It’s been a while since I considered wool coats. I’m typically a puffer kind of girl (because: WARM), and then I drank the leather-jacket koolaid (totally recommend, it’s delicious), and I’ve just been spending so much time sledding/playgrounding/Things Involving Cold, Muddy Areas that a beautiful wool coat wasn’t practical.
In fact, I had given my one beautiful wool coat to my mom after Raines was born. And she’s been happily wearing it for over eight years. And before that? I happily wore it for….wait for it, doing the math…seven years!
Which means that my old wool coat has been going strong for fifteen years. There aren’t many items that can boast a fifteen year love affair.
But that’s the thing about wool coats: you simply have them for forever. Which is partially why, I think, that I hadn’t yet invested in one. Finding the perfect wool coat is so flipping tricky, and if you mess it up, there’s not a lot of impetus to change. These coats stand the test of time, which is how you find yourself staring in your closet going, ‘well….this old thing….still there. Yup. There…it…is.’
So. Here are my thoughts on finding the perfect wool coat, along with my usual nonsense of trial and error and lessons learned.
The Coat That Isn’t Warm Enough But I Will Try To Justify Anyway
Goodness gracious I wish I had never tried on this totally amazing Theory ‘topper’. It has no buttons, and is probably more in the sweater/cardigan/blazer category than the wool coat category. But it’s buttery soft, has amazing drape, and looks So. Fracking. Good. over everything. If I worked in an office, I’d snap this up and wear it in place of a blazer. If I lived somewhere less cold, I’d call this one close-enough and wear with allll the jeans. As it stands, it calls to me on milder days and date nights because it’s just so pretty pretty pretty.
In a feminine-masculine kind of way.
(You should see it with a mini dress. SWOON.)
The Coat That Makes Me Crave Color But Hate Zippers
J.Crew kills it with wool coat colors. After trying on J.Crew’s Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat, it’s hard to go back to black. Look at how this color perks up….EVERYTHING, even my Grumpy Raining Face.
But I have two major issues: First, the coat doesn’t drape nearly as well as the Theory coat – the fabric is stiffer. Secondly, long zippers on winter coats are problematic. For example, if your arms are not 6ft long (and trust me, mine are close), then you have to bend down to zip up your coat, and zippers are notoriously bad at bending. For these pics, I had to have Marisa (my photog) zip up the darn coat. “Oh yeah!” she says. “I have a similar one – my husband has to zip up mine up too!” (Also, I should’ve bought a petite size.)
The Best Coat I’ve Found Thus Far (Naturally, It’s Black)
Ok, this baby is expensive. But here’s the thing: Fleurette’s Wool Stand Collar Coat is butter soft (like no scratchiness on my cheek from the collar), it has a beautiful, classic shape, BUTTONS, and seriously amazing drape. Also it hits that long-but-not-too-long length that makes it easy to wear with heels or sneakers.
Theory Wool and Cashmere Topper in camel
sweater: Rag and Bone Cashmere Crewneck Sweater (wearing an xs)
boots: Free People Cecile Block Heel Bootie (my favs)
bag: Rebecaa Minkoff Julian Backpack (my fringe one is sold out – this is the closest model)
Shop My Favorite Wool Coats
Ok. So here is my wildly opinionated edit of the best wool coats. Nordstrom has an INSANE selection, but I tried to narrow it down to coats that really would stand the test of time, coats that we (as adults) can put on ourselves (haha), and coats that we wouldn’t get bored of in fifteen years. Most of the coats below are available in the classic colors (black, navy, tan), but I tried to also show the unexpected colors available as well. And – happy surprise – many of them are on sale!
What’s your favorite wool coat? And can anyone beat my fifteen year run? 🙂
A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! Your coat department is mind-boggling, something this Philly girl seriously appreciates. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own. And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!
photo credits: Redfield Photography (Marisa, thanks for working in the rain!! xoxo)
Next up….a puffer coat round-up? Yes?