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While I've been on my shopping ban this winter I kept myself from doing something I've been guilty of every winter for the past eight years - buying a new coat.

Coats always felt like an indulgence I deserved. I have to suffer through winters that linger on far too long, so having a bountiful coat wardrobe seemed necessary. Plus there was the blog to think of - I'm too much of a whimp to constantly go without a coat, but I wouldn't want a month of posts cycling through the same couple of coats.

Sometimes they were thrifted, sometimes gifted, but they have always persisted.

I feel like I'm digging into the archives when I pull out my houndstooth coat, which I purchased from Kohl's eight years ago. Though the style is classic, and it feels just as appropriate today as it did when I bought it. I've linked a few similar styles below, though this Kate Spade coat is definitely my favorite!

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The Rundown
White Sweater Loft c/o Swap.com similar
Houndstooth Coat Kohl's similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Grey Over the Knee Boots Ivanka Trump similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Crystal Chevron Earrings Express similar
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Sunglasses c/o Sicky
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie



  1. I think that houndstooth jacket is a great piece --- I usually treat myself to a new jacket every winter as well because, even though I am a fan of winter, it does last for a good 6 months here and it's nice have to a new coat to get through that length of time.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. I was kind of sad that houndstooth wasn't as prevalent this year! I think it's such a PRETTY pattern that is just only right in the midst of a bleak winter!

    The Adored Life

  3. Even when I don't see houndstooth at the retail stores--I still think it's such a classic print!! And you really can't go wrong with black & white!!
    I'm very guilty of buying too many coats! This year I bought a brown leather one---but at least where we live--we wear them lots!!

  4. It was definitely a great buy 8 years ago! And I love it paired with those boots of yours. Such a pretty gray!
    That's like me and wanting a new bathing suit every summer even though I rarely wear the ones I have, hah! (Opposite of coats I guess since those actually DO get worn, but whatever)

  5. Indeed a classic and of course you know this is one of my favourite prints, I'd borrow this from you ;)
    At this point I have too many of everything. I have a feeling sometimes that its me in fear of missing out.

  6. Oh forgot to add, that I do not have too may coats !!! Maybe 2 or 3.

  7. What is it about houndstooth that makes it such a classic? I love how well this coat ties in your outfit and -- as always -- I'm BEYOND impressed at the prices!!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

  8. Such a cute and classic coat! Looks great on you!


  9. Cute outfit! I used to have a coat like that but donated it because it was starting to look a bit raggedy :(

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  10. I can totally see why coats as something you indulge in. I love them, and I don't even live in your cold climate. They make winter wardrobes more fun and bearable. I love this one. Perfect with those amazing boots!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. Houndstooth is one of my favorite prints.

  12. This coat is a classic- and I'm totally with you, I justify every coat purchase (despite the fact my coat closet is stuffed to the max) because of the fact I have to endure the winter, haha.

    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. I never would have known that coat is 8 years old! It's still as fabulous as ever!

  14. This coat is fabulous! Such a great staple item! I can see why you have had it for so long!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  15. Coats are absolutely my weakness. For a number of years I had only one, but once I started buying them, they became a kind of addiction - when my parents came to visit in the fall, my dad looked at my closet, appalled, counting up all the coats. He found ten. I had to admit there were more hidden elsewhere. After that, I abstained from buying a new one this year, though I used the money I had saved for a new leather jacket instead - since the ones I had owned were vegan, this seemed more justifiable. All that said, a good coat collection is a wonderful thing and I love that you had an opportunity to dig this one our of your closet!

  16. Flawless look, babe!! Especially that coat!
    Adi xx

  17. There's something so lovely about buying a new coat, especially, when it's the main feature of your outfit... as it is, most winters. Brrr! And I absolutely love your houndstooth coat and the way you've styled is absolutely perfect too. Down to every last detail!! xo


  18. I've always been a fan of houndstooth and your coat is so classic! I like how you added some lighter colors to make it transition to spring, too.


  19. I am the opposite of you here. Even though winter takes up a fairly good chunk of time here too (most years at least) for some reason I hate buying new coats. I usually end up wearing the same one over and over again. I don't know why that is!

  20. The Houndstooth is so beautiful. Printed very well. Nice photos. cupshe clothing coupons

  21. I know the feeling all too well! It's hard not to shop at the beginning of a new season.
    This houndstooth print is so pretty - a perfect classic you will wear for years!


  22. I love this coat but definitely try and brave the cold without one a lot of times!