|Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget). Photo by Sylvia Steininger.|
Happy 2014! The winter season made it so easy for Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and me to pick coats as our theme for this month’s “How I Wear My.” It seems especially timely since much of North America is in the midst of a “polar vortex”! The range of coat photos we received made us realize that your definition of a coat may depend on where you live. Californians and Floridians think about coats in a different way than somebody who lives in Alaska or Minnesota or the U.K. No matter what your take on a coat - from capes to utility jackets, from full-length furs to mid-length car coats - wearing one is a terrific way to get through the winter in style!
Adrienne, above, of The Rich Life (on a budget), my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, wrote, “I am wearing Gap destroyed boyfriend jeans, Ivanka Trump hot pink pumps, a cable knit sweater and a deep blue oversized micro-suede coat I bought at a consignment shop that I am guessing is from the ’90s. It’s a lightweight coat so it’s great for our mild California weather. I bought the blue snakeskin print clutch at the enormous Banana Republic in San Francisco last month.”
She could definitely transport this look right to where I’m at in Brooklyn (once it warms up). This is an outfit that easily translates coast to coast!
|Teresa. Photo by Denton Taylor.|
My photographer friend Denton Taylor said the coat his wife Teresa wears in this photo was purchased from eBay years ago though he cannot recall what type of fur it is. He also said, “It is paired with a fox hat that was one of my Christmas gifts to her this year, bought directly from an eBay seller in Russia. Super warm!”
It has been so cold in New York City lately that this is exactly what you need to step outside! And I am digging those Balenciaga sunglasses, another Christmas present to Teresa from Denton.
|Aya of Couturgatory.|
When I saw this Diana coat by Buddhaful on Aya of Couturgatory I actually gasped because I LOVE this look on her. The coat feels so Old World, with the lace trim and laced sleeve detail, and yet modern, with a zip front and an asymetrical hem and shoulders, and I adore how Aya has paired it with a full white skirt, flower necklace, and shoes right out of the 1920s. Gorgeous!
|Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.|
Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wrote, “I am wearing my chartreuse tapestry coat from Target. I have paired it with my faux-fur infinity scarf, leopard heels, and my Dooney and Bourke bag.”
Talk about a mood lifter. I love everything that is happening here, especially the mix of colors and textures and the giant snowflake on the fur scarf!
|Kelly of Grunge Queen.|
Kelly of Grunge Queen is wearing a late-1930s/early-1940s vintage jacket she borrowed money from her sister to buy when she was just 19! Ah, the things we do for fashion love! I am a big fan of the way she has styled it, it reminds me of pictures of Audrey Hepburn in the late 1960s. Don’t you love those white lace tights and white shoes?
|Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.|
Sheree of It’s Not That Deep looks amazing once again in a beautiful vintage coat and a chunky knit scarf. I love this combination on her, especially with the addition of that clutch tucked under her arm.
|Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.|
Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life said of her look, “I picked up this hot pink jacket from the Gap and love how versatile it is. It’s perfect for pairing it for work with toned-down colors.”
I am loving that bright color against those patterns. And I never get tired of pink and black!
|Nicole of High Latitude Style.|
Nicole of High Latitude Style, who lives in Alaska, wrote of her look, “I love everything motorcycle except motorcycles themselves. Here I am wearing my eggplant motorcycle long shearling coat on a snowy day. The white dots in the photo are actual snowflakes. I wore it with my blue shearling hat that I found in an art gallery in Boulder, CO. It is sewn in a sort of 20s style and has this eggplant colored fabric flower. I had a ride to work - basically door-to-door. Otherwise I would not have worn my plateau loafers outside.”
Oh do I love this coat worn with two-tone platform heels and a cloche. Who says it’s all gigantic down coats and heavy boots in Alaska? Nicole proves otherwise!
|Natalia of In the Writer's Closet.|
Natalia of In the Writer’s Closet said of her coat, “I fell madly in love with this wool coat in burnt orange from the very first time I spotted it on the Lands’ End web site. It was one of my Christmas gifts, and I absolutely adore it - the lines are very elegant, and the color is very funky and makes me happy every time I wear it! It is on sale right now in regular, tall and plus sizes and in a few wonderful colors. I recommend it to anyone, just be sure to size up if you plan to wear layers underneath, since it is not especially roomy.”
I love this color on Natalia and that she shared sale and fit info with us. I also love all the colors in this picture with the coat, balloons and gumball machines!
|Ana of Mrs. American Made.|
Ana of Mrs. American Made wrote of her coat, “This dove gray peacoat is by Nanette Lepore and it has a wonderful shape and long bell sleeves. The double collar can be worn down and open or closed up for extra warmth. It is casual and classic, just perfect for an average day for me.”
You know I live for a peacoat so I can’t resist this look!
|Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files.|
Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files is wearing a trench in one gorgeous shade of blue. The pattern of it reminds me of impressionist paintings and I love that everything she selected to wear with it is blue or black, which gives the whole look an interesting depth.
|Charlotte of Sublime Mercies.|
Charlotte of Sublime Mercies said of her coat, “To me, this is a nice, basic coat. Though I live in a rainy, Canadian city, I won’t be caught dead in fleece or Gor-Tex. A nicely-fitted, muted tweed wool coat is a classic that dresses up any casual outfit. It’s age-appropriate in a classy way.”
