November 21, 2012

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I decided not-too-long ago that I just couldn't take seeing another black coat in my wardrobe. Yes, black is the classic, go-with-everything color, and a coat is often a major investment (certainly my biggest wardrobe investment), but as a sufferer of major seasonal affective disorder, I need a dose of color -- no matter how impractical it may seem. Continue...

Coat: DVF Laurel Boucle Coat. Dress: eloquii "Flirty Sheath Dress" (currently on sale!). Belt: ASOS Curve. Bag: Furla Candy Bag, (gift). Tights: Spanx, (gift). Booties: Evans.  Bracelets: Kenneth Jay Lane via QVC, Julie Nolan via CatBird NYC.
 Nails: "Sweet Dreams" by Deborah Lippmann. Cheeks: "Coygirl" by MAC. Eyes: Stila All Day Liquid Liner. Brows: Stila All Day Brow Color. Skin: OCC Skin Conceal, Dr. Jart V7 Beauty Balm. Lips: "Girl About Town" by MAC

It's no surprise, or secret, that I wear a lot of black, as-is. I've been hearing all about the "flattering" and "slimming" effects of an all-black-silhouette since before I even knew what it meant to flatter my figure, or why such a thing was considered necessary or desirable. It's one of those social codes that is ingrained into women; avoid bright colors, never wear stripes,  black is slimming. It doesn't matter if you wear a size 2 or a 12 or a 20 -- we all hear the same subtle "suggestions" on how to look "better." It's hard not to hear my mother's (loving, but often critical) voice in my head every time I dare to step outside in an attention grabbing color or a sleeveless dress or a voluminous skirt. It's taken a lot of undoing and analyzing and processing to get to a point where I gravitate more towards color and print rather than my sartorial safe space. I get a lot of credit for my confidence or constant will to break the rules, but I'd be lying if I said it was never a struggle. Sometimes it feels easier to take the conservative route and avoid backhanded compliments, rather than wearing what honestly brings me joy. 

Well, I've decided to brave the winter with a coat of extra bright armor - because there's something about chartreuse that just make me smile. We hear a lot about a "pop" of color -- but why not make color the main event? DVF has served me well in the outerwear department, so I knew this coat would make its way into my wardrobe when I spied it in their Soho boutique. Yes, even in it's bright, impractical color. 

No, chartreuse is not the new black, but it sure does make me smile. 

Photos by Lydia Hudgens


  1. i feel the same way! i wear my fuchsia peacoat all the time!

  2. that "loving, but often critical" voice was something that i was analysing in my head last night before falling asleep and realised i have stopped wearing hem lines of a certain length due to this voice.i like my legs but who knows when this crept in and never your coat and the colour is amazing

  3. Wow! That's an awesome coat!:) I wish I could find one like that in a friendlier price...


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  6. it looks amazing on you and i must say that i love the combination with the black! gorgeous stunning color and so fabulous with your milky white skin, deep purple bag and red hair! love love love the belt too! the coat is not too long either, don't like too long coats because i am just 5ft! anyway, I have a DvF coat too and the shape is simply perfect, and they know how to work with color too

  7. Love the coat and absolutely agree. Currently wearing my fuchsia jeans at work for a little pick me up!

  8. Oh my, I saw myself in what you wrote!!! I would not wear a chartreuse coat only because I do not fancy the colour, but I'd be lieing if I didn't admit to dreams of a raspberry red coat or royal blue, even!!

  9. i think there's this idea of outerwear as a function-only garment, as opposed to like, something that can be cute. and that its only functions are to keep you warm while "flattering" the body. so thanks for showing that a good coat can BE the whole outfit. it wasn't until i moved to chicago that i started thinking about a coat as a piece that can be just as interesting as the outfit underneath.

  10. My biggest regret of Southern living is that my coat collection doesn't get used enough! I love this coat! My mom always bought me brightly covered coats and the habit spilled over into my adulthood. You look great!

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  24. I hate black/beige/grey boring! Chartreuse isn't flattering on me, so after much looking (rural area with limited plus size options) bright red is my color coat this season!

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