rennes

10.27.2011





images from worthwhile.


Coats. I know, I'm going to talk about coats - again, but at least it's been a year. So, major bummer. When the cold front moved in over the past few days I found out something that I had been dreading, because I knew it would be true. The APC coat is tight. I can wear it without a sweater underneath okay, but with a sweater? Forget it. Like almost ALL the woven items I own, nothing fits me right now. The days of extra smalls and smalls are long gone, I have graduated to a medium. I hope that in time, my body will go back to normal post-medications; but, that seems unlikely for right now, and since I don't want to sit and pout about the way things are, I might as well take everything in stride.

Case in point : the Isabel Marant Xabi Coat. (Above images from Worthwhile). I tried it on over the weekend and I like the idea of it, but the person who I love to drag in stores informed me it was too slouchy and shapeless. I usually listen to him, but in this case I'm not sure. Right now all I want are slouchy clothes. I love the look of these coats on everyone else, but I'm thinking maybe I'm too short to pull it off. The fabric seems like it's well made (mostly wool and alpaca with only a teeny bit of poly, which is better than the duffle coat) and it seems like it would be warm with plenty of room for layering. For now I'm holding back, and keeping up with the "not buying unnecessary clothing" (something I instituted for myself at the end of the summer - so far so good!). Still, it would be good to have a better coat option for the winter.

8 comments:

Belinda [simple things] said...

Boo. I understand the frustration of medication-related weight and your favourite clothes not fitting. I can't fit any of my jeans at the moment but I refuse to buy more - I will fit them again! I managed to make it through the winter without jeans but it was very annoying.

So I am also drawn to loose clothing right now. I can tell you - I am tall and still quite slim, but the slouchy things are still unflattering. I don't think that there is any way around it. No matter what your height is, they still look shapeless. You just have to wear it with confidence and you'll look great.

Not wanting to buy unnecessary clothing - now that's another issue. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between 'wants' and 'needs'.

Ruth said...

You are so beautiful =) I love all your pictures and your sweater pics are GORGEOUS. I like your coat too, but wish I could see your face, I love to see how you style your hair.

erica said...

oh no, julia, i'm really sorry to hear about the apc coat! i hope you can wear it again in the near future.

my IM etoile baki isn't warm enough for the winter, but i do love the slouchy look--even if i resemble a bag lady!

i haven't tried the xabi on, but from the photos it looks much more form-fitting than some of her other coats and jackets. the price isn't too bad (i know, i know...). i'm pretty sure i'm going to buy a woolrich parka, which is hardly elegant, but i need something roomy and indestructible.

cats dreaming in keylime said...

I'm short, too, and just try to wear a heeled boot with my slouchy stuff. I love it.

Hannah Elise said...

Yeah, I love me the slouchy look. The bigger and cozier things are the better. Usually, if things are baggier I like them to be a little shorter so they don't overwhelm me. This coat is tricky though because I can't see how long it is, or how tall this particular model is? I thought the length of the APC duffle last year was perfect on you. You know your style, go with your gut!

Kim said...

First, having lived through a few Boston winters, I say that you are allowed to talk about coats all you want! I love everything slouchy. Seems like the coat could work. I agree with wearing something w/ a little bit of a heel, and also it depends on how long the coat is.

lola is beauty said...

I tried on the IM Baki coat and I looked like a flump!
http://www.thechestnut.com/flumps.htm

It was very disappointing - on the hanger it looked chic and elegant and exactly what I wanted, but on me - nope! Weird because I'm fairly tall. I think it means you have to think more about what you wear under it. I may have been wearing baggy trousers and flats that day...

Jade said...

slouch on, my friend! there is a time and a place for being slouchy, and you don't have to sacrifice style. just rock it! i'm short and love slouchy clothes, and i think with a little heel and maybe a more fitted bottom, you've got nothing to lose.