I agree with Charlotte, a classic coat, like the one shown here, and worn in a way I would wear too, is always age-appropriate and never goes out of style. I love the addition of an elegant brooch pinned to the lapel.
|Veshoevius of The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe.|
Veshoevius of The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe wrote, “There’s a bit of a story to this coat. I posted back in 2011 on the colour pink and how I was wishing for a pink coat. Well I got my wish courtesy of my blogging fairy godmother Vintage Vix who sent over this vintage pink wool beauty. Ever since it has been a dear wardrobe friend whenever winter comes around! I love the colour!”
Me too, what a great shade of pink! This is the kind of coat that gives me a little boost to see someone wear on dreary winter days. And how wonderful of Vix to send it to Veshoevius out of nowhere! I think bloggers are some of the most generous people on the planet.
|Anne of Music and Markets.|
Anne of Music and Markets said of her look, “My favorite coat is from Claudia Strater in Amsterdam. I’ve cozied up the coat with a red and black scarf from Florence, perfect for strolling the sunny winter lanes of Aix-en-Provence, where the photo was taken.”
Oh lucky Anne, to be traveling the world and to buy key wardrobe pieces along the way!
|Cyrillynn of Any Second Now.|
Cyrillynn of Any Second Now lives in San Diego, where I grew up, and I can attest to many mild winters there as a child! She very stylishly proves my point that a coat is a different thing to different people in different parts of the world. And in San Diego a coat can be a cape (this one from Talbot’s) and you are set for the winter!
I am so digging the houndstooth mixed with stripes and skinny jeans and tall black boots. And don’t you love that gorgeous dark pink bougainvillea behind her?
|Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.|
Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge wrote, “This Sandro lightweight utility jacket was a coup de foudre, love at first sight piece when I spotted it in London last May. It’s turned out to be a perfect three-season coat for LA.”
See what I mean about these Southern Californian babes and their take on a coat? And unrelated side note: The next time I look for a utility jacket I am going to skip J. Crew and go straight to Sandro.
|Sue of A Colourful Canvas.|
Sue of A Colourful Canvas is wearing a great (and thrifted!) blue coat by London Fog. I love it so much with those apple-green Hush Puppies and chunky green knit scarf. A tip of the hat to you, Sue!
|Silk Path Diary.|
Silk Path Diary wrote, “This is a vintage Aquascutum pure wool coat I found on eBay a few years ago. I don’t know how old it is but the quality of the material and cut of coat are simply amazing. I love everything about it especially the matching belt with a proper buckle. I wear it as my evening coat but I’m going to try to wear it more during the day this coming year.”
This is such a divine ladylike look, made even more elegant with the addition of black lace tights and (I’m sure) vintage alligator bag, its handle wrapped in silk!
|Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.|
Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 said, “Here is my favorite orange coat by designer Jana Kos. She no longer has this brand so I consider it a rare treasure in my closet!”
Orange is definitely one of Pam’s colors and I have thought so for awhile now so I’m glad to see her in an orange coat. The fact that the coat is no longer made makes it even more special.
|Julia of Lessons With Oscar.|
Julia of Lessons With Oscar wrote of her coat, “For my look I’ve got different patterns going on with my wool coat and lace dress because I swear I’m allergic to wearing things that look as if they’re supposed to go together. And I’ve finished it off with a statement necklace to bring the outfit together and to make me all set for a friend’s birthday drinks.”
I toast to this look, pattern mixing, and wearing things that don’t go together.
|Liz of What Liz Loves.|
Liz of What Liz Loves said, “I don’t have a proper coat, preferring instead jackets and parkas.” The coat she is wearing is a faux-fur from a few years back. Liz went on to say, “It’s quite a smart jacket so I like to wear it with a casual outfit.”
I could see this paired with something dressy too; what a great multitasking jacket!
|A J. Crew coat in Sea Salt and added fur collar. Photo by Gwynne Keresty.|
I fell in love with this J. Crew coat a few years ago, and even went so far as to try it on in the store but ultimately didn’t buy it. A cream-colored coat? And I live in Brooklyn? Really? When I found it on eBay for less than the retail price a few months later I broke down and bought it. I know a cream-colored coat is not the most practical for NYC but I can’t help loving a pale hue in winter.
The collar is an add-on and was one I literally found on the street. Here in Brownstone Brooklyn there is a time-honored tradition of putting anything you don’t want out on your stoop for a passerby to take and enjoy. You can find it all—books, clothes, kids’ toys, kitchen equipment, fur collars!
This collar had a homemade price tag attached and I know the lady who set it out so I’m pretty sure she offered this at a stoop sale, no one bought it, and she decided to give it away. It looked so elegant draped over her black iron gate as I walked by one morning, and I knew if I didn’t take it right then it would be gone within mintues. Sold! From what I can tell by the tiny snaps on the reverse side, it was the detachable collar for a sweater. It looks great over my black J. Crew coat too.
As for the portrait behind me, my friend’s mother painted this in a studio class at The Art Students League of New York. Isn’t it amazing? I love that picture and I think Gwynne’s mother is a very talented portrait artist!
|Under the coat I kept it simple and dressed in black!|
Let me know if you have been living under this Polar Vortex like we have in New York City! It has been the coldest weather since I moved here in 1996.
For February please put on your rose-colored glasses and join us for “How I Wear My: Pink”. All shades of pink are welcome—from the palest pink you’d find on a peony to the most lurid Pepto-Bismol shade you can handle, and everything in between! Adrienne and I will accept pictures until February 3, 2014.
Do head over to Adrienne’s to see even more amazing coats.
And thank you to all the fine foxes who participated this month!