Living the Life at Half Price

Living the Life at Half Price

Friday, February 18, 2011

Coat Buying Season is Upon Us!

Andrew Marc Puffer Jacket with Coyote Fur HoodAs today is the nicest outside that it's been in a while (please stay for a bit longer, 60+ degree weather!), I figured it would be a good time to talk about . . .  winter coats!  It's been a rough winter, and believe me, I can't wait to start buying summer clothes (when I saw the bathing suit section in full swing at Bloomingdale's yesterday, I got so excited... winter's almost over!!!), but I save this time of the year for winter-coat buying.  It's no secret that the end of the season is always the best time to score deals on that season's clothing, and coats are no exception.  As I am in desperate need of a new winter coat, yesterday I decided to check out the coat department in Bloomies. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they still had a pretty wide range of sizes in stock (though very few, if any, XS's or 0's).  They had a decent selection of wool/cashmere coats from Chequer and Andrew Marc, plus some DKNY and Calvin Klein.  They also had a lot of bright puffer jackets (I didn't check, but I think they were DKNY), and Andrew Marc puffer coats.  Everything was significantly discounted and then you could take an additional 40% off the already discounted price.  To give you an idea of the prices, I ended up purchasing the Andrew Marc coat above for $155 after tax.  The original price was $495.  Not bad, right?  (Although I subsequently found the same coat on Bluefly for slightly less...hate when that happens!).  

These deals are not unique to Bloomingdale's.  As I explained above, I found the same jacket on for $142, including shipping (thanks to its Presidents' Day Sale, going on now), and Bluefly still has a pretty large selection of other coats left.  And it's a safe bet that all the other department stores will be offering heavy discounts as well.

I know it's not as exciting as buying new summer clothing, but if you wore your coat to death this year like I did, it's definitely worth your while to pick up next year's coat now!  It's the smart thing to do.  Plus, don't you love when you can classify going shopping as being responsible?

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