I am impractical about many things I buy, but not about winter coats. I purchase, on average, one coat every five years, and I invest in them: I'd rather have one beautifully made $1,500 coat than five poorly made $300 ones. (Bonuses: I only need one set of hat/gloves/scarf, and I save closet space.)
My practicality was bound to break down some time, and it did on a recent trip to Topshop's flagship store during London Fashion Week. There, I found this boiled wool coat in red orange, cut in a relaxed boyfriend shape and fastened with three hidden buttons. Is it warm? Not really -- it's more of a fall/spring coat than a winter coat. Have my other two coats run a seam? No, they're in near mint condition.
Regardless, I bought the coat -- I bought it for the color, for that of-the-moment shape, for the fact that it is very much a "fashion coat" and that I was tired of wearing the same gray Burberry (however wonderful) three weeks straight. It is not warm and the color is much bolder that I'm used to, but it's done great things for my mostly black, white and gray separates. In fact, I got more compliments wearing it out one evening to Tom Ford's show than I have any of my other coats in the past year plus.
(Side note: If you buy it, make sure to also get Nars's matte lip pencil in red square, they match exactly.)
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