Monday, March 3, 2014

The Green Coat

Made in USA: Coat: Fleurette (in black) // Jeans: James Jeans (similar) // Shoes: Julie Bee's // Watch: La Mer Collections // Bag: vintage  Coach (similar) // Nails: OPI 'The Man Repeller' 

When I was a little girl I was gifted a heavy, green winter coat. It was far too nice of a coat for a rambunctious child to have and my parents reminded me frequently how careful I had to be with my coat.

One day at recess a boy chased me and tugged at my coat in order to get close enough to me to shove snow in my face. With that tug he ripped the hood of my coat clear off. Embarrassed and fearful of being in trouble with my parents I used safety pins to fold the collar of my coat over and I literally buried the hood in the back of my closet. I secretly hoped no one would even remember that the coat was supposed to have a hood attached to it.

What felt like the longest two weeks later, my family was over at my grandma's house for dinner. I was wearing my coat and it started to rain. Without missing a beat my grandma asked me why I wasn't wearing my hood and since I was incapable of lying to my sweet grandma I confessed on the spot. My dear grandma made up an excuse to my parents to have me leave my coat there and within days she had to back to me. Thanks to her talented seamstress friend my coat now had a detachable hood, but with shiny brass buttons to keep it firmly connected when needed. This was just another moment in which grandma saved the day.

Last weekend I tried on the coat seen above on Friday night. I walked away after staring at it for ten minutes, but I woke up the next morning thinking about that coat. I definitely wasn't in the market for a new winter coat since it was nearly the end of February, but inexplicably I couldn't get this coat of my head. Back to the mall I went and within seconds of buying said coat I told my hubs the story about my last green coat. My hubs was able to sum it up perfectly - I bought this coat because it reminded me of my grandma. And for that I will cherish it forever.

What's an item you've come across recently that transported you back to a moment in your childhood? That magical power is just another reason I love fashion. It might not make sense how something new can remind you of the old, but it happens from time to time.


  1. This coat is gorgeous and I love the story behind it! I have a ring that has been handed down in my family. I've gotten so many compliments and people are always sad to hear that it's "vintage" and they can't get one for themselves. The pieces that make us smile are always the ones we wear the best.


  2. love those shoes!! xxp

  3. The coat looks fantastic. What a great find! I am glad you decided to get it. It's a great color and shape on you, plus looks classy.

    P.S. I love that clothes can stir up great memories like that.

  4. beautiful coat i absolutely love the color! new follower :)

    XO Meghan
    citrus fashoin

  5. Loving your coat and shoe color combo!

  6. What a sweet and poignant backstory! And, of course, what a gorgeous coat. The way you styled it is amazing, I would've never thought to pair it with those shoes, but you did, and it looks fabulous!



  7. I love that coat, and your heels are adorable! i love that color combo too :)