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Currently coveting: Mango's cheap(ish), chic outerwear

November 15, 2010 | 10:31 am


It's officially coat season in L.A. Okay, light coat season.

And while we're lusting over minimalist designer outerwear like Rick Owen's $1,935 wool flannel coat, our moderate income requires a little financial prudence — after all, we only wear true-blue coats in L.A. a couple of months out of the year.

So we'll be getting our new-coat fix at Mango this season. The Spanish fast-fashion chain (the very one that boasts pouty Scarlett Johannson as its spokesmodel), has designed a killer collection of coats for fall/winter — from preppy day jackets to sharp, tailored evening looks.

And prices are decent, ranging from $169 for gray cape-shaped jacket with a hoodie and a plaid lining to $339 for a slate-colored wool a-line reversible coat.

Standout looks include the preppy Cape Cod coat (above, left), $239.90, an oversized navy button-up with poncho-esque sleeves; the double-breasted tan-tweed Olmo overcoat (above, middle), $209, which features a smart detachable knit collar that de-formalizes it for jeans ensembles; and the jaunty Coat Espiga (above, right) $179.90, a short, waist-lengthening black tweed coat compatible with dresses of all lengths.

If only finding the perfect lipstick was this easy.

--Emili Vesilind

Photos: Coats from Mango's fall/winter collection. Credit: Mango