Saturday, June 15, 2013

Coats of many colours

Just a quick post on the subject of coloured coats. I used to be firmly of the opinion that coats should be black, navy, grey or camel. I'm not sure when I got over that bizarre belief, but I think it's got a lot to do with the number of years I've been living outside of my home country, the UK. 
I grew up believing that certain colours or combinations of colours were a total faux pas. 
"Blue and Green should never be seen" "Never trust a man wearing suede shoes" blah blah blah....
Were any of you subject to these odd, made up conventions?
 I'm sure that it's not just because I'm English.... I'm sure it's also due to my age and the era and society in which I grew up.

Anyway, I'm happy to say that after over a decade of living in Sydney, Australia, I'm very much over the conservative colour rules that I imposed upon myself.
I've got coats in a variety of different colours, and I'm no longer worried about mixing colours up.

Exhibit A: Mustard Yellow coat with blue diamond scarf
(Coat: Gorman. Scarf: Trenery. Jeans and boots: Acne. Sweater: Skin & Threads.
Bag: Coach)

Exhibit B: Raspberry Red coat and stripes.
(Coat: Lover by Susien Chong. Sweater: Karen Walker. Jeans and boots: Acne)


Exhibit C: Black coat with multi-coloured diamond sweater and blue scarf.
(Coat: Lover by Susien Chong. Sweater: J Crew. Same jeans, boots, scarf and bag)



Exhibit D: Bright cobalt blue with bright green floral, beige boots!!
(Coat: J Crew. Scarf: J Crew. Jeans: Nudie. Boots: Acne)


 Do you live dangerously with colour? What rules and conventions did you grow up with regarding clothes and colours?

Have a lovely weekend wherever you are!

20 comments:

  1. Tres chic!
    I have a mustard coloured jacket that always gets compliments.
    I've a cherry red leather jacket.
    That's it... Apart from black.
    I only have one rule and that is that clothes should flatter and fabulize (I just made that word up)

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    1. Thank you! Love 'fabulise' -great word.
      I love the sound of your cherry red leather jacket!

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  2. Wow you do have a fabulous collection of coloured coats - very jealous! I wear very bright clothes - head to toe purple, reds, yellow etc but thinking about my jackets they're all tan or black - I need to live a little. I want a mustard coat!! With regard to rules, I grew up hearing a few 'forbidden' colour combos but I've never followed them and believe using colours that 'clash' properly can give a wonderful contrast.

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    1. I think you should get yourself off to the shops to get some bright coats!!
      You're right that clashing colours can be amazing.

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  3. Hilarious bc I bought a green coat, mind you forest green but I still questioned whether or not I would get any wear out of it! Mind you Melbourne back in the day was still black loving but Sydney is more chilled. Love the colors and it does not look better but happier.

    I never understood don't wear white past a certain date thing either.its more of an American thing...but I love white year round.

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    1. Forest green sounds gorgeous! I totally disagree with the not wearing white thing. I think white looks great in winter, possibly more so as it adds much needed lightness.

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  4. Oh that blue is amazing! Everyone is taught to blend in here and not stand out, it's a Brit thing and the murky weather doesn't help, colour can look so garish in our light.

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    1. Yes, I think you're right about the light. I was in the UK last July/August, and despite it being summer, I didn't feel comfortable in some of my more blindingly bright outfits. In fact, I bought myself some dark tops from Cos, which haven't really been worn here.

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  5. Omg, iPad doing my head in, I meant to say it not only looks better but happier! Hope it wasn't misunderstood!

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    1. No,I suspected silly iPad auto correct!

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  6. You are right Ruth! i am only now veering into coloured coats! I actually only have one black coat - a very short, dressym faux fur by Simon Chang that I wear for "events"

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    1. Do it! Take the dive! I've been eyeing a beautiful green J Crew funnel necked coat on eBay. I don't need another coat as winter is here and I don't tend to buy winter stuff during winter!
      I think I will start surfing for oats for you instead! Green, or perhaps blue?

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  7. The cobalt is just too much wonderful for one coat, the colour, the line, the fit, the length...I just bought an anorak for a trip back in August. I will be in the New England area where in the lows often drop below zero and the highs can be in the high teens. How does one work that, shorts under my coat maybe.

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    1. I reckon it'll feel by cold during the day too - 18 degrees in winter is very chilly here!
      How long are you back for? Shame you're not coming to Sydney... We could have had our lunch or drinks!

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  8. Love all your colourful coats, and laughing at the sayings... my husband loves suede shoes. Always has. Good thing I didn't know about the saying. Great outfits... am suspecting though that if you were to return to the UK the coats wouldn't be warm enough... Our mid winter coats are their trans seasonal ones I tend to think. xx

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    1. Teeheehee! I love a man in suede shoes, so I've got no idea where that particular saying comes from!
      You're right about our coats here. They wouldn't cut the mustard for a 'proper' winter. Fingers crossed I never have to experience one again!!

      Ps, sorry for tardiness in replying. I've been suffering the dreaded gastro and have only just come up for air! Ghastly times.

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  9. It's only since writing my blog that I have started to experiment a little more with fashion - you saw my denim on denim ensemble didn't you, which is typically a fashion faux pas in most people's eyes, and before I started writing my blog all my coats - summer and winter - were black or navy and I have now bought a baby pink and a cream one; although they don't get as much wear as the darker colours. I'd say I'm still in the experimental phase of mixing things up a little!

    I tell my mum off for wearing too much brown, I just think with our skin colour we should avoid dressing head to toe in brown, and I tell my dad off who is 60 for wearing tracksuit tops or bottoms anywhere else but the gym!

    x

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    1. Colleen, I think having a blog definitely encourages me to be more adventurous and perhaps thoughtful about what I wear, although not always!
      I love your double denim - in fact that's one of the things I love most about the blogs I read - they're full of inspiration on all topics. Don't think I won't be trying out double denim myself once it warms up here!

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