I’m headed to New York next weekend for the first time in nearly two years (the last time was for my wonderful ex-roommate Ava’s wedding, and more time was spent in Jersey than Manhattan). The trip is for family stuff and I won’t have much time to vacation, but I’m just happy to be back in the city. I’m also determined to see TopShop and the new 5th Avenue Forever 21.
It’s been almost four years since I’ve been in a New York winter. One of the last winters I managed to survive was the biggest snowfall in NYC history.
It was also probably the only time it was safe to walk through Central Park after dark, thanks to 26 inches of snow. That was my “Silent Bob” jacket – about two sizes too large, but it was on sale from J. Crew and really warm.
Anyway, I saved some of my winter clothes and have perfectly serviceable outerwear, but I’m not one to miss an opportunity to window shop for new stuff. As I’m sure you can guess, today’s theme is …
I’m not sure how warm either of these are – honestly, I’m kind of a snob when it comes to jackets. I just have a hard time believing that something so affordable can keep you warm. But if you live in slightly more temperate climates, or if you need something to keep you warm in the spring months, these seem like great options.
There are a lot of ModCloth coats in this post, mostly because … well, their coats are awesome. I love jackets that are bright, and this Saucy Saffron Coat is perfect. It’s bright and cheery – ideal for running errands when it’s grey outside.
The Upstanding Citizen Coat is gorgeous. The big collar and dainty buttons give it a very ladylike, classic feel. I stay away from light colored clothes because I am incapable of eating or drinking something without spilling. Seriously. In eight grade, I started drinking nothing but water and Sprite whenever I wore white t-shirts to school, because otherwise I would spill my soda all over myself every. single. day.
Point being: I’m not allowed to have nice things, but if you can, you need this coat.
I love a good tweed, especially when you get those little leathery buttons. This coat gives you a vintage look without the vintage smell (why does vintage always have that smell??).
The belt on the blue coat is a nice nod to the classic trench. I love trench coats on other women, but I always feel like trenches are too bulky on me. This coat, on the other hand, could definitely work for me.
I’ve been looking for a longer-length fitted plaid coat, so it’s very hard for me not to buy this jacket right now. Plaid is a tough thing: it can be too bold, too muted. There can be too much contrast or not enough. But this blend is the perfect mix – it’s just muted enough to be versatile, but those little bits of white and red provide enough contrast to remind you that it’s plaid. Plus, it’s fitted enough that you don’t end up swimming in it. It’s feminine but spunky, perfect for wearing as you stop in the middle of the street to throw your hat in the air.
As for this Jill Stuart jacket – you’ve got to love a coat as no-nonsense and badass as this one. I would totally wear this jacket with stick-straight hair, my bangs in my eyes, wearing knee-high flat boots and pretending to be a Salt-esque super spy.
I’ve been wearing my J. Crew peacoat for the last six years. It’s served me well through three years of college and three surprisingly wet LA winters. Granted, this version doesn’t come with Thinsulate like mine does, but even without the Thinsulate, J. Crew makes a damn good coat. If you’re looking for a basic that will last forever, I cannot recommend them enough.
The Colletta Coat, on the other hand, does come with a Thinsulate option (an additional $20, but well worth it). I love the cinching at the waist and the Mandarin-collar. It comes in several colors, but I picked the orange because … well, how many people own orange coats?
Note: both J.Crew jackets comes in tall and petite sizes. If you’re short like I am, that’s a godsend.
Anyway, hope your first week of 2011 was great, and thanks for reading!