I'm looking for a local place to purchase a winter coat or jacket that is "not too sporty" (no REI), "not too trendy" (whatever that means, but various mall dept chain stores and Old Navy and its clones are out), not too vintage (ix-nay on Buffalo Exchange), "not too East Coast" (nothing tailored or black wool) and "not mail order" (no Bean, Bauer, or Lands' End). My only criteria is that it must keep her warm enough that she can walk to school in Albuquerque winter weather, and that it is not TOO expensive, since it will likely only last a season as she's not done growing. I'm at my wit's end and it is getting cold - help!

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Assuming you're not looking to buy local, it's time to hit Montgomery Blvd. Start at Burlington Coat Factory, then Ross (Carlisle is cross-street). Failing that, head east to TJ Maxx (Louisiana) , grab a sandwich at Yeller Sub, then further up to Marshalls (Eubank). You'll probably run into my wife because she's inevitably at one of them!
Eek - I didn't even think to ask if "local" was part of her criteria! (crossing fingers)
San Mateo is cross-street
I'm not sure what styles are left after the ones you ruled out, but I always get my fashion apparel from Cabela's. www.cabelas.com.
Maybe a nice camo pattern jacket. Their prices are better than most places and their clothing is usually made to last.
I like Savers and Thrifttown thrift stores... used and cheap. Might have to make a few visits before you find something you want.
It is sounding like thrift store time, although it is probably a " I will know it when I see it" kind of thing.
Can she point out something in a magazine or even on a person that she would be willing to to wear?
Good luck.
@Jim - nothing military, camo included.
@Mombat - you have that right! We will keep trying and one of these days before spring we will find the magic coat?
Burlington actually has a great selection and pretty good prices. There's one near Cottonwood Mall, too.
This may fit into the "too trendy" category, but I've seen some great coats at Target.
I would let her freeze. Needs to learn the world does not revolve around her.
I think you missed my point here. I'm just shopping impaired when it comes to clothing for teens (as regular readers of my posts know) and looking for some tips, Diverjon.
I have to agree. This is what we did with our picky teen. We set a price limit. If she wanted something that cost more, she would have to dive into her own bucks. No matter what you pick out, it will be wrong. At least that's how is was with our teen girl.

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