The Classic Coat: Part 1/3

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What do you look for in a coat?

Besides the obvious (warmth, fit for purpose etc), that is? Well, if you live in a cold climate, you probably need quite a few coats to get you through the year. And as nice as it is to have some variety, few of us have the financial means or storage space to get a different coat for each outfit we create.

So, versatility is key. Well, when it comes to criteria for choosing a coat, versatility comes right after warmth and practicality, in my opinion. As it’s not really feasible to have a different coat for all my different outfits, I need a coat that goes with everything.

Take this blue coat, for instance. A simple coat such as this one can work with a variety of outfits and styles. It can be trendy or classic, depending on  how you accessorize it. To prove my point, I will show you 3 very different outfits, all featuring this simple, classic coat.

No, not all at once. You know me: this is going to be a series of 3 posts over a period of time, each featuring an outfit consisting of either jeans or trousers, a simple top and some accessories. And this blue coat, of course.

So, this is outfit number 1: understated, relaxed, and with minimal accessories. It is the coat that pulls this look together, adding some polish to an otherwise very casual look.

I wanted to put together an outfit that is harmonious and easy-going, like when you wear a lot of neutrals, except with some colour. You know the type of outfit I’m talking about: everything sort of blends in together, nothing stands out or demands attention. It’s comfortable and casual and perfect for a day out and about running errands or going shopping.

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Outfit details:

coat: Jaeger (old) / jeans: Opus (old) / top: Gant / shoes: Ecco /

sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana (old) / bag: Coach
location: Islington, London

How would you wear this blue coat?


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  1. Radostin
    1 March 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Oh, I'd wear it with a velvet maxi-skirt in purple or purple toned blue, a dark blouse with tiny pinky flowers. And then another time with forest-green corduroy… and again, with mustard or honey yellow, and some browns. Great coat, and yes – it could go with anything and improve each outfit. It'd be great over all black, too.

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:17 pm

      That sounds interesting. I'd definitely try something brown. Not sure about the mustard, though (lovely colour but it tends me make me look a bit sickly…).

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    2 March 2018 / 6:57 am

    You are right, this is a very good coat. I wish I had it 😎. The photos are nice, especially that first one is impressive.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Thanks, Greetje.

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    2 March 2018 / 7:28 am

    A good quality coat is a musthave in cold winters like now. I have never had it to cold in a whool coat. And they are always elegant.

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Oh I agree. Although this coat is for warmer spring days, it's not very thick. That's why I've been aching to wear it again, it makes me think of spring. I never wear a wool coat on a cold day. Well, depends on your definition of cold, of course; I think it's cold when the temperature is below freezing, and that calls for something warmer than a wool coat.

  4. mummabstylish
    4 March 2018 / 8:52 pm

    It's a fabulous coat, not only the style but that gorgeous colours. It really suits you too.

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui. Blue is one of my favourite colours. Or what I wear instead of neutrals…

  5. Patti
    4 March 2018 / 10:59 pm

    It's a great classic coat and the color is wonderful to play with. Thanks for linking up, xo-Patti

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Patti.

  6. Jill James
    5 March 2018 / 8:03 am

    Can't beat a quality classic coat . This is a perfect colour for all your jewel tones. I am not a blue wearer , my classic would always be black.

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Blue is so much kinder on my pale skin than black, that's probably why I wear it so much 😉

  7. Jessica Jannenga
    7 March 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Lovely coat, you look great in cobalt! I love a classic cut coat and enjoy seeing a different color. Love your sneakers too, I have been wearing my slip ons more lately too!thanks for linking!jess

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2018 / 7:26 pm

      I've been wanting to wear sneakers for months. Literally… Living in Finland means I've been wearing some sort of boots since November, so I jumped at the chance to wear something else when I was in London (where these photos were taken). Spring can't come soon enough…

  8. Jennie L.
    8 March 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Your coat is such a lovely shade of blue and I like the longer length. I enjoyed seeing it styled more casually and the red stripes are so fun! Thanks for linking up, Tiina.

    • Tiina L
      9 March 2018 / 11:42 am

      Thanks, Jennie!

  9. Shelbee On The Edge
    9 March 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Tiina, I love, love, love this classic look and your amazing versatile coat! Thanks for linking up with me!

  10. Emma Peach
    10 March 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Beautiful coat, I love the colour. A good quality coat is so versatile, and will look great with any outfit. Very nice casual look. Thanks for linking up!Emma

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