The winter season made it so easy for Jill of Everything Just So and me to pick “coat” 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!
Starting us off as always is my beautiful HIWM partner, Jill of Everything Just So who is wearing a coat by J. Crew with an added fur collar from a stoop sale in Brooklyn. Actually the collar didn’t sell and the lady – someone Jill knows – just left it draped over her gate for whomever wanted it, a time-honored tradition in Brooklyn. Jill guesses that originally it was a detachable collar for a sweater
“Wintertime Chic” is what I’d call Jill’s glamorous look. From the fur collar to the big sunglasses and dark nails, I would guess Jill was a celebrity if I saw her on the streets of New York City!
|Jill’s photo by Gwynne Keresty|
Alicia of Spashionista is very petite so most coats tend to overwhelm her. She generally opts for shorter items like this leopard wrap/cape. She tells us it’s very warm and will never go out of style so it’s perfect for Alicia!
Sheree of It’s Not That Deep makes a glam statement in this street style look featuring a Mongolian fur coat from a local vintage shop.
Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun wears a Larry Levine coat with stripes and skinny jeans rolled up over booties, a very sophisticated city look!
Ana of Mrs. American Made is showing a cream-colored lightweight wool coat by Laundry that she bought at a consignment shop. She loves the slim fit and classic shape and has worn it many times with everything from dresses and skirts to casual jeans.
Teresa, wife of New York Photographer Denton Taylor wears a fox hat and mink coat she bought in 1989. She still has the receipt for the coat from Abraham and Strauss all these years later!
Herlinda of herlyhedonism’s Blog or “Herly” as she is often called, is a new local friend of mine. She is a writer who enjoys writing about travel, so we have lots in common!
Herly just returned from a whirlwind press visit to the U.K. and says, “London is cold! I wore gloves, layers, skinny jeans and waterproof warm Blondo boots with my banana republic wool coat. Here I am in front of the BBC studios in London before a taping of a show in studio audience!”
Charlotte of Sublime Mercies tells us she went to quite a bit of trouble to add this London Fog cape to her wardrobe as it was 50% off but sold-out in Canada. You can see why, though. It’s just so much fun! The rich brown really beautifully accents her hair.
Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Âge says this about her darling J. Crew peacoat (that I have been lusting after for months):
“I’ve been wanting a peacoat for quite some time. It’s as much coat as I need in Southern California, and the shorter length is more practical, especially for walking my dogs on chilly mornings.”
Jan of Fort Smith Stylista wears a Duro Olowu for JCP “Leaf Print” coat that she bought last spring and has been saving for just such an occasion as How I Wear My!
What a beautiful and unique coat! Looks gorgeous with Jan’s rich red hair color.
Sue of A Colorful Canvas looks pretty in pink in this coat she sewed last October using a vintage Perry Ellis pattern. Sue says she love the color pink and so do we. Well done, Sue!
Heather of Vintage French Chic should win a prize for the best deal on a fabulous coat. It’s a100% wool/cashmere coat with a fur collar found for $1.00 at a garage sale years ago. She still loves it after all these years…yep, you read that right: a dollar!
Wendy, a reader who works for Canadian School of Protocol and Etiquette, wears a down filled parka to keep her warm and toasty in the snow belt of Canada where she lives. It’s so warm, sometimes she uses it as a blanket. Something tells me she is getting lots of use out of her parka these days!
Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files found this fabulous vintage coat at an estate sale. It’s called “New Yorker” and it’s made in Canada. Suzanne says the coat is heavy, and beautifully crafted and that the name of the previous owner is embroidered on the inside lining.
Liz of What Liz Loves prefers parkas and jackets to coats. This navy blue parka is a favorite of hers. Here she’s wearing it in the park on a lovely fall afternoon.
Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 bought this retro looking coat by Jones of New York a couple of years ago at Ross. Love that collar!
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb says this about her fun and glamorous coat:
“All black and white – with no other colour – is highly unusual for me, but when you’re styling a statement piece like this black and white striped faux fur coat then an abundance of colour is of secondary importance!”
Heather of Style Mind Chic tells us that her go-to coat is this Calvin Klein camel trench. Here, she paired it with a Vince Camuto animal print blouse, Ann Klein booties and a See by Chloe clutch.
You really can’t go wrong with a khaki trench, can you?
Lacey of Magnificent or Egregious has this to say about her gorgeous long cashmere coat:
“Here’s my coat, I just scored it off Ebay. It’s a navy blue Fleurette Loro Piana cashmere coat (100%, made in USA) and it’s beautiful. I will wear it once the weather warms up a little! 🙂 Beautiful quality and I got it for far far less than retail. Woo-hoo!”
Tori, my stepdaughter really loves this black and white leopard print trench. So much so that she has been wearing it regularly for five years, since she was 14-years-old! We have definitely gotten our money’s worth from this great buy. It’s lightweight so Tori just wears layers underneath when the weather is chilly.
Last summer, I found this vintage 1960’s Aquascutum coat at Goodwill for $5.99. I have yet to wear it in this 70 degree weather we have been having. While the rest of the country is under ice, we are warm and dry as a bone in California. I decided I would wear my coat anyway, just take it for a test drive with the hopes that cooler weather is on its way.
I thought adding a black hat from my favorite hat shop in the world would help to modernize the vintage coat and give it an edgier look.
Be sure to head over to Jill’s blog for even more fantastic looks featuring coats!
For February 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!
Jill and I will accept pictures until February 3, 2014. Send them to email@example.com and be sure to include a couple of lines about your look.
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