Insomniac Sale Picks: Cute, Practical Outerwear

*In this new late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Kenzie requested a few picks for cute-yet-practical outerwear, so here we go:

Calvin Klein Walker Packable Down Jacket – was $200, now $100

To me, the best bet for winter outerwear is a shaped down jacket. This one isn’t quite as cinched-at-the-waist as some, but that actually means it’s more likely to flatter a larger range of body types. It’s a lightweight down fill with clean chevron quilting. Available in this steely gray, and also black and winter white. Although it appears to hit above the knee on the fit model, user reviews make me think it’ll be long on petite frames and about knee-length for anyone in the 5’6″ range.

J.Crew Double-cloth Metro Coat – was $298-$319, now $199-$219

Many coats are selling out quickly right now, so I struggled to find options with lots of size ranges left. But not only is J.Crew the standard for well-made, beautifully-styled wool coats, but this particular coat is available in petite, tall, with and without Thinsulate lining, and from size 00 through 16. It comes in this flame orange as well as cobalt, kelly, black, eggplant, and several other shades. A great option if down is too warm for your climate, and a classic style that can be dressed up or down.

Jessie G. Belted Puffer coat with Removable Hooded Vest – was $299, now $49.99

Reasons to be very excited about this coat include: It is currently 83% off retail. It belts nice and high on the waist, which works for several body types. It comes in black and brown, size S through XL. The hood is removable, AND it’s a multi-layer coat that includes a collared vest which can be removed and worn alone. This is a polyester fill coat, so not ideal for truly brutal winter weather, but the layers will help: Layers trap warmth, so wearing the vest and coat together will keep a gal fairly toasty. (Also a vegan option, and great for anyone allergic to down and other natural materials.)

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for cute-yet-practical outerwear:

  1. Land’s End – My down coat hails from this shop and although that style is no longer available, they have some great picks. And, actually, many ARE on sale!
  2. Nordstromicon – Loads of shaped down and stylish wool coats at this standby retailer.
  3. Zappos – They may be known for shoes, but this online warehouse has an amazing selection of outerwear, too.

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  • While I love the winters in Arizona, I do wish we had an excuse to wear cute coats like these. I wore a cardigan over a tank top today and it made me kind of sad…

  • AnnR

    Good pics. My light colored color disappeared from the hook at the gym the other day. I keep hoping someone picked it up thinking it was theirs, but it hasn’t shown up in the lost & found yet. Those links have some good options.

  • I love the Calvin Klein in pewter!! It would be just perfect!!

    Thanks for sharing Sal!

    Wishing you and yours all the best in 2012

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  • Jennifer Pierce

    REI has a winter sale and clearance going on right now with tons of awesome cold weather gear. Some of it is more function than form, but they have some cute stuff, too. (Especially PrAna, Smart Wool, and Lolë, favorites of mine.) I also recommend checking out the members-only scratch and dent section at the store (esp. the Bloomington REI). It’s $20 to be a member for a lifetime, and you get special sales, discounts, and dividends. I usually get over a hundred dollars back each year, so it’s obviously worth it. The scratch and dent section is where everything goes that gets returned and can’t go right back on the floor in “new” condition, and is deeply discounted. I got my North Face $300 plus coat there for $90 – someone returned it because one snap wouldn’t stay snapped. Score! You can’t return stuff from the scratch and dent, but in general REI has a rock solid return policy. For any reason, for the lifetime of the product. Believe me, I’ve tested this policy, and it rocks. Great for trying out a coat no risk, it doesn’t work well over your various clothes, or doesn’t keep you warm enough, or isn’t really water proof? No problem, they will take it back.

  • Christen

    I can’t tell you how amazing that J. Crew coat is. I bought it a few weeks ago, and it has all but replaced my pea coat. I love that its fitted but still has enough space for my thick sweaters. I paid the premium for thinsulate…it certainly feels warmer in the wind than my old wool peacoat did. Plus its not bulky in the least. The wool also feels SO soft.

    The only downside to it is that if you like stuffing your hands in your pockets, its very awkward to do so with how the pockets are placed. They’re really more for storing gloves than for actual using. Buuut they have two pockets on the inside in addition to the three outside, so it can store quite a bit. My mom had to talk me into buying this coat, but I’m so glad she did!

    • R.S.

      Second the J Crew Metro Coat! Got mine a week ago and love it! The collar is absolutely fabulous – love how it lays! It is totally worth it for the sale price!

  • Mrs.M in MI

    I bought the J.Crew Metro coat two weeks ago as an early Christmas present and I am completely in love with it! I bought the Thinsulate-lined version because I live in Michigan, and the tall size because I have long arms and my coat sleeves never seem to reach my gloves. And it’s everything I hoped it would be.

    I described it to my mother after a long, cold dog-walking session as a “bomb shelter”. And I waited 20 minutes for the bus this morning in 20 degrees and never felt cold!

  • Mrs.M in MI

    I forgot to add that I bought one of the cheapest colors and used a coupon code for an extra 25% off and free shipping. I also had a small gift card laying around so in all I paid just under $150 for it.

  • You didn’t mention thrift stores! I’m shocked! 😉 Actually I’m not shocked, because right now isn’t the time to get a coat at a thrift store, but anyone shivering right now might want to try thrifting next Sept-Oct (when I got my awesome wool pea coat for $20) or in spring when people are getting rid of winter stuff.

  • If any of you are Parks & Recreation fans, the red J. Crew is the coat Leslie wore in the “Smallest Parks” episode, in the swooniest, most romantic scene on TV this season! That alone gives it points for me. 🙂