Monday, November 15, 2010

I Would If I Could Part I: Coats



























































































It was no easy task "shopping" for my one, can't live without, investment coat for the season. I hit all the designers and I can affirm without equivocation, black is THE coat color of the season with the occasional mini-minor trends of camel and grey, which we've discussed several times. On occasion a single red will pop out of a collection and a few in deep navy blue.

Once again the rules of my self-imposed game: This week I shall shop 'til I drop in a fantasy world of my own creation. Each day I will select by category, i.e. coats, suits, dresses, LBDs, evening gowns, accessories, etc. My one constraint, despite the fact I could in this situation "buy" anything my little heart desires, I am supposed to think minimal. Whatever I choose must last a lifetime and must be a workhorse, which is to say I would want to wear it all the time. I am not allowed to buy everything. 











































































































































































































































































As is my wont, I will show you several coats I think fit the bill and then tell you the three or four which I will be obliged to whittle down to one (or two. . .).  I do take into account what I already own like black coats, a red pea coat, a grey cashmere reefer, a navy redingote and so on.

And finally, I chose no capes. I hate capes. I cannot deal with them. Where do you put your hands, how can you drive, they're simply too complicated for me. My two favorite shapes are reefers and redingotes. I am not a huge fan of the classic trench, which is supposed to be, I know, THE coat for every woman who wants a perfect wardrobe. I have a gorgeous long, full, flowing black one in silk that is sort of like the classic cowboy/cowgirl cut, with the belt tied in the back, never at the waist. 

Remember, I'm shopping for me. If I were shopping for you, you would tell me what you like and then I would attack the challenge differently. Also, don't forget, I'm in my element when the colors are neutral. I'm not an enormous fan of color, as you know.

And the winners are. . .

Pictured above: At the top, top are my favorites, from which I must choose. The electric blue jacket, which I'm definitely taking is by Matthew Williamson (I'm allowing myself one jacket and one coat) because it is special and unique.  My coat choice is the collar-less Yamamoto in navy, it has infinite possibilities and yes, I would snip off the threads hanging at the bottom -- not me at all.

I already basically own the grey Chloe coat, but if I didn't I would choose it, and I have an enormous crush on the black Watanabe taffeta coat -- or whatever the material is.

The others: Givenchy, Yamamoto, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Marni, Loewe, Sportmax, Oscar de la Renta (I really like this red jacket and almost chose it), Celine, and a Burberry pea coat (maybe with a tad too much hardware with those buttons).

13 comments:

Francine Gardner said...

I just can't decide which one to choose! such gorgeous coats

Spiral Style said...

Beautiful choices but I think for me, I'd take the gray coat in the all-gray photo. Just bought a gray leather jacket this weekend so I'm in a gray "buying" mood, not a gray mood in general

Deja Pseu said...

They're all gorgeous, but I have to admit that Dries Van Noten is making me salivate...

Marguerite said...

The navy Yamamoto coat, interesting. Just wondering, how tall are you? The electric blue jacket is fab. You will have such fun with that one! Enjoy your fantasy.

Shelley said...

The rich navy blue coat grabbed me as well, but being a petite person, I think I would rather go with the grey knee length. Gorgeous coats, all.

knitpurl said...

Will definitely come back to your post later, on 1st viewing I did not like #s 2&3 and another one pictured later that was l-o-n-g. I don't like those that would be floor brushers for me. xoxoxo, C

Hill House Ramblings said...

Such gorgeous coats, all! I don't usually buy color either, but the Oscar de la Renta red jacket caught my eye and I kept scrolling back to gawk at it...incredibly pretty!

H.H.

Yolanda Barker said...

This Christmas I'm rocking my lime green full length sheep skin that I bought in 2001! Great post and wondeful selection of coats.

Thanks so much for the lovely comment you made on my blog, and for becoming a follower. look forward to connecting with you :)

Yola

Beadboard UpCountry said...

I loved your choices! AS a matter of fact i loved all of them, but am liking the ones that flare out at the bottom.... Feminine and different........ And I also like one little known designer who does fabulous coats.... EKJO..... Maryanne...xo

BODECI body said...

I didn't think I needed a coat. Once again you have me salivating over some new clothing. I have taken on a new job that requires a lot of travel.

Oh! I need a new coat! Love the choices. (The prices are just a bit over my head. I think I will see if I can find a knock-off of that little electric blue!)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening dearest. Chic chez toi, comme d'habitude.

Bises, Anita

ida said...

Dear Tish I found your blog via Metscan's.
Only one for moi the grey Chloe coat,already have a couple of pant suits in cream & taupe.
I would prefer to have it in navy (midnight)
I enjoy browsing your blogs chic & elegant.Thank you. Ida

Marsi said...

That red de la Renta is yummy. I'd choose that.

A good coat is so important. Sometimes it's the only clothing that people see you in, so you better make it fabulous.

xoxox --
M.

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