I’m in need of a new winter coat. I bought a fantastic one way back in 2003 by DKNY that I still love: military styling, to the knee, double-breasted eggplant wool with fuchsia lining, buttons, and contrast stitching. It was crazy-expensive to me, especially since until that coat, I had always bought cheap ones at places like Target, Old Navy, NY&Co, or The Limited. But when I was buying a new coat every year because they pilled and fell apart, they no longer seemed like such a bargain. I think I spent $475 on that eggplant coat, but considering I’ve worn it every year for a decade, that’s not so bad.
It’s a size 14 though, which is too big for me now. It was too big last year too, but I didn’t want to buy an nice replacement when I wasn’t sure if my weight loss would continue. (Nope! Size 8/10, looks like you’re here to stay.) I bought a smaller cheap coat last winter, and guess what? The wool is pilling, the shoulders don’t lie right, and it’s missing two buttons. Time to buy something of better quality.
I know what shapes tend to suit me, and I usually choose something with a little definition in the waist. I love coats like or , but I have a tummy and a booty; if a coat doesn’t nip in at the small of my back, I look huge. (Unless it’s a cape! Then I just look awesome.)
These are some of the coats I’m considering. Do you have any others you’d recommend? Certain brands that have held up exceedingly well for you?
Long Peacoat, Navy —
Double-Cloth Tipped Coat,
Stella Coat with Haircalf Collar,