Coats and jackets are a major obsession of mine. After all, in a city like Vancouver where it's cold and/or rainy about 7-8 months of the year, they form a vital part of my wardrobe. When Vancouverites walk down the street, their outer layers are one of the first things people notice about their outfits, and therefore extremely important in making a favourable first impression.
I know that with the current economic crisis the last thing on some people's minds is probably replacing the worn-out winter coat sitting in their closet. But trust me, it's worth it: A well-fitting coat with a flattering cut and high-quality fabrication will take you everywhere in style. Belted waists, a versatile knee-length, oversized buttons, contrasting trim, neutral colours, and cozy collars are just some of the details that add visual interest, yet retain a classic aesthetic that will keep your coat looking fresh 5 years down the road.
I found some delectable coats on Bluefly with prices ranging from $100 to just a little over $200. The price tags are steep, yes. But it's better to invest in a good-quality coat than to buy a cheap thrill that will leave you out in the cold.
Miss Sixty ivory wool blend rib knit collar coat, $132.60
MICHAEL Michael Kors black wool houndstooth belted coat,$178.50
Laundry black wool melton contrast trimmed coat, $206.55
Laundry steel gray wool melton banded zip coat, $221.85