People who know me well are aware that I have, shall we say, a bit of a "Coat Problem", which I justify by pointing out that I live in Southwestern Ontario, which means I am wearing a coat of some sort for about 8 months out of the year. I will also state, for the record, that since my university days, I've purchased probably 80% of my coats at thrift or vintage stores. Of course, neither of these reasons change the fact that I have A LOT OF COATS.....
I'm granting you, dear reader, the rare privilege of a peek inside my coat closet, aka, "the crammed closet of doom".
My pink puffy Betsey Johnson coat I purchased last winter doesn't fit in the closet, so it hangs on the door. This coat, and my boring black down-filled one, saved me from freezing to death the past two winters.
Here are a few of my more recent coat acquisitions.....
I found this orange puffy jacket at the May Court Shop for $15 and it is perfect for the "almost spring" weather we've had for the last couple of weeks.
During the same visit to the May Court Shop I also snapped up this Asian (I can't tell if it's Japanese or Chinese - perhaps one of you can assist with identifying it) quilted cotton jacket with velvet trim for $15. I look a bit "Michelin Man" in it, but it's surprisingly warm and I love the stripes and wide sleeves.
At the end of last summer I scored this fuschia suede Danier jacket at a neighbour's yard sale, but the weather window for wearing it is very brief as it's not very warm, or precipitation-friendly (but it's soooooo fluffy!).
This vintage beauty is my favourite coat purchase this winter. I saw it at The Sentimentalist last winter and considered taking it home, but talked myself out of it ("Do you really need another coat? Do you have room for another coat?"). When it was still there this year, and it went on sale after Christmas, I gave in. It appears to be persian lamb, but sheared so the pattern is more visible, and the colour is a greenish-gray, which I had never seen before. The standup collar is the best part!
And then there are some coats I purchased not for wearing, but to display, such as this acid-washed example of 1980's craziness, made in Israel. It cost me all of $6 and I couldn't resist the blue-eyed beauty with the 3-D embellishments. Truly, 80's denim-as-art at its finest!
There are plenty more, but one must leave something to the imagination. Besides, if I showed you any more, you may think I require an intervention.
Any of you out there have a thing for coats? Please tell me I'm not alone in my obsession.