Currently Obsessed: Coats!

October 10, 2012

Walking home from the bus the other night after my English-language playdate with the Italian girls, I was surprised to find myself shivering. This was particularly significant because I had on a long-sleeve tee, a blouse, a sweater AND a cotton pea coat, not to mention wool socks and boots. Isn't it only October? True, I am always cold (even in summer in California) but this onset of biting cold seemed to come on even sooner than I was expecting. I can only hope this bodes well for snow this winter...

Because I am always cold - and that we now live somewhere it gets legitimately cold - I take coat-buying very seriously. In California, I had all kinds of jackets. You know the kind, cute but not really serving any major weather-related function. My favorite coat is in fact a three-quarter sleeve (ha!) wool Marc by Marc Jacobs I picked up on major discount at Nordstrom Rack. While this is still one of my favorite cold weather cover ups, I must be more practical in this climate that throws seemingly endless days of cold, sunless weather filled with rain or snow in the months ahead. Long sleeves, warm fabrics and hoods are a must, especially now that I'm a full-time glasses-wearer who all too often must compromise on the luxury of unobstructed sight when water/ice covers my lenses.

By the time we get into the new year, it's easy for said bleak weather to get you down - and having a closet full of grey, black and navy outerwear does little to improve the SAD symptoms that infiltrate ones psyche. Sure, these basic, go-with-everything coats go with everything, except of course seasonal affective disorder. I've decided that in addition to one of those fake sunlight thingys, a bright, happy coat is one of the best ways to combat this. Interesting prints, fun colors and details like cozy sherpa and trendy leather trim - or in my budget, faux leather - are toping my list in a coat right now. In fact, I've been obsessed with a red duffle ever since I saw the trailer for Submarine (which looks totally charming, yet I still haven't seen) and decided that it just might be the perfect coat.

So in an effort to add to my somewhat snooze-worthy collection including a black snow parka, a beige trench and a navy, cropped-sleeve Marc Jacobs, I've been on a serious coat-hunting mission. I just tried the ASOS parka with faux leather sleeves but I looked sadly unlike the super cool model on the website and more like an awkward high school wrestler, wearing a letterman jacket with sleeves too poufy and rumpled for my scrawny arms. I feel like every time I try to push my fashion norms and play 'the cool girl', I am reminded by the universe that it is just not the role for me. *sigh* So alas, it is sitting here, packaged up and waiting to be taken to the post.

Although in a serendipitous turn of events, I opened up the bookmarked page on my iPhone for the lovely Benetton duffle (above) I've been coveting since I tried it on in Milan (which was the only time I've seen my size, as I found it totally sold out online and stores informed me the largest size they carry is 40 - I'm a 42, oh-so-fat American that I apparently am) to find that somehow, a single coat was back in stock and, lo and behold, it was a 42. It was meant to be!

So I'm hoping that everything works out and that perfect duffle with glasses-shielding hood and super-long sleeves that seemed made for my freakishly-long arms is the answer to my coat dreams... *crossing fingers!*

Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische