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The Look for Less: Balmain Military Wool Coat

Balmain at ShopStyle

Balmain's wool coat with pagoda style shoulders and military-inspired buttons is on sale for $2,600 down from $5,130 at

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Get a similar look with Forever 21's Tulip Hem Military Coat, $49.80. (Is it just me, or is Forever 21 gradually raising their prices?)

Oh! Oh! I love the color/texture of the Balmain. But, uh, Pagoda Shoulders? Maybe on an Olson twin. Forever 21 definitely got that part right.
#1 Laura Benedict (Homepage) on 2010-01-29 13:29 (Reply)
Ohh F21 is definitely raising prices! The first time I shopped in their store NOTHING was over $20 - nothing. I think that was in 1997-8ish.

They're definitely trying to go upscale - and I actually think it's working.
#2 ClassyFabSarah (Homepage) on 2010-01-29 13:57 (Reply)
Yes, their prices are climbing steady, but I guess as they're doing more designer "inspired" looks, that's inevitable. I actually like the F21 version better.
#3 Living Fly on a Dime (Homepage) on 2010-01-29 14:40 (Reply)
First, give me the Balmain! Second...yes! Forever 21 has so been raising their prices! Everything I picked up the other day seemed to be over $20!! :-(
#4 Cafe Fashionista (Homepage) on 2010-01-29 14:42 (Reply)
Love that coat! I agree with you all though...F21 prices have definitely gone up. On a lighter note, H&M seems to be lowering prices!
#5 Erin (Homepage) on 2010-01-29 15:08 (Reply)
If they are raising their prices, I hope it's because they are raising the quality, and not just for the sake of profit.
#6 Lynell on 2010-01-29 17:54 (Reply)
I tried this coat the other day!!... it is beautiful and fits gorgeous!...

I didn't buy it because I couldn;t wear as often as I would like to... I live in Miami!!
#7 Daniela Ramirez (Homepage) on 2010-01-29 18:11 (Reply)
Glad to know the quality is good in person. I have an amazing wool peacoat from Forever 21 that I bought years ago and it's held up remarkably well, especially considering it was like $40.
#7.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-01-29 19:40 (Reply)
I was in there today and it does seem like the quality is a smidge better. Unfortunately most of the stuff they have is either too tight or too short. I've been pretty lucky with their long tunics. I wear them as dresses.
#8 Tracie on 2010-01-29 18:50 (Reply)
That coat is adorable, and yes, I agree thier prices are slowly going up, I noticed it mostly on things like necklaces and coats mostly. But I am willing to pay a few extra dollars if it will last longer! Great post BB
#9 Nora on 2010-01-30 10:40 (Reply)
I took this coat home as an impulse buy a few weeks ago and ended up returning it because I just couldn't justify the purchase. The flap at the tulip hem was not going to keep me warm in Chicago and I didn't feel like the military trend was going to last me through too many seasons. The quality was excellent though.
#10 Daria on 2010-01-30 14:21 (Reply)
I love this! I have been trying to look for one that is very similar to that
#11 Miss Neira (Homepage) on 2010-01-30 15:16 (Reply)
I like the f21 version that design seems more classic like you could break it out 4 years from now and still rock it.
#12 budget chic on 2010-02-03 10:21 (Reply)
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