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Winter might not officially begin until Dec. 21, but the cold arrives much earlier, making the splurge on a new winter jacket a must. Whether you're a lover of the season or cringe at the thought of yet another snow-filled year, choosing the right coat is key to a cozy winter.
If you do have to brave the cold, look good doing it. This season's trends are all about oversized coats worn with fitted clothes, rolled sleeves, coats cinched at the waist and blends of cozy camel.
If you're looking to make your travels in the bitter weather easier with a jacket that is more practical and simple, we have you covered with a selection of durable and quality made coats for all occasions.
Here are 10 women's coats that will keep you comfortable when braving the elements this winter and take the fuss out of your shopping.
Craghoppers Hepworth Jacket
Simple yet sleek, the Hepworth Jacket is richly made (pictured above). The Hepworth is designed by Craghoppers, the British outdoor clothing manufacturer who has been perfecting their craft for 50 years and it shows in this felted-effect fleece fabric.
The Hepworth has a full-length zip with an inner zip guard, as well as three convenient pockets. Choose from three beautiful colors; Rioja Red, Almond or Charcoal for just $140.00, a small price to pay for a jacket that will keep you warm for winters to come.
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I tried, I really did. When the bi-annual sample sales hit NYC last spring, I stood in line for them all, desperate to score a sweet deal on the perfect coat to pull out with excitement next winter. With last week's temps dipping into the low 30s, it's safe to say that time is now here and I'm rocking my same threadbare wool coat from several seasons ago.
My wallet told me no but my chilled bones told me yes: I entered SoHo's Mackage flagship to survey the gorgeous inventory of contemporary coats. The tailoring, the details,the design — there's a reason the brand is at the forefront of outdoor style (albeit way out of my price range).
Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan have been at the design helm of Mackage since it was started in 1999. They recently launched an equally chic handbag line in an effort to make Mackage not only a destination for stylish warmth, but also a collection that speaks to a lifestyle we all aspire to have. I caught up with the duo to learn more:
Julie Bensman: What was the inspiration to introduce a handbag collection this year?
Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan: We wanted to interpret some of the strengths of our inaugural FW13 Handbag Collection in a lighter, more spring/summer-like way. The color palette is monochromatic, with soft sand and a pop of orange. We used silver mirror leather in both our handbag and outerwear collections for SS14 and we love the way it reflects light.
We challenged ourselves to create a bag that executed our signature structure in a softer way, which led to the bucket-shape Kinney and Loryn bags…We are known for our signature leather detailing and unique designs, so moving into the world of handbags was a natural progression for us.
JB: Who is the Mackage customer?
EE: Style-conscious and cool. We are fortunate to have loyal customers, many of which have evolved alongside us since we began. We have all grown up together!
JB: When not wearing Mackage, what are some of your own favorite designers?
EE: All Saints, Saint Laurent and Authentic Shoe & Co.
ED: Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone and Acne.
JB: For anyone who refuses to pay more than $500 for a coat, what would you tell him/her about the importance of investing in quality outerwear?
EE and ED: Outerwear should be among your top three wardrobe investments, alongside shoes and handbags. These are the key items that anchor your look. Your coat has the dual role of providing not only style, but also warmth and protection from the elements. We find that nowadays, people are building coat wardrobes. When you invest in high quality outerwear and care for it properly, you can get years and years of coat joy in return.
As for my winter coat dilemma? Eran and Elisa's words are still ringing in my ear and I've set up a "Mackage Money" fund to eventually claim a coat of my own, on sale or not. Donations welcome.
This past Christmas I bought myself a nice jacket. I had originally wanted this one by Helmet Lang, but after trying it on, I knew it WASN'T FOR ME. It was gorgeous, but somehow I felt ODD walking around with HAIR ON MY BACK. Well, on the back of the coat that is...
So, after returning it - I decided to walk over to Mackage in Soho after church & BAM!!! There it was, the perfect jacket. If you scroll down, you'll see it in black, but I'm actually wearing the camel- colored style in the picture. The fit is awesome - and although it won't be warm enough for the freezing cold winter weather, it will be perfect for fall. Also, I saved a ton of money.
Mackage is currently one of my favorite go to brands for coats. It's a luxury brand offering trenches, coats & downs for both women & men. If you're visiting NYC or you live here - you have to hit the store, it's a gorgeous minimalist looking boutique situated in SOHO.