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Where Can I Find a Leopard Coat That Doesn’t Make Me Feel Like a Skinned Cat?

Dear Racked,

I’ve been searching for years for a leopard print coat that’s classy, streamlined, and modern, but all I ever seem to find are tacky, wild, and bulky options. I don’t want to look like I skinned a cat; I just want a car coat-type garment that makes skinny jeans and boots look exciting. And I’ve struggled to find something that isn’t outrageously priced — ideally less than $200. Any suggestions? —Lindsay, 33, Brooklyn

Dear Lindsay,

Sounds like you want to stay away from anything overly bulky or cartoonish (don’t blame you!), which knocks out a lot of the cheaper options. It might mean you should just totally stay away from faux fur altogether, but there are a few I think you should consider.

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Avec Les Filles Leopard Coat, $195

This coat from Avec Les Filles ($195) is the very first one that came to mind, and after scouring the internet, I still think it deserves a place in the running. This one from Express is pretty cute and on sale for $194.60 (from $278), but it’s a little more pea coat than car coat. I also really like this Calvin Klein faux fur number for $169, which seems like a good deal at Dillard’s because similar CK styles are almost $300 elsewhere.

If those are still feeling too tacky for you, try looking for leopard printed on wool (or a wool blend) so you eliminate the bulk — and some of the vamp — while still actually staying warm. This wool leopard print coat from Urban Outfitters is pretty great at $129, but sizes are selling out fast. I also like this one from Topshop, which is long and sleek and has a black collar ($170). And this one by Vigoss is only $89. Maybe your best bet: this wool coat by Halogen, which comes in petite, regular, and plus. It’s a car coat silhouette and comes in just under budget at $199 (it’s $219 for plus-sizes — sorry, and yes, I think that’s bullshit).

Leopard print coats
Calvin Klein Faux Fur Leopard Coat, $169; Halogen Wool Blend Coat, from $199

But given the style, cut, and price you’re after, I think you should definitely check out vintage before pulling the trigger on one of the coats above. A lot of faux leopard coats from the ’60s and ’70s are made on shorter, flat faux-hair coats made to mimic pony hair rather than the plush, teddy bear thing that’s everywhere today.

eBay and Etsy are the obvious first stops, and both have a ton of options. I don’t know your size and many of these are on timed auction, so it’s hard to pick one-of-a-kind specifics, but just to show the kind of thing you can find: I really love this ’60s coat that’s currently $39 on eBay, and here’s another cute mod one for $125. This car coat listed for $200 on Etsy is the exact same one I own (not kidding!), and ASOS Marketplace, which is sort of like the retailer’s take on Etsy and features only indie sellers, has a bunch of vintage options, too.

One way to rule out the “will it fit?” problem of buying secondhand online is to go for a contemporary brand that you’ve purchased from before, or one that has standard sizing, rather than true vintage. There are a few secondhand designer leopard coats within your budget on The RealReal; my favorite is this Thakoon coat for $195. Etsy and eBay have you covered here, too: this used Topshop coat is currently listed for just $15 on eBay.

Since you live in New York, there are several vintage and secondhand stores you can scope IRL, too. The L Train vintage stores will have some of the cheapest options; I found the one I mentioned above years ago at L Train Vintage’s Urban Jungle in Bushwick for $30. (If you do go to Bushwick: Make sure you check out the new L Train spot on 106 Thames Street, around the corner from Urban Jungle, as well as the new Dobbin St. Outpost on Flushing Avenue. You could easily hit those three, plus a few others, in one Saturday afternoon.) Stella Dallas in Williamsburg will be pricier, but I recommend checking its selection out, too; it’ll likely have a few super-cute ones.

For smaller vintage boutiques, like Edith Machinist in the Lower East Side or Awoke Vintage in Greenpoint, I recommend calling ahead and asking before you just head over. Good luck, and let us know which one you choose! —Cory Baldwin, shopping editor

Did we miss anything? Do you have any other suggestions, or questions of your own? Email us at shopping@racked.com, or share your own picks/ask your own question in the Racked Lounge, our Facebook group for shopping advice! We might feature your question in a future newsletter.

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Are You Ready To Take it to the Next Level with Amazon?

In 2017, most shoppers would agree that they pretty much rely on Amazon for everything from toilet paper to gadgets to books, and even (perhaps shamefully) for clothing. But will they actually trust the e-commerce giant in their homes?

Today Amazon announced its latest rollout, Amazon Key. Using its new smart security camera (Amazon Cloud Cam) and a smart lock, the service will allow Amazon couriers into your home, even when you aren’t there. The camera will connect to your home wifi. When a courier scans a barcode on a package, the camera will check if the delivery is authentic, process the request, and then trigger the door to unlock — all while recording. Couriers are to drop off the package, relock the door with another app scan, and be on their way. Customers are notified when the delivery has been dropped off, and are also sent a short clip of how the items were delivered. The kit starts at $249.99, but delivery using the service, which will be available November 8th in 37 cities in the US, won’t cost anything extra to customers who are already Prime members.

Other than the sheer creepiness of it all, and the potential minor mishaps already playing out in my head (like, what if my place is a total wreck, or what if I’m walking around pantsless?), there’s lingering skepticism about whether shoppers will actually feel Amazon is trustworthy enough to have open access to their homes. Amazon says the couriers will be “thoroughly vetted, with comprehensive background checks and motor vehicle records reviews,” and customers do have the ability to block access if something is going on that day in their homes. Plus, the luxury of having a package dropped off inside of your home instead of lingering in a building mailroom or outside in the rain or snow is definitely tempting.

But at a time when technology, social media, and e-commerce have all but infiltrated every single aspect of our lives, the invasion of the safe neutral space we call home could feel like the last straw. Giving a spare key to anyone, let alone Jeff Bezos, feels like a pretty big deal in a relationship. Are you willing to take it to the next level with Amazon? Come chat with me about it. —Chavie Lieber, senior reporter

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