Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Fashion Focus: Vintage Pendleton Coat

This is a vintage men's Pendleton wool coat.  There are a lot of 'fashion rules' against wearing this coat.  Because it is a men's coat, there is no nipped in waist, it's broader through the shoulders and has bigger arms.  It doesn't flatter my figure at all.  So, I shouldn't wear this, right? 

Wrong.  Oh, sure, I can see the logic behind that statement, but I refute it.  I do usually opt for a more "lady-like" coat, one that is nipped in or belted at the waist, that "flatters my figure more."  But this coat is practical in a way that more 'ladylike' coats are not.  For me, it's sometimes hard to layer under the more close-fitting, possibly more flattering coats, that are made specifically for women.  In addition, I have broad shoulders (very broad, if I'm honest) and therefore I need broader shoulders in my clothes.  And the arms on this coat are more than long enough.  As a giant, that is a hard thing to find, especially in vintage items. 

Most importantly, however, is that I love this coat.  I love the faux-fur collar, the burnt sienna and blue color scheme and the leather-covered buttons.  I love how warm it is and I love that I can wear thick, wooly, warm sweaters underneath, and I love that it's not a run-of-the-mill coat - it's unique.

I think you should wear what you love and love what you wear.  I love this coat, and that's why I wear it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.