Apologies for the overload of images in this post, folks: can you tell I REALLY love this coat?
If you’re anything like me, and tend to wear full, midi-length skirts a lot, you probably know how difficult it can be to find outerwear that works with them. It’s fine in the spring/summer, when you don’t need a coat, or even in the early autumn, when you can wear a short, fitted jacket, but once the temperature really drops, it’s another story altogether. I mean, I have tons of coats, and I love them all, but until I discovered Collectif’s ‘Annabelle’ princess coat, there wasn’t a single one of them that could be worn with my favourite skirts and dresses.
No, seriously: most of my coats hit above the knee or just on the knee, and most of my skirts/dresses hit a couple of inches below the knee. That ‘layered’ look is one of those things I’ve had to file under ‘Things That Are Fine on Other People, But Frumpy On Me’: I don’t really know WHY it makes me look/feel super-frumpy to have my skirt dangling a few inches below a long coat, but for some reason it does, so I’ve learned not to question it.
Of course, the other issue with wearing a coat that’s shorter than your shirt is that it restricts you to only wearing skirts that work with the colour of the coat. As with the layering, I know plenty of people who can clash colours or mix patterns all day long, and look amazing: I, however, just look like I’ve gotten dressed in the dark, so if I’m wearing a bright green coat, say, I’m not going to be able to wear that bright red skirt with it – or not unless I’m TRYING to look like one of Santa’s Little Helpers, obviously. And I’m normally not.
All of this, as I’m sure you’ve gathered, is my way of justifying the purchase of yet another coat. Not that I necessarily feel I NEED to justify it, obviously, but earlier this year the penny finally dropped, and I realised the main reason I hate winter fashion so much has nothing to do with the winter fashion – it’s all about the coats, which, all too often, force me to wear something I don’t really want to wear, just so it doesn’t clash or, er, ‘dangle’. I still wear my skirts and dresses if I’m going somewhere I’ll be able to remove my outerwear the second I arrive, but if I’m going to be outdoors for a while, I’ll generally end up wearing jeans or trousers, which is perfectly fine (I mean, I DO like jeans and trousers, too), but means that a lot of my favourite items get neglected, purely because I don’t have the right coat to wear with them.
Well, I’ve now solved that particular problem: this coat is long enough and full enough to go over even my biggest skirts and dresses without looking awkward, and, as an added bonus, it’s green. I’d actually had my eye on it for a while, but when it was reduced by 50% in the sale last week, I figured it was now or never. It arrived just in time for the flurries of snow we’ve been getting all week, and also just in time for me to steal this faux fur hat from my mum. Yes, I know it’s a little bit theatrical, and I wouldn’t wear it every day, but who am I resist the drama of a big, furry hat, which makes me feel like an extra in Doctor Zhivago? Exactly.
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WEARING: Collectif Annabelle Princess coat, borrowed hat, Topshop boots (old)[separator type=”thin”]