Ask Belle: Swingy Winter Coats

Oct 7, 2014

Hi Belle,

Luckily we don’t need this type of coat yet here in DC but in preparation… I love the style of the J. Crew Cocoon Coat but not so much the price. Do you have any recommendations on similar coats (long/ wool/ and petite if possible) that are below $200?

Thanks & LOVE the blog! Sarah

Ah, the cocoon coat.  I almost bought the very J.Crew coat you speak of while I was in D.C. a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately, it’s probably not warm enough for a Montana winter.  Wish it had the Thinsulate liner.

Affordable cocoon coats are available, though nothing exactly like the J.Crew version.  Here is the best of what I found:

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Mango Wool Cocoon Coat ($149)

This Mango coat is my favorite.  It has a bit of a Jil Sander look that I love.  Mango has a few more options including this pale pink, collarless coat and this textured white coat.  This shearling coat is a cozy-looking option for casual days.

Asos also has a few choices.  This black coat with mesh panels is interesting.  I also like this mod black and white coat.

And in the over-$200-but-worth-ever-damn-penny category this luminous Ted Baker coat with a metallic-jacquard trim.  It’s a must see.  The rose gold zipper?  Sublime.

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  1. XT says:

    Could you do a post on warm winter coats – with thinsulate or something with down? It is going to be a cold winter in DC!

  2. MK says:

    If you really loved the J. Crew coat, I recommend trying it on now to find your size and then waiting for late November or December, when they reduce the prices of the coats. If you combine a sale price with an extra percentage off sale, you can usually get the coats for under $200 — sometimes significantly under. I bought both my J.Crew winter coats for under $200, and both were originally around $350.

  3. KC says:

    I love the Ted Baker coat, but am perplexed as to why it has a bracelet sleeve. Who wants to wear a winter coat with exposed wrists?

  4. Joules says:

    That J Crew coat is spectacular. Usually I don’t like things that aren’t fitted at the waist, but this is just baggy enough to be chic without looking crazy.

    Style by Joules

  5. B says:

    I second XT’s comment. I emailed you a few weeks back about winter coat suggestions. Warmth + Style + Under $200?

  6. Sarah says:

    I don’t see the appeal of that coat. It looks like an oversized fleece… Sad.

  7. Phoebe says:

    In regards to the cocoon coat: I have that coat in 2 colors. If it’s still the same quality stadium cloth as previous years, it’s actually warmer than a coat with thinsulate. It’s also easy to pair with a thick sweater or fleece due to its shape.

    Highly highly recommend.

  8. Nancy says:

    I also need a warm winter coat and trying to find something other than black or camel wrap style, in an XL that comes to my knees and under $500.00 is proving IMPOSSIBLE. I prefer that my skirt or dress under the coat not show, otherwise I feel like it needs to at least compliment each other. HELP PLEASE

    • LS says:

      Have you tried Lands End? They make some really beautiful colored coats. I imagine they’re also super warm and good quality per most things from Lands End.

      I’m too petite for their styles otherwise I would totally own one!

      • Nancy says:

        Thanks LS, I ended up buying one from Anthropologie, its not as warm as I wanted so beautiful I could not resist..

  9. Valerie says:

    I love the look of a cocoon coat with leather leggings and a tunic sweater. I’m not sure, though, if it’s going to make me look larger than normal…I’m tall, and slender, but I have a chest and a bit of junk in the trunk, so to speak. Is this the sort of silhouette that only very thin or petite women can pull off?

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