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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Shopping Help: Outerwear

Curious...how many coats do you own?  

It's only in the 50's and 60's here, though it's pouring here today which I actually love!  Pouring seldom happens in San Diego.  Anyway, I've rounded up a few coats today in case anyone is in the market.    

All are from Target or Forever 21 and under $50, with the exception of one.  ($52.90)

These are probably not great for harsh weather, though.  For that type of coat I'd go up to the $100-$200 range!  (However, the one coat I wore during several weekends in Chicago in the winter was a long down puffer that I got at Costco, of all places, for only $25!  It's super warm without being bulky, and there was no price tag on it and it was the only one of its kind, so they rang it up as the cheaper, shorter, non-down alternative that was the only similar coat in the store.  Total score!)


Long Wool Coats:  Option 1  |  Option 2  |  Option 3
I know that if you have a real winter (unlike ours here!) then material matters.  These are all wool.  Option 2 comes in black, and Option 3 comes in 4 colors.


Long Coats:  Option 4  |  Option 5  |  Option 6
Other long coats that aren't necessarily wool.  Option 4 is a trench.  Option 5 has some nice trim details, like faux leather along the zippers and sleeves that are different material than the body.  Plus a hood and zippered pockets!  I love utility in a coat too.  


Mid-Length Toggle:  Option 7  |  Option 8  |  Option 9
I LOVE toggle coats!!!  They remind me of Paddington Bear, who is always cozy looking and totally squishable.  All three options come in four colors, mostly neutrals.  I really like #7 and #8 in taupe!  And #9 looks great in both oatmeal and grey.  


Puffer:  Option 10  |  Option 11  |  Option 12
And then of course who doesn't love bundling up in a cozy puffer jacket?  Option 10 comes in three colors, including a daring bright yellow.  Option 12 is a longer puffer coat that also comes in navy and white.



Okay now really, how many coats do you own?

I have 6.  A green hooded coat that I wish had toggle buttons, a navy toggle coat, navy military inspired coat, an anorak jacket, a puffier heathered jacket, and a long white puffer coat that I reserve for legit cold weather.  I've always wanted a trench but haven't been able to justify purchasing one living here.

I really want to know what people in other areas own!

24 comments:

  1. I'm in Melbourne (Australia) and our winters can get pretty cold, it doesn't snow but the wind chill is nasty. I have small collection of coats, for some reason I really struggle to find coats that are flattering. I currently have a black wool coat, olive parka that is great for wearing over layers and black satin finish trench (for nights out).

    http://casualcurlychic.blogspot.com.au

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  2. Lots... the answer is I own lots of coats. Like maybe 7? In the cold weather midwest you've got to have them for quite a range of temperatures, from chilly to very cold, plus there's the range of casual to dressy. Oh and the whole your coat is basically going to be your outfit for the next 5 months thing - so you want a few options to choose from, and you want some snazzy stuff! The problem with all these cute Old Navy & Target options is that they're mostly just cute... they don't really fight January cold like a serious down coat, or a more expensive wool coat (thicker, better lined, 100% wool). Which is a shame because I heart all of these ones you found. So I usually save up for JCrew when it comes to that - I have a longer/dressier brown wool and a a fun blue peacoat. Plus multiple puffers in various lengths/warmth levels. And I do have an Old Navy scored-on-crazy-sale cute coat, but it's reserved for the milder days. I'd love to add a toggle one to my collection... so cute.

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  3. I have wayyyyy too many coats for someone who lives in the south (NC)! Even though it gets cold here, I can't justify buying any more - your picks are super cute though!

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  4. I think I have about 6 too, but I am always on the lookout for more. :)

    www.wearitforless.com

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  5. I have about 10 for the cold in the mid west. 2 ski jackets, 3 pea-coats, 2 fleece jackets, wind breaker, leather and jean. Ranging in color, weight and occasion style.

    I really like the look of #2 but did you see the care instructions?!
    Care and Cleaning: Do not wash, Do not bleach, Do not dry Dry clean. :(

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  6. WHAT? Haha, no I did not look at the care instructions. So...don't wash? Haha! That's absurd but kind of hilarious.

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  7. I'm from central Illinois so you have to own about 10 different coats to get you through all the different temperatures/weather things that fall from the sky! I actually got SUPER lucky this year and found two amazing deals on coats at Macy's. One was a Michael Kors trench coat (with a wool insert... very important feature!) for $80 (marked down from $325). And the other a Calvin Klein long puffy coat for $90 (marked down from $300). I'm always willing to pay a little more for winter coats because it get so bitterly cold her and the cheap coats just don't cut it (down filler all the way!). Here's hoping my new puffy coat gets me through any polar vortexes winter might throw at us. Brrrrrrrrr!

