Just a quick rant:
I have a business meeting in the morning. I am traveling for it tonight. I want to travel light because I am coming right back home.
So I wore my pretty dress coat from you know who.
I went out to get lunch. The wintery wind was slicing and dicing everything in its path. Including me in my big expensive coat.
This bad boy was $350 full price. It was extra for the Thinsulate, which is supposed to add "warmth without the bulk." And it was extra for Tall (I love the way I am financially punished for not being under 5 feet 7 inches tall).
Of course I did not pay anything close to the full price. I got a great deal on it. But it doesn't matter how cheap you get an expensive item if it doesn't do what it's supposed to do.
I know it's not a down parka, but I think that if I pay extra to get a special insulation to keep me warmer, then it should actually work! It is a coat. Coats are worn for the express purpose of keeping you warm. Yes, a pretty coat is a plus! I'd day with modern design and technology, it's a must. But in the end, the point of the coat is to keep you from freezing.
So, tell me why when I walk outdoors in a $300+ coat, I can FEEL the wind! Why am I cold with a scarf and a wool sweater underneath a buttoned-up wool coat lined with Thinsulate?! Are there temperature maximums that come with these things? "Disclaimer: Do not wear in temperatures below 45 degrees because you will be cold."
Again, I realize this is not a ski parka. I realize this is not a down puffer that goes down to my knees. But there's no reason why a retailer would charge that much full price for a coat and it doesn't do it's primary job.
So I will walk huddled underneath my pretty coat. I will get indoors as quickly as I can. I will wear another layer under my layers. And I will grit my teeth and think twice before buying and wearing a pretty coat when the temperature is around 32 degrees.