Tagged: Coats

Trans-seasonal x

So here’s the thing – weather in London, in September – particularly this year – is unpredictable.  If the sun does make an appearance there’s the flash of late summer burn, but just as easily the sun can disappear in an instant to be replaced by a cold wind and threatening clouds.  What to do? One solution are the 2-in-one coats from Arket.  Surprisingly simply yet remarkably flexible they’re an unfussy solution to an autumn – and potentially winter – dilemma.

The clever puffa-slash-underjacket comes in a choice of long sleeves…

(All pictures Arket)

Or vest.

 

I will be trying both the mens and the womens before making a decision.

Laters, Kate x

Time x

And so it starts..from fancy free summer to rigour and routine with no transition, like an open door has been slammed.  Maybe that’s why this coat is so appealing – it shouts attitude, purpose and no nonsense.

Or maybe it’s that I love coats and autumn is the time when the craving is at it’s strongest?

All these are designed by Barbara Bui who combines a Parisian’s eye with a rock chick’s sass.

(All pics from Barbara Bui)

If you can’t escape, embrace.

Laters, Kate x

Crusader x

5dd528ad14ec028023be2f2c28281275

Light mood, cloudy day: The weather is still struggling to find it’s spring feet but winter wardrobes on the street are slowly transforming.  Big note to self was when I saw a girl wearing a black cape similar to this on the tube, worn casually over a chunky black knit, 3/4 length frayed black jeans and ankle boots. I’m now on the lookout for something similar, though hopefully without the £1400 Stella McCartney price tag.

340567585975855d5887323778021626 b80d0b3a9fba316bdf5b208a96d230c4

But consideration has to be given to the cut: The shoulders need to have structure, the arm hole should reach almost to the top and the length mustn’t be too short.

92f0bd3806489a446c68cd8bdfafc092

(Alice and Olivia, £450)

546f57356ad4b91e606e426b5f391b63

5451b019e704e3aacbe4907e535154bc

(All pics Pinterest)

The hunt is on.

Laters, Kate x

6 Facts…

18f4c3957b45bb90c3a8218a82a41d16

1. It’s warm enough in London to wear shoes without socks but that doesn’t stop me looking at winter coats and dreaming.

261fc514de461cc59e82132e2c73f21e

1. I received a beautiful vintage tea-towel in the post today.  More info and pics to follow, but thank you Kerry!

5b551648c0f66b0fbf9d9d30b0962b9d

3. We have no toilet.

008867e3b1452d2b9e4611c04fc3a0b2 495fa177d1e8aad34bfaac63c8c039e1

4. Charlie is making paper decorations as I type…but only if I tell him he’s the best cutter in the world. On a regular basis.

0112c6e7136f19c45a61e3d7e8ee40d8

5. We’re going to my mother’s for lunch..and to use the facilities..

6fdd665667b443c1644689a466968418

6. If you’re lucky enough to have any flex in your Christmas budget, Net-a-porter (where all these coats are from) is having the most amazing 50% off sale.  Almost makes the prices human…

 

Laters, Kate x

Blue Collar Worker x

a9549edbc6e4ae8989ad459d7627ebd7

Shrugging on a teddy bear winter coat is the perfect way to embrace the increasingly cutting edge to this colder season.

 

78bcfa70f28422f5adfe23299811dfb5

MiH – The British label based in London, has some of the best – the sort of coats that people can judge you in without knowing you.  And get it right.

a17e616c73044a9e49159dfdaa531f78 66dc2daa74b764e280b8bfebcd273100

They don’t shout, instead they gently ooze with knowing cool.

b283c45122ed38eaa16d1194fdf61c37 50ae163e8e3f741b16b0d8246632e5c8

Because good lines and soft textures cleverly jigsawed together make a potent force.

40b9468c518295fa524a3dddeaf484fe 40ba56c012e0b882e538dd79df0c304ba3b7bc6f1a5254b871d1746a7269a767

(All pictures from MiH)

Sometimes the greatest power to dazzle is just by the simplicity of what is there.

Laters, Kate x

Padded Cell.. x

94581f18c2116c1679acc9bf168e503b

Sometimes I wonder if my coat obsession is a bit like a whining cry of entitlement, endlessly wanting it all.  The Husband is certainly worried – he now wants one coat in, one coat out..which seems eminently sensible..but it nags away at me.  I just think we spend a lot more time in coats – particularly in the UK – than we ever give them credit for. They can be the ultimate style statement of an outfit.

937df1fa907a45ffb5546030f9c71444

The latest flame for my moth is the quilted coat.  I’ve been looking for the perfect one for sometime and was even considering buying an indian kantha quilt to make into the ideal article.  How ironic then to see Burberry Porsum with the same idea..

ade687e0796b675696f45336b5614ae3

(Although I know which option will be cheaper..)

66de5d0cac9f19c92f7157c485c17bad

And then there’s the smoking jacket, once the sole preserve of men and now fair game for all with their jewel-like colours radiating magpie charm. How cool with the cropped trousers and no-nonsense footwear?

$_57

Or else there’s the Japanese option, particularly the winter quilted kimono jackets to love and wear..imagine with a pair of dark navy flares and a casually worn cross-body fringe bag..and the majority of these are reversible: Two for the price of one! Bargain!

The truth is how can one be limited in a world of endless possibilities??

 

Laters, Kate x

 

Extra Ordinary x

Burberry_Prorsum_003_1366

Burberry Prorsum Pre-fall 2015 is a long way from scuttlebutt rumours and diva strops.  It’s classy, simple, elegant dressing with just a whiff of urban street..

Burberry_Prorsum_004_1366

There’s a forensically clear silhouettes – skinny legs, ankle boots and big layers that we can all believe in..

Burberry_Prorsum_007_1366

The coats are particularly simple and absolutely lustworthy – but there are no surprises, no attempts to gnaw at anything primal..

Burberry_Prorsum_005_1366

( All pictures from Style.com)

Just effortlessly produced wardrobe staples you’d want to wear forever…the spice is up to you to add…

 

Laters, Kate x