Winter is approaching fast, which means it’s time to start stocking up on cosy winter woolies, foot warming boots, and bad-weather beating jackets. Whether you’re battling the wind and rain in Cape Town, the icy cold in Joburg, or the occasional bout of bad weather in Durban, a good-quality jacket is your best defence against the elements this winter. Of course, with everything else a busy working gal has going on, shopping around for a jacket can be a time consuming exercise, so we’ve rounded up 5 of the best jackets to help you survive winter.

K-Way Women’s Swan ’18 Down Jacket

K-Way Women's Swan '18 Down Jacket

Popular with everyone from chic housewives to outdoorsy types, the classic K-way down jacket is one of South Africa’s favourite winter garments, and it just got even better. The latest iteration of this much-loved down jacket features 20D 380T Micro Ripstop fabric, which is made using a special reinforcing technique, making it more resistant to tearing and ripping. It also has a favourable strength to weight ratio which ensures that small tears won’t spread easily. This jacket is loved because it’s uber-lightweight and highly compressible (it packs away into an internal pocket!), so no matter where you are, it will keep warm, snug, and looking good too. Available in a wide range of colourways, there’s a K-Way Swan to suit your every mood.

R1,599 from Cape Union Mart.

MRP Project Longline Trench Coat

MRP Project Longline Trench Coat

Calling on military and floral influences, this beautiful trench coat from MRP’s in-house designer collection, Project range will have you singing in the rain all winter long. It’s a casual must-have for days when you’re looking to up the ante on a basic jeans and T-shirt. With a glad neck collar,  double breast button closure, and elasticated cuffs, this jacket will keep you warm and dry on grey winter days in South Africa.

R399 from MRP Fashion.

K-Way Women’s Austru Rain Coat

K-Way Women's Austru Rain Coat

This lightweight raincoat with a PU milky coating, is just the thing for rainy days in Cape Town. The classic silhouette means it will go with everything in your wardrobe — from a pair of jeans and sneakers to a winter dress and high-heeled boots. Waterproof, windproof, and seam sealed, with a mesh lining for added vapour permeability, this raincoat will keep you dry and snug all winter long. Plus, if you’re a minimalist kind of gal, you’ll be thrilled to hear that this jacket is packable into the pocket and converts it into a bum bag so you’ll always have it on hand when a freak rain storm hits.

R999 from Cape Union Mart.

Rare Earth Women’s Birke Puffer Jacket

Rare Earth Women's Birke Puffer Jacket

If you like to take a more chic approach to your puffer jackets, this one’s for you. Look gorgeous and stay warm with the Rare Earth Women’s Birke Puffer Jacket. This jacket has a beautiful blue sheen and features a roomy hood with an adjustable drawstring, a zip-down design and two front pockets. Wear with your favourite denims and boots to brave the cold in style.

R1,199 from Poetry and Cape Union Mart.

K-Way Women’s Mira Softshell Jacket

K-Way Women's Mira Softshell Jacket

Made from a combination of fleece and softshell, this jacket is perfect for outdoor types looking for a versatile winter warmer. Elasticated cuffs, an adjustable hem (which helps prevent cold air from getting under the jacket), and the fabrics four-way stretch ensure optimum comfort. The jacket is super soft and uber comfortable, making it a great winter hiking companion. Wear it to the gym, on an outdoor adventure, or dropping the kids off at school, it’ll keep you looking chic and feeling warm. This jacket is also available in a wide selection of coloursways — from classic black to fun and flirty teal, there’s a colour to suit your style.

R899 from Cape Union Mart.

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