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Thursday, October 8, 2009

In My Closet- Winter Coat Collection

Living in central Texas means it's rarely cool enough to wear a big, heavy winter coat. However, having grown up in the midwest, every autumn I pour through magazines and lust after the styles, shapes and fabrics fully knowing that I have very little use for any of them, they'll only take up space in my closet. In all honesty, I may wear a winter coat only for about 2-3 weeks. But do you think that stops me? Nope! In fact, I have a small but lovely collection of coats that I will never give up. I try to choose classic shapes and styles that I can wear for years and it makes sense to hang onto them.


The basic black overcoat. My sister bought it for me for X-mas some years ago and of course it can be used for may different occasions. If I need a heavy coat for work, this is the one. It covers from neck down to almost my knees and is very warm.

A must for every woman's closet, the trench. (The picture looks like one button is missing, but it's there.) This one is from Michael Kors and it was marked at $250 usd but I think I got it for about $80 as it was March and already above 85 degrees. The length is mid thigh which, being only 5 foot, is perfect for me. Anything longer sort of swallows me and looks like I'm dressing in Mommy's coat. I love the fun, silvery-blue unexpected color and it looks as good with jeans as it does a suit.

This one is faux fur fun! It looks black in the picture but it's actually a dark brown, with a slight purple under tone. I love to dress this one up and the wide collar means I can wear a variety of scarves or necklaces.

This is a recent thrift find from Goodwill. I was walking up and down the Halloween costume aisle and this poor creature called out to me. I carried it around for a while before trying it on and as I ran my hands over it I found...

POCKETS! How cool is that! It's vintage, but not in perfect shape, the lining has a large hole and it goes all the way through in one spot. But you can hardly see it and the price I paid was silly inexpensive. It reminded me of something you'd see one of the Olsens wearing. Boho glamish...I haven't worn it yet (too hot,) but I'm dieing to wear it with my new boots.

Of course, none of these can compare to the navy blue, fuzzy, knee length with even fuzzier white cuffs and collar coat that I wore to church every Sunday as a child. It was a sad day when I had out grown it!

What winter coat will you be wearing this season?
J.

11 comments:

kpeach said...

adore that fur shrug-I hate the cold but I do love coats! xx

CharmaineLi said...

love the silhouette of the first jacket!

Shannon said...

I love coats... I have like 5, hahaha. That trench looks so adorable btw.

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preppygoesrock said...

I am loving the fur coats which is so chic... screw the animals..just kidding

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Pearl Westwood said...

Thats so funny in Manchester, UK there is about 2-3 weeks that I dont need a winter coat on LOL, lovely collection you've got there. I must have about erm 35!

joelle van dyne said...

this is a very nice coat collection! i love that your trench is silvery- sometimes trenches are boring.. always khaki. so yours is nice and unique. and your fur stole is a great find- that's awesome that it has pockets. ~joelle

nicole said...

love the thrifted fur! gorgeous colour :) and thnx for all your lovely comments on my blog!

StyleSpy said...

I have the same dilemma -- I moved here from NYC and suddenly found myself not needing all the coats I'd so lovingly collected. One by one many of them have gone out the door. My heaviest one right now is a vintage cashmere number with a mink collar, but it's not all that heavy. Last time I bought a really warm winter coat was to visit Paris in February a few years back, but thanks to a major weight loss that one also had to go. Most everything now is mid-weight at most, and I just rely on layering for those three days per winter it gets really cold in Austin.

Pearl Westwood said...

Hope ur feeling better, bizarrly sitting in bed with my laptop and a scarf wrapped arond my face is making me feel a bit better!

The Starving Stylist said...

I`m glad to see that you have a gorgeous trench in your collection! A trench is a necessary must in every women`s closet for sure!

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christine said...

is the Goodwill shrug faux? I just went to a vintage shop that had an amazing selection of vintage furs. I am very against fur but I guess I'm not too sure how I feel about vintage? Either way, that shrug is adorable, great find.