Coats are supposed to be investment pieces. Barring fast-fashion polyester kindling, outerwear is more expensive because such closet staples are supposed to be built to last. You're also spot cleaning instead of constantly washing them, and most are less likely to go out of style. That being said, if you buy coats out of season (recommended!) or from a designer you like from a past season (smart!), you're going to save money. However when the temperature drops and you suddenly realize your old coat isn't cutting it, time is more of the essence than saving a few bucks. You're not a martyr.
If you're in desperate emotional and physical need of a coat, one of the more timely and cost effective options is to go into a discounted department store like T.J. Maxx from the TJX Companies Inc. (TJX) that are chock full of overstock from past seasons. However, in today's somewhat bleak retail environment, stacked sales and clearance promotions from the brands themselves can be the same price or cheaper. Or so I thought.
I popped into the Wall Street T.J. Maxx to check out examples of coats that have a pretty prevalent brand presence and would be easier to find on the brand's website (if they still carried it) or on resale sites. The Wall Street T.J. Maxx is a tad more upscale than any other T.J. Maxx and Marshall's stores I've graced with my presence, but that's not saying a lot. Here are four women's and four men's coats I found that I thought were of note.Kate Spade Daphne Coat
I remember seeing this on fashion bloggers maybe a year or two ago. I hate Kate Spade with the fire of a thousand suns, but this coat has a classic shape and some semblance of nicer fabrics. It was refreshing to see T.J. Maxx using the sale MSRP rather than the full retail price, and $149 isn't terrible. It was sold out on Kate Spade and other higher end e-comm platforms, but still available on resale sites Poshmark and eBay. In this case, T.J. Maxx is your best bet.