Many of you were interested in a coat to wear with navy clothes, and I had great fun obliging! Some of these coats cost MANY months of rent, but they are amazingly beautiful, and they give us a look and a level of quality to which we can aspire in our more normal coat shopping.
- The Patterned Coat
Paisley! Subtle, and almost iridescent, This coat doesn't need much. The hat is divine, the infinity scarf is a subtle melange of the colors in the coat, and the cashmere gloves pick up one of the brighter highlight colors. Feather earrings echo the swirling feeling of the pattern of the coat.
Note: These cashmere gloves are going to show up a few times - they are available in a range of colors, and are a very reasonable price (for cashmere!).
- The Bright Coat
They don't come much brighter! I didn't want to get TOO carried away with this bright color, so a navy beret with a bit of sparkle, and navy gloves, help tone down the exuberance just a bit. The soft scarf will be well tucked into the neckline of the coat, but will show if you've left open the top button. And the floral motif of the earrings is an homage to the flowered scarf.
- The Shade or Tone of my Neutral Coat
I took this to mean that I could find a coat in any shade of blue. Paler blues looked kind of odd with the navy outfit, so I chose cobalt. (Turquoise is also an EXCELLENT option...) This is a much more "over the top" outfit - especially the hat with the "cat's ears". Trust me, when you start looking for cat ear hats, they're EVERYWHERE. I was shocked... The marbled fabric scarf includes a bunch of shades of blue - it would be a useful addition to any navy wardrobe. And small blue earrings give you a bit of sparkle.
- The Textured Coat
If your wardrobe is centered on navy and beige, this is the PERFECT coat for you! The simple knit cap is also available in a bunch of lovely colors... A traditional plaid scarf, and beige gloves finish off your clothes. The earrings? They have the texture of the coat, and the angularity of the pattern of the scarf! No detail is too small, sometimes...
- The Pastel Coat
You will NOT see a lot of other people sporting about in a coat in this color, trust me! It was pretty amazing to find a hat in the same color! Missoni scarves are always worth checking out if you're in search of a "Match Maker" item to pull 2 colors together - they are masters of the interesting and unusual color combination. Suede gloves keep things calm and low key. And THESE earrings? Notice the zigzag pattern in them, which is also the signature knit of your Missoni scarf?
- The Complementary Neutral Coat
Mixing of warm and cool colors at it's finest! This caramel (or tobacco, or auburn) coat, hat and gloves look great with navy, and the amazing pleated scarf makes it all look intentional! For these earrings, I found the best priced amber earrings at a shop that raises money for animal rescue! Amazing....
As always, I'm working with a base of great simplicity. Or great elegance, as I prefer to describe it. A beautiful sweater, corduroy jeans, and navy boots - your options to build upon these simple basics are impossible to count. And that whole "solid dark vertical column" thing is no joke.