The Coat Challenge. Lisa, are you ready? Anyone else playing? I had no idea I had so much plaid. In addition to these two, here are the rest of my coats. I swear, this is it. This one is a raincoat, from Nordstrom Rack, bought by my little sister who decided she didn't actually like it but that I would, and I do. It's a little too fitted to be truly casual, but if you wear it open it's pretty cute.
This is the one that my dad always liked. It's J. Crew, maybe six years ago. I wore this to visit my dad in the hospital around the time of his last Thanksgiving, so I'll probably always keep this coat, no matter what. It's also pretty classic, so I don't expect that it will ever go out of style.
Okay, this one is from Boden, maybe two years ago now? I love this coat. I never really wear it buttoned, so it's a bit misleading in this photo — I'm more of a let-it-flap-open-and-get-cold sort. This is the one I usually wear if I'm wearing anything other than sweatpants, which is . . . not that often, really. Note to self: Really must start dressing better. Seriously.
I made this one. Probably five years ago. It was a Vogue pattern, and rated "difficult," or whatever, and it was. Getting little tiny snaps to line up properly together on big fluffy wool is a pain in the arse. The fabric was better suited to fluffy blanket than coat. The thing never really fit. I doubt I wore it once. By the time I tried it on and saw how it looked I was so bummed I didn't even put in one of the pockets, so there is a huge hole in the side of it. The entire thing is lined in that slippery, shiny polyester lining stuff. Blagh. Good times. I wish it had worked. I always liked this fabric. It got turned into many of these. I actually wish I had kept one of those bags, but I didn't. Maybe I should cut up the coat and make a bag. Anyway, moving on.
This . . . this is a lotta coat. You have to either be very, very secure with yourself or very, very cold, and since I have not recently been either of those, I haven't worn this. But I love it. It seriously weighs like fifteen pounds. Goodwill. Probably seven years ago now. Note 3/4 sleeves and giant buttons.
Ah. The Princess Alicia. Also from Boden. I love this coat. Alas, almost every coat you see here is fairly impractical in Portland, Oregon, where the required uniform is polarfleece or Gore-Tex, not fancy-coat wool that gets wet, etc. Oh well. I'm nothing if not impractical and poorly prepared for weather. I still live as if any day, any day now, it will snow. I wait in patient, gleeful anticipation of that day all year, and if it happens? When it happens? (That one day a year) I will have the perfect coat.