Coats are My Friends

The fall lines are coming out and that means only one thing for me: coats.

I need to make this clear: I love coats. No, scratch that. I worship coats. Whoever invented coats is up there with Al Gore, inventor of the internet. That joke is still relevant, right?

I don’t know what it is about coats. I like dresses, I like shoes, I like pants and even shirts get the thumbs up from me, but coats make my heart race. They make me fuzzy and warm, protect me from the harsh winter weather and always look sharp. COATS ARE MY BEST FRIENDS, OKAY? Whereas it always seems my favorite coats cost well into triple digits, here are my picks for some coats under $100 that will make you burst into tears and beg for more and make you feel less alone in this world because they will always be there for you no matter what.


People don’t give single breast coats enough credit. Double breast coats are the bragging over achievers in life, and it’s obnoxious to be friends with people like that. This coat is the friend who is brilliant but doesn’t show off: the one who helps you with your homework but never makes you feel like a freaking idiot. This is the Hermione Granger of your coats: smart, sharp, witty but doesn’t judge you if you don’t do your hair or if your makeup is smudged. In fact, it doesn’t care about your appearance at all. This coat loves your mind and for that, you will love it back.


Is there a theme going with the colors? Whatever, I don’t even care. This trench is pretty much my new best friend. I foresee it bringing me Starbucks when I’m feeling down and braiding my hair and telling me I’m pretty even when I’m crying and dripping ice cream all over myself. That’s what a good coat does. It comes in khaki, but khaki would most likely bring me Starbucks without soy and make snide comments about dandruff while it braided my hair and remind me that frozen yogurt is healthier, and that’s just not what I’m looking for, you know?


At Ease Jacket

Military jackets are boss. I will never get enough of them. I have one from H&M back in 10th grade (AKA dinosaur times) that is missing buttons and just barely fits, but who cares? It is my buddy. Military jackets are the bad ass friend who is like, “Okay listen, you need to shut up and get over yourself, he didn’t break up with you because he’s too busy, he broke up with you because you weren’t worth his time, so stop crying, get mad and let’s go to kick boxing.” This coat does not put up with your s**t but if anyone messes with you, it’s like, “HEY. SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER AND YOU’RE A DOUCHE, SO BACK OFF.” It makes you look and feel kick ass and that is always a good thing.


garden window buttoned poncho

I cannot get enough of this coat. First of all, the color is so perfect. Second, those sleeves are phenom and third, the mix of slight military (I dare you to replace those buttons with brass or silver ones) and flouncy (that’s the technical word) is too much to handle. Unlike the military jacket (AKA bad ass friend) above that bragged a small ruffle to make it a tad more feminine, this coat is the friend who is highly sarcastic but totally cried at Larry Crowne. This coat is all, “It’s sad how James Franco is so mainstream now,” but listens to Coldplay like it’s her job. A bundle of contradictions but completely awesome. This coat gets my Maid of Honor Award: fashionable, honest and willing to help you hide your flaws. And that price! Whew. I need to calm down.

And that’s my report on BFF coats. I hope you enjoyed. Um, how do I wrap this up?


  • Kate Luczko

    Would love to know where all of the coats in the header are from…. Some of them are super cute!

    • Becca Sands

      Oh, sorry, I should have linked that! All those coats are from Delia’s, although I’m not sure how recent they are. I believe they were all less than $100, too. :)

  • Laura Mendez

    OMG!!! I totally understand what you’re saying about coats being your best friends. I can NEVER get enough of them (aaaahh!!! trench coats :)) the best thing is that they give you a ‘dont-mess-with-me’ kind of look, you look very well put together (mostly). :)

  • Shannon Patrick

    Love love love!! If there’s on clothing item I have more than anything else, it’s coats and jackets. Now I desperately want the first two you shared

  • Lauren Nespoli

    Great post!! I love coats like the pink one in that picture at the top, but I think I like coats more in theory than in actual practice, haha. I hate having to wear a coat. I don’t like wearing anything bulky or layered. Layering shirts I like, but I don’t wear hooded sweatshirts or anything except in rare occasions. I wish I could walk around in tank tops, shorts, and flip flops all year round! But I actually bought two coats last year that I don’t mind wearing. And the coats you picked out are really cute so I may have to look at some of them! :)

    • Becca Sands

      I totally agree, Lauren, I HATE the bulk! I like coats that are really sliming and give me a waist but are warm enough that I don’t have to wear bulky sweater/sweatshirt underneath. It took me years to accept that the puffy ski coats weren’t so bad. I bought one this past winter that I really love. Hopefully, you find some really comfy coats this winter that aren’t too bulky. Be sure to let me know if you do!

  • Brittany Roberts

    I really want a single breast coat now. I’ve got two peacoats that are double breast, and I’ve decided that I need a Hermione Granger coat. The fuschia (magenta?) one in the top header will do, thanks!

    (and maybe the badass best friend coat, too.)

  • Shereen Hussain

    The purple coat at the top left of the header photo, is that Delia’s too?

    • Becca Sands

      Should be, Shereen! I can’t guarantee it–the collage is from a Google search that leads to a random blog that told me they were all Delia’s for <$100. I hope you find it or something similar! :)

  • Karen Lada

    Sigh… could these coats be anymore adorable?…. you make it hard on a gal who already has too many coats!!

  • Laura Nickel

    I can completely relate to and understand this post. I don’t know when it started, but I have a major coat obsession. Trench coats, blazers, winter coats, rain jackets, pea coats…you name it. I am only slightly ashamed to say I have (eek!) 14 coats. I just can’t help myself! I am fairly certain I will never live someplace with a warm climate. I just love it in MN with its 9-months-out-of-the-year coat weather. Thanks for sharing your love of coats! It makes me feel a bit better about mine 😛

  • Shawna Dandois

    I have a bunch of coats already and now I feel like I need a few more. One in every color and style perhaps. Maybe what I need is an entire walk-in closet full of coats. Yeah, that sounds about right.

  • Barbara Bullemer

    oh my god! i love the peacoat with fur on the hood! i’m about to move to minnesota and need something cute and warm!

  • Melissa Walsh

    Military jacket is the best. I absolutely love those. There really is just something about them. 😀

  • Cindie Palumbo

    Oh hey girl, you already know I love every single one of those coats. Great post!

  • Sarah Breneman Tharp

    Some girls have way too many shoes, I have way too many coats, so I can totally relate! But now all I can think of is how I don’t have any of the coats you pictured here! And I love the description. Those coats just came to life!

  • Melissa Fleishman Gilbert

    Oh, I should not have never read this article… I want to go coat shopping.

  • Alexandra Emma

    Argh! I want to head back to the shops to buy a couple of coats *right now*. Shame today was actually warm here. ANYWAY. There are some awesome coats in your selection. I especially love the green one in the header. That’s a BFF coat. No doubt. <3

  • Jessica Day

    I am in love with the first two! So cute. Great finds.

  • Libertania Keanie

    Oh god I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE coats too , but the bad thing here is that in Mexico is really hard to find coats , and sometimes if you have really amazing coat you can’t use them because it’s so freakin hot even in winter

    • Becca Sands

      Clearly, you need to come visit me this winter so that you have a good reason to go coat shopping. Whatever it takes to fill that void!

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