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I am cold and need to get some sort of coat ASAP to last me a few months. I own one cashmere coat I got 7 years ago, but my belly is too big for it, so I cannot close it. Though I love to spurge on certain maternity clothes, I dont want to spend a lot on a coat.<br><br>
I checked out Target (though I hate their clothes) and all they had was a few paper thin jackets that was too casual and not warm enough. I looked at the Gap and they did have one coat that was to my liking, but it was over $100. The ones at Old Navy is either too thin, casual or short (I am looking for at least 3/4 length); I am not crazy about the quality of their clothes either! Motherhood didnt seem to have any. I have found none in consignment<br><br>
Where do I need to go to find a decent quality 3/4 length and longer, non-casual, wool, tweed, stylish coat? I am very open to colors:<br><br>
Black<br>
Camel<br>
Red<br><br>
Bonus points for:<br><br>
Pink tweed<br>
Pastel green tweed<br>
Olive green tweed<br>
baby blue tweed<br>
almost any color....
 

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Hi there again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I found an awesome swing jacket at a consignment store. . . I really really loved it while I was pregnant. It was warm, wool, cute, and huge! It only cost me $65 which I thought was pretty good. It got me all the way through a really really cold new england winter. (It was like -40 below one day)!!<br><br>
I would check out the consignment stores....go for something roomy that isn't necessarily 'maternity'.<br><br>
Enjoy your pregnancy!<br>
Sarita
 

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Have you considered blowing the big bucks on a Mamacoat? I have one and it was the thing most worth the money! It's a convertible coat -- goes from Maternity coat with a zip in panel, to baby wearing coat (in Bjorn or sling) with buttons at the top of the zip in panel, to just regular coat by taking out the panel. Some of the best maternity money I spent! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Although, I got mine for $125. It is over your price limit. But, the versatility is what I LOVE. Best wishes!
 

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I didn't read your whole post....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br>
hmmm when in doubt...try ebay!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi there again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I found an awesome swing jacket at a consignment store. . . I really really loved it while I was pregnant. It was warm, wool, cute, and huge! It only cost me $65 which I thought was pretty good. It got me all the way through a really really cold new england winter. (It was like -40 below one day)!!<br><br>
I would check out the consignment stores....go for something roomy that isn't necessarily 'maternity'.<br><br>
Enjoy your pregnancy!<br>
Sarita</div>
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I didnt look through all of the consignment stores in my area. NONE! Cool deal for you though!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I did look at the Mamacoat, but somehow, its a bit too casual for me. Or maybe I am crazy. I will check out Ebay!
 

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My mom sent me some really cute maternity stuff from Kohl's although she lives in NC and I'm also in the SF Bay Area like you. From their web site it looks like they do have some Bay Area stores I'm hoping to check them out soon. Their web site didn't show any coats but the store might have different stuff...let me know what you find as I might need a coat too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
It has been unusually COLD here this week, huh? I'm seriously layering!<br><br>
While we are on the subject of clothes, I found THE BEST PANTS at Costco! They are FILA stretch knit pants that are drawstring waist and fit perfectly under my growing belly. And since I'm so tall (5 ft 11 in) turning them into low-riders makes them the PERFECT length. They come in 3 colors and they can be casual or you can really dress them up if necessary..I bought 5 or 6 pair that should get me through most of the pregnancy - fingers crossed!
 

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I have a coat from Old navy that I love, got it on Ebay for $28, new with tags. But it is sherpa, camel colored-maybe too casual for you? The only ones I've found that are not casual are at a Pea in the Pod, which cost something like $200. Have you tried typing, in quotes "maternity coats" or "maternity outerwear" into your search engine?<br><br>
Maybe since you live in SF you can get away with layering? Silk long johns and a shirt, wool turtleneck, lightweight jacket? That would even keep me warm! Can you layer and then wear your regular coat, unbuttoned?
 

