Not quite sure why I'm entitling this post "Baby It's Cold Outside" considering that I alternate between hating and liking that Christmas song and we're having a bit of an Indian winter so it's really not THAT cold outside yet here. (Southern California readers - can you believe I now consider a high of 50 and low in the high 20s balmy and debate whether I should even wear a coat?!?)
Since moving away from 70-degrees-all-day-every-day Southern California almost exactly 2 years (my 2 year wedding anniversary is in a matter of hours), I have derived great pleasure from bundling up. Being able to wear scarves, coats and layers is just so danged novel to someone who grew up wearing flip flops and tank tops year round.
I have three tall coats that I LOVE that vary in warmth.
First up, the Banana Republic Classic Belted Trench - size Tall**.
This is my "lightest" coat so it's perfect for rainy spring and and brisk fall days. The sleeves are to-die-for long and the ample tie belt allow you to cinch the waist as tight as you want to create a nice shape. Personally, I wish the belt was a bit shorter. I'm kind of perplexed as to why the belt is so long yet has a buckle at the end, but I just tie it in a bow and hope no one notices the buckle. That's how it is styled on the BR website too. I miraculously scored this coat at the Banana Republic outlet. Imagine my glee when I saw "tall" AND a deeply discounted price on the tag. I highly recommend ordering this coat during one of BR's sale events.
|Banana Republic Classic Belted Trench; Scarf - Jessica Simpson via Nordstrom|
Second - Lidi coat from Tall Couture - Size 8
I bought this coat when I lived in California and I thought it was a warm and cozy wrap....until I wore it out to dinner in Kansas during the winter and felt like I was buck nekked. The chilly air went RIGHT through it. I may not be able to wear this coat when the weather is in the teens and below, but I have had it for over 6 years and adore it because it makes me feel ladylike. I like the "swingy" bottom, the cream color, the contrasting buttons and the attached waist tie that allows for easy cinching of the waist. Tall Couture no longer carries this coat BUT they have plenty of other fabulous coats. Check them out here.
|Coat - Tall Couture; Scarf - Banana Republic|
With much fear and trepidation, I clicked "buy" on my non-returnable, final sale purchase of the J.Crew Majesty Peacoat last February. Fortunately, the coat fit great and it is now my go-to for temps that are 20s-50s. It definitely has a bit of heft and thickness. J.Crew describes the fabric a little more eloquently - "a compact high-density wool that adds tremendous warmth without the bulk". I'm not sure it I would call the warmth tremendous (probably because I'm a big baby in the cold) but there certainly isn't any bulk and it is warmer than the two coats above. I like that I can still wear layers under a size 6 yet the coat doesn't make me look bulky. I also love the fun buttons. I've read other reviews where the bloggers pan the buttons so maybe I just don't have good taste but I think they add a little personality to the coat. I would definitely buy this coat in a different color and recommend buying it on final sale!
|J.Crew Tall Majesty Peacoat; Scarf - From Mr. L3 via Afghanistan|
You may be wondering what I wear when temps dip below 20...or maybe you're not wondering but I don't care. I'm going to tell you anyways. I bought an Eddie Bauer down jacket for my European honeymoon. I was disgruntled that EB didn't carry the tall sizes in the store (shouldn't I be used to this by now?) AND that EB charges extra for tall sizes so I decided that the normal size was good enough. Now, I really wish I had bought the tall size. Sigh...next time. And since tomorrow is my 2nd anniversary, I shall leave you with a few photos of me in my non-tall EB coat on my honeymoon.
|First few hours in Europe - Paris!|
|Arriving in Venice before sunrise|
|Füssen, Germany the day after Christmas|
Do you have any tall coats that you love? Please share!