Did you know that Mini Boden is currently having a 30% off outerwear sale? It's true. We actually missed it (ordered a bit too early) but this coat came for Cole yesterday and we completely scored. It's made for these California winters- not bulky, warm, soft, reversible, with a hood! and many pockets! We went a size up (size 5-6 for a normal sized 4 1/2 year old) and it's perfect with a rolled sleeve- leaving enough room for layers. (I actually prefer wearing the army green (not shown) on the outside.)
This is how I like to do my shopping.