Is it just me, or is it really hard to resist buying every well-priced coat you find out there? Since usually coats are more expensive, it’s hard for me to not buy one when it’s on sale…I think, “What if one day I wish I had one in this color, length, and style to go with my future outfit?!”
And last year I talked about how I loved the style of the J. Crew chateau parka, but I didn’t like the high price tag. I feel like I saw the coat styled by so many bloggers and it looked so great in all its colors, but I WAS NOT going to pay nearly $400 for a wool coat! So I got this affordable gray one from London Fog instead. It has the similar straight silhouette, faux fur hood, and big pockets, but was much less!
Since I’m wearing it often this year but it’s not available anymore, I thought I’d do another blog post rounding up similar, affordable coats to the J. Crew chateau parka. Check out the options below that are all under $150, and a few under $100!
FYI When I layer up this kind of wool coat with gloves, a scarf, a beanie, and warm layers underneath, I feel like I can wear it in temperatures as low as the 40s. Any lower than that and I prefer something that provides more warmth.
Besides affordable style, I thought I’d take this blog post as an opportunity to talk about something critical to all fashion bloggers: photo editing! I’ve been using Lightroom to edit my photos for awhile now, and I LOVE it. I’m always trying to improve my skills since there’s a lot you can do with the program.
The pictures for this post were taken in the Japanese Gardens of the Maymont in Richmond, Virginia. And naturally other people are free to explore and enjoy the gardens as well, but it does get distracting to see them when I’m trying to bring attention to what I’m wearing. I worked with the spot removal tool to remove people, and I think it turned out really well! Check out the before and after below:
Would you have noticed if I didn’t point it out that the people were removed?
I also think it’s important to be honest with people who read fashion blogs and browse Instagram, where they see amazing images. Everyone edits photos to some degree or another, but I just want to remind everyone that what you see isn’t always reality. It’s perfected, curated, and overall enhanced for aesthetics. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s important for readers to know it’s not real.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I’m taking it easy right now and spending time with my family before moving out to Colorado next week…so if I’m off the gram and the blog, you know why 🙂
Coat – similar
Top – similar
Jeans – exact
Boots – similar
Purse – similar
Sunglasses – similar