Coats and toppers FTW

I loved today's post so much it inspired me to take a look at my own golden-oldies. Very little in my closet (besides jewellery) is over 10 years because 2010 is when I lost weight and had to start my wardrobe from ground zero. These items are therefore 8-9 years old...but getting close to a decade and no plans to pass them on yet. 

And, guess what? Coats and toppers. :) 

I also have a lot more items that are 6/7 years old, because I did more of my buying in that period, and many items are still in play. But we are celebrating decades here, so...

1. Hilary Radley cranberry coat -- one of my first YLF purchases. Knee length, dramatic foldover collar, mixed wool/alpaca. This is such a lovely coat, I will probably never pass it on. :) 

2. Theory short trench -- gift of another forum member and I still love and wear this coat. Packs like a dream. 

3. Lole Katie puffer. I have worn this coat SO MUCH. I got thoroughly sick of it so it hasn't seen wear the past two years but I am keeping it because it is in great shape and fulfills a job. 

4. Vintage Biba kimono. Really fun piece to wear with sheaths or jeans as a summer topper. 

5. Classic London Fog trench. I wish it were navy, but until the "right" navy one comes along, this is a standby. 

6. Cropped denim jacket from The Bay. Distressed a bit but not too much and nice fading -- I love this jacket. It works really well with skirts/ dresses and higher waist pants/ culottes. 


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  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    Outerwear for the win - for yourself and Angie. These are all lovely pieces that look great today. It shows the value in choosing quality.

    I hope you find your navy coat to complement this selection.

  • Helena (Torontogirl) replied 1 year ago

    Excellent classic and timeless pieces Suz!

  • nemosmom replied 1 year ago

    Wow, Suz! Impressive. I bet the cranberry coat is gorgeous with all your navy and silver!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Applauding your beautiful and very loyal wardrobe golden oldies! They all deserve an award.

    I see a lot of ESSENTIALS in signature colours - which makes perfect sense for your style and sartorial preferences :)

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful collection of OBG’s, Suz.  A good trench is worth it’s weight in gold.  

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    Lovely pieces,timeless in their design .I think that one of the reasons that coats and toppers last well is because they are usually expensive compared to other things in our wardrobe and of course they are not subjected to the laundering that other types of clothing are.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Cardiff Girl, I agree, and I also think many coats are tailored, classic styles that take a long time to date. 

    Angie, that's right -- these are all essentials. Well, the cranberry coat is a statement, too, but as a dressier wool coat it is also an essential. 

  • Windchime replied 1 year ago

    My heart still skips a beat every time I see your red cape, Suz.  It is stunning and you look stunning in it.  Of course you’ve held on to it, and probably always will!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    You have a beautiful collection of coats and toppers. Each looks timeless.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Absolutely agree that coats are the easiest to keep around a long time. Also styles seem to shift more slowly with coats than other things. Love your collection!

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Coats do seem to lead when it comes to longevity. Excellent collection!

    ... but you know, I feel they don’t make them as warm as they used to... I feel, anyways, it’s hard now to get a real wool winter coat in California...

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    Gosh Suz I love the Hilary Radley cranberry one! It reminds me of the colour of Mum’s coat that I am holding onto even though it won’t do up. I first borrowed it from her when I was 21. That should do you another 20 years!

  • Laura replied 1 year ago

    What a great collection of toppers! Interesting how toppers (along with handbags and accessories) were also the main part of Angie's 10-years-strong collection. Clearly, a well-made topper is worth every penny!

  • Christina F. replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful coats! They still fit with your style.

  • Barbara Diane replied 1 year ago

    I want your cranberry coat! Really special.

  • Eliza replied 1 year ago

    See why you are keeping every one and remember when some of them joined your closet. Love the HR in that beautiful shade. Stunning and as timeless as you are. 

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Great collection- and more love for that cranberry coat!

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