Fashion Police Poll: Do you buy a new winter coat every year?

Spot_coat As you may have guessed from our regular Coat Corner column, we’re just a little bit obsessed with outerwear – particularly so this year, as the Chief of Police is currently engaged on a never-ending search for a new winter coat, the last one having been forced into retirement after more years on the job than the Chief is prepared to admit to. (Don’t worry, it’ll get a full Police Pension and a nice retirement gift).

This search has got us wondering, though: we always advocate spending as much as you can afford on a coat, because you get so much wear out of them, and a good coat will last you for years – literally, in the Chief’s case, although this has been more due to not being able to find anything she really liked than anything else.

Do you actually wear your winter coat for years, though, or does the beginning of each winter signal the start of a search for a new coat? Do you like to be frugal, make an investment and then get lots of wear out of it, or does the thought of wearing the same outerwear for more than one season make you reach for the credit card in despair? You’ll find a poll under the jump, but feel free to expand on your answer in the comments!

[Image: Dotty Spot Coat, £120, Monsoon]

16 Comments

  • October 7, 2008

    Veronika

    I’ve already bought TWO coats this year and am still planning to buy some more!

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  • October 7, 2008

    kelly

    I’ve regularly bought new winter coats over the years, but still wear most of them (bar a couple that had to retire when I changed hair colour.) One was bought by my mum, sometime in the seventies, and is still going strong today. I wore it to work this morning.
    They tend to be different weights, and different styles/colours though, so I think Im pretty much at my limit now- 6 including red and pink that clash with my ‘enhanced’ red hair!
    They’ve still all got years left in them though, and I’ve no plans to buy a new one anytime soon.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Mousykins

    Heck, I still occasionally wear coats I got when I was 12 or 13! I rarely buy new coats. I bought one this year, though, a lovely red one from Marks and Spencers (here: http://www.marksandspencer.com/gp/product/B001EBGPLM/ref=pd_sbs_1/026-6141672-8864422?ie=UTF8&mnSBrand=core ). I’d buy more coats if I could but I can’t afford it – so I guess that if I had the money, I’d be adding to my collection of outerwear much more. As it is – no, they have to last!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Gemma

    I tend to have a few coats on the go at any one time…but then I usually buy them second hand. You get a quality coat for bargainous prices! I got a French Connection camel coloured wool coat a few years ago from a charity shop for £10, and last week a houndstooth wool coat on ebay for £13! Both are classics that I’ll still be wearing in years to come.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Kathleen

    I tend to buy one winter coat during the sales in February and March when prices are heavily discounted. Of course, that means I don’t get to wear them much during that season, but there’s always the following winter.
    I love my North Face parka that I bought two years ago and plan to keep that in rotation for many years to come so long as I live in a cold area. It’s not terribly fashionable, but it keeps me warm and that’s what counts!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Am

    Well, I have several winter coats going at one time. One a dog-walking coat, which basically has to be wind/rain proof and very warm (with a hood) – I usually go for a ski jacket. Then I have to have a knee or longer length coat, at the moment I have a lovely aquascutum black and white herringbone coat I bought in a charity shop around 10 years ago (still lovin’ it!) – that’s my dressed up, classy coat. Then I have a couple of pea coats, one blue one black. And I also have green knee length coat, which used to belong to my sister but she very kindly gave it to me!
    I’m always on the look out for lovely winter coats, because I get so damn cold. I say, you can’t have too many…

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  • October 7, 2008

    Erica

    I normally wear the same winter coat for awhile because I live in Houston and it really does not get so cold here. 🙁 But if I lived somewhere with a better climate I would buy some more!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Erica

    I normally wear the same winter coat for awhile because I live in Houston and it really does not get so cold here. 🙁 But if I lived somewhere with a better climate I would buy some more!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Danielle

    I JUST bought a new coat from H&M. It’s utterly the most fantastic coat I’ve ever worn. Other than that, I only have one other pea coat.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Amy

    I have several warm coats, but I only qualify one as my “winter coat.” To me a winter coat is a wool topcoat with a warm lining that is dressy but not a dress coat. I also have a few utilitarian warm jackets for practical situations and one long dress coat. The jackets are replaced when they wear out and my “winter coat” usually lasts at least 3 years and gets replaced at my discretion (fashion/wear/boredom). Outerwear is an investment, so I go for classic cuts and good designers (right now I have a Calvin Klein black wool coat with military details).

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  • October 7, 2008

    Amanda Nicole

    I do buy a new winter coat every year, but I also keep the oldies but goodies, like my long black pea coat or my black-and-white houndstooth coat.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Beatnik

    I don’t set out to buy a new winter coat every year, but I will buy multiple coats if I like them or find a good sale. So I have quite a few coats that I wear in rotation for several years before retiring them. I love having a variety, especially in the dreary winter!

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  • October 7, 2008

    Anusha

    I’m with Erica, because here in California (we live in the valley) it never gets cold enough for a new coat every winter. I have a brown-patterned one from Target and a lovely black one I got at Miss Selfridge when I was in London in 2007, and these are what I switch between when it gets cold enough.
    What we really have here is heavy rain, so pretty winter coats that are not waterproof are not much use anyway … sigh.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Anusha

    I’m with Erica, because here in California (we live in the valley) it never gets cold enough for a new coat every winter. I have a brown-patterned one from Target and a lovely black one I got at Miss Selfridge when I was in London in 2007, and these are what I switch between when it gets cold enough.
    What we really have here is heavy rain, so pretty winter coats that are not waterproof are not much use anyway … sigh.

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  • October 8, 2008

    Bec

    I tend to buy one really good quality coat every few years, and wear it most of the time.

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  • October 8, 2008

    Steph

    My parents raised me to be very thrifty, so (like with a good pair of boots) I’ll buy one decent winter coat and wear it to death. I only bought my recent one because I lost my old winter coat while moving house. I keep seeing some frankly gorgeous specimens out and about (there’s one coat I’m currently pining for) but I never feel that I can justify spending the money.

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