I like to shop. A lot. My shopping habits are the cornerstone of this blog, and I’m always looking for the next thing I’d love to wear. You’d think it would be really hard to pick a favorite purchase ever, right? Nope! I’m here to officially declare my my undying love for my favorite purchase ever- the J. Crew Chateau Parka. Yeah, sure, I could have picked my wedding dress, but I only got to wear that one time! This red beauty, on the other hand, is the first thing people see for about 5 months of the year.
I’m a bit of a coat addict, but that’s kind of how it goes living somewhere like Chicago. It’s not hard to justify a coat purchase when you know you’ll need it for a large chunk of the year. I had seen the chateau parka around for a few years before I ever considered buying it. It was always being worn by stylish city girls who looked like they had their shit together. I wanted to have my shit together, too!
I remember trying on the chateau parka in the store on Black Friday and fell madly, deeply in love. The $365 price tag? Yeah, not so much. I just couldn’t justify it, especially when we had just had a wedding and were scaling back that Christmas. But, you know when you can’t stop thinking about something you tried on? That was me to an embarrassing degree. I think I made it about three more weeks before I finally bit the bullet and, with an agreement from my mom to pay for half as a Christmas gift, walked out of the store with my new favorite coat.
It’s been four years, and I still get excited to pull out the chateau parka when the temperature starts to dip. I also still get compliments on a weekly basis for the bright, cheery color. (Interestingly, this compliment usually comes from men. So heeeyyy single ladies- get on it!) While the fabric may not be quite as smooth as it was four years ago, the coat is still in amazing condition. It also keeps me warm! I promise! I love that it has a hood with fur, but you can also detach it if you’d rather to stick to your pom pom beanie and scarf. And the gold details? It’s all perfection.
I bought the coat back when it never went on sale, but those of you thinking about it now are in luck! It’s already gone on sale a few times this fall, and I can guarantee it will be part of J. Crew’s Black Friday sale. If you’re tired of that puffer life and looking for something a little more structured, I promise that you’ll love this coat. It’s worth every penny, and it will serve you well year-after-year. So don’t wait! Or, actually, wait until Black Friday. Then stop waiting!
(If I haven’t convinced you, you can check out my guide to other J. Crew coats here.)