Yay! It’s about time you see this coat in person! I went on and on about it during the winter packing series, and today you get to see it in real life.
You might remember, earlier this winter, I set out to find a great winter coat — a warm, versatile coat that could last for years. Before we jump into why I ended up choosing this particular coat, let’s take a look at two of my past mistakes with winter coats.
01 | In 2014, I added a grey wrap coat to my winter capsule. Back then, I didn’t understand fabric composition — I just thought that it looked warm, so it must be warm. Ah, 2014 Caroline, you have much to learn. It turned out, the coat was made of a thin polyester blend and it wasn’t warm enough for freezing temperatures.
Lesson learned? Pay attention to the fabric composition. Look for a coat that’s made primarily of wool.
02 | Also in 2014 (the year of coat mistakes), I added an oversized faux shearling jacket to my capsule. It was a textbook example of sacrificing quality to hop on a trend, and it did not go well. The coat was poor quality and it had the sharpest zipper pockets — meaning I’d scrape up my hands each time I reached inside. Not cool.
Lesson learned? Invest in high quality, classic pieces, especially when it comes to something as foundational as a coat. Pay attention to the details and the experience of wearing it. And … think twice before hopping on a trend.
While I’m tying them up with a pretty little “Lesson Learned” bow, these mistakes were incredibly frustrating. I try to be as mindful and intentional with my purchases as possible. So I absolutely hate making purchase mistakes, especially after I’ve shown it on the blog.
But the truth is, we’re all here to learn and evolve — myself included — and, owning our mistakes is the first step towards growth. The good news? I’m finding that, while I still make purchase mistakes, they happen less and less these days.
Which brings me to this coat. I took what I learned in years past and specifically picked this coat based on those lessons:
It’s classic. I’ve always loved the idea of a traditional camel coat, but I love the minimal take this one — simple clean lines and no hardware. The color also feels updated, like a new take on the classic camel color. It’s rich, yet still neutral.
The experience of wearing it is positive. It’s sleek and not bulky. It’s soft. The collar stands up for extra wind protection. And the pockets are well placed and easy to use.
It’s got excellent fabric composition and it’s warm. It’s 70% wool, 5% cashmere, and 25% nylon.
So that’s that, and now it’s your turn! Let’s swap our lessons. Tell me something you’ve learned from a purchase mistake lately — clothing or otherwise.
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02 | Winter Coat by Aritzia (Fit note: I’m usually a XS in coats and sized down to an XXS because their coats run a little big. If you want to wear bulky sweaters underneath though, I’d suggest sticking with your usual size.) | similar | similar (on sale)
03 | Jeans by Girlfriend (made in USA) (Fit Note: These jeans have zero stretch. I’m usually a 24 in jeans and sized up to a 25. They feel tight in the waist at first, but over a few wears they mold to your body. Wash them on cold, don’t ever put them in the dryer, and they’ll stay molded like that forever.) | similar with stretch (made in USA) | similar under $70 | similar under $100 (made in USA)
06 | Delicate circle necklace (old) | similar