I have a lot of coats, sort of...Well, I have 3-4 coats for each season, for sure. And I've distributed them more or less evenly between our two homes (if you're new to this blog, here's the story in a nutshell: I work in Finland, my husband works in the UK, and we have homes in both countries and travel constantly). So, the idea is that I have clothes (not just coats) in both homes /countries, and I can travel light. There's no need to take a suitcase, maybe not even a carry-on because whether I'm in Finland or in the UK, I have a wardrobe full of clothes I can wear. It works very well. In theory, at least...
The point is that I only have about half of my wardrobe available (because the other half is in another country). Of course, it's not a perfect system, more like work in progress, and some of my clothes and accessories have become very good at hitching a ride in my hand luggage...
Anyway, while my shoes, handbags and sunglasses seem to travel a lot, my coats are supposed to stay put in one country. I know, it seems a bit illogical, but it sort of makes more sense in my head... Coats take up a lot of space in a carry-on, and a long wool coat is a real pain to stuff in the aircraft overhead locker. So, whenever I travel, I wear something simple and easy. Definitely not what you see in these pictures (you've seen this coat before HERE). This coat does not travel (these photos were taken in the UK).
Having two wardrobes does have its challenges, of course. In essence, it's a bit like having a capsule wardrobe. Everything has to mix and match, and I stick to simple shapes and a rather limited colour palette. This is particularly important with outerwear.
So, whenever I buy a coat, I expect to wear it with all my clothes. And that's why I tend to go for very classic styles in colours that work with everything. And no, I don't mean neutrals, they wash me out and I don't like 'muddy' colours anyway. Besides, for me, blue is a neutral: it suits my natural colouring and it works with most of the other colours I have in my wardrobe.
And it can be accessorized with either cold or warm colours. Here I decided to add red, orange and burgundy accents to brighten up the look. But I think it would look just as good with some cold colours. I think I'll try that later...
wool coat: Jaeger / top: Tommy Hilfiger / scarf: Carolina Herrera / jeans: Next /
sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana / shoes: Clarks / bag: Kate Spade / gloves: Global
How do you choose your coats?
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