BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY
“Clearly the shorter length leads the way in wool coats, with trends including the updated pea coat, trench, swing and military-influenced styles,” notes Jason Somerfeld, Burlington Coat Factory’s vice president of fashion and branding, about the trend toward more cropped styles for work & play. “Shorter lengths work for just about every occasion, from the workplace to the stadium. Short wool coats are also being worn over dresses, replacing the bulky long wool coat. Anoraks are even considered a perfect choice over casual dresses.”
This season, they've stocked up on military coats embellished with oversized buttons, knit collars and epaulets, swing coats in classic houndstooth patterns (fab with a skinny pant), Pea coats — with and without hoods — in double-breasted styles, and updated belted trench coats in classic tweed and hues like black, charcoal & chocolate. They also carry a full range of sizes - including petite & plus - and name brands, with an average of at least 5,000 coats per store.
To help others, make sure to donate your old coat to their national coat drive which is underway until November 11. More info & location info at BurlingtonCoatFactory.com.
CHADWICK'S NEW BOSTON DESIGN STUDIO
Known for being a well-priced online & direct mail source of tailored blazers, pants and other wardrobe foundation pieces, Chadwick's recently added a more fashion-forward - but still super affordable - boutique collection. "We are excited to introduce to shoppers nationwide," explainsBoston Design Studio John Mallon, Senior Vice President/General Brand Manager of Chadwick's. "Chadwick's has long been a favorite for wardrobe staples and trend setting looks in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Our new Boston Design Studio takes this concept one step further. We are providing Chadwick's shoppers with wearable designer looks at truly affordable prices. The end result: head-to-toe wardrobing for the modern American woman."
For crisp fall days, try layering the foil printed cardi ($60) under a tweed blazer with chocolate velvet trim ($60). As the temperatures drop, budget-friendly options include the crimson peacoat ($110) and the winter white double breasted A-line coat ($120). "The new Boston Design Studio enables women to have the very latest fashion trends without sacrificing comfort or quality. Best of all, this new collection provides women with incredible values...Our goal is to stay true to our New England roots with updated, contemporary fashions that fit effortlessly into women's lifestyles."
Available at Chadwicks.com.
Stay snuggly - while, of course, remaining cute - on days when the weather is anything but cute. Eddie Bauer recently introduced new styles for Fall/Winter, including a chocolate textured jacket ($230), a chic white down car coat ($150), and a pale chartreuse downlight jacket ($100).
Available at EddieBauer.com.
- Lesley Scott