Would you spend £160 on a new Winter coat?

(63 Posts)
KayHarker Thu 29-Aug-13 19:04:18

It's an enormous amount to me, but my old coat is threadbare. I need something really weatherproof for doing the school run in the winter, and I've seen one that's like a duvet, right down to my knees, with a good hood on it too. I'm thinking of saving up the pennies and buying it in a couple of months when the cold weather bites, but I'm wondering - is £160 a ridiculous amount to be paying?

noisytoys Thu 29-Aug-13 19:11:09

I would save a little extra if it is affordable for you and buy a North Face coat they are worth every penny and last years and years.

Mominatrix Thu 29-Aug-13 19:13:25

I think that the answer to that question will vary on the budget of the person buying the coat. For a good quality, warm, waterproof coat which will last more and a year or two, it would be a good price. Definitely make sure that the coat is warm and waterproof and won't require too much dry-cleaning (says she who purchased a light cream coloured duvet coat and regretted it each time it seemed to magnetically attract stains right after getting cleaned).

gindrinker Thu 29-Aug-13 20:06:37

Depends. How many years are you planning to wear it?
I spent £100 on my winter coat last year but I'll wear it again this year and prob next year.
I also spent £100 on a goretex waterproof coat which I've had for 3 - 4 years and have no intention of replacing any time soon.

Cost per wear for both will be minimal cost.

KayHarker Thu 29-Aug-13 20:18:05

I bought my current coat for £25 from Dorothy Perkins a few years ago and it definitely needs replacing. Normally I wouldn't dream of spending this much money on something for myself, but have kind of convinced myself it would be an investment purchase as I'd plan to get a good few years out of it.

Allthingspretty Thu 29-Aug-13 20:18:40

If it will last you a few years then yes

mewkins Thu 29-Aug-13 20:25:50

Yes. You will wear it almost every day in the winter so it make sense to spend more on coats and boots etc. If it will mean you can't eat for a month then obviously not (tk maxx do good bargains if that's the case). If you love it and it fits the bill it is worth the extra.

BirdyBedtime Thu 29-Aug-13 20:36:07

Yes. As other posters have said that will get you a decent quality one which should last at least 3 years so I'd go for it ( said she who just ordered a £150 coat this afternoon!!)

Suburban Thu 29-Aug-13 20:37:54

Yes. Obviously as others said not if you need to out it on a credit card or will have to go without essentials, but being warm and dry is so s worth it.

hermioneweasley Thu 29-Aug-13 20:39:00

I paid £130 (I think) for a Merrell and it was worth every penny.

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Aug-13 20:39:16

I bought one for £170 three years ago which was incredibly warm. I hate the cold. It was worth every penny. I do need to have the lining repaired, though, and it will easily last another couple of years.

MooseBeTimeForSnow Thu 29-Aug-13 20:41:03

I've spent nearly 3 times as much but it has to get me through several months of -20 and lower.

ViviDeBeauvoir Thu 29-Aug-13 20:42:08

Yes. I was absolutely freezing last year (pregnant and nothing warm fitted).
This year I am investing in snow boots and a lovely warm coat which will last. I walk everywhere as I don't have a car so the way I look at it is, it's cheaper than a car! wink

VerySmallSqueak Thu 29-Aug-13 20:45:15

No,no and no.

I would want to kit out the whole family for a quarter of that.

NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 20:48:27

If you walk to school then yes. I drive I can getaway with £40, massively reduced skiing anoraks from our outlet shop.

However, you would be incredibly lucky to get a long duvet coat somewhere like that.

My £100+ long Sprayway breathable waterproof is probably 10 tears old and still going strong. OK it's not stylish and it's too long to sit comfortably in the car so I only wear it when it is seriously wet, but it's still doing keeping me dry very well.

DontmindifIdo Thu 29-Aug-13 20:55:31

That sounds a reasonable amount to spend on a coat you will wear every day for months for several years. OK, if you wear it every day for start November - end January, that's 92 wears. Times that by 4 years, that's 368 wears. So 43p per outing. That seems quite good value - I bet there's few other things in your wardrobe that work out at less than 50p per wear.

(And you will get more wear than that, because if we have a cold October you'll wear it a few times then, a few times in February, I've really gone for the minimum - you could easily get it down to 30p a wear.)

