Coat Shopping Season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I don’t think there’s anything I like window shopping for more than coats. As always, I love wool coat with an a-symetrical closure. This year I love the trend of wrap coats with belts or a hidden closure and oversized blazers with popped collar. Here are a few that I’m fawning over this year.

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This Michael Kors number is a steal at $178. It’s a great late fall/ early winter coat for the work week. It’s probably not practical for the dead of winter since it’s kind of open. I don’t have a camel coat, and this one is very tempting. I also love this similar option from Banana.

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Another great neutral. This one from Kenneth Cole has a cool a-symettrical hidden closure. Also very reasonable at $228. I like that it has more of a blush undertone, and the boucle texture adds some interest.

Sadie Dishes: Coat Shopping Season!

Here’s a slightly pricier option from DVF. The wrap coat is so hot right now. A wrap coat just seems cozy to me. It’s professional enough for work, but it’s also a great weekend option when you’re trying to look casual but put together. Michael Kors has a similar, more affordable option as well.

Sadie Dishes: Coat Shopping Season!

I looooove this coat. At $495 from Trina Turk, I’m waiting for it to go on sale, but it has pretty much everything I look for in a coat. And I need a grey coat!

Sadie Dishes: Coat Shopping Season!

I love this basic black moto from Banana. I have a similar one from Gap that’s a few years old. I think it might be time for a refresh/upgrade. This style is perfect for early fall and the spring before it gets too chilly.

Sadie Dishes: Coat Shopping Season!

And finally, the perfect jacket from Athleta for the to and from the gym trips in the fall. This is perfect for running quick weekend errands in the early-mid fall. Grey, a-symmetrical zipper, and basically sweatshirt material? I’m in.

Has anything caught your eye this year?

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Hits and Misses

After a flurry of fall shopping (my wallet is currently on lockdown), I need to be honest about what pieces worked and what didn’t. I’m trying my best to get pieces that a. fit correctly (which means going into the dreaded fitting room), and b. the price per wear makes it worth it (i.e. I will wear it a lot, especially if it’s pricier).

Keepers

This dress from J.Crew is everything! I do not buy a ton of clothing from J.Crew, especially since they’ve recently been getting flack for poor quality. I saw this dress online and in stores, tried it on, and knew I needed it. This will be a workhorse for me because: it’s 3/4 sleeves (cardigan/blazer optional!), machine washable, substantial enough for fall and winter, and a flattering sheath silhouette. I got the blue, but I’m thinking I might keep an eye out for a sale and get the black as well.

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My coat game is going to be very strong this year. I did in fact get this Trina Turk jacket from Nordstrom on sale. I love it! It is very flattering, comfortable, and so chic!

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Returns

I thought this blazer from Ann Taylor would be a go-to, but I was wrong. It was billed as a tweed blazer, but when I got it in the mail, I realized it was more of a flimsy, chunky sweater texture. Plus, it was unlined which made it look rumpled. The fit was also too big and thus unflattering, so it was a no. Sometimes Ann Taylor’s quality leaves something to be desired. No wonder everything is always on sale!

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I love, love, love a white blouse, and I really need a couple fresh white blouses right now. I tried this on in Banana thinking that I was just going through the motions and I would definitely buy it. Not so. It was too long for me, which seems to be a theme for me in Banana lately. I understand wanting some shirts to be long enough to cover your behind, but I would be wearing it primarily tucked into a skirt or pants at work, so the extra length was too much for me. Also, it was pretty sheer and dry clean only. Too many cons to overcome the sale price!

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I also returned this white button down from J.Crew. I generally say no to traditional button down shirts, but I have found that a white button down is kind of an essential. I have a couple “perfect shirts” from Ann Taylor, and those seem to fit me well, but I wanted to try another brand to see if there were other options. This one from J.Crew is a really thin fabric that was pretty sheer and just seemed flimsy. The fit was ok, but it was not good enough to overcome the mediocre fabric. The search for white blouses and button downs continues…

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Fall Coats!

The best part of fall shopping for me is coat shopping! I typically stalk a couple coats each fall and strategize one or two purchases a year based on need or price point.

Here’s what I’m stalking so far:

I need a new trench coat. I currently have a black, zip, short trench that I’ve had for about seven years. I really love it and I wear it a lot in the spring and fall, but it started fading and fraying at a few seams a couple years ago, and I think I could use a fresh one! I want to stick with the zipper and the shorter length because it makes it so much more functional for me. This is what I have my eye on right now:

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It’s a MICHAEL Michael Kors trench for $275. I’m going to keep my eyes open for a sale, but I might cave on this and buy it full price because I will probably where it for a good seven years.

I also need a weekend fall/winter coat. Last year I either wore my standard black fleece, or one of my nicer wool coats. So I need something a little warmer than a fleece, but not as fancy as a wool coat that I wear to work. I think this is the answer:

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This LLBean coat is the “Quilted Riding Jacket” for$139. It comes in a few colors, but I think I’m leaning towards the “dark ivy” because olive is the “new neutral.” I think it’s the perfect combination of polished and sporty.

Speaking of olive, I think I also need this wool jacket. Why? I have black, red, and navy coats, so olive and camel are next on my list (and maybe grey).

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This is a Trina Turk coat on sale for $259 at Nordstrom. I dare you to come up with one negative thing to say about this coat.

What coats do you have your eye on this year?