As 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 Bluefly.com 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?