Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
With the first day of spring almost here (I believe it’s tomorrow, March 20!) everybody needs a lightweight jacket. Here in NYC it rains so much that I’m always looking for a great rain coat to serve as my lightweight jacket, but I hate double-breasted jackets. Here’s my case against them: not only do they usually look stupid when worn open, they often have to be fitted so close to your body to look good that it’s hard to fit a blazer under there — which for me is always an essential. So I thought I’d round up some jackets out there that, in addition to being lightweight, possibly weatherproof (or at least weather-friendly), can also possibly fit a blazer beneath them. Readers, have you recently bought a rain coat? What do you look for in a great one?
|This one is far from sexy, but could be great if you live in a super rainy area. I like that it doesn’t look too sporty, even though it’s by Patagonia And at 70% off for Prussian Blue, you can’t go wrong — was $279, now $83.70 at 6pm.com. Patagonia – Arborist Trench Coat (Prussian Blue) – Apparel|
|This belted raincoat from Portrait is super simple — I like the straight silhouette, the optional belt, the slanted pockets, and the sale — was $200, now marked to $140, but use promo code SALE to bring it down to $112 at Lord & Taylor. Nice. PORTRAIT Belted Raincoat|
|I like that this trench from JNY is a sophisticated yet cheerful color. It was $269, but is now marked to $129 and available in S, M, and L. Jones New York Trench Coat|
|I think this looks fairly chic for a waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket — particularly one that comes in four different colors. It was $149, but is now marked to $129 at Eddie Bauer. WeatherEdge® Girl on the Go® Trench Coat|
|This is the swingiest of all of the coats, but I really like this cotton trench from Mango — especially the black piping and dark buttons against the neutral beige. It’s $139.99 at Mango.com. A-line cotton trench|
|This is a cute single-breasted trench from Rachel Zoe. I particularly like the strong shoulders (apparently, with epaulets). The trench is $575 at Nordstrom. Rachel Zoe ‘Thompson’ Belted Cargo Trench|
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