Jackie Purcell just said it's too warm for snow, the grass in my lawn is a yellow-green combo that doesn't look good on anyone, and is it wise to admit that I've only just considered changing the tires on my car?
Baby, it's not quite cold outside, and yet I still say it's time to check out the coats we should be gearing up in before the snow sticks.
Me? I'm hooked on the purple wool Tulle coat I bought on a lark last season. It was the last one on the rack and happened to be my size. Turns out it was a good investment. The coat nips in at the waist, has just a few strategic accents, such as the oversized buttons and belted cuffs, and the color has me collecting compliments every time I turn around.
You can't beat finding a coat that looks as if it was made for you. So I trekked around town last week in search of outer layers that can help you warm up in style this winter.
Out of the Closet (720 D St., 277-6119) is the place to go for a huge selection of coats on consignment. The store's "You're getting warmer" section is practically overstuffed with fur, wool, cashmere and down. Here's a range of choices owner Ellen Arvold helped me pull off the rack:
- A classic-looking steel-blue long wool coat from the Gap ($65) in extra large is a budget-conscious piece.
- The Banana Republic camel-colored wool-cashmere blend coat that is knee-length and fitted at the waist ($80) in small is a steal.
- The size 4 Pierrette black cashmere knee-length wrap coat with a belt from Saks Fifth Avenue ($125) is uber feminine.
- An ankle-length down Anne Klein parka with a raccoon collar ($185) in extra large. Arvold called this the "true Alaskan coat," and she's right -- it could easily moonlight as a sleeping bag.
- If you want a brand fix, check out the Burberry pea coat with a black rubbery shell and wool lining in classic Burberry plaid ($350) in size 6.
Across the room, the vintage rack also has a few cold-climate gems. I was fond of the tan cashmere coat with the wide mink collar and the charcoal wool "Little Women" coat that looks as if it's straight out of the 1800s.
If you're interested in donning a fur this season, consider the huge selection of recycled fur at Out of the Closet. You'll feel better knowing you rescued a gorgeous coat and didn't pay full price.
After my trip to Out of the Closet, I popped over to Boutique Blush (720 D St., Suite C, 677-8967), where I found a few Tulle selections -- the wool Ruffle-Hem Trench ($115) with an angular collar and belt comes in cream and black, and the wool Long Wool '50s Coat is totally Audrey Hepburn. Both these styles are unique and, speaking from experience, Tulle knows how to cut a coat for a gal's figure.
Of course, when tracking coats across town a stop at Burlington Coat Factory (1920 W. Dimond Blvd., 349-9957) is warranted, even though it can be a bit overwhelming. After sifting through those racks, my two picks are the JLo black wool military style jacket ($130) and the authentic pea coat, quilted lining, anchor buttons and all ($130). But there are tons of options at the factory, so if you go, just take your time.
Old Navy (Dimond Center, 349-9592) is all about the outerwear accent that is a sweeping trend this season -- the toggle. Even better, Old Navy has a 40 percent off outerwear sale going on until Thursday. There's the long toggle coat with hood ($59 on sale) and a short double-breasted toggle coat ($47).
Here are a few other spots to consider: The Costco on DeBarr (4125 DeBarr Road, 269-9540) has a Weatherproof down knee-length parka with faux-fur lined hood ($50). Costco carries these coats each season. I bought one three years ago and still wear it when the weather turns too cold for wool. Torrid (Dimond Center, 349-1661) has a plus-size collection of cute plaid trenches, funnel-neck style coats in houndstooth prints and bold solids and traditional pea coats too ($85-$108). And, believe it or not, I was impressed with Bebe's (5th Avenue mall, 274-2323) wool belted, faux-fur collared coats ($260).