GoldenHares Thu 29-Aug-13 20:59:08

Yes. If you can.

My winter coat (North Face) cost that some years ago and it's still looks as good as new, keeps me warm and dry even on the coldest and wettest of days.

Suburban Thu 29-Aug-13 21:08:26

Vivi I use that excuse. DP gets Pirelli car tyres, I get nice boots grin

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 29-Aug-13 21:19:30

I bought myself a Le Chameau waterproof shooting coat as I go brushing and spend the whole day outside in the rain and wind and snow climbing through hedges and wet fields full of shoulder high maize. It cost me about £200 and it's now about to do its fifth winter. It looks like it did when I bought it. It's made to last and I'll easily get another five years out of it. That will probably work out at about £20 a year so good value I think.

Kezztrel Thu 29-Aug-13 21:25:28

Yes. If it's within your budget and will last a good few years, it's worth it. Mine is wool and cost around £200 and it will be on its fourth winter this year. Still looks really smart, especially after its yearly dry clean! Most importantly, as it's pure, thick wool it's very, very warm.

missbopeep Thu 29-Aug-13 21:57:20

Yes. Have spent a lot more than that. I reckon I get 3-4 winters or more out of a good coat so it's false economy to buy cheap.

PosyNarker Thu 29-Aug-13 22:06:21

Good grief yes, if you can afford it IMO that's a cheapish coat. Obvs if you can't I'd buy from the best quality shop you can rather than a high fashion (e.g. an M&S might do better than the same price coat in TopShop).

My winter coat cost £300 4 years ago and is still going strong. It's a smart Jaeger wool coat which is what I need for my work.

FWIW I have plenty of outdoor gear and have never regretted buying higher end (I love Rab, Phd). There are a few trendy exceptions. I've had great gear from Arcteryx but I cannot possibly justify their prices (I bought in the sale).

Littlepumpkinpie Thu 29-Aug-13 22:26:19

I would spend that on a decent coat if your out in all weathers its worth it to be warm and dry on the school run and the heaven always open at school run time.

Sollers Thu 29-Aug-13 22:29:57

No,no and no.

I would want to kit out the whole family for a quarter of that.*

Really? You would kit out a whole family with warm and dry and lasting winter coats for £40 in total? Where do you shop??

Littlepumpkinpie Thu 29-Aug-13 22:30:45

I would spend that on a decent coat if your out in all weathers its worth it to be warm and dry on the school run and the heaven always open at school run time.

OldRoan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:56

Yes, if it was one I genuinely wore and knew would wear again. I would start saving now and keep popping into TK Maxx before splashing out though - you can get lucky on coats (particularly if you look in the outdoors/sports sections in a less sporty town).

I got a £149 coat for £49 in mine - a fab, waterproof/windproof tweedy hunting coat rather than the type you describe, but don't rule it out if you aren't in a rush to buy.

VerySmallSqueak Thu 29-Aug-13 22:37:04

Charity shops and Ebay Sollers.

I have got some beautiful (and warm) coats like that.

Hardly worn too.

madammecholet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:56:40


madammecholet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:57:32

I mean, yes I'd pay £160 for a decent coat, that is...😀

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 08:11:39

It's really not a lot to spend on a coat. I know people who easily spend that on 1 jumper!
My personal opinion is that investing in a decent coat and footwear means you can get away with lots of cheaper clothes underneath.

auntpetunia Fri 30-Aug-13 09:05:12

My last winter coat should have cost that but got it from Tk maxx, its just given up the will to live after 10 years! So I'm on the lookout for a similarly priced coat …but first I'm going to TK maxx, a good warm coat is so important, especially doing the school run.

BellaVita Fri 30-Aug-13 09:10:34

Yes I would although two years ago I was lucky enough to pick up a lovely coat by Fenn Wright and Manson in TK Maxx, cost £49 and it should have been £155. It is still like new.

Yes, I bought a Gore-Tex waterproof for £120 fifteen years ago and it's as good as new, wear it on it's own for wet but not too cold days, with a fleece body warmer for wet and cold. Definitely look at outdoor brands rather than high street for performance and durability.

