Best Time To Buy: Winter Coats

Posted on January 5, 2011 by in Featured, Style

Even though there are weeks (and dare I suggest, maybe even months?) left of winter, retailers are clearing their shelves to make room for new spring fashions. I spotted shorts, tanks, and even swimsuits in store windows on my recent shopping trip! Combined with after Christmas clearance sales, the New Year is the best time to score bargains on winter fashions, especially coats and jackets.

Here are a few trends in coats and jackets to keep your eye out for when bargain shopping that I think will look just as fashionable in the coming seasons.

(Psst…many of these coats are just style suggestions. I’m sure you can find many of them cheaper in stores!)


Are peacoats ever not in style? I’m been wearing mine since high school and can’t imagine a winter without it. Keep your peacoat timeless with traditional dark colors (saturated jewel tones can liven things up!) and subtle embellishments.

Timeless peacoats are always in style.


I like to think of capes as updated pea coats. Look for wool or flannel capes in gray, navy, black, or camel, just like you would a pea coat and you’ll be wearing your cape for years to come. If you’re fuller figured, look for longer lengths and strategically placed belts to add some shape to your cape.

Stylish capes that will be winter weather classics!

Skirted Coats

One of my favorite winter trends this year is the skirted coat. Like a peacoat, but with a longer, fuller bottom, I don’t see these coats going out of style anytime soon. I think they have a very vintage and ladylike feel to them – perfect to wear with dresses and skirts.

Skirted coats are very ladylike, so watch your Ps and Qs.

Puffer Coats

More a necessity than a fashion statement, the puffer coat is a must-have. Look for belted styles and those that nip in at the waist so you don’t lose your figure and look puffy in a puffer. (And could you please do me a personal favor? Remove those hideous fake fur hoods!)

Puffer coats are more necessity than fashion statement.

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Posted on January 5, 2011 by in Featured, Style


15 Responses to “Best Time To Buy: Winter Coats”
  1. PoppyNo Gravatar says:

    THANK YOU for this post!!! YAY! And THANK YOU for putting LINKS to the coats instead of just pictures that make me drool but still not know where to get them. YOU ROCK!

  2. Miss BrittNo Gravatar says:

    Would you believe that I have NEVER owned a peacoat? I want one, badly, but I always worry that they won’t be warm enough to be practical buying.

    • @Miss Britt, a lot of peacoats tend to be light, but look for wool and Thinsulate and try more outdoorsy retailers like Lands End and LL Bean. Mine actually came from Army Navy (and I adore it) if you’re looking to go hardcore peacoat.

    • LisaNo Gravatar says:

      @Miss Britt, I have a heavy wool peacoat that is actually the warmest coat I own, and yet I hardly wear it because I save it for dressier occasions. Which is silly and I’m going to go get it out of the closet right now because it’s 10* at my house.

  3. LisaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, I LOVE that Calvin Klein white military coat! It’s gorgeous!

  4. MeganNo Gravatar says:

    God I love pea coats. But I live in Florida so unless they are dirt cheap I don’t even bother.

  5. FireMomNo Gravatar says:

    Crap. I should have stopped catching up with my feed reader when I got to your weird underwear post. I have a coat … thing. I LOVE coats. Or, to be fair, I love the concept of coats because, really, they just get in the way, don’t they? But yes, I have a weakness for new coats.

    Thankfully, my mom got me a new ski jacket for Christmas. (My old one had holes in BOTH pockets. WTH!) So I think I’m good. For now. Until Spring rolls around. I actually bought TWO new Spring trenches last year. Oops.

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