Thursday, January 5, 2012

I Need More Coats

It could perhaps be argued that I do not, in fact, need more coats. I do already have a few: two capes, my sky blue polka dot overcoat, my 1940s princess coat, a navy polka dot trench, a short trench jacket, a couple of suit jackets, two fur coats, and my latest, this fabulous early 50s princess coat, a birthday present in December from my sweetie.

And yet I think I need more? Well, yes. Some might consider this hopelessly indulgent. But let me point out: I live in Britain, a country reknowned almost as much for its unreliable weather as fish & chips. And I don't cope well with cold. I wear a coat or jacket on maybe 300 out of 365 days.

I used to be content with a single winter overcoat and a lighter jacket for warmer weather. But how limiting is it to wear the same thing day in, day out? What's the point in making an effort to wear nice clothes, just to cover them up with the same old tired overcoat? So it makes sense to me to have a variety of coats, so I can match my coat to my outfit, and in this way the coat becomes a part of the outfit, working with it rather than hiding it.

And that's why I need a brown 1930s overcoat, a cream 1950s swing jacket (à la Rock and Chips), a plaid 49-er, a red coat, a leopard faux fur jacket...

17 comments:

  1. I'm agree with you... I think I must own about 20 vintage 40's-50's coats but it's still not enought!!!! But there is a problem with coats... they take a lot of room in closet!!!
    I also would like for years a great rain coat but never manage to find a great one...

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  2. Love the coat you're wearing in those pics. I dream of making something like that. I have the vintage pattern, the fabric, the hair canvas, everything in fact, only thing missing is the courage to embark on such a project! Otherwise I'm right there with you. After years of owning only the one coat, I had a bit of a splurge (including a Schiaparelli rayon? redingote which I scored for an absolute steal a few years ago and a lovely 60s Harris Tweed coat more recently) only to end up with a real problem with storage. Coats take up so much space, which when you live in the UK or worse still London, comes at such a premium! And don't get started on moths... Do you have any storage tips?

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  3. Yes! You need all those coats and maybe more when it get's a little warmer. You may need to buy more matching gloves to go with them...

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  4. here, here! You can't ruin an outfit with the wrong coat. Especially if its from a different era to what you have on!

    I carefully vac pac mine so there's loads of room for more coats! :)

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  5. One can NEVER have too many coats. This is a fact. It IS limiting to have to wear the same thing come snow or shine (because in Blighty the temp would have only gone up about 1 degree between the 2) - so have coats a plenty!

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  6. I went from having one winter coat to three plus a trench with a removable faux fur liner and it's lovely. No more boring black for three months straight!

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  7. I like that thinking! I have a lot of jackets (more than coats - I have four coats) but they do take up so much space!

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  8. A woman after my own heart!! Yes! I agree, ever outfit you lovingly pick out should have a 'matching' coat to layer over the top otherwise the look is not as perfect as it could be. I'm getting moaned at for having 3 vintage style coats now, I think I need a larger house before I'm allowed more!

    Maxine x

    ps) I wonder how many of us agreeing with you are also cold UK girls!!!

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  9. I totally agree! With very much less justification, because I'm in North Texas where I'm more likely to wear shorts for 6 months of the year. (It's extreme weather, though - I've been known to wear both shorts and coat in two weeks!) But very much like you, I do not handle cold well, and it definitely gets cold here. Now I have six vintage coats of varying weights in wearable condition, plus a classic trench coat, and a couple others that needs some significant repair before they're wearable. I love my coats!

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  10. I know the feeling! I have absolutely loads of coats and still, I still feel I lack the perfect coat!!!

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  11. I'm totally with you on the coats. This winter (let's ignore my lighter jackets) I have, on rotation, a classic belted number, a little cape-ey type coat, a faux fur, a duffel coat, a waterproof (smart) ski-style one for work, 2 leathers (one brown one black) and a tweed. I just can't stand it if a coat clashes or just doesn't support the whole outfit. That's why I NEED all those coats, NEED them I tell you!

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  12. I love your coat!I have a whole closet full but its still not enough but I at least live somewhere that I can justify my collection now unlike when I lived in southern California

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  13. I live in a really rainy city so I totally understand what you mean about needing a large selection of coats! That one is super incredible though!

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  14. I counted ! 16 coats/jackets and yes, I'd love to have more ! :)

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  15. Oh, good, someone else who has a lot of coats and jackets, I am not alone! Lovely looking coat.

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  16. Gorgeous coat! I definitely agree that for those of us living in Britain and in other cold climates there can never be enough of pretty coats.

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  17. Just had to share something my husband said. I had my browser open to this post and the first pic of the coat. He saw it and said it looked like a trading card. How cool would that be? Vintage coat (or any other type of clothing) trading cards!

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