QueenCadbury Fri 30-Aug-13 09:13:59

If it's a proper warm and waterproof coat then it's not a ridiculous amount at all. If you walk the school run then you will wear it twice a day for at least 4 months and it will last.

I bought a north face for £200 2 years ago when I started the school run and it seriously was one of my best buys ever.

Elsiequadrille Fri 30-Aug-13 09:16:10

No, not if it is good quality. It could well last for years. I think that would make it very reasonably priced, then.

Make sure it won't be too warm though, I can't bear overheating on the school run, I bought a duvet coat a couple of years ago and only wore it on the few most bitterly cold days, I was too hot in it most of the time. Also some duvet coats aren't designed for rain (mine was a high st one) so that limited its use too.

ArtexMonkey Fri 30-Aug-13 10:03:31

I got a merrell haven last Christmas in the go outdoors sale, so it was less that what you want to spend, but the winter we had! I was still wearing it in April. It still looks pristine and ieven if it didn't, it can go in the washing machine. I would say that for winter coats (and boots) you should spend a bit more on quality named brands, then you won't have to buy new every year. And post on here as well, because people are really good at finding offers and codes and shit.

Rooners Fri 30-Aug-13 10:10:38

What is it Kay - can you link? I got a Didriksons coat for less than that, it's very good.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 10:16:36

It is an enormous amount of money to you, so yes, it's a ridiculous amount of money to be paying when it isn't necessry.

I wouldn't in your situation. I would buy a cheaper coat this year (there are plenty that are good enough quality, warm & keep you dry) and maybe buy a better one in the sales at the end of this winter for next year if you want 'A Brand'.

If you post in 'style & beauty' you will get the vast majority of posters saying 'Yes, you should' because they are interested in Style & Beauty and brands... stands to reason.

IF you decide to go ahead and do this, then I think you should post on here which brand it is, to see if those in the know about these things think it's 'value for money' and will last or not. Just because you spend £160 on a coat, it doesn't mean it's a good coat.

Tweet2tweet Fri 30-Aug-13 10:38:50

OP what brand is it? You may be able to get cheaper or same elsewhere. I got a Didriksons coat for £80 last week, it's £150 most other places....

Kezztrel Fri 30-Aug-13 10:41:03

It's a waste of money to buy a cheap one this year if you're only going to buy another one next year. It's the Sam Vimes boots theory of socioeconomic unfairness...

Kezztrel Fri 30-Aug-13 10:44:07

And the material it's made of is much more important than the brands. Good thick wool or hi tech downy stuff is warm. Unfortunately lots of brands are now making '80% wool' coats for £40/50 but the wool is thin and crappy.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 10:50:45

No it's not. She might even decide it will do her just fine next winter, but even if she doesn't...

A cheap coat this year £25, the coat in the sales, max £100 = £125 for two coats v £160 now for one coat.

It's not the Sam Vimes boots theory of socioeconomic unfairness - it's Good Old Fashioned Common Sense.

The OP cannot afford to spend £160 on a coat.

Yes Kezztrel we all know that, BUT, if she was to tell us which brand it is, we would be better able to advise her if it was a good buy or not due to how that brand is made/what materials they use.

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 11:12:02

Sorry Chipping you need to read again.

She didn't say she couldn't afford it- she was asking if it was a lot- and that she would save for it.

In the 'grand scheme' of winter coats no, it's not a ridiculous amount. I paid over £300 for a wool coat about 15 years back. last year I paid £250 for a gorgeous wool coat and 3 years before that about £150 for a boiled wool from Boden which is now into it's 4th year.

I think she was asking for a perspective.

Cheap coats on the whole don't last- the fabric is rubbish.

Gortex and similar from 'outdoor ' suppliers should pretty much last forever.

I would say yes, if

a) it really is as good as the price and will last years

b) you really love it and will be happy to get it out winter after winter

c) you can buy it having saved up for it without causing yourself financial hardship.

I spent £100-ish on a beautiful down jacket about 5-6 years ago and it was worth every penny. It comes out every year and I still love wearing it, it's like a warm hug. I don't drive so spend a lot of time out walking or hanging around at bus stops, and on the bitterest days this is the only one of my many coats and jackets that makes those long waits for non-arriving buses bearable smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 11:25:54

No missbopeep I don't need to read it again. In my opinion, the OP cannot 'afford' to buy it.

