The trench coat is my JLo coat and I get so many compliments whenever I wear it. It is so seriously flattering, I can hardly believe that I paid $50.00 for it at Winners two years ago. While I am making fashion confessions, I will admit fully that some of my favorite garments have been the Jennifer Lopez brand. And I surely do not even have the booty for it. For some reason, the cut and fit of JLo jeans, leisure suits, undies (yes!) and footwear is amazing. You may mock it, but if you try it, you will not be disappointed.
The jacket on the left is... plastique. I know, it looks amazing. I paid $20.00 for it at Bryans last year because it looked so... real. It is so nicely faux distressed and such a nice fit. This pleather jacket is so entirely real-looking that I have had total strangers ask me about its origin and I have been offered good money for it. I guess I should have taken those offers!The white parka, I just love. I found it this spring at Roots on the clearance rack for $60.00, about one-eighth the regular price. It was missing a few buttons on the hood but I fixed that with a trip to my handy button jar. I am planning on wearing it to Chicago in December with my white gloves and a cute white touque with a giant pompom on it, if I can find one.
I just realized these coats don't look that flattering in photos, or maybe Clara isn't doing them justice. The left is a GAP coat from about five years ago now, I think I paid $16.99 for it. Every year I think it's done it's work and I plan on donating it away... and every year I change my mind because it is the perfect length to wear with a skirt and my high boots and it looks pretty sassy with the right handbag (which I have) and so I retrieve it from the donating pile and every year when I lament that I gave it away too soon, there it is, waiting for me when I check the closet. I wear it once or twice after that and repeat the whole thing.
The black long coat is a classic Calvin Klein wool coat from around Y2K so I suppose the world was going to run out of coats or something so I bought the longest one I could find at the time. It quite literally skims the ground unless I have my tall boots on. I love the fit, though, and I think it may never go out of style. I paid a bundle for it, so I hope not. Winners, $299.99. Worn 300 times. Cost: 1 loonie per wear.
This suede coat is vintage from the 70's. It looks so amazing, I would never, ever part with it, not for all of the coats at the coat factory. It has laces on all of the seams and they are looking a little worn but with jeans, with dark pants, no matter what I put this coat with, it looks fantastic.
The coat on the right is the coat I wore on my first date with Ben in February of 2002. It is a little outrageous, but I got it for next to nothing and it looked pretty foxy with my brown pants and cashmere sweater and tall brown boots.
My mother gave me this wool pea coat in '04 before our trip to New York City. I was pretty excited to wear it, but it was unseasonably warm when we got there, we actually went to see the tree lights at Rockerfeller Centre wearing shawls. We walked around shopping all day wearing our sweaters, it was wonderful, but I think it left me with a totally warped memory of what New York is like in late November. I also own this Calvin Klein pea coat in black, but no matter what, I could not get a decent photo of it for the challenge.
Finally, my prize coat: the Linda Lundstrom Laparka. She is a Canadian designer. These coats were everywhere in the 90's, you couldn't walk a block without seeing one of them. They were made in dozens of colours every year so you can almost tell what year this is from by the colour (blueberry). Once I swore I would never own one, that I wouldn't conform to be one of the masses, but eventually I wore down because they are so incredibly warm, you must have one when the thermometer hovers at 40 below zero. This coat can be worn with or without the outer shell, and the fur collar can be detached for lots of looks.
In 1998 I realized the I was desperate to own one after all but as a single mother I couldn't afford it. That year one of the football clubs in town celebrated it's 50th anniversary and I silkscreened commemorative prints and sold them, splitting the profits with their charities and cheerleaders. I don't sell my art so this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. This coat represents lots of hard work and a pretty decent sense of accomplishment.