WIWW – Coats

Today for What I Wore Wednesday, let’s talk coats…

Back in high school – actually I think it was my freshman year in college – my brother and I got coats for Christmas.  Nice warm coats.  We headed to the sports store to pick them out, wandered around separately, and eventually emerged – holding the same coat!  Yeah, I had gotten it in the mens section, but big and bulky was the thing back then.  He wanted me to put it back, but I loved it! I tried digging up an old picture from that Christmas, but no luck.  I wore that coat forever – still own it – - here ya go:

 So, it wasn’t quite stylish – it’s only now that I realize that :)  So a few year ago on black friday, walmart was selling coats for $8 – I figured I was worth $8 and bought a coat that was a little more hip n happenin:

 It’s alright, and had I have definitely gotten my $8 worth out of it.  But I was thinking that it was time to step up my coat style – at first I just wanted a new $8 walmart coat in white, but they didn’t do the $8 coat thing this year.  So I started googling “white puffer coat” and narrowed it down to my dream coat:


American Eagle AE Womens Fur LONG Hooded WHITE Jacket Puffer Parka XL Coat NWT

Awesome, right??  

Well, it was $130.  I wasn’t ready for that for a coat that was unnecessary since I already had a couple that worked just fine.  And I knew there’d be a sale.  So I waited.  And waited.  And then the sale came – and I was giddy – it would be 40% off plus free shipping.  Until I saw the bad news – out of stock in my size.  Ugh.  I even called customer service to see if they could someone dig one up from a long-lost back room – no such luck.  
So I went ahead and ordered one similar to the dream coat – I loved the length and the waist tie on that one the most.  But oh well.  I got a shorter one.  I like it well enough.  And it’s pretty hip and happenin’ – maybe too much so, but better to err on the side of youth, right??
It’s got this massive cozy hood with a fur lining around my head that looks like some arctic animal crawled up there to keep me warm – the fur zips off, but I kind of like it….

So, thoughts on coats?? Do you go big and comfy or snug and stylish??

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the white coat! I was able to get a white puffy down coat for a great dealthis year too and I love it. Also, I would probably save the first one for skiing or sledding or something like that. :). Looks like it’d be a good snow activity coat.

  2. says

    If I am going to be spending a long time outdoors, I usually go the big and puffy route. It is way warmer and, with super cold temperatures, I throw style out the window in favor of comfort.
    It I am just running around town and won’t be outside for any substantial amount of time, I go to stylish. I’m a big fan of the simple wool button down coats but in fun colors.

  3. says

    I have different coats for different occasions. I’m in VT where it is COLD and SNOWY for like 8 months of the year, so a coat is a must! LOL. I have my Rossignol Ski Coat for regular wear (and skiing of course), I have my black thigh length peacoat for work, I also have a leather coat for evenings out and a puffer coat… although they are all black! Maybe I need to try a different color out!

  4. says

    Cute white coat! For everyday in the Northwoods, I go for warmth. Black is the color of choice (I have dogs) and down is the choice of filling. I do like a longer coat to keep more of me warm. :-)

  5. says

    I try my hardest to go without a coat…I’ve only worn one once so far this year- we’ve had great weather so far. But I basically have a hard time wearing a coat, carrying a purse, a diaper bag, and a toddler, so I am just going cold until she reaches middle school.

  6. says

    I love your new coat. It definitely is hip! I bought one of those on sale Walmart coats too. It’s a red and black plaid. It may not be the most stylish, but it fits me so well, and it’s so comfortable. I have gotten compliments on it, so it’s a keeper in my book. And hey, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to look good, does it? :)

  7. says

    I do frugal and I make sure the coat will keep me warm! The last one has been worth my money bought at a deep clearance after Christmas one year. It is water resistant (proven on a rainy day) and it does indeed keep me warm. I didn’t even need to wear long johns! LOL. :-)

    PS I get cold easily and can’t stand the cold. So, fashion takes the back burner when it comes to coats. :-)

  8. says

    Mandy, I love the look of all of your coats, although I do like the white one the best. As for which type coat I prefer? I really dislike wearing a coat. I’d rather wear a sweat shirt, or something like that. I can wear a jacket OK, but coats are just too bulky for me. I wear layers of clothes to stay warm. I do have a coat that hasn’t been out of the closet for several years now. It is just too heavy for me.

  9. says

    I have a black peacoat that I hardly wear now that we live in AZ… I mostly do sweaters. Either graphic zip up hoodie or a fleece sweater with a vest over it. Just enough warmth for AZ! ;) P.S. Your TOMS look great!!!

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