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how about goodwill or the salvation army?<br><br>
i got my maternity clothes there. they are inexpensive and since they were clothes i was only going to be wearing for a few months, the price was right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You know I've been having the same problems. I was pregnant last winter too and had to just wear a fleece pull over and bear it. Maybe I'll try Ebay, but I like trying things like that on first.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I did look at the Mamacoat, but somehow, its a bit too casual for me. Or maybe I am crazy. I will check out Ebay!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/demon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="demon"><a href="http://www.japaneseweekend.com/web/jpegs/05700042.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.japaneseweekend.com/web/jpegs/05700042.jpg</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/demon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="demon"><br><br>
Is that tempting you??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My mom sent me some really cute maternity stuff from Kohl's although she lives in NC and I'm also in the SF Bay Area like you. From their web site it looks like they do have some Bay Area stores I'm hoping to check them out soon. Their web site didn't show any coats but the store might have different stuff...let me know what you find as I might need a coat too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
It has been unusually COLD here this week, huh? I'm seriously layering!<br><br>
While we are on the subject of clothes, I found THE BEST PANTS at Costco! They are FILA stretch knit pants that are drawstring waist and fit perfectly under my growing belly. And since I'm so tall (5 ft 11 in) turning them into low-riders makes them the PERFECT length. They come in 3 colors and they can be casual or you can really dress them up if necessary..I bought 5 or 6 pair that should get me through most of the pregnancy - fingers crossed!</div>
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I will check out Kohls. Yes, the website didnt have much (and I didnt like what they had :LOL) but hopefully they will have some coats. That is a good idea to have someone from the east coast send one! I guess the stores dont think it get below 50 degrees out here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I havent thought of Costco (dont have a membership but my mum does). But my problem is not casual clothes, it is dressy, professional, formal items. But I could use some things for around the house and shopping, etc! My maternity shirts are also getting to short, again!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a coat from Old navy that I love, got it on Ebay for $28, new with tags. But it is sherpa, camel colored-maybe too casual for you? The only ones I've found that are not casual are at a Pea in the Pod, which cost something like $200. Have you tried typing, in quotes "maternity coats" or "maternity outerwear" into your search engine?<br><br>
Maybe since you live in SF you can get away with layering? Silk long johns and a shirt, wool turtleneck, lightweight jacket? That would even keep me warm! Can you layer and then wear your regular coat, unbuttoned?</div>
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Sherpa is a bit casual. I am looking for more of a pea-coat style. Something that will go with everything.<br><br>
About layering. That is an idea, except I am not used to wearing a lot of clothes. When its cold, I just button up my coat. Getting some warm silk underware is a good idea though - at least some tops.
 

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have you tried freecycle.org, find your area closest to you and post on the boards and see if anyone has 1 sitting around, you never know what you might find.
 

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KAREBEAR - No, I should ask my local freecycles!<br><br><br>
Claire - You are no good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:
 

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Ebay rocks! I got a Gap maternity toggle coat that I wear to work (I wear pants to work, so don't need a long coat) as well as a Japanese Weekend Mamacoat for about half-price that was in perfect condition (that took some stalking, though). I also picked up a Motherhood fleece coat (pretty lightweight but good for errands, etc). for less than $10 including shipping.<br><br>
The good thing is, when I'm done with them I will ebay them and make a little money back! I have gotten probably 85% of my maternity clothes on ebay this time around and have saved a fortune, especially on work-appropriate clothes.
 

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I got a gray, button-up, wool coat last year at Penny's for $125 and it is perfect for my tummy. I can still button it up all the way because of the way it's shaped, but when I can't, if that time comes, I will only button the top two buttons, and the material will still fold over to keep me warm.
 

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I have a pink, purple and green Harris tweed coat with purple satin lining that I bought from consignment. If I didn't mind stressing the buttons, I could close it, but I just button the top two and let the rest closely nearly all the way on their own. It had never been worn.<br><br>
I paid $20 for it. You can't have it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt"><br><br><br>
(Sorry, I couldn't help but torture you a little.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Not on topic, but a word of warning on the Old Navy coats - I bought the camel/cream sherpa and the black pea coat. Both, I found out, are unlined (guess the price was too good to be true, eh? :LOL ) The sherpa is really cute, but SHEDS light fibers all over everything underneath (I wear a lot of black, so this is bad) and the pea coat is kinda scratchy w/o the lining (my "regular" pea coat is lined, so I guess I'm spoiled <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ) Looks-wise, they're both great - I just wanted to give others a heads up, though (I bought mine online.)
 

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it's worth checking ross, marshalls and burlington coat factory for dressier swing coats. A prior year of marshalls is where I got my shin length creme tweed wool. It's been through 3 pregnant women now.
 
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