Finding the perfect winter coat can be a chore. While many Toronto women have at least two coats, one for going out and one for casual, Toronto women have to decide whether to get a coat with a hood or buy one without and sport a hat and thick scarf. We all know how Toronto winters can sneak up on us at a moment’s notice so if you want to be guaranteed to score one of fall 2019’s best coats, head out now. You might also want to check out some of these women’s scarves to go with that winter coat.
One thing about the Bay: they offer a wide variety of price points on winter coats by designers including Calvin Klein, Laundry, Hilary Radley, Vince Camuto, Ralph Lauren, Novelti, Esprit and their own Hudson Bay Company Collection. Plus they often discount new collections just ahead of the season so it’s worth popping into your local Bay store to see if you can pick up a sweet coat. The Soia and Kyo Charlena coat is a mid-length wool blend coat with an inner puffy bib and collar, hood with removable natural silver fox fur, and leather-trimmed pockets. The coat has 700+ fill power, is lined, is made from 55% wool/40% polyester/5% other fibre and is filled with down and leather. Coat must be dry cleaned by fur specialist.
Not just a high-end jeans retailer, this Yorkville store sells favourite lines such as Soia & Kyo, Mackage, Maison Scotch and Canada Goose. Although prices at Over the Rainbow range from $350-$1,000, you are making an investment in a good quality coat that will take you through several harsh Toronto winters. The Kensington coat below retails for $745.
Yes…MEC! They offer wonderful parkas that are made for Canadian winters at unbeatable prices in the $200-$350 range. Because they are a coop, you will have to buy a membership before you can purchase merchandise at their store; however, a lifetime membership will only set you back $5. One of the women’s coats at MEC this season is the Patagonia Radalie Parka, with a shell made from 100% recycled nylon, and Thermogreen® 100% polyester insulation, as well as a water repellent finish in case you get caught in a snowstorm. Mountain Equipment Coop is located at 400 King Street West (east of Spadina).
Toronto designer Sentaler is a favourite of royalty; both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton own Sentaler coats. If you’re looking for a luxury coat that will last you a few years, Sentaler has quickly established itself as a leader in the designer coat industry. The Duchess of Sussex wore Sentaler’s long Wide Collar Wrap Coat in while she was pregnant and wore the same coat in beige to attend church at Christmas 2017. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a shorter version during her tour of Canada. Purchase Sentaler coats online or visit the Sentaler Studio, which is located at 555 Richmond St. W. (near Portland St.), Suite 110; store hours are by appointment only. Call 416-238-7480.
It’s sometimes hit and miss with Winners because of the high turnover of their stock, but if you happen to stop by when a new batch of winter coats have just hit the racks, you may be able to pick yourself up a sweet deal on 100% wool coats or parkas. September is a great time to shop for coats at Winners because they have more winter coats in stock.
Lorne has been operating for many years at his 101 Spadina Avenue location (at Adelaide St. W.) selling a wide selection of men’s and women’s high fashion coats including wool and cashmere blends, down coats and parkas at wholesale prices. If you’re are on the hunt for a new winter coat this fall, definitely include Lorne’s on your shopping route.
Hip retailer Aritzia has a good selection of stylish women’s parkas and wool dress coats in the $250-$400 range. Aritzia locations are at Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens, Bloor Street, Queen St. W., Shops at Don Mills, Fairview Mall, Square One and Vaughan Mills.