The lengths I’ll go to find a great ankle length coat

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The air smells of wet leaf essence, the next season of Grey’s Anatomy comes out in a few days and my deodorant works like magic again. Do you know what that means?? It’s fall, baby! As a resolute ‘summer girl’, I can’t really say I’m thrilled with this development, but I a m delighted with the excuse he offers to jump down a new seasonal commercial rabbit hole.

The perfect warm, stylish ankle-length coat that’s roomy enough for winter layering, ideally made of a warm material (like wool) and priced under $200.

The good news is that I’ve already found the perfect warm and stylish ankle-length coat, but the bad news is that it’s from The Row and costs $7,590, which isn’t even remotely within my budget. This coat – which I first saw when images of The Row’s Fall 2022 collection went live – is basically this rabbit hole’s raison d’être.

It opened my eyes to how ankle length is a superlative length for a winter coat – with the power to transform it from a functional outerwear into a distinctive expression of personal style. Isn’t it crazy what the right proportions can do? I always appreciate this reminder. The right proportions are often at the heart of what really makes an outfit or piece of clothing sing, so identifying them helps narrow down a shopping search by a meaningful margin.

  • A length between 50″ and 55′

The measurement from the base of my neck to my ankle bone is 52″ (for reference, my total height is 64.5″), so I tried to target a length range between 50″ and 55 ” in my research with the idea that if the coat is too long I can always hem it. I would recommend taking the same measurement on yourself and adjusting this range accordingly.

For all of the findings that I include below, I will note the length in inches whenever this information is available so that it can inform your purchasing decisions.

I started my rabbit hole on the RealReal, scrolling through the 17 pages of “long coats for women” currently listed on the site while listening to the latest episode of Poog as background entertainment and a snack on the leftover carrot cake my sister made. (Podcasts and snacks are key to maintaining a long rabbit hole, I’ve found).

I’m obsessed with the silhouette of this Aquascutum coat, and the price is insane ($61!), but I’m definitely looking for something with warmer fabric content for late fall and winter. If you are looking for a trench coat, take it yourself.

I wasn’t sure about the collar of this one, but I love its dark brown color and the 100% wool fabric content. If you like the necklace, then I like it for you.

The buttons on this 54 inch coat were a little too assertive for me compared to the sleek and simple design that inspired this search, but I hope someone else falls in love with it because I think it’s really unique, and the fabric content (part wool, part cashmere) is fabulous.

I love this 54 inch coat from Cinzia Rocca. The combination of 72% alpaca and 28% wool seems perfect, but it’s not my size (someone who is typically an XXL, please take it!).

I also browsed RealReal’s selection of “long coats for men”, and this vintage Yves Saint Laurent is the only thing that caught my attention. The site says the length is 28 inches, which is obviously a typo. I guess they meant double, so 56 inches? Again, I don’t think the fabric content feels warm enough based on what I’m looking for, but hopefully it’s perfect for someone else who wants a lightweight trench coat in a statement color because the olive green satin is really fun.

I did some research via Google but everything I saw didn’t look good or was overpriced so I decided to go the used/vintage route so I decided to test the keywords “ankle-length wool coat”, “floor-long wool coat” and “extra-long wool coat” on Etsy with “vintage” attached to each of them.

The silhouette is perfect on this one. The fabric content seems too light for me, but I would absolutely buy this if I was looking for a lighter coat. I almost think I should get it anyway. Actively resist.

This 49.5 inch long coat reminds me of Nicole Kidman’s fantastic outerwear wardrobe in The defeat. Nixed for me because I’m looking for something with a sleeker texture but still a great vintage option for someone who loves the fake-lambswool look.

The fit of this one is gorgeous, and at $134, it’s a great price. I rejected it for myself because I wasn’t sure about the color of the buttons, but if that doesn’t bother you and you’re looking for a classic black wool winter coat 51.2 inches long, this is this might be the one!

Part of the fun of a rabbit hole is that you sometimes find things that might not be exactly what you’re looking for, but are perfect for someone else. I sent the 58 inch quilted yellow coat to my hairstylist, Mischa, because it matches the color of her hairwhich I knew she would appreciate.

This 46 inch coat is too short to be the one for me, but I’m including it because it’s made from Loro Piana wool, which is supposed to be incredibly soft and warm, and it has a nice double-breasted silhouette. As long as you don’t mind the length, I love it for you.

This 46-inch coat (and this other 44 inch coat of Open Market Vintage) are a little shorter than the range I’m aiming for, but I love their silhouettes, and I’m including them here because this vintage shop has a more inclusive size offering than most I saw on Etsy when doing this search. This one looks beautiful and is a 3X size. If you are considering purchasing this I would message the seller to ask if they can provide additional images.

Next stop was Yoox. I have a love-hate relationship with Yoox as the browsing is a bit overwhelming and the discounts aren’t as good as they used to be, but it’s worth browsing when you have something specific in mind as the selection is really vast, and if you search long and hard enough, there are gems to be found. Here’s what caught my eye after browsing through 29 pages of women’s long coats:

The 50 inch one from Weili Zheng jumped out at me, but I wish it was 100% wool. A great option if you’re looking for an affordable wool blend coat under $400.

I’m more of a belt-less type, but this cute option is perfect for anyone who likes to accentuate their figure despite all the layers.

Although out of my budget, this 54-inch one is really nice for anyone with the extra cash to spend on a 70% wool coat.

After reviewing the fruit of my labor, I ended up buying this Louis Feraud navy blue coat of RealReal. It won out over the others due to fabric content (a delicious blend of angora and lambswool) and color (navy). It was also reasonably priced compared to anything I’ve seen and liked ($187). Now I just need to find the perfect big scarf to go with it doesn’t cost more than a month’s rent… If you give a cookie to a mouse, etc.

Since I nabbed the single, here are a few other used favorites that are still available:

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