Mid-October seems like a good enough time to start thinking about outerwear options for the winter. I don’t need more coats but liked the Banana Republic Faux-Fur Trim Bow Coat (from this order) enough to keep.
Durable coats are a necessary evil for those of us who live in regions with harsh, long winters so spare no expense when it comes to outerwear.
Ladies previously sized out by Burberry, take note! Two years ago Burberry didn’t even have a size 0, now it offers size 00 in select styles (like the Mid-Length Wool Cashmere Trench Coat).
Picks: Funnel Neck Wool Cashmere Coat, Fitted Virgin Wool Coat, Leather Detail Wool Cashmere Trench Coat, Bonded Wool Cashmere Military Coat, Mid-Length Wool Blend Trench Coat, Double Wool Twill Trench Coat, and Long Wool Twill Trench Coat.
Retailer: Club Monaco
Discount: Free shipping on all orders; take 20% off with your .edu e-mail address.
Retailer: Banana Republic
Discount: 40% off sale styles with code BR40SALE; 40% off fall essentials with code BRCOZY.
Picks: The Faux-Fur Trim Bow Coat that I kept is available in a light gray; I also like the well-reviewed Animal Print Coat.
This Cropped Double-Breasted Jacket is not a keeper. The vibrant orange is beautiful in person but, like one reviewer remarked, the material is slightly too stiff and structured for the style (heavy twill can be slimming in the right cut but this peacoat is so boxy in shape and the sleeves are quite roomy).
I did not expect to like the Faux-Fur Trim Bow Coat enough to keep (well, I had some suspicion it might be trouble) but was so drawn to the puff sleeves, flared bottom, and bow belt that I decided to make room for it in my overcrowded closet. I will likely dedicate a whole post to it later this year and discuss warmth, care, and lint-attraction in greater detail.
Picture below edited to show detail. The faux-fur collar is removable.
Retailer: RED Valentino
Really really want this Bows & Ribbons Parka that Wendy has. Not sure I am willing to pay $700 for it so will wait patiently for a sale.
Retailer: Urban Outfitters
Discount: Extra 50% off sale styles, no code needed.
Discount: Up to 50% off select items.
This Floral Jacquard Dress is stunning but is it too loud/curtain-like?
A reader wrote some time ago requesting recommendations for a blazer that is suitable for both a casual work environment and weekend wear. This Frenchi Puff Shoulder Blazer is affordable, has fun details (puff sleeves and no button closure), and is well-reviewed (well, one positive review).
Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Get 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40
Picks: Wool A-Line Skirt, Marlie Satchel, No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-serge Cotton, Shift Dress in Pineapple, Grid Scarf, Goodwinn Purse, and Shift Dress in Butterfly.
Retailer: J. Crew Factory
Discount: 50% off everything; including new arrivals.
Picks: Wool-Cashmere Funnel Coat, Keating Boy Blazer, Scalloped Lace Top, Pencil Skirt in Black Watch Plaid, Long-sleeve Peter Pan Collar Tee, Isabelle Patent Pumps, Short-sleeve Pleated Lace Dress, Charley Sweater in Polka Dot, Twist-Front Dress, and Jeweled Peter Pan Collar Sweater.