Some say that living in Southern California makes your blood thinner – so when temperatures drop to the low 60s, natives break out their wool coats and down jackets to keep warm. Trends this season find guys and gals wearing varsity-style jackets, faux fur-lined coats and vests, leather moto jackets, capes and kimonos. For chilly LA nights or trips through the polar vortex, these five stores have the best winter coat options.
Adventure 16 Tarzana
5425 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
Known for outdoor gear that clothes, protects and keeps people on the trail, Adventure 16 aka A16 has a wide assortment of men’s and women’s jackets for the upcoming winter months. Brand names such as Mountain Hard Wear, Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot and Osprey fill the store. A16 is an excellent shopping source – customers can find varying levels of warmth and protection from rain or snow in the merchandise. And the A16 crew is super knowledgeable about the different brands and which are most suitable for the different climates.
Rebecca Taylor Boutique
107 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Rebecca Taylor is a luxury designer line of women’s clothing providing women with flattering coats and jackets to brave the Southern California winter months. The New Zealander designs beautiful clothing and accessories that are feminine and sophisticated. Her clients (Princess Kate is a fan) will find coats for chilly temperatures, parkas for windy and rainy days, and short fitted leather jackets for chic nights out. Bomber jackets and shearling vests are also fashionable dos this season.
Ecko Unltd. at Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Ecko Unltd., the brand with the rhino logo, has its pulse on youth culture from skate to action sports to music and art, which is reflected in its clothing and accessories. Ecko Unltd. caters to men, while its sister line Eckored clothes women. Guys will find hip and casual jackets and hoodies including coated denim jackets, varsity styles, puffers and vests. For gals, jacket styles draw from what the young Hollywood starlets are wearing – long and short puffers with fur trims. The store at Citadel Outlets also has tees, jeans and accessories.
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Schott N.Y.C. at The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
Since 1913, Schott N.Y.C. has been crafting leather motorcycle jackets in New Jersey. A favorite of rock-n-rollers including Bruce Springsteen and of iconic actors such as James Dean and Marlon Brando, the Schott N.Y.C. line is timeless in every respect. Guys can shop coats in distinctive styles and textiles from wool peacoats, leather racers and motos to cotton flight jackets, and nylon field jackets, aviators and parkas. Gals love the Schott N.Y.C. store for outerwear, too. The store has leathers (lambskin and cowhide) available in fitted or classic styles, nylon quilted jackets, melton wool peacoats (in seasonal reds and navys), foul weather parkas (check out the winter white parka), long down coats and the popular double breasted wool capes with hoods.
Century City Mall
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard #65
Los Angeles, CA
Always dependable, H&M offers fashionable wear at great prices. The clothes, which tend to be more on the trendier side of things, also offer more traditional items too though. With locations throughout Los Angeles, the store offers a myriad of great options for winter coats for both men and women including parkas, down jackets, hooded jackets, long coats, peacoats, biker jackets, suede jackets, quilted jackets and much more.
8115 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
L.A. fashionistas are rejoicing in the brick and mortar opening of chic fashion online retailer Nasty Gal. Known for having an eclectic assortment of vintage and new clothing and accessories, the Nasty Gal brand name is synonymous with party wear, fun fashion and creative spirit. Jackets and coats range from $58 up to $350. Kitty prints, fringe and shags are driving the Los Angeles winter months and keeping gals warm. For quick wardrobe updates and a delicious place to spend your green bills, Nasty Gal is the new “it” shopping destination.
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6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Offering the latest trends for women, men and kids, ZARA is a great place for winter coats. The store, which has locations spread across the city, offers a more European clean line look to their outerwear, but also traditional enough. Here, you’ll find everything from padded jackets, bomber jackets, biker jackets, and quilted jackets to peacoats and much more. It’s a great place to shop if you’re looking to get the latest styles.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.