Baby Blue Coat: Stradivarius | Dress: Dash Dolls Manila | Necklace: Forever 21 | Bag: Chanel | Pumps: SM Parisian | South Sea Pearl Earrings | Watch: Charriol | Bangles: Hermes, Bvlgari | Ring: Tiffany
I’ve had a love affair with coats since 2003 (then again, I have a lot of love affairs with fashion pieces on a daily basis). Back then, I went to school during the latter part of the year decked in a waterproof trench coat–never mind I was swimming in it (it was my mom’s), I did not give a hoot as to how people (classmates and teachers alike) thought it was ridiculous and inappropriate to wear in a tropical country. Besides, I was fifteen and had fallen in love with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes.”
I haven’t lost taste for the “bundled-up” aesthetic to date, apparently, and it came in full force starting the third quarter of last year. I went on a coat-binge and bought a lot from High Street stores (and consequently, designer brands that I have yet to wear… like my Valentino spring coat) rationalizing that I will most likely wear all 32 pieces that I’ve amassed–if not today then… someday? Although in my defense, I’ve managed to blog a few already (here and here), I’m just hoping I won’t run out of time to feature most of them (though I’m already resigned to the fact that I won’t be wearing any of my fur jackets and vests unless I go to a seventies/Vogue themed party).
Given that I feel like I’ve enough authority to suggest which coats you ought to have in your closet (or not), allow me to give you a quick guide on colors and types of coat you might want to invest in for year-round use:
- The Little Black Coat in whatever cut – Much like your LBD, this is a versatile piece that will lengthen one’s silhouette and mask bulks. It’s the safest color that will go about with anything–pair it with the same family of hues and you get a lean silhouette, pair it with color and you make it pop.
- Neutral Trench Coat – I think the beige/brown coats are continuously being made popular by designer label Burberry from time immemorial (plus the plaid, yes). If you want a classic piece sans the edge, go for the neutral trench coat made of lightweight, water-repellant fabric… this can double as a raincoat during the rainy season (maybe that’s why Burberry’s coats are so popular, you can attribute it to London’s rainy weather).
- White Slim-Cut Coat – I feel like this is the ultimate WASP piece for Country Club women to wear during Spring while sipping on tea with doilies. Since it doesn’t seem too intimidating, this is the type of coat you can wear inside a mall and not get judged for.
- Printed Coat in whatever cut – Just for plain dresses that need a bit of pizzaz.
- Pastel Colored Slim Cut Coat – Similar to #3 but younger and waspier.