It's an enormous amount to me

I need something really weatherproof for doing the school run in the winter

I'm thinking of saving up the pennies and buying it in a couple of months

is £160 a ridiculous amount to be paying?

She didn't ask if it was a lot - she asked if it was a ridiculous amount - which indicates to me, that it is a lot of money for her.

She does not need to spend £160 on a coat to get one that is weatherproof for the school run. If she needs to save for it, it is ridiculous to be spending £160 on a coat that will not keep her any warmer or drier than a £40.

The amount of money you spend on coats is up to you. If 'style and beauty' is 'your thing' you will justify it. They are going to last longer if you have several different coats and don't wear the same one day in/day out.

I have a short coat that is over 10 years old, it is still warm, comfortable, waterproof and still looks good. It cost me something like £25 from New Look (from memory). I bought another coat last year as I wanted a long one, just for a change, it was reduced from £50 to £20.

Just because a coat isn't expensive, doesn't mean it's rubbish. I could afford to pay £160 for a coat, without 'saving' for it, without thinking 'this has to last me x years' - but I choose not to, it doesn't interest me.

CeeceeBloomingdale Fri 30-Aug-13 11:46:13

I'm surprised how people need such serious coats. I live in the sticks in the far north, walk miles in all weathers and find bulky coats too warm despite being someone who feels the cold. I prefer layers and scarves. In very wet weather I wear my summer raincoat with a cardi underneath. A summer weight quilted barbour or a fashiony (i.e. cheap) and thin wool coat or coatigan does me even in snow. Good footwear and gloves are important in staying warm so an expensive coat isn't always the only option if it's too budget stretching.

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 12:08:22

Wow Chipping are you always so errr.....forthright!

It's purely your 'opinion' over other people's- you aren't 'right' any more than I or anyone else is 'wrong'.
You've made a call that she can't afford it because she's agonising over the cost- but she may still buy it!

On an experience level, I beg to differ - DD has had numerous cheaper coats from New Look and similar and her 3 x£70 ish pound coats have fared worse than mine for more than twice that.

OP if you want a long down coat, look here [www.uniqlo.co.uk uniqlo]

I got a great one for £80 last year. They don't have full stock in yet but will have soon. They are not fully waterproof- only Gortex is that- but they are showerproof if that's good enough.

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 12:09:47

I think for lots of walking you don't need such a warm coat, that is why my duvet one was too hot for me. It's if you do lots of hanging round in cold places (bus stops, watching DCs play football in winter etc) that you need it IME.

KayHarker Fri 30-Aug-13 12:12:01

Wow, this took off didn't it? grin

The coat is from Lands End and on closer inspection it was £140 in my size. Still a very expensive coat for me. But all is well as I've found a similar coat for £60 in a catalogue which is ideal and much more within my price range, though still expensive. I'll get a lot of wear out of it come the colder weather - I'm a complete wuss when it comes to wrapping up against the cold. Is it really nearly time for them to go back to school? sad

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 12:25:41

BitchyRestingFace - yes, agree totally.

ceecee - couldn't agree more.

missbopeep - that's not 'errr...forthright', that was tempered based on the fact that I was posting on a S&B Thread grin

You've made a call that she can't afford it because she's agonising over the cost- but she may still buy it Of course she might still buy it - I gave my opinion not a decree hmm

Yes, it's only my opinion, but it doesn't make mine wrong and yours right.

Your statement that 'cheap coats on the whole don't last - the fabric is rubbish' isn't fact, it's opinion. Quite often, they are perfectly adequate - just lack the branding.

Anyway, the OP asked for opinions, I've given her mine - what she does with that is up to her.

I'm not going to argue with you (or anyone else) on a 'S&B' thread because it really doesn't interest me how much people feel the need to spend on coats, bags & the like.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 30-Aug-13 12:30:58

Kay - yes it did, didn't it hmm I almost never post on S&B for a reason. Your thread came up in Active Convos and it seemed quite a reasonable question, so I thought I'd reply.

I'm glad you have found something suitable & a good bit cheaper. Scarf, gloves & boots sorted too I hope! Mind you, we might be in for a mild winter this year. We keep following the NZ weather and they have had a very very mild winter! Not based on anything scientific, just trends!