    The weather changes so frequently here that I can never truly put away all my coats because you never know when you might need them! Like this week... it was 30 and rain/ice gross mixture on Monday and tomorrow is supposed to be 52 and sunny (heat wave!).

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  8. I feel your pain for the midwest cold! I have the hardest time picking out coats because I know come February, I am going to be so over it (both the coat and the weather) and the expense can really add up!

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  9. I'm pretty sure I own close to a dozen coats of different weights and styles, and am looking to add another 1 or 2. I have the same wool peacoat in three different colors because I liked it so much! Being in the midwest where the weather changes so much, you have to have options!

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  10. You own more coats than me and I live somewhere we actually have winter.... I have a 2-layer Columbia ski coat. I typically wear the inside quilted green part as my winter coat (unless it's super cold, I'm shoveling snow, or actually skiing). Then a black & white houndstooth coat for church and dressing up in the winter. A black & white trench from Target, a fleece jacket, and a lightweight windbreaker type for spring/fall. So 5 although typically taking up 6 hangers with my Columbia separated. I have a imitation leather quilted jacket on my Christmas wish list that I hope to get soon!

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  11. Haha, well 2 of them were gifts that I could do without but appreciate having. My friend who moved from Chicago said she actually didn't have any coats for milder temps, and only had 2 coats actually. One for cold, and one for really cold. Haha!

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  12. And you are pretty stylish and I am not... =) And hahaha, to your Chicago friend. I understand those Midwest winters.

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  13. This is hilarious! I always love the idea of having several different coats/jackets to match every possible outfit. However, I live in the North Pole (kidding, I'm actually slightly south of it), where it's necessary to buy real outerwear and I can neither afford nor have room for that many heavy coats. I have a wool peacoat I splurged on a couple years ago, and a puffer vest that I wear over sweaters or sweatshirts when it's not quite as frigid. The rest of the year is covered by sweaters, a fancy belted cargo, or a blazer. One of these days, maybe I'll get around to buying a good ski jacket and pants so I don't freeze every time we go sledding.

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  14. I have a motorcycle jacket, raincoat, wool coat for cool weather, and heavy coat for cold weather. I'd like to add a warm dressy coat, maybe if I can find something good on clearance this year.

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  15. I travel all over the world, and do long term stays in Malawi,Africa and Papua New Guinea, also when Im stateside I travel ALL over the USA ? which makes it difficult with various weather , from CA. to TX to AL to chicago ! WY and just about everywhere in between ! so I currently own : 1) above knee length black light weight wool coat, 2) trench w/liner 3) denim jacket 4) short down jacket, 5) military green jacket 6) leather DD ranchwear biker jacket 7) short brown leather fringe jacket 8) and a couple lightweight cotton jackets and a quilted blackk j crew vest, and some athletic jackets , some I have had for 10 yrs and some are new purchases , I must say that living where you live , I just recently visited there ;) that you would get much wear out of a trench coat ? mine has a zip out liner...

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  16. I only own 3 coats: a nice lighter one, a nice longer, heavier one, and a big warm puffy coat for our crazy midwest winters!

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  17. I own WAY too many coats! I need to purge and revamp my coat closet!

    -AJ

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  18. I went back and counted...I actually own 16 coats. I guess I have a love for coats!

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  19. I own coats for every season the south experiences, which is four. And sometimes all four in one day. What I am in the market for is a hooded rain resistant anorak type jacket. I may have to break down and go for an athletic looking one.

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  20. Since I moved from Atlanta to Toronto, I'm noticing how much a nice coat can change the look of your outfit! Going to have to re-build my wardrobe but thanks for the tips!

    www.simplyfashiontv.com

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  21. I'm in Boston. Any given winter, I usually have three that I would consider actual coats: one hip-length medium-weight, one longer wool one, and one puffy down one. I always try to get the wool ones in a color (i.e., not black/navy/gray) that matches both black tones and brown tones (purple, turquoise, mustard?) and that is moderately dressy so it works for work and casual stuff. Then the down one is for sub-20-degree days or heavy snowfall and is purely utilitarian.

    Of course I have a number of lighter jackets/blazers and a (sporty) rainjacket, but I don't consider them coats, per se.

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  22. I probably own far too many coats given the climate I live in (Alabama). I think they all serve a purpose though: a classic trench, a short cobalt blue wool one, a long and heavy gray one, and a lighter black/white patterned one my parents brought home from Paris. I'm sure I'm forgetting some!

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  23. Hahaha "break down"...yes...sometimes function over style. Sigh.

    And, four in one day! Along those lines, my Chicago friend said that the temps will only vary a few degrees within a day there, whereas over here they can swing 20 degrees from day to night. Two other Chicago friends who visited said the same thing. Sounds even more drastic around your parts!

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