The Most Memorable TV Coats Ranked, From Sex And The City To The Undoing

Nicole Kidman's coat has caused quite the reaction online.

The Undoing

by Natalie Hammond |
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Even if you haven’t watched The Undoing, you probably know it’s three main characters. Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Fraser) and Grace’s coat (a hooded green number that has proven to be one of the most controversial coats to ever grace the silver screen). Love it, or hate, it, this polarising piece of clothing got us thinking about the other great (and not so great) coats on TV. Some spawned their own social media accounts; others became their wearers’ calling cards. Can you imagine, say, Carrie Bradshaw without her fabulous furry coat? Or EastEnders’s Biana Jackson minus that silver puffer? Here are the most memorable coats on TV, ranked in order of how much we want to wear them.


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1. Carrie Bradshaw, Sex And The City

Carrie might have been shoe-obsessed - Miranda once calculated that she had spent $45,000 dollars on her footwear, eeek! - but she also had game in the outerwear department. Her furry collared coat - the one she wore when, heartbroken over Mr Big, she went to watch baseball, and also the one she wore in the final episode back in her beloved Manhattan - became as iconic as her name necklace. (Note: make sure your homage is faux, Shrimps's collection is superlative.)

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2. Olivia Pope, Scandal

Olivia Pope's wardrobe makes a career in crisis management look marginally more appealing, particularly this sumptuous cape coat in cream. I don't know about you, but I'd take some drama (even the kind that emanates from the West Wing) to get to throw this on everyday.

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3. Eve Polastri, Killing Eve

Villanelle has been called the most fashionable fictional character of all time, but what about Eve? For the times we're living in, her reliable (if not slightly sexless and weatherbeaten) parka seems like a much more appealing proposition than a tulle dress.

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4. Midge Maisel, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Coat or no coat, Midge Maisel is possibly the best dressed woman on TV. Think Ratched levels of polish, but with much more perk. This clotted cream number means she easily cinches the number four spot in our hearts.

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5. Cookie Lyon, Empire

Having said we want parkas as opposed to puffy ball gowns, we wouldn't say no to some reemergence dressing à la Cookie Lyon. Her faux-fur wardrobe is simply unparalleled. Who wants to take this marine blue style for a spin around the park?

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6. Faith Howells, Keeping Faith

Faith Howells's yellow raincoat became so famous that someone decided it deserved its very own account on Twitter. Faith's Yellow Rain Coat is the unofficial information service for updates about Keeping Faith, and helpfully flags up raincoats it deems worthy of note. The actual coat is still available from Joules, BTW. After last weekend's wash out weather, we're tempted.

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7. Sylvie Grateau, Emily In Paris

She might make a frosty first impression, but Sylvie Grateau is the real fashion star ofEmily In Paris. We love this sweeping black-and-white coat, plus it's a cliché-busting outfit if there ever was one: French women do wear colour.

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8. Bianca Jackson, EastEnders

EastEnders fans will be very familiar with this shiny silver puffer jacket. It was to Bianca Jackson - who wore it with a very lockdown-friendly pair of velour jogging bottoms - what leopard print was to Pat Butcher.

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9. Phoebe Buffay, Friends

This tangerine-bright coat appeared in the episode where everyone finds out about Monica and Chandler - 'My eyes! My eyes!' - and pretty much sums up its wearer's maverick personality. If Phoebe was a coat, it would be this one.

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10. Grace Fraser, The Undoing

And finally, the one that kicked this all off. Nicole Kidman's coat in The Undoing, which has prompted a real outpouring of emotion online. What it boils down to is this: do you love it or do you hate it? Kidman herself has commented on the 'slight nightmare fairytale aspect' of the show, although that sums up the coat fairly nicely in our opinion, and explained its importance to Entertainment Weekly: ' In a way, it is the through-line of the whole series. It protects me but it's also my identity. It's got so many layers to it. It's my barrier and my shield from the world, but it also envelops me.'

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