As the cold sets in, we cry a little. We eat a lot, we bunk and we ponder a lot – I, primarily over the bedraggled lengths of my hair that seems to have found its way to my shoulders and approaches the Point of No Return (that is, the tipping length that means you’re to grow it out – Paloma, I am completely lost, and require your saviour ASAP). For the time being, I find temporary solace in messily compiled and pseudo-European flyaway buns.
Buns and coats.
Outerwear has the power. A beautiful coat or jacket does seems to do so much more than your investment shoes or bag in the morning chill – can your Valentinos give you a bear hug? No. Can they give somebody else a bear hug? They would be better utilised in taking somebody’s eye out. And so we find that as much as shoes and bags provide you with the lethal stride and (pragmatic) self-confidence, there is no substitute for that coat – like an UGG Boot for your
body soul. Except that you can actually wear it out of the house without the world’s silent judgement.
For Australia’s whiney and indecisive Winter (can you tell that I’m keen to get on a plane to sunnier places? Not long now…), my experiences say that anyone should own at least one of each of the following: one knee length coat with a collar wide enough to turn up and cover the back of your neck, one exceptional black leather jacket, one shorter coat or jacket with a lot of room for layering, and one slightly heavier blazer (possibly wool-blend or ponte). Mix, match and multiply as the mercury, sartorial tendencies and late night impulse buys require. For my dear bloglovers in New York or Antarctica, say, coats walk a slightly different formula by way of frostbite prevention and survival of the fittest, for which I would certainly recommend at least two happy coat colours or lighter leather jackets to distract from the dire imminence of poor circulation and attractive nose-side chaffing.
Indeed, Darwin was a drab fellow.
Speaking of which, I should now get back to Public International Law so I don’t fail my exam tomorrow.
Look 2: Camilla & Marc Contemplate Coat from Another Love – YesStyle Leather Rider Jacket – Alex‘s Shirt – Camilla & Marc Box Leather Pant from Another Love – Windsor Smith Gillie Heels – Moo Eyewear Sunglasses