The Importance of a Great Winter Coat

With winter in full affect now, let’s talk the importance of a great coat – how to find one, where to buy one, and options!

The Importance of a Great Winter Coat | Houndstooth Coat, Preppy Winter Style | Louella Reese

c/o Waverly Grey Houndstooth Nola Coat | similar beige sweater |SIMILAR HIGH-RISE SKINNY JEANS | C/O ARIAT TWO24 WILDER BOOT | C/O LOEFFLER RANDALL ROSE AGNES FAN TOTE | c/o Lisi lerch navy tassel earringsDAVID YURMAN CABLE CUFF | DAVID YURMAN CABLE RING

Winter arrived here in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago then left, only to be returning this evening! And to be honest, I’m pretty happy about it. Even though I’m totally not a winter gal, I love experience a little of the season. Especially if there is snow involved and that just might be happening this weekend. Fingers ultra crossed! 

So if you’re in the South it’s finally time for a winter coat, if you’re in the North, you’ve probably been wearing one for weeks. And everyone else, you may be somewhere in between or experiencing one or the other. No matter what you’re experiencing, a great winter coat is a definite must have. Whether you wear it daily or only when you go on trips. So today I’m breaking down – how to find the perfect one for you, my favorite spots to purchase one, and some options! 

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The Importance of a Great Winter Coat | Houndstooth Coat, Crown Braid | Louella Reese

How to Find a Great Winter Coat

In late 2018, I shared a post on my honest review of Rent the Runway Unlimited. I talked about using it at the start of seasons or when you’re really looking for an item but need to try a variety of styles. Finding a great winter coat would be the perfect time to try out the service. You could try up to four at a time and see how often you wear each one. Which one your reach for more often. Therefore, showing you, what works best for you and what you’d wear more often. 

The Importance of a Great Winter Coat | Houndstooth Coat, Preppy Winter Style | Louella Reese
The Importance of a Great Winter Coat | Houndstooth Coat, Preppy Winter Style | Louella Reese

Wear to Purchase a Great Winter Coat

Well, one if you try out Rent the Runway Unlimited, you can actually purchase the items. So if you find a coat you absolutely love – you can purchase it and actually receive a discounted price. 

Aside from Rent the Runway Unlimited, I typically find myself purchasing coats from Nordstrom, J.Crew, and Anthropologie. The items they carry are quality and last year after year. I have two coats from J.Crew that I have had for over 3 years and they still look almost brand new. As far as Nordstrom, my mom purchased me a coat in high school that I still have – that good! 

These stores also have wide selections – puffer coats, trench coats, top coats, peacots, parkas, and so many more! 

The Importance of a Great Winter Coat | Houndstooth Coat, Preppy Winter Style | Louella Reese

c/o Waverly Grey Houndstooth Nola Coat | similar beige sweater |SIMILAR HIGH-RISE SKINNY JEANS | C/O ARIAT TWO24 WILDER BOOT | C/O LOEFFLER RANDALL ROSE AGNES FAN TOTE | c/o Lisi lerch navy tassel earringsDAVID YURMAN CABLE CUFF | DAVID YURMAN CABLE RING

Some Great Winter Coats to Shop

Below you’ll find some of my personal favorite winter coats currently available in my top pick stores. Some are trendy, some are classics but all would be perfect for winter 2019! My personal favorite is this uber chic houndstooth double breasted coatall of the heart eyed emojis over this one!

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30 Comments

  1. dana mannarino wrote:

    This coat is PERFECTION on you. Also J.Crew and Nordstrom are my GO TOs for coats as well!

    The Champagne Edit

    Posted 1.10.19 Reply
    • Ah thank you so much lady! And so glad you agree, those are some of the best places to shop for them!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  2. Morgan wrote:

    Nordstrom and J Crew are two of my favorite places for coats!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 1.10.19 Reply
  3. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh I just love your coat girl!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  4. Kate Lutes wrote:

    Great post – I have to admit, I probably own too many winter coats but they become a huge part of your wardrobe when it’s below 0 every single day!

    K A T E L A T E L Y || fashion & lifestyle blog
    http://www.katelately.co

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  5. Liz wrote:

    OH MY GOSH I am obsessed with that coat! Actually I love the whole outfit…all of your outfits!

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  6. rebecca wrote:

    A good coat is a definite must!!! I am a sucker for faux fur but I am loving this one on you <3

    xx rebecca // the crystal press

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  7. Laura wrote:

    Loving your houndstooth coat!! I’ve been all about this print lately and so this coat is definitely speaking to me! Also, a huge fan of Rent the Runway Unlimited!!

    xo, Laura

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  8. Lyddiegal wrote:

    I always find myself buying a new winter coat every year! I love your houndstooth print, enjoy your winter weather and your snow!
    Chic on the Cheap

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  9. I feel like my outfit isn’t complete without a beautiful statement coat! And I totally love this one!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

    Posted 1.14.19 Reply
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    I honestly cannot get over how stunning this coat is! The entire outfit is just beautiful! I sometimes forget that RTR includes more of the practical pieces – and not just gowns or special occasion items. I need to utilize their program more often!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
    • Right? I feel exactly the same – so glad you think so as well. And you are too sweet gal, thank you so much! I was exactly the same until I gave RTR Unlimited a try – then I tried coats, handbags, pants, etc…just more common, wear every day pieces and it really helped me find some new pieces I love!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  11. I really love that color combo! It’s so cute! I have one similar but it has blue tones in it! RTR is really a great source for clothes!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  12. DTKAustin wrote:

    I’m so obsessed with that coat! You styled it perfectly with this look!

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  13. Kristina wrote:

    The houndstooth and the colors… absolutely gorgeous!!

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply
  14. I was using a really great one from Rent The Runway recently as well, and I loved them! This coat is so cute and I am pretty sure I rented a similar one! Having one in chicago is seriously so crucial!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
  15. Greta wrote:

    I hope you got some snow this weekend! If I’m being honest, I’m not a winter girl. I hate the cold and feeling bundled up. This is a gorgeous coat though!

    Posted 1.20.19 Reply
    • We received a little the other weekend, it was super nice! Hoping for more just one more time this year. Haha I am honestly the same! I like one or two good snows each year and then I just want summer and fall!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.20.19 Reply