If I’m going to spend money on something, I want it to be exactly what I want.

I didn’t used to be this way. I used to be a major impulse shopper, snapping up the first reasonably priced version of whatever it was I wanted (or had just decided I wanted). But somewhere along the way, something changed.

I think it started with the boots.

I wanted a pair of brown leather boots like nobody’s business. But not just any brown leather boots. I wanted them almost knee height. And a certain color brown. A warm, congac color. And I wanted some kind of embellishment. A buckle or something. And a stacked heel. A riding boot with a stacked heel.

Problem? It’s nearly impossible to find the perfect pair that is also the perfect price.

When I tell you I searched for years for the perfect pair, I am not exaggerating. I would find myself wandering, seemingly aimlessly, in shoe stores, until I would happen upon the boot section. I would examine each pair, picking them apart in my brain.

Not the right color…too gaudy…not tall enough…too tall…

Until suddenly I would see the PERFECT pair. Right height, right color, right material. And then I would glance a the price tag and see that the perfect pair would run me $400.

And back on the shelf they would go.

I’m happy to say that I am now the owner of both a flat and a heeled version of these boots, and both purchases were in my budget. Sure, they were investment pieces, but that’s sort of the point of an investment, right?

The reason why I’m telling you this story is because I am on an new epic hunt. Really, I think I’ve been on this hunt for about three years, but only recently has it been at the forefront of my mind.

I want a camel-colored coat.

Not a trench. A wool camel coat. But not just any camel-colored coat. I want it to be long-ish, to about mid-thigh length. It has to have the right buttons and the right color. It has to be fitted in the waist. And it has to be reasonably priced. (Girl’s not made of money.)

I actually just spent a good 20 minutes trying to find good examples of what I’m looking for online, and now I’m starting to convince myself maybe it doesn’t exist. (Wouldn’t be the first time I had dreamt up an item of clothing in my head…)

Here’s the closest I could find:

No longer available at Express, but on Ebay here

Available here

The second one I would like better without the leather trim, and I’m not sure if I would get tired of the ruffled skirt on the first one. Blerg.

Basically, this is my Holy Grail.

Ooh just a tic! I did a second search, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything and came across this:

source

Um hi. You might be my new best friend. But I get so anxious about buying things I haven’t tried on. Gahhh indecision.

So…should I go for it? Wait until I find one I can try on? Stop making this such a big issue and remember it’s just a COAT?

4 Responses to A New Coat

  • Melanie says:

    Please go for that coat. It is gorgeous and $128 is very reasonable for a Holy Grail kind of coat. It is a coat you will wear for years.

    I, too, used to be a major impulse shopper (still am when it comes to tanks, I think) and am working on finding pieces I will love for years. Any recommendations for flats?

    • Justine Lorelle says:

      Haha you are a shopping enabler like me! I haven’t ruled out the coat…still deliberating.

      As for flats, those are the one piece of fashion that I feel like shouldn’t be an investment (I know, I’m breaking my own rules). For me anyway, flats are something I WEAR. INTO. THE. GROUND. And they’re usually pretty disgusting when I’m done with them, and then I feel sad about any money I spent.

      Honestly, Payless is my flats go-to. And they have THIS sexy pair that I’ve been coveting since I saw the commercial for them last night. I say get them and rock any event you go to for the next year in comfort. (There is also a nude pair for those less glitter-inclined.)

      • Melanie says:

        I’m with you on the whole wear-em-into-the-ground approach. My current pair are just about there and I need some new ones to rock at work. There’s a Payless just down the street from me, too. Perhaps it’s fate?

        And I’m a complete shopping enabler.

  • Jeri Blanchard says:

    Love the little sexy number at Payless too. I’vebeen looking at a similar pair at Target. The Target pair are very comfy, but these are cuter.

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