Growing up in Southern California I had a bit of an obsession with coats. Clearly, when its 70 degrees year round one doesn't need a jacket, but something about the beginning of a school year would make me dream of walking though the quad in a new wool coat. (Really, I blame the J. Crew Catalog.) Of course, this would eventually become a huge hassle since I'd be drenched in sweat by the time I made it to class and then I'd be forced to lug it around for the rest of the day. I swear, looking back, my love of outerwear is one of the main reasons I moved to the East Coast for law school, although I'm not sure I realized it at the time.
Funny enough, now that I'm coming up on my 15th year as a cold weather gal, my coat obsession has definitely dwindled down to more of a love / hate feeling. Yes, I still LOVE the feeling of a new coat, and will forever be convinced that outerwear is what truly pulls an outfit together. BUT after 6 continuous months of wear I find myself hating (with a capital H) every single one I own. Wearing something day in and day out definitely causes you to loose affection for it, and even now I shudder at the though of wearing my trusty Canada Goose for another season.
Like in life, the key seems to be variety. Over the years I have accumulated a coat for every occasion, and during last week's sale I picked up this one as my newest addition. A good coat is certainly an investment, but since you wear it every day (with the exception of you warm weather folks) the use per wear is probably less than anything else you may own. I usually get all my coats dry cleaned at the beginning of each season, and I'm amazed at how "new" they feel year after year.
The great thing about coats these days is that there is one for every season and style. I'm more of an oversized coat girl myself, given that I like to layer underneath them and that cut seems to fit my frame best and I find the feminine ones tend to look better on women with some curve to their bodies. Of course, the classic cut is a timeless and I love how even mainstream designers are playing with length and adding details (color!) that can really make an traditional coat look like a statement piece. The military/ pea coat trend seems to be here to stay, and one that I find myself loving year after year. No matter your age, or body type, there seems to be a perfect coat for everyone!
Below, I've rounded up my favorite fall/ winter coats (at every price point), and some inspiration pictures for how to wear them. The one good thing about the weather turning cooler is the need for outwear, and that makes this former Cali girl very happy ... just as long as you don't ask me how I feel about them in March!