In the auto-heavy suburbs, particularly where temperate, we can get away with one or two pieces of outerwear. But in the city, what with all the walking, we want an external layer in place. Unsurprisingly, I’m going to recommend you investigate the classics.
The great thing about outerwear of the classic persuasion is how well it’s represented in both high or low budgets. Or both. For example:
High (Technically J. Crew and AllSaints are midrange, but let’s keep our heads out of the runway clouds, shall we?)
- Field: J. Crew
- Long Wool: Max Mara
- Biker: AllSaints
- Peacoat: A.P.C. or Balenciaga
- Rain/Trench: Burberry or, um, Burberry
- Field: Cabela (Had you ever heard of this brand? Me neither.)
- Long Wool: Jennifer Lopez (!) at Kohl’s, or Calvin Klein
- Biker: Dorothy Perkins (To go low, go faux)
- Peacoat: Target (Yes, Target. Gets great reviews, costs $35.00, comes in a bunch of colors)
- Rain/Trench: Kristen Blake at Nordstrom (Run! This olive trench is gorgeous and it’s on sale for $100)
Here’s my particular city outerwear trousseau. What? I’m married to my morning walk these days. Trousseau is a fine word, one which deserves a wider usage.
- High (as listed above): Wool coat – Camel Max Mara cashmere, leather jacket – AllSaints, field jacket – J. Crew
- Low (links unavailable because no retailer was going to put these on a website): Peacoat – Black wool Costco Michael Kors special, Rain (not technically a trench, but close enough) – Black, Nordstrom, generic.
The low budget items look just fine. Black disguises a host of unsophisticated design decisions. And yes, the list does imply some as yet unseen items. Photos will follow. One must first establish a framework; from the general to the particular.
I have been surprised in how spiffy sporting a variety of outerwear makes me feel. Spiffy is another word that needs a home.. I find I even wear the classic outer layers in the office, as warranted. The next time you think, “Oh I need a new top!” consider one of The Five in its place.