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Light winter coat advice? (with some pics)


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Mar 10, 2006
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I am increasingly at a loss to find a coat or jacket that can be worn in 40ish degree (F) weather. I have come across a few items that I think might work, but none of them seem to grab me as being exactly what I need. I am traveling in China for a few weeks, and will be in places where the temps will range from about 40-65 degrees, so I need something with that kind of flexibility. I think my requirements may limit me to cloth, but I am generally on the cold side, so some wools would probably also work. Below are a few examples of what I've found in my intended style and price range, but aren't quite right. I would take any suggestions; I'm just looking for some new names to research. FYI, I am slim and short, so topcoat-style is typically too long for me. 1) J. Crew British Millerain Anchor Peacoat
http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/Mens...7984/97984.jsp I really like this coat, and would probably get it...if it weren't sold out. J. Crew also has a Millerain field jacket, which I have seen in person and like, however it's a little bit too casual for my purposes. There's also a suede university coat which is a little on the high end, pricewise, for me, and would probably get generously blemished during the trip. 2) BR Monogram Military Coat
http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse...556&pid=583045 This is a cool and trim design, although maybe a bit too military. I am concerned about paying this kind of money for something from BR that provides me with no information on the type of cloth or lining. 3) Filson coats, in general. I want to like their stuff, but the famed Mackinaw Cruiser is too heavy, and I would prefer something with a lining. The oilcloth coats are interesting, but I understand they fit like a tent. 4) Brooks Brothers, in general. Too expensive for what it is. 5) ??


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Mar 10, 2006
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I saw a stunning lightweight navy wool DB paddock coat in RL today (Polo line). Looked pretty unique - a true topcoat rather than overcoat. It seemed way too light to me to be genuinely warm, but it did have a lining and was wool, so sounds like it might suit you. No idea how widely this model is being sold (they only had one size in stock and I suspect it might have been a sample).

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