Welcome winter! Hello Coats!
Ok. Don’t panic. Deep breaths. But I think I just saw a snow flake. Here is the good news – this means that you can officially break out your fall/winter coats and accessories! I am talking about wool, cashmere, leather, fur, faux fur, and mohair….is it me or is it getting hot in here?!
Every fall/winter season I allow myself to splurge on a coat. Even as a child, I was raised to believe that the coat was the essential investment piece (bless my mom for putting up with my in-store temper tantrums). So naturally when the magazines arrive and the glorious fashion shows commence, I have my eyes peeled for my favourites and my credit card on stand-by.
If you are new to the investment coat game (Hi – my name is Jacqueline and I am an investment coat-aholic), I am here to give you a brief lesson. In my world, coats fall into three categories: The Classic Tried and True, The Kate Middleton and The Knockout Statement
Overall, I suggest starting with a classic tried and true coat. This includes the basic black, navy or grey wool or cashmere coat in either a trench coat or pea coat style. Style tip: Burberry is king here. I have a black Burberry cashmere/wool pea coat that has been in my closet for 6 years. Every year I clean it, love it and treat it to different accessories to give it new life. This year I bought a grey/black fur collar from Pink Tartan and a pair of DVF leopard print gloves to add some zing. Once you have this level mastered, you can move onto level 2: The Kate Middleton.
The Kate Middleton level is one of my favourites…and no not just because I want to date Prince Harry (but it doesn’t hurt!). This coat is like a Jacqueline Piron t-shirt – not quite classic, but also not a statement. It is a happy medium. The key here is to focus on coats that are exquisitely tailored and play with accessories or colour. For example, choose a cashmere trench coat in a raspberry colour and add a special belt. Another option – find a coat with a classic style but defining feature like a ruffled hem or unusual collar.
The final level is where we have some fun – the knockout statement. This coat is the most difficult to find but leaves people starring at you awkwardly and finally asking “omg where did you get that coat?!” This year I made one of these purchases. Are you sitting down? Because you probably need to! It was a mint-coloured-cashmere-studded-motorcycle-masterpiece by the very talented Mikhael Kale (see blog picture). The coat made its big debut when I attended Toronto Fashion Week. I paired it with the "Mermie" Jacqueline Piron t-shirt and it was a pair made in Canadian fashion heaven. His coats make women feel like a million dollars…but he also gets bonus points for being one of the sweetest guys in the industry (#keeper).
So I have looked high and low for my stop-and-stare worthy investment coats. My top brands include: Gucci, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Mikhael Kale, Mackage and Smythe. Happy shopping!
The Classic Tried and True
The Kate Middleton
The Knockout Coat