Yes, sadly it is time for them to go back. Good news is that it means we are probably in for some lovely sunny days again soon!

chocolatemartini Fri 30-Aug-13 12:31:30

I spent £345 on a coat once, I totally couldn't afford it, but was a student with no responsibilities and a large overdraft facility, and I loved it so thought what the hell. I'm happy to report that I carried on loving and wearing it for 10 years at which point the lining fell apart. I may have it re lined and get another 10 years out of it. Probably one of the best value items I ever bought in terms of price per wear. So yanbu if it's good quality, warm, and a fairly classic design and you can afford it.

DontmindifIdo Fri 30-Aug-13 12:54:16

I do think that 'afford' means different things to different people - I might say I couldn't afford a £300 coat as some on here have bought, I wouldn't dream of spending that much money on one coat, I wouldn't think I could afford it. However, I do have about £300 a month for my personal 'fun money' - so if I did cut back on lunch out, going out, buying coffees, didn't get my hair dyed for a couple of months etc I could save up a that much without having to get in debt or worrying about paying the bills, or having any impact on family finances. I could technically afford it, but I do'nt think I could easily afford it without giving something up, and that seems like an amount on one thing that's out of my price range...

Anyway OP, if you think you can afford it without needing to get in debt, then a coat is a thing that's worth spending money on, so long as it's classic and you do a lot of walking to justify the expense.

ArtexMonkey Fri 30-Aug-13 13:46:28

"Mind you, we might be in for a mild winter this year. We keep following the NZ weather and they have had a very very mild winter! Not based on anything scientific, just trends!"

Well I never knew this, that's interesting.

My ds's birthday is the beginning of October, I remember 2 years ago we were all sweltering in shorts and sandals. I do hope you're right because I feel like I've only just put the winter stuff away. Playgroup's Easter egg hunt had to be cancelled due to snow this year hmm

Glad you've found a coat you like op, and you've 'saved' £100 which is pretty good going.

jimjamspam Fri 30-Aug-13 13:49:47

I think a coat is one of the best things to spend money on - even during a mild winter you will wear it and a good one should last a few years

I used to buy a cheap £30/40 coat every year, I was never warm enough and never liked them. Got a North Face down coat in an outlet store 5 years ago and it was a really excellent buy, especially as i spend a lot of winter time in freezing cold Munich!

JennySense Fri 30-Aug-13 14:56:18

Yes, providing it was a nailed on classic I will wear for at least 2-3 years.

mysteryfairy Fri 30-Aug-13 16:18:02

OP now I've read that the coat you fancy is from lands end I think it would be a mistake to spend approx £150 for the simple reason that they are constantly discounting their stuff and I bet if you time it right you can get the coat at some point in next few months for well under £100.

I think you are not unreasonable to want a decent warm coat for the school run but duvet coats are so similar every year I don't think it's a sensible item to pay full price on. I picked up a half price arctic down coat in the summer sales this year which I'd identified I liked last winter and saved a lot by buying out of season (£300 to £150). I think it's possibly just a bit late now to be nabbing stuff in the summer sales, especially if you need to save a bit first, but TK Maxx is definitely worth a check if your current coat is not going to last til the January sales.

LynetteScavo Fri 30-Aug-13 18:25:27

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee You need to link to a £40 coat which is as warm/dry as a £160 Landsend coat.

I would go with out coffee/newspaper/nights out/ haircuts in order to buy a really warm coat. But I feel the cold. For me it's not so much about how I look, it's about how I don't feel like I'm about to cry when outside in the winter.

I am gobsmacked at how thin most coats are.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 30-Aug-13 19:17:07

It's the Sam Vimes boots theory of socioeconomic unfairness...

I love how Discworld quotes come up time and time again!

Carry on. smile

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 30-Aug-13 19:20:09

It's also about the Goretex/waterproof/wind proof factor. If the wind can get in, it won't matter how thick the coat is, it'll be cold. I bought myself a thick fleece once for walking the dog. It was freezing in the wind. Bloody thing.

Yes, I've got a lovely wool coat which ought to be really warm, but the sleeves are quite open at the ends and a gale blows up them, it used to be particularly bad pushing a pushchair, I always look for something with inner cuffs now.

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