Yea or Nay: Lauren Moffatt Coat, $400.40 on sale at

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I’m a big fan of Lauren Moffat. Her urban chic designs that update classics like the military style coat touches my urban-trekker-conservative-socialite core. Even though I love her pieces, her prices tend to be outside my budget (and the budgets of most shoppers like myself).  But….. a winter coat is the one thing (along with a great handbag or a pair of good boots) that I might consider spending a little more money on. In fact, if you’ve always wanted a designer piece, but balk at the prices like me, purchasing a basic winter coat from the designer is a great way to add a designer piece to your wardrobe.

Because a good winter coat will last you several seasons and if you focus on a classic cut you’ll get your cost per wear for the item. Furthermore,  even a basic, non-brand winter coat from Macys now costs $300 and coats at Old Navy are approaching the $100 mark.

Is it Worth it?
So let’s do a cost per wear analysis to figure out if the Lauren Moffatt coat is really worth the price. Remember our goal is to always shoot for less than $3.00 ($2.00 if you can) per wear.

Retail Price: $400.40 on sale
Estimated # times you’ll wear it this winter= 80 days (from Dec 1 until March 15th assuming that we have a somewhat normal winter)
Total Cost per wear=  around $5.00 per wear. So the only way you could even consider purchasing it for a cost per wear of below $3.00, is if you plan on wearing it for at least two seasons or live in a very cold climate (hello Minnesota!). Lauren Moffat is an excellent designer and the coat is lined, so wearing it for at least two seasons won’t be a problem if you remove the epaluets (the military-style straps that are buttoned on the shoulders of jackets and coats).

Lauren Moffatt Coat: Yea or Nay?

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  • I say no because the style is a little trendy and will look dated in a season or two.  I would consider spending that on a coat if it were a more classic style.  However, I just made my own designer version of a coat at a fraction of the cost.  See it at my blog

  • Elina

    Cool, the dollars per wear is my favorite way of measuring fashion. Don’t love the shoulder detail on the coat though, looks contrived, so nay for me.

  • That’s a hellafide fabulous coat.

  • celia

    Nay…The color is a bit drab and I don’t know if one would feel as excited about it the next season.  But then again, I’m personally into very traditional looking coats, like a dark, classic peacoat or a shapely long simple coat. I tend to like the ones at J.Crew, which are a bit cheaper than $400 and have lasted me years.

  • Joslyn

    OR, you could buy a more budget friendly coat now and catch this coat on sale at the end of season sale.  Even if it’s just $50-$75 off, if you like it that much, it’s worth it.  And then, at the end of the season, you may look at it and decide it wasn’t so hot to you after all.

  • Teri

    wow, I like the concept of $$ per wear. I’d never have thought of that, but I guess that’s why you’re the fashionista and I’m not! HA!

  • Celine

    the sample sale is now in NYC…you should check it!Maybe they will have it.

  • JR

    They sometimes have really cute coats for under $75 at Beacon’s Closet as well.  (either in Park Slope or Hipstersburg)

  • Yes, you *could* cut off the epaulettes but then it’s just a plain coat! Detailing such as this makes the piece unique and worth the hefty price tag.

  • Does the coat have other closures besides the shoulder buttons?  If yes, then I’d say yes.  If not, I’d pass.

  • Yay! I think it’s a really cute coat that appears to be very versatile. I agree that more expensive purchases are best kept for coats, purses and shoes… since you wear them alot and there the first things people notice!

  • jj

    Yay!  It has gorgeous, very flattering lines.  I would totally wear that for more than one winter.

  • Hi Kathryn—FYI— there is a Lauren Moffatt SAMPLE SALE this week in NYC-and they have LOTS of coats(short, long, etc.etc)
    – so why not buy it around WHOLESALE instead of retail….
    e mail
    [email protected] for the details!

  • Anne

    It’s a good-looking, classic, classy coat.  If you’ll wear it for at least two seasons, you should buy it.  You can always change the buttons for next season, and switch up your gloves, hats & scarves.  I say go for it!

  • Rachel Stott

    I say yea!!! I like it!!! If I had the money in my budget I get a coat like that.

  • HSK

    This is a great looking coat. One question is what is it made of? Is it wool? Probably. If you think you will wear it AT LEAST two years then it is a worthy purchase like you said….Now I hope this doesn’t sound completely ridiculous but in your area do they have a Value City?
    I purchased a beautiful designer wool, chocolate brown, full length dress coat a few months ago with military styling, double breasted, etc. for $60.00…Needless to say this is one of my favorite places to shop now!

  • Sophia

    If you like it enough, go ahead!