Resigned to the fact that the chilly weather's here to stay, we're finally taking stock of our woolly winter things -- and shivering at the thought of trotting out those dark, boxy coats for yet another season. This winter, it's hard to resist a flurry of luscious red, camel, beige, and tweed coats -- all in refreshingly classic shapes (remember how quickly you tired of the sashed-leather look last winter?). Here's what we're cozying up to, for less than $300 per.
Tweedy fabrics -- on everything from shells to shoes -- are this season's most obviously trendy choice. Club Monaco's boxy brown-and-white-herringbone version has chic leather trim ($279 at Club Monaco stores). For a sleeker look, snap up Zara's skinny lightweight-houndstooth version with a black vinyl belt ($189 at Zara stores).
Solid colors can be just as stylish, especially in warm neutral colors. A dark-ish camel coat from H&M is a steal ($89 at H&M); J.Crew's paler version with tortoiseshell buttons is even softer ($248 at J.Crew stores). For that sharp-edged belted look, check out a cream-colored style from A|X Armani Exchange ($275 at A|X Armani Exchange stores). And, though strong colors have a reputation for going stale quickly, it's hard to imagine ever tiring of a crimson coat from United Colors of Benetton ($258 at Benetton stores).
H&M, 640 Fifth Ave., at 51st St. (212-489-0390).
Picks of the Week
Broadway Panhandler is clearing huge amounts of cookware, kitchen tools, and cutlery at up to 65 percent off. Brands include All-Clad, Calphalon, Le Creuset, and KitchenAid. 477 Broome St. (212-966-3434); A.E., M.C., V.; Wed-Fri. 10:30-7, Sat. 11-7, Sun. till 6; 10/18-10/22.
Columbus Avenue's old-fashioned block party means refreshments, raffles, and entertainment at many stores on the avenue, between 67th and 82nd Streets (the American Museum of Natural History is even setting up "Movable Museums" in vans on the street). Many shops have promised discounts on stock as well. Tues. 6-9; 10/17.
Devereux-Ferguson's decorative throw pillows in luxurious, traditional fabrics (by companies like Clarence House, Donghia, and Brunschwig & Fils) are 60 percent off at the sale, from $45 to $150. 304 W. 90th St., Suite 1F (212-362-3761); A.E.; Fri. 11-8, Sat. 9-5; 10/20-10/21.
Tufi Duek's glam, Brazilian-made clothes -- slinky tie-neck blouses, photo-printed pants, and loads of neutral-toned leather -- are on sale for less than half price, from $40 for jersey tops to $250 for a leather jacket. 530 Broadway, at Spring St., tenth floor (212-925-8277); A.E., M.C., V.; Wed.-Thurs. 10-6; 10/18-10/19.