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Old 01-11-2019, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I need a winter coat down here for about two weeks of the year when I'm at home and for some travel situations. If I want a new one, I but it on sale at the end of the season for next year- my clothing taste is generally classic rather than trendy.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We don't get much cold weather here. I have a couple of thin knit hoodies and two very thin quilted reversible jackets, and that's all I need. I have one long black wool coat that I bought only because it was 6.50 at goodwill, with the store tags still on, but I haven't had an occasion to wear it.

My daughter gets cold more often than I do, and she's got a lovely collection of leather coats from thrift stores that she wears often.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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If you walk around my cold weather city (an i wonder if yours is the same as well) you'll notice people's choice of winter coats seems to run the table of those who don't bother buying one, and are still wearing their light spring and fall jacket -- to people who spend 700 dollars on a logo'ed parka-type thing built to go on an antarctica ice fishing trip.

I bought a nice shearling coat I found at a thrift store new, for like 60 bucks a few years ago now. Which I would say is my nicest one. I still have a pea coat and ski shell thing I bought like 15 years ago. It works good to layer with for cold days which ido with a leather jacket it under it. I also have a couple of army jackets which i usually wear to the gym or casual. I work in an office and it would look weird otherwise.

I was thinking of getting a new one. Macy's has a 50% off sale; plus i got a 30 dollar gift card.

Altho it sounds like i got a lot of jackets...
I have several great coats for different purposes, and several jackets from light to hooded & heavy.

My great coats - I got a full length Ann Klein coat w/hood that I had drooled over at Macy's...found it by accident at Burlington's on a great sale. I got my red car coat at Sam's Club (London Fog, nice wool blend) for a great price.

My heavy jackets for walking the dog were on sale @ J C Penney. One is hooded. Navy pea coat type coats.

Lightweight jackets: One from Target (my favorite jacket) & is casual barn coat type jacket. Navy cord jacket from a high-end consignment shop.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I don’t think much of Macy’s coats. I think they are not quality garments, although Macy’s in a major metro area might have a better selection than what I found here.

I think it is best to buy one new coat or jacket every year. So, yeah, I have a few.

LL Bean makes good coats. There should be some sales. That’s where I would look, frankly.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:35 PM
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Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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The smart frugal person would determine where the lowest cost of living location, for their particular situation, was and move there.
This would most likely mean: not needing a Winter coat.
For example: Roanoke, Alabama.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:52 PM
 
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I don’t think much of Macy’s coats. I think they are not quality garments, although Macy’s in a major metro area might have a better selection than what I found here.

I think it is best to buy one new coat or jacket every year. So, yeah, I have a few.

LL Bean makes good coats. There should be some sales. That’s where I would look, frankly.
It's not the store. It's the brand of coat. Macy's, Dillard's, & other stores would carry both quality and not so high quality garments, depending on the brand. Those stores carry some of the same brands that Nordstrum's carries.

LL Bean is very expensive. The only thing I've had an interest in there is an adirondack barn coat, but after looking for several years, I gave up. The only time they go on sale is when there are almost no sizes or good colors left. I'm an avg size, so have not been able to get it on sale.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:27 PM
 
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A few years ago, I was visiting my son in San Diego, in November. He and I were walking on the pier of one of the beaches, and I noticed 2 ladies walking side by side, all bundled up. Winter coats, hats, gloves, etc.


I, having come from VERY cold weather in St. Louis, was walking around in a long sleeved top, and I was very comfortable. I would say the temp was somewhere between 50 and 60.


I think it all depends on what you're acclimated to. I'm sure those ladies thought it was cold. I was thinking I was getting nice break from winter. lol
Yes, you acclimate to the extremes of your area.

Im usualoy a warm person, my oh is usually cold.

I know people who were born/raised/live in Florida, for instance who cant stand temps down by 60°f and below. They have no idea how we can stand bitter cold NY winters.

Beibg born in the northern territories of the midwest and raised in NY, i can withstand the cold. ( i dont like it anymore but i can stand it).

Tonight temps will be single farenheit digits. Wind chills lower. Ambient temp tonight is 6°f. Tomorrow night 8°f. It will be that until it starts to warm up around 9 am...to a whole 15°f.

I have a couple of " winter " jackets and a parka. I dont like long voats or bulky coats. I wear: a tshirt, a long sleeve heavy or flannel shirt, a sweater and my jacket.
Layering like that i think helps keep you toasty warm on the bitter cold days.
If i need to, i wear boxer briefs, long johns and wear merino wool socks over my polyester socks.

I have a light weight winter shell puffy jacket. A heavier jacket and the parka.

If i were in 60° temps now, I'd be in shorts and tshirt!!!

Its all in what you are used to.

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Old 01-11-2019, 05:36 PM
 
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It's not the store. It's the brand of coat. Macy's, Dillard's, & other stores would carry both quality and not so high quality garments, depending on the brand. Those stores carry some of the same brands that Nordstrum's carries.

LL Bean is very expensive. The only thing I've had an interest in there is an adirondack barn coat, but after looking for several years, I gave up. The only time they go on sale is when there are almost no sizes or good colors left. I'm an avg size, so have not been able to get it on sale.
Agree been looking at ll bean ... it is super expensive. Not to mention some of the reviews that read: "it's not really waterproof" or "the inside of the jacket started flaking off".
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:31 PM
 
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I don’t think much of Macy’s coats. I think they are not quality garments, although Macy’s in a major metro area might have a better selection than what I found here.

I think it is best to buy one new coat or jacket every year. So, yeah, I have a few.

LL Bean makes good coats. There should be some sales. That’s where I would look, frankly.
Macy's carries lots of quality coats. They carry brand names - they don't make them.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:38 PM
 
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Agree been looking at ll bean ... it is super expensive. Not to mention some of the reviews that read: "it's not really waterproof" or "the inside of the jacket started flaking off".
LL Bean makes quality clothing. You can return an item up to a year after purchase if you are not satisfied. And they have many things on sale. Also REI - same deal. Excellent return policy, quality outerwear.
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