Why: I am, like, freakishly picky about my winter coat. It has to be a dark color to hide all that public transit dirt I pick up in my daily travels. It has to have big side pockets. It has to be long enough to cover my butt, but not so long that it hits mid-calf. I prefer buttons to zippers (no danger of scarf-snagging), and I like a good hood (because hat hair is a huge pet peeve). The fabric canâ€™t be cheap-y: woolâ€™s the best, but Iâ€™ll take a decent down. Oh, yeah, and it should cost less than $100, because itâ€™s inevitable that Chicagoâ€™s blustery weather will do such a number on my outerwear that Iâ€™ll have to replace it the following winter. This black wool coat by Michael Kors hits all my winter-wear checkpoints (well, itâ€™s $105, but Iâ€™m willing to pitch in a few extra dollars, knowing that SmartBargains.com is selling it for a whopping 70 percent off its original price.) If youâ€™re as demanding of your winter gear as I am, you better snatch one of these up pronto; Iâ€™m on the verge of stocking up for the next decade, and I bet a few other coat aficionados are, too.
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