I have very little experience with buying winter coats. In searching online for a semi-formal women's winter pea coat I have gotten completely overwhelmed with choices. Help?
It seems like everyone in DC has a black wool pea coat, and now I kind of want one too so I look like a grown-up at work. I have a really heavy-duty parka from my college years in Ohio, but I need something more formal. I'd like to find a warm, snazzy pea coat (not necessarily black) but I'm totally overwhelmed with online options. Coat should be:
- Less than $200 (preferably closer to $100)
- Prefer a simpler, more classic look to things with ruffles/fake fur
- Quality materials (more wool in the wool blend, right? Also, is Thinsulate particularly good?)
- I like the classic black pea coat look, but ideally this coat would be ever so slightly more interesting in some way either in fabric (tweed or herringbone or not black) or a nice subtle touch (toggles or colorblock or neat buttons)
Also, about half my commute involves walking about a mile outside and the other half involves being underground in crowded, heated metro cars.
I've found some good options on several of the major retailers I could think of, so if you have any particularly good/bad experience with any of these or better suggestions for where to look let me know!