Editor’s note: Stock is running low for these coats. When we last checked, only size XXS was left — but there’s lots of other deals to be found at Madewell’s sale-on-sale.
At this point in the pandemic, you’ve probably encountered folks embracing the old adage to dress for the life they want — not the one they have. We’ve seen more than one fashion editor post on Instagram about wearing their favorite “going-out top” beneath a chunky sweater for Zoom meetings, and some of us have even taken to wearing oh-so-fancy “theater shoes” just to traipse around the house. This camel (technically, “oatmeal”) coat strikes us as another transportive garment — we can easily picture ourselves using it to dress up anything we might wear to the office, or the theater, or just brunch, as soon as we can (hopefully) start doing those things in earnest later this year. But with several weeks of winter left, we can also picture ourselves wearing it now: The coat has a high collar to protect chilly necks and is made with an insulating wool-cashmere blend. (Those materials, according to Madewell, are traceable to farms that comply with strict animal-welfare and land-management regulations.) Details such as its button front and belted waist give it a rather elegant feel, capable of elevating even the most mundane of tasks (mail-fetching, dog-walking). Now on sale for more than half off, the coat falls squarely into one of our favorite categories — cheap (for a camel coat) but expensive-looking, which is perhaps the most appealing detail of them all. (Just be sure to use the code WOWIE at checkout to get the full 54 percent discount.) Because it’s a final sale, we suggest using Madewell’s handy fit calculator to make sure you find the right size (of which there are seemingly plenty, from XXS to XL).
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