"You are very attractive, but the coat you're wearing makes me think you are either a very rich woman or a very rich man's mistress" -Marlon Brando:
I can name at least a dozen things that can be called staple pieces, yet there is none as better a staple piece than the classic Camel coat. I bought this beauty about three years ago and when I saw it hanging in the charity shop window a meagre £12. I had no idea that I would fall in love with as much as I have. I normally pair it with this scarf from New Look. The colour, cut and length means that I have a statement look that can be completely personable and own-able yet also customisable no matter what your style choices are. There is something inexplicably sexy about a person in a good coat. Very often it has little to do with what kind of coat it is, but more so how the person wears it and how it suits their demeanor. Think it not vain of me to be referring to myself, no! Coat season, i.e. Winter is my favourite time of the year, mostly because I get to show off the coats I've been collecting during the summer. Also, Winter brings the best colour palettes that I can't wear in Summer. The yellow ochres, burnt umbers, forest greens and navy blues, a beautiful ochestra of colours. So from now until Winter is over, I am basking the shallow sunshine this weather gives us, enjoying every single moment as if it were my last.
5 tips on your vintage coat
1. Before you go spending hundreds of pounds on a coat like this, make sure you check your local charity shops. If you live in Greater London, then roam around the beautiful streets of Blackheath and Greenwich where there are always a vast amount of charity shops.
2. If you really want to hit a vintage goldmine, then why not take a train to the outskirts of London and make a day trip out of it! My favourite towns to go charity shopping are mainly in the Berkshire region like Reading, Newbury, Wokingham.
3. Look for colours and materials first! Don't worry about sizing when looking for a vintage coat (this goes for all clothes too!). Remember that you can always cinch in with a belt, sew in some buttons or roll back your sleeves for ultimate personalisation. In addition, when shopping, make no distinction between gendered clothing. The coat that I'm wearing, for example, is a small gentlemans' coat!
4. Found a fabulous coat but it's too grimey? Dry clean, dry clean, dry clean! Never put your coat in the wash. Skip on your morning coffee for a few days and invest in getting your coat dry cleaned instead. You'll stretch out the lifespan of your fabulous new (well, old) coat.
5. Don't expect perfection, this is the beauty of charity shopping. Have fun and remember that you're not bound to find everything you like in one visit. Charity shopping often has to be impulsive, as the things in there tend to be gone very quickly.