So I embarked on the search for a new spring coat. Not a fleece, cargo jacket or blazer as I have been known to wear in the past but an actual long coat made of appropriately weighted fabric for the season. This goes along with my constant mantra that I need to pick pieces that are slightly formal in order to over compensate for my ability to always look a bit sloppy. I also have started to wear dresses so frequently in warmer weather that pairing that with a long coat seemed more appropriate. What I have come to find is that what I want is mildly cost prohibitive. SHOCKING.
I looked at options at Zara, Uniqlo, and Boden. BORING. While I love things that are a touch old fashioned I don’t want to look like a grandmother. I want something with a touch of flair whether it be a cute color, belt, buttons, or bow. The problem is once I have seen what I want – I can’t shake it. And right now what I want is an investment. What is a girl to do?!
Take your pick… 1. JCrew Trench 2. Vince Camuto Roll Sleeve Jacket 3. JCrew Taffeta Jacket 4. Kate Spade Saturday Modern Trench
We grew up in an upstate town, known as Siberacuse for 6 months out of the year, where winter coats resemble sleeping bags out of necessity. It’s the warmest option, but not very city friendly. You feel like a butterball dunce. Investing in a beautiful, stylish winter coat is worth every dollar in winter. It literally is your outfit 24/7, you don’t even take it off darting in and out of stores. So spend on it if it means you get something that will make you feel gloriously elegant (and warm!) even when the cold wind is chapping your cheeks (remember to stock up on almond oil for all of that unpleasantness).
My obsession this year was to find the perfect cocoon coat to fulfill my 24/7 winter elegance dreams. From the moment I clapped eyes on this Parisian window shopper, I knew I had to find one. What qualifies as a cocoon coat, you may ask? Think about a set of parentheses – ( ) – that’s what you want the coat to look like… boxy shoulders, rounded cut, delicate taper toward the bottom. They sometimes hide under the name “boyfriend coat” as well. I dream of one from Isabel Marant, but the funds are regretfully unavailable for that kind of an investment, so I began the hunt to find the perfect mainstream cocoon.
I found all these options online, but there’s only so much virtual shopping can do for me. When I tried on one at Uniqlo, I knew my cocoon dreams were coming true. Beautiful and in budget. The funnel neck keeps me warm in a 60s chic way, the camel color is neutral and transitions well from fall to winter and will be brighter than black in the grey depths of February. There’s an orange version, but we all know by now that color is my sister’s department. My sister has the cocoon fever too – her’s is Concord purple. My brother-in-law calls us the Thatchers when we wear them, but we think we look pretty toasty chic. He’s Argentina, we’re the Falklands. We win!
Shhhh, I’m considering stocking up on its more strictly fall cousin, with an open lapel since it’s on sale. It’s official: I am cuckoo for cocoons.
For all these wonderful coats check out: 1. Comptoir des Cotonniers 2. Asos 3. JCrew 4. Uniqlo 5. Uniqlo
I’ve brought up my candy-shop style before. It just makes me happy. Puts a bounce in my step and makes life just that little bit more positive (which, let’s face it, some days is über necessary). Over this past summer, I accidentally toned it down a notch. My wardrobe became filled with so many nautical navy items that I lost my mildly Skittles-like appearance. Thankfully, all the fall catalogs filling my mailbox are filled with pink to get me back on track. Considering fall is normally filled with deep, natural colors, pink is a somewhat surprising choice, but I’m all for it. Maybe it will work… Maybe I will be found rocking it.
photo source: JCrew
Apparently my junk email theme of the day is COLOR. Not that I mind. The more colors in my wardrobe (and inbox) the better. Preferably in the most clashy, preppy, candy store way possible. Figures that my two main fashion emails of the day come from the Crew and the source of ballet flat insanity, Tieks. Color makes me happy. Pink makes me feel more ladylike. Neons, however, make me sassy. And when you put them together, do you get ladylike sass?