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.
We’ve talked before about how to buy a great winter coat — but we haven’t done a roundup in a while! Which winter coats have been your favorite this year, ladies? Do you vary your coat choices based on your outfit (e.g., wearing a longer coat with a skirt/dress)? Do you buy a new coat each season, or once every few years? How many coats do you keep in rotation at one time — and what do you do with the older ones?
For my own answers, I still love my dark green Cinzia Rocca coat that I got a few years ago — but I also wear my Primaloft coats from Lands’ End if I’m running around with the kids (I have a shorter one as well as a longer one), as well as a few wool coats I inherited from my grandmother. I definitely vary my coat based on my outfit — I would never wear a shorter, hip-length coat with a skirt or dress. Just due to closet space limitations, I’ve kept my coat collection pretty small!
Before we get to the roundup for today, here are a few general categories to consider for winter coats for work:
- Hall of Famers (bestselling styles over the years): Patagonia, LL Bean,
- Under $150: Lands’ End, Uniqlo (lots of great options)
- Usual Suspects (great BRANDS to check out):
- Sizes 2-14 (generally): Fleurette, Cinzia Rocca, Mackage, Soia & Kyo, Lands’ End, Lauren Ralph Lauren,
- Plus sizes: Cinzia Rocca, Fleurette, Talbots, Lands’ End, Lauren Ralph Lauren
- Petite sizes: Fleurette, Cinzia Rocca, Talbots, Lands’ End, Lauren Ralph Lauren
- Tall sizes: Lands’ End, Eddie Bauer, J.Jill, J.Crew
- Cusp sizes (16, 18): Talbots, Lands’ End (Nordstrom has a ton of options as well)
- Plus size petites: Talbots, Lands’ End