6 Feb 2020

Wrap Up In A Classic

Wrap Up In A Classic on vickiarcher.com

The classic coat has been neglected.

By me at least.

I have been wrapped up in puffers and field jacket style coats so the beauty of a classic has escaped me. If there is one piece my wardrobe loves, it is a great coat. Winter is my season and mostly because I love dressing up in layers and jackets. For me, there is real pleasure in selecting a coat and working out what I will wear with it.

About now is the right time for a more classic woolen coat, especially if dresses are featuring more in day to day wear. Classic coats don’t have to appear dowdy or matronly; I wore mine over a lace dress with sneakers yesterday; equally a puffer would have worked but I felt like the comfort of a familiar favourite and a change.

How do you choose a classic?

Colour to start.

If coats are your thing then go for more adventurous colours – you won’t stop at one. An investment coat I believe, navy, black, camel or cream are the winners. Followed closely by olive or khaki green.

Shape to fit.

Single-breasted, double-breasted or belted are some of the options; I like a closing so usually go with a button-up style.

Length to love.

Above the knee, on the knee or mid-calf? I wear knee-length and beyond unless it is a pea coat as I prefer the proportions of a longer coat. As a fan of the midi to ankle-length dress, a longer coat is an essential in the wardrobe.

There is something to be said for a classic. xv

Wrap Up In These

double breasted

kenneth cole   ||  harris wharf camel  ||  avec les filles  || ganni twill  || acne studios odethe  ||  harris wharf black  ||  maison margiela navy

single breasted

fleurette top coat  ||  halogen double face  ||  sofia single-breasted  ||  harris wharf pressed wool

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beautiful casual elegant coat in black or navy.?… like the double breasted style on you.

Linda B

How I sometimes wish that I lived somewhere that a long wool coat is necessary! There is never a time in southern Arizona that I need a coat like this. I actually do have one in my closet–a long black Calvin Klein number–that my aunt lent me about 15 years ago to go to a friend’s special occasion in Minnesota in January. I was never cold on that trip; I gave it back to her with some reluctance when I got home, even if I didn’t need it here. (She used to travel frequently and really did need it, of course.) Later, when my aunt passed away, that coat went to my mother–who did wear it here, because she was perpetually cold in winter. Now that she has also passed away, it is with me, and I will treasure it always even if I rarely have occasion to wear it. Maybe I’ll need to go back to MN some winter. . .

Michelle à Détroit

Vicki, I love that coat! It looks lovely on you. I look at cold weather as an opportunity to wear winter coats! That could stem from my years in New York. We walk everywhere there in all sorts of weather. Coats were an opportunity to express ourselves. I was just there last weekend and I must say that puffers rule the day. I brought my camel reefer coat and a few black pieces to wear with it. Hubby brought his black (dress) puffer and looked handsome and elegant as always.


Good morning Vicki! I wish I could strut around town in a classic as such but it’s just too cold here. I did however, have a stunning fitted long coat for years that I brought over here from Boston and I’d wear that in early winter or late spring. How I miss that coat!

Maisie Kapollas

Oh, I love a wool coat, I have several, in fact I think I’m slightly obsessed with coats ! My latest buy is a dark blue belted dressing-gown style, which I wear with my wool-lined boots, a big scarf, and of course gloves, and I feel like a Russian princess ! May I ask, are you tall, Vicki ? Us not -so tall are not really supposed to wear long sweeping coats but I love them and feel that I look fine. If storage space wasn’t such an issue with coats I’m sure there would be no stopping me. Plus it is a fairly costly garment.


I posted a reply earlier but for some reason it disappeared ! Just wanted to say that I too love wool coats, if storage ( and the cost ! ) were not an issue I would probably have dozens ! My most recent purchase was a dark blue belted dressing-gown style. When I wear it on a very cold day with my wool-lined boots I feel a bit like a Russian princess !
I know that we are supposed to stay away from long coats unless we are tall, but I love them and I feel that I look fine, just as long as the proportions are right and the coat doesn’t swamp me.


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