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.
Here in NYC, last week’s tornado-like weather has made us focus on the issues that really matter: namely, colorful, happy raincoats to battle a dreary day. We tried our best to round up some professional-looking ones in a variety of prices.
|This is a happy purple coat that would work well for both fall and spring, we think. It’s $49.99 at Target (and is actually available in about 9 colors). MOSSIMO Mossimo® Black: Contemporary Long Trench Coat – Plum Purple|
|Love the fun yellow and the wide lapel with this MICHAEL Michael Kors coat — was $190, now $103 at Bluefly. (Also available in black and khaki.) MICHAEL Michael Kors dark yellow cotton-poly 3-button walker jacket|
|Look how happy she looks — perhaps it’s because her Jane Post coat is on sale from $445 to $285. We like the bright red, as well as the hood, and the fact that it’s water repellant. Available for $285 at Neiman Marcus. Jane Post Duffle Coat|
Limited sizes left in this fabulous red trench coat, but ‘cmon — it’s 75% off, so that makes sense. Like the simple tone-on-tone buttons, the full lining, and the bracelet length sleeves on this fabulous red coat by Anna Molinari. Was $1170, now $292.50 at The Outnet. Cotton trench coat
|Love this swingy trench from Kate Spade — the mustard color is exactly the right shade to cheer you up on a gray day. Also, the cotton/silk blend seems luxurious. It’s $525 at Kate Spade. Sketchpad Ivy Raincoat|
|Weirdly enough, there were a number of great coats in the $950+ realm of things. For this roundup, we like this bright fuschia cotton and cashmere blend trench coat by Sonia by Sonia Rykiel — it’s such a fun pop of color, and we like the shiny buttons. It’s $940 at Net-a-Porter.com. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Cotton and cashmere-blend twill trench|