the latest utilitarian trend but want to still express your sense of style - 49Winters has you covered.

Not sure what palette and layers to go for? You can click and play with our explore tool to visualise the different combinations for the Utility coat and Mid Parka now. If these designs don’t hit the mark for you this season, you can also check out our latest blog on Spring outerwear trends.


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