I dress to match my mood—but when the temperatures dip into the subzero range, I’m more concerned with staying warm than making a statement. This season, I’m due for an outerwear upgrade, because it’s often all anyone sees.
And now is the perfect time to invest in a new coat. Local and national retailers are bringing in their spring merchandise and putting winter items—sweaters, denim, and yes, coats—on sale. Don’t worry about a useless purchase: It’s not warming up any time soon.
Grethen House’s entire selection of winter coats (by high-end designers like Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jil Sander) is marked down 70 percent, so take this opportunity to invest in a timeless piece. 4930 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-926-8725
This sale is all about what to layer underneath. Epitome’s winter clearance (items up to 60 percent off) features lighter jackets, blazers, and cozy cashmere sweaters. Galleria, 69th St. & France Ave., Edina, 952-920-2978
Bluebird’s winter sale features a selection of chic winter coats (think: fur collars) and other cold-weather wear at 30 percent off. 3909 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 952-746-8675
Zara isn’t local (the closest brick-and-mortar store is in Chicago), but luckily, all sale coats are available online at up to 70 percent off. zara.com
The J.Crew website offers a wider variety of sale items like wool jackets, tweed coats, and military-inspired parkas than its in-store counterpart. jcrew.com