24 February 2007

The spring-is-on-its-way coat

With the official start of spring less than a month away, the annual assessment of whether your mid-weight wardrobe components are in good enough condition to bridge this year's high-40s to mid-60s winter-to-spring transition must now commence.

We start with the most critical item -- the overcoat.

The transitional overcoat is typically worn four months out of the year in DC - September, October, March and April - and is made of a not-too-thick-not-too-thin material like twill, linen, poplin, corduroy, canvas or a lightweight wool-blend.

If you are in the market for a new transitional overcoat, here are the best of the best I rounded up from my favorite online stores:

Top to bottom:
1. Wide neck coat by Nina Ricci ($2,190 at net-a-porter.com)
2. Polka dot dress coat by Paul & Joe ($643 at shopbop.com)
3. Shantung twill coat by MARC by Marc Jacobs ($628 at shopbop.com)*
4. Daisy eyelet day coat by Cynthia Steffe ($570 at bloomingdales.com)
5. Mandarin collar coat by Milly ($545 at net-a-porter.com)
6. Wrap coat with belt by Ziji ($528 at couturecandy.com)
7. Hanky panky coat by Nanette Lepore ($430 at saks.com)
8. Canvas manteau by A.P.C. ($424 at azaleaonline.com)
9. Cold snap coat ($328 at anthropologie.com)
10. Belted trench coat by DKNY ($168 at nordstrom.com)
11. All-weather poplin coat by Larry Levine ($98 at nordstrom.com)
12. Asymmetrical collar coat by Kimchi & Blue ($59.99 at urbanoutfitters.com)

*your editrix's favorite

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