Dress nicely
October 10, 2012 12:32 PM   Subscribe

FashionFilter: Help me find an awesome coat. This one on Etsy is the best one I've found so far, but I hesitate to buy something I can't try on before I buy or return if I don't like. More details inside.

I have several coats, but they are easy too cumbersome (secondhand rabbit-fur-lined coat fit for Siberia), too light (cute rain jacket), too bright (crimson trenchcoat), or just don't have a hoodie. I end up "stealing" my boyfriend's peacoat. Now that the weather is getting cooler, he wants his peacoat back and I'm trying to find a coat that I like. My ideal coat is:

* Warm enough for the winter (in Seattle, which maybe gets to freezing) and light/small enough to fit into a bag when I'm not wearing it. Double bonus points if it's warm enough for much colder places as well, but that's not strictly necessary. I do run cold though.
* Flattering for my figure (short and curvy, size 6 in jeans). I'm thinking something that flairs out at the hips.
* Above-knee length.
* Water-resistent.
* Has a hoodie. Double bonus points if the hoodie is fur-lined.
* Goes well with dresses and jeans. Dressy and casual.
* Neutral colored.
* Very slightly alternative (steampunk, goth) without being so overtly. I really like double-breasted coats.
* Has pockets for my hands.
* Good quality to last me many years.

Does such a coat exist? Am I already looking at the closest match? I'm open to most price ranges (including low four digits). I'm willing to pay for return shipping if it doesn't work out, but I hesitate to buy the Etsy coat without having seen any of her work in person or having tried out that jacket.
posted by ethidda to Shopping (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
If I had the money, I'd buy a wardrobe of Soia & Kyo coats (There are different styles available at different retailers, so google around). Interesting details/cuts but neutral enough to not go out of season anytime soon. Ridiculously good quality. Not sure about fitting in a bag. Depends on the bag.

Check out this one-- hooded and double-breasted!
posted by sonmi at 12:44 PM on October 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

This one at Macy's is similar, although I agree, the Etsy one is gorgous! You could replace the buttons for a more steampunk vibe.

This Betsy Johnson one has a corset, which is so cool!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 1:00 PM on October 10, 2012

The coat you linked to on Etsy would look ridiculous on someone short. Take a look at Tulle coats – not all of them have hoods, but they're an appropriate weight for Seattle, flattering for smaller people with narrow shoulders, pretty much every one of them flares out at the hips, and they're cheap.
posted by halogen at 1:16 PM on October 10, 2012

If you love the Etsy coat, perhaps you could arrange to be professionally measured by a tailor. Contact the shopkeeper; she/he might want to talk to the tailor about what measurements are needed to guarantee a good fit. That coat, bespoke, would be phenomenal!
posted by carmicha at 1:17 PM on October 10, 2012

Love Soia & Kyo! I bought both of mine at Nordstrom Rack for 1/3 or less of MSRP. The thing is, I don't think they do any favor for curvy figures. I stuff myself in them because I love them, but they don't flare like the example given. However, if you like them I can vouch that they are good quality and last years.
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:46 PM on October 10, 2012

option 1
Option 2
Option 3
posted by rmless at 7:19 AM on October 11, 2012

I haven't ordered from here, but this coat looks a lot like the one from etsy. Priced reasonably too.
posted by annsunny at 1:21 PM on October 11, 2012

Response by poster: @annsunny: That is cute, but does not come in a size large enough for my bust.

@halogen / carmicha: The coat on Etsy would be custom made, but I'd have to shell out the money to get professionally measured. Plus, she won't do alterations.

@everyone who said Soia & Kyo: Those are very cute coats. I will go to Nordstrom Rack within the week to see if I find anything interesting there.
posted by ethidda at 2:55 PM on October 11, 2012

Response by poster: An update before I mark this thread as resolved:

I went to Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom, and a whole bunch of smaller stores in the mall. None of them had quite what I wanted. In particular, Nordstrom does not carry the Soia & Kyo brand (anymore? yet? the woman said they have had in the past) and almost nothing dressy had hoods.

I ended up getting the one off Etsy. Hopefully it won't look ridiculous on me. (It will take 4 weeks to be made and ship.)

Thanks all for your input! I'm glad to discover new brands and maybe I'll go to Nordstrom later in the season to see exactly what I've missed out on. :)
posted by ethidda at 5:33 PM on October 29, 2012

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