It seems that people not living in coastal Southern California need coats during the winter season. FASCINATING. I guess I should get cracking on the coat-purchasin’ sooner than later.
Here are some that I’m considering and/or daydreaming about, because let’s face it, a few of these are waayyy pricey. Coats aren’t cheap! (Although a coat can last forever, right? RIGHT?)
AdrienneOctober 1, 2014 at 8:19 am
That Jacquard Blanket Coat is the bee’s knees! If only I had $550 to throw around!! Hmm.
SarahOctober 1, 2014 at 8:52 am
A few years ago I bought O Magazine for an article title “Affordable Winter Coats You’ll Love!”
The editors of said magazine thought that a $625 coat was affordable. (Granted it’s not the most expensive thing in the world, but that was the last expensive one. COME ON. Grr.)
I love me some J. Crew for cute winter coats. I think they’re priced fairly and you can almost always get one when there’s a 25% – 30% full-price items promotion. For practical, though, I like North Face all the way. I wish I loved L.L. Bean coats, but they’re like wearing a sleeping bag – a schlumpy sleeping bag.
EllenOctober 1, 2014 at 9:10 am
Couldn’t agree more, Sarah, and — living in Maine — every other friend of mine works for L.L. Bean corporate. They.have.no.style. (The coats!)
It was a shock for me to come home to Maine after living in Seattle, San Francisco, and NYC. Because guess why? I basically did need a sleeping bag. (But I went w/a North Face long puffer as well as a Patagonia more slim LIGHT puffer.) But I’m back near family and have seasons and am a happier, more satisfied w/life kind of person now.
My two cents.
SarahOctober 1, 2014 at 9:16 am
These are all gorgeous! My advice would be to buy something that covers your backside and has full length sleeves. If you’ll be out walking a lot, you probably want something down to your knees – if it’s snowing, your boots will cover your lower legs and the coat would cover your upper leg, preventing you from getting soaked.
I have one of those 3/4 sleeved winter coats and it’s beautiful but after moving from the South to Boston, I found that it’s not warm enough for a daily coat. I just wear it out for date nights and such.
Now I’m in the coat shopping mood!
JessicaOctober 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
It is going to be 97 for the rest of the week in Irvine. and OMG I just want to buy a GD coat after looking at those photos.
BreezaOctober 1, 2014 at 11:42 am
I miss coats. My recommendation is to get a camel colored one–goes with most things. And just looks chic!
EllenOctober 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm
I have two calf-length wool winter coats from Zara that I adore. One is an everyday coat in black; the other has gold accents for dressing up. I was in NYC around the winter holidays two years ago and actually stopped a woman in front of me in a line to ask her where she got her coat. She pointed me to Zara and 30 minutes later, I had two new coats. Very affordable and chic and WARM.
whoorlOctober 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm
I just bought this one from Zara last week: http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/outerwear/long-coat-c269183p2008057.html
But when it arrived and I tried it on, it looked more like a robe than a coat. (The material was very thin.) Love Zara though!!
ClaireOctober 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm
For some reason none of the click through links are working for me. Any ideas?
AshleyOctober 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm
I’ve got my eye on the hooded wool zip up one from J. Crew. I also really like their Stadium Coat… Not pictured above. I’m waiting for them to go on sale though, because I am cheap.
BrieOctober 2, 2014 at 2:45 am
You need several????
BrieOctober 2, 2014 at 2:46 am
That was supposed to be a wink, buy buy buy.
C.October 2, 2014 at 6:10 am
Um, take it from someone who’s lived in a place with horrible winters their whole life, those costs may look nice but they’ll be useless in snowstorms and sub zero temperatures. You need an insulated parka, with a hood, that covers your butt. It’s not Jenna Lyons approved but it will keep you warm.
LaurenOctober 2, 2014 at 11:55 am
Definitely full sleeves! I’d also check a place like Patagonia for a super practical one that will stand up to the elements. They actually have a 50% off past season items promo going on until the 7th or so. Outerwear is fun. :)
Hayley GildersleeveOctober 2, 2014 at 11:59 am
Oh man, my husband and I are from Texas and moved to Colorado last year. We were wildly unprepared for winter and ended up asking for coats for Christmas cause we were broke haha… Loving all of these! Especially the ‘Nancy’ Double Breasted Wool & Alpaca Blend Coat… it looks insanely comfy.