Baby, It’s Cold Outside

felted coat from J. Crew, via Dressed in Orange

Outerwear is one of my favorite things to shop for. I love coats, trenches, jackets, blazers, parkas – and I can’t get enough. Unfortunately for me, I live in sunny southern California and we have about 360 days of sunshine throughout the year. It’s the middle of November, and today’s high was 80ºF!  It’s silly to complain about such a moderate climate, but I love the cool, crisp weather that calls for coats.

Great jackets from J.Crew, via Dressed in Orange

J. Crew is among my favorite retailers. Every year, I especially love their line of outerwear.  Their coats are timeless and they will last years. When shopping for a coat, keep in mind that these are definite investment pieces. Coat styles hardly change over the years, so go for something more classic than trendy. Though I love the idea of a green or yellow wool coat that stands out, I’d buy a coat in camel, beige, grey, or black. Sure, it sounds boring, but if you’re planning on wearing it for longer than a season, neutrality is key.

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