1.21.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Burberry Short Hooded Toggle Coat for Less

Dolls, for ages I have longed for the chance to be bright and bold in terms of my outerwear. To stop traffic with the color of my coat; to turn heads with the ostentatious hue burning clearly across the Seven Seas; to be the speck of color spotting the stark white snow enveloping me in all of its pristine prettiness. Of course, I did not always feel this way. There was a point in time when I wanted nothing more than to blend in with the crowd; to embrace commonly colored navy blue, winter white, and ebony shaded coats that would stand the test of time and make me one with the bland outerwear donning world. Blair Waldorf changed all that. Since seeing her styled in a ravishing ruby red coat seasons ago on Gossip Girl I have searched high and low for the perfect crimson piece to add to my wardrobe; Burberry’s Short Hooded Toggle Coat seems to be it.

Yes my loves, I am aware of the fact that Ms. Waldorf’s sassy scarlet sheath was quite a bit more feminine in its aesthetic and length, swishing seductively about her legs as she glided daintily from one New York City hot spot to another; but it is the slightly militant design of Burberry’s cropped beauty which puts it in a class all its own.

The heavyweight wool retains the ability to keep one warm in any potential blustery situation; while the zip closure, toggle fly, and multitude of flap pockets, all sporting shiny black double-button closures, add a dash of highfalutin decadence to the architecture which keeps you looking polished at all times. But the true piece de resistance of the Short Hooded Toggle Coat is the signature Burberry checked plaid lining the inside, and, my personal favorite, the hood – an ambrosial inclusion which makes it easy for one to channel their inner Little Red Riding Hood.

But alas; all fairytale musings must wait, for, while a seemingly ideal addition to one’s wardrobe, the Burberry Short Hooded Toggle Coat seemingly lacks one very important thing…a price tag fit for the budget fashionista. At $895.00, Burberry’s beauty is nothing but a far off dream; hence the reason I have set my sights on Forever 21’s Toggle Fleece Coat.

Darlings it may lack the pretty plaid lining of the Burberry, but for a mere $29.80, that’s simply a sacrifice I have no qualms about making!

So mes chéris, what are you up to today? Will your AmEx take a beating with a splurge, or will you stay safe and thrifty with a frugal buy?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Bluefly and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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68 comments

Couture Cookie said...

To answer your question, it's actually my father's AmEx that will take a beating with a splurge today! I know, it sounds horrible... but I was promised to buy myself a little birthday gift since my family is overseas and can't celebrate with me in person. Maybe I should head over to Burberry - that coat is awfully cute and I really like the crop! I'm sure we all have a myriad of knee-long coats in our closets already - I know for sure sure I don't need another one!

Hope you're having a great Thursday, dear! xoxox

sexylegsandbody said...

Love the coat, it looks fantastic!

Thanks for dropping a line on my blog, love to hear from you.

If you are keen to exchange links, please give me a shout! I'd love to exchange links with you.

Thanks and take care.

Colin.

Anna Jane said...

I like this coat - I've been meaning to get myself a brightly coloured winter coat for aaages but just never got round to it. Next year though, I'm definitely going to be wearing something bright and beautiful like this. Love ittt.

- Anna Jane xxx
(PixelatedBlonde.com)

Lily Lemontree said...

I have always wanted a gorgeous red coat, so chic! And such a great way to add a little wow to an outfit. I will have to check out the Burberry version, I am sure it is worth the splurge!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I just love your blog, a daily visit for me!
Have a great day!

sootjeelina said...

Nice jacket!
BTW thanks :D

xoxo Sootjeelina

Jacqueline said...

I love the Burberry one. I need to buy some more jackets. All my jackets are so long! xoxo

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Couture Carrie said...

Amazing f21 find, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

30 bucks???? get.it.now.

S.Elisabeth said...

Love the jacket, though I'm still in the neutral mindset for coats. I love the combination of a black pea coat and a bright aqua scarf or something to that effect! Though for thirty dollars, it might be worth while to experiment with a red coat!

Leah said...

Erika, I tried that on at F21 yesterday and it looks superb. Great deal for the price.

The Blonde Duck said...

I was Little Red Riding Hood in a kindergarten play once.

Need some advice--can you still wear black boots and tights with short skirts in February, or is it too fallish?

Closet Cravings said...

Burberry, how I love thee. =)

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Anything red and warm--YES! You must get it!!

xo Mary Jo

Shabbychicdiva said...

I LOVE this jacket. SO nice! Winona

Joanne said...

I love red in winter jackets. I bought my daughter a red p-coat by Guess, no toggles though. But very stylin'.

K said...

The F21 jacket looks like (if it were a bit longer) something a Russian Emperess might wear. Sigh.

nookie said...

$895 for that trench?no no no...too much...
the forever21 it's a better choice!

Sherin said...

I think a bright coat is essential for everyone. Its such a perfect thing to brighten up cold, dark days. I definitely prefer the Forever21 one.

Polished Sense said...

I'm loving that red jacket! I need to invest in a red coat, it's been an item that needs to be added to my collection! Thanks for the reminder :)

xo
Jessica

Sabine said...

That's easy! It has to be the Burberry - and for that price I want a Chuck with it! You know you love me... Sabine xx

Join the Gossip said...

I actually like the F21 better. It looks more cozy =)

Jen said...

These beautiful coats remind me of walks to school, swinging my lunchbox with pigtails in my hair and buckles on my shoes! I've never owned a toggle coat in my adult life and now I'm wondering why!

Nikolett said...

I think this is the first time I'm going to go with the splurge. It just seems so classic and trim ... and I don't like the faux-fur trimming on the collar of the F21 one. Great finds, though :) Now you've got me wanting to unleash my colourful side, all my coats are so boring haha.

