Happy Wednesday! I’ve been feeling a little uninspired with the fashion shopping as to what’s available in the shops and trends this season. As you may or may not know, I don’t often spend lots of money on trendy pieces. Most of the time I aim straight to the sale sections at shops. I shop past-season pieces with much-discounted price tags. With trendy pieces, I make sure they’re not too out-there, something like prints and colorful pieces I try to stay away from.
The one trend that I love and hate seeing is the gray checked print. Social media apps and its popularity have made the fashion scene way too saturated, like everyone is wearing the same thing. I can easily go onto my ‘explore’ page and scroll down to endless photos of what people are wearing. I mean, as a blogger, it is important to know what everyone is wearing, and that means what brands and shops put out on sale each day, each season. It’s not a bad thing. You don’t want to wear the same thing like everyone else, and you know what I mean.
With all that said, I’m bringing out one of my favorite coats as I’d like to call it, ‘the ‘IT’ coat of the Autumn/Winter’, not only this year but I will continue wearing it many years to come.
THE CAMEL COCOON COATI’m not sure what I’d do without a camel coat in my wardrobe. If you like wearing black and grey in autumn/winter like me, do yourself a favor and buy a camel coat. It means you can live in your favorite neutrals without feeling like a dark cloud all winter. Rounded shoulders, wider sleeves, and a mid-length hemline (sometimes longline, to-the-floor length) make these compact, suit-all, and heat generators.
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I’m still on a hunt for a fitted camel coat, but for now, I’m happy with this one! I hope you’ve liked my approach with the coat sketch and product info above. I think getting in a habit of looking at brand tags and reading fabric/care labels are the first steps to becoming a responsible fashion buyer. From that, you can start associating what brands make what, their quality and fit as you wear their items in the long term. I found the coat at Nordstrom Rack, probably about 2 winters ago for no more than $70. It was on sale for 85% off. You can browse Soia & Kyo website to see the general pricing, and their stuff is expensive. But let me tell you, even though the coat is large, its quality and fit are amazing! I’m glad I’ve got it for a much cheaper price!
Here I’ve styled it with an all-black outfit. The sheer long sleeved and high neck top is actually a bodysuit I recently bought from Aritzia. I layered it underneath of the mini velvet dress from American Apparel, topped off with a pair of pointy mid-heels from Joe’s Jeans. The coat brings the entire outfit to the next level. Having coats, especially oversized ones, draped over the shoulder is my favorite way to not only look stylish but also warm since I have very cold hands. Try that trick! And don’t be afraid of wearing oversized things for that purpose! Another trick is to pair an oversized camel coat with shorter and tighter fitted clothing underneath, wear high heels, and add some sorts of colors like how I have done here with a red lipstick! It’s fall, so I went for a darker red shade.
sheer bodysuit: Aritzia (here)
similar items are linked below
mini velvet dress: American Apparel
coat: Soia & Kyo
strappy heels: Joe’s jeans
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stay inspired | as always