The Great Wool Coat Debate

Is it just me, or are camel wool coats everywhere these days? I suppose it's a classic that never really went out of style, but still. Much like last fall's trench coat situation, I soon decided this was another indispensable wardrobe staple. Let the search - and the fitting room selfies - begin! 

Classic

My hunt for the perfect camel wool coat started at a vintage shop in the sixth. Nestled among the worn leather and denim jackets, this cute pea coat caught my eye. In the end I decided 105€ was a bit too steep for a second-hand find but I have to admit it was cute. 

Minimalist

Next up in my search, this menswear-inspired manteau is from Comptoir des Cotonniers. I really wanted to like it, especially after I found out it was 30 percent off, but it was probably my least favorite of all the contenders. The cut and color were just a bit off for me, though I'm sure there's plenty of women out there that could pull it off! The other issue I had was that for the 275 euro price tag, I'd expect it to be lined, which it was not. That being said, I love this store for well-made basics. The prices are significantly higher than Zara, but this can usually be justified by a noticeable difference in quality (or at least that's what I tell myself). So I crossed off Cotonnier and moved on to the next!

Modern

How adorable is this mustard-colored number from Massimo Dutti? Technically it's a wool blend but I love the cut and color of it. Side note: all of the clothes in this store are gorgeous and the prices aren't much higher than sister store Zara. Noted...

Long + Belted

Film noir lighting aside, I love the classic elegance of this style. At 370 euros, it was also the most expensive of the ones I tried on. Trendy as it may be, the belted style always runs the risk of looking just a little bit like a robe. Which might be exactly what you're looking for in a coat, especially if your apartment is freezing when you wake up. 

So there you have it. Several hours, wool coats and fitting room selfies later, I still haven't found the one. It's an investment after all. Not like, say, buying a house, but an investment nonetheless. I like to tell myself there's still time and les soldes are coming up in January...

-Stephanie