The F Word Online said...

this is cute ! its definitely something different for burberry.

xx lue

ps - dooo the sparkly bra =) you wont regret it. it looks great with so many things.

Stéphanie said...

This is so cute my dear Erika !

clarewbrown said...

Oh wow! this is very unique for Burberry! I simply love Burberry and I am dying for a trench! Also, I agree witht he comment above mine (YES to the sparkly bra!)

Mimi said...

That Burberry coat is stunning, but count on Forever 21 to always have what you're looking for at an unbelievable price. Love it!!

SogniSorrisi said...

Great find!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Very pretty. I love the red and the toggles.

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

What wonderful coats! Red is a great choice for coats, as it can go with both black and brown shoes. Have a lovely weekend, doll!

Catie said...

These coats are so beautiful! And in the wintertime, I always wish I had something color. A little color always puts me in the right mood. Though to be honest, I really can't wait for the springtime. I love daylight, so I'm really glad the days are getting longer again.

Emily said...

I love the burberry one! If only money were no object...

ediot said...

hi darling. thanks so much for that warming kind comment! youre so nice! i really like vampire weekend. and cant wait for the new record! have you heard it? im waiting for it to come up on spotify..
take care darling

xx ediot

Melissa Blake said...

Oooooh, I'm in love with the red!! My favorite color by far!

wonderfelle said...

coats generally fall in my splurge category but i probably wouldn't wear a shorter, bright red one too often... so maybe i'm feeling thrifty today... but then again i love a classic burberry plaid... so perhaps the splurge. decisions, decisions :)

Leia said...

Love the substitute that you've found!

And thanks for the shout-out about our shop <3

MissNeira said...

ooo I like it even better, its a lot redder! ha

Victoria-H said...

Aw Thanks ! Yea I'm pretty sure it's the weather too, I'm usually never sick so it has to be something... but thanks, I'll try to drink a lot of healing tea and OJ :P

Christen said...

Isn't it so frustrating how price tags can get in the way of having a fabulous wardrobe?! But the alternative you found is fabulous! Love the red!

Porcelain Blonde said...

Ohhhh, Burberry *drools!*

I have forever been dreaming of a classic Burberry trench - one day, one day!
Blair in red is a match made in heaven but my heart belongs to a more classic style :)

Thanks SO much for your lovely comments honey, you always make me smile and brighten my day.
No one writes like you do :)

Hope you have a heavenly weekend!

<3 xxx

Olive said...

How did you know I am on the hunt for a short, but bright coat? :) Too perfect... I want it right now!

labelllefille said...

So pretty! I recently got a red coat myself.. your find looks very much like the real thing! You have an eye for these things! xo

http://labelllefille.blogspot.com/

Monica Bedi said...

forever 21 is where it is at!

sincerely, the fashionsta from
thesilentswagger.blogspot.com

as told by kiki said...

high fashioned little red riding hood... :)x

K said...

RYC: I heard Leighton Meester's version when it first hit youtube, but I'm not much of a fan. Gwyneth Paltrow seems perfect for that song.

Rachel said...

A red coat would be a fabulous addition to my wardrobe. I absolutely adore the Burberry one. I mean, who could resist it?! If only it wasn't so expensive... So I'll have to be thrifty and go with the F21 coat this time. :)

.Ashley.Lynette. said...

Ooooh super cute!! Gotta love F21! Nice find.

ARANXA. said...

hey thats a really nice coat, i personally dont like red on me but this one is really nice :)
i would def. wear this
xo,
http://whitenailpolishandcoffee.blogspot.com/

bananas. said...

i think you found a good copycat jacket for a good price but i am in love with the burberry. mmhmm...it's beautious.

yiqin; said...

Sucha pretty little coat <3

Nina said...

Erika ... I need funds to get that sublime Burberry Toggle Coat you just featured ... Waaah!

Meg said...

I love the Burberry coat so much!

FashionJazz said...

I adore this coat soo much!!! I hope u have a fantastic wknd, would you like to exchange links? xx

The Owl's Closet said...

what a beautiful coat! it's the perfect toggle coat:) the f21 is just as cute even w/out the burberry lining hehe although, i love, love burberry lol thanks for sharing:)

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

I wore a gorgeous red coat around university for four years...and now I get messages from the friends I graduated with telling me, "I saw someone in a red coat and it reminded me of you!" A signature piece may be worth a large price tag, but this was is super steep.

Aury said...

Oh my gosh darling, that is such a fantastic coat and for such a steal, I must buy it immediately!
lol
BTW, you've been tagged for an award on my blog dearest!!!

wreckedstellar said...

There was this red coat I was going to order from Topshop and then it sold out and I was bummed because it would have been my first red coat! Great post! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!! xo, Mel

Bonnibella said...

As a kid I had a red coat I named "little red riding" and that burberry would be a big upgrade!

wulanasihsetyarini said...

wow rock the coat..love it
but i can't wear it in my country
it such a tropical country.. :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

GORGEOUS jackets, love them both! Great bargain find...especially because my budget does not allow for such splurges these days, and the cheaper one looks great!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, Darling!

xo
Rachel

B a la Moda said...

You know! I actually like the Forever 21 much better. I love bright colors too to call people´s attention. ;)ç

xoxo
B* a la Moda

COCAMIA said...

Such a charming coat! So perfect for Spring!

The Perfect Stranger said...

Amaaaziing Coaat =D

Scientific Housewife said...

Gorgeous!

All Women Stalker said...

Hmm paint me confused. I love that the expensive one doesn't have a furry neckline....

Jaime said...

Love the bright red- so cheery! :)

monica w said...

if my visa was so pitifully maxed out i would be logging online to buy that f21 toggle coat RIGHT AWAY!

definitely blair waldorf approved

Hanako66 said...

that is a pretty darn good alternative!

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