I always get a little bummed at the end of the winter when I feel like it’s frivolous to buy a new coat, but am so sick of wearing the tried and true that has kept me warm all season. This is a coat that I’ve had for almost four years; I cherish it, not just because of the perfect lines, luscious collar and the fact that it’s white, but because it was given to me by my brother-in-law as the coat I would wear during the send off on my wedding day (I was married in the dead of winter on Christmas Eve).
Usually, the coat is tied at the waist with a sash that matches the coat. The sash is like a robe and maybe I’m a spaz that can’t tie it tight enough, but when I started wearing it to walk and get my mail, it came untied. Not an ideal situation when carrying a baby. Then it occurred to me, let’s harness myself in with a structured leather belt! I liked that it gave a juxtaposition of the soft, feminine, white wool with harsh black leather AND it solved my problem! There’s nothing like function in fashion.
We’ve still got some cold days left in store for us: unless it’s a super classic coat that’s on crazy sale or something that you are seeing as trending for next fall too (shearling started this season, but per the runways it’s going to be huge next fall in channeling the 70’s look that’s making a resurgence), try to see what accessories you have in your closet that can jazz up your existing outer-wear!
Little Elliot’s Outfit: Snow Suit (Gap), Similar option here. (Gap)
Photo credit: Instand de Vie Photography