Being Singaporean, we never really questioned the cost of winter wear in Singapore because it’s usually a once-off purchase that happens in moments of desperation (like when you realise that your trip to Japan is 1 week away and you haven’t even secured accommodations).
So it came as a surprise when we were discussing women’s fashion on Taobao – that women’s winter wear on Taobao can actually be 1. very affordable 2. of good quality and 3. not look like it came from the 90s (Winter Time anyone?)
So before Spring disappears and you miss your yearly Sakura-viewing trip to Japan, here is your guide to outerwear shopping for ladies on Taobao!
Featured Shop No. 1: COCOBELLA
Rating: Under Tmall
COCOBELLA stocks coats with clean silhouettes and block colours reminiscent of DKNY’s winter and autumn classics. The nice bit is that everything you see here is under SGD90 – quite a steal when a winter jacket from Zara can cost anything from SGD200 to SGD500.
1. Show the boys how to do dapper right.
Item: Slim woollen trenchcoat
Price: ¥ 279.00 = SGD 60
2. No one will notice the uniqlo heat-tech under this edgy and elegant piece.
Item: Autumn/Winter thick woollen coat
Price: ¥ 296.00 = SGD 64
3. This traffic stopping number that will make you feel like you’re attending fashion week.
Item: Woollen trenchcoat with buckle details
Price: ¥ 399.00 = SGD 86
4. This white trench coat that’s 100% lady.
Item: Autumn/Winter thick double-breasted woollen coat
Price: ¥ 499.00 = SGD 107
5. This pink and black woollen coat that Edna Mode would approve of.
Item: Oversized woollen coat
Price: ¥ 349.00 = SGD 75
Featured Shop No. 2: USE 旗舰店, USE Qi Jian Dian
Rating: Under Tmall, 3 Years Old
The shop is more on the minimalist style. They have more expensive items, but what I chose are kept under around SGD90.
1. Throw on this black coat with a good dose of nonchalance.
Item: Minimalist black woollen coat
Price: ¥ 398.00 = SGD 86
2. For a seriously stylish #OOTD.
Item: Black woollen coat with leather details
Price: ¥ 368.00 = SGD80
3. Perfect for the cute and preppy set.
Item: Minimalist slim-fit double breasted jacket
Price: ¥ 348.00 = SGD 75
Featured shop no. 3: 1313气场女装, 1313 Qi Chang Nu Zhuang
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 1 Yellow Crown, 9 Years Old
Love dressing up for winter but don’t want to lose your feminine look?
Qi Chang Nu Zhuang has affordable coats that accentuate your curves at just under SGD100.
1. Girls just love us some drama. Get ready for a scandal or two with this beauty of a trench coat.
Item: Woollen double-breasted trenchcoat with split sides
Price: ¥ 332.50 = SGD 70.75
2. These oversized lapels are the perfect antidote for girls with delicate shoulders.
Item: Hip length coat with oversize lapels
Price: ¥359.40 = SGD 76.47
3. Maison Margiela lovers rejoice.
Item: Skirted flowy jacket
Price: ¥ 489.30 = SGD 104.11
4. Fluffy, chic and warm – what’s not to love?
Item: Oversized thick woollen trench coat
Price: ¥ 299.50 = SGD 63.73
5. Winter doesn’t have to be all grey and black.
Item: Long woollen coat
Price: ¥ 279.60 = SGD 59.49
Featured shop no. 4: Mizzo 米卓, Mizzo Mi Zhuo
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 5 Blue Crowns, 8 Years Old
Serious fashionistas who push the envelope with avant-garde pieces light years ahead of the pack, you’ll love Mizzo’s utterly delightful range of designer coats and jackets that will make you look like you got them custom made at an atelier.
We won’t lie – the pieces are a little pricier at SGD 150 and below. But we guarantee that you’ll never find designs of this calibre in your neighbourhood Zara or Mango.
1. For the culture vulture who knows the devil is in the details.
Item: Knee-length thin woollen trench coat
Price: ¥ 618.00 = SGD 131.50
2. Standout from the crowd with this sleek jumpsuit.
Item: Woollen one-piece jumpsuit
Price: ¥410.40 = SGD 87.32
3. The quirky details on this jacket make for an unforgettable outfit.
Item: Loose woollen short jacket
Price: ¥ 558.00 = SGD 118.73
4. Metrosexual chic isn’t just for the boys. Go ahead and steal that look from your boyfriend – and wear it better than him!
Item: Minimalist structured grey short jacket
Price: ¥294.50 = SGD 62.66
5. Our editor’s favourite from the lot. Andros will love the sweeping silhouettes that bring to mind Celine’s AW2015 collection.
Item: Two-colour panelled jacket
Price: ¥ 990.00 = SGD 210.65
These offers won’t be here very long as Spring comes to a close – so jump to it!
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