The Makings Of A Timeless Coat
It’s the first day of fall … hooray! Let’s all go apple picking and dip our entire bodies in pumpkin spice everything!
No. Just. No. Those articles detailing the things “white girls love about fall” make me want to punch pumpkins in their tiny carved faces.
But right now, I want to talk coats. Because this delicious chill in the air that made me sleep like a fricken baby last night is making me want to whip out all of my coats, throw them on the ground, and roll on top of them out of sheer joy and excitement (yes, I’m that much of a freak).
My favorite coat I own is legit seven years old. SEVEN. I got it when I was a sophomore in college at Burlington Coat Factory for a little over $200 for things like interviews and internships … and maybe the potential frat “mixer” that I never got invited to (whomp whomp). The only other coat I owned when I was in college was the North Face Denali. Oh come now, you know you had one, too. I had the black one … and yes, I rocked it with Ugg Boots. You can say I was the epitome of “cool” in the mid-00’s (by the way that is SO bazaar to say).
So why have I had this coat for seven years, and why will I still be wearing it this season? Because it is a little thing called timeless, my friends. It’s long, black, military-esque. Great hardware, great pockets. The lining is completely shot to shit and ripped to shreds, but honestly, who looks at the lining of a coat? Someone could have worn it 50 years ago and not looked out of place, and someone could have worn in 20 years ago and not looked out of place.
There are a few coats every woman should own that will remain in your closet, and your lives, forever. These coats are something you should spend money on, because hopefully seven years from now, you will still be rocking them.
1. Long, black, military wool coat
3. Faux-fur (you’re welcome PETA)
4. Faux leather (again, PETA, got your back)
5. One trendy coat (that you don’t spend as much money on and indulge in ONE a season)
The other coats out there … meh. I mean indulge if you must, but the five above are your simple building blocks to a get coat collection. Trust. You just need to look for the “timeless” signs. Ask yourself the following questions.
1. Would my great grandmother worn this coat back in the day?
2. Would my mother have worn this coat back in the day?
3. How will this coat age (think of fabric, hardware … take a close look at it)?
4. Do I have the means to care for it properly (dry cleaning, storage, etc.)?
5. Will my future self look back at this coat and cringe at its trendiness? Will your grand kids laugh at it?
Coats are the things that make the outfit statement in the winter when you are getting from A to B. Nobody will give a shit if you’re rocking all couture with some trendy monstrosity covering it. Invest wisely.