Yay, coat weather!

I have been a bad, bad blogger. I won’t bore you with the excuses; suffice to say, I have been so bogged down with work that I almost saved the draft of this blog post as ‘conferencepaper_v3’. Even though it feels like it’s all been work… it’s not all been work. (I would damn well hope so, considering how little I’ve produced.)

ANYWAY. No one cares about that (I’m boring myself just thinking about it), so! It’s almost coat season in Sydney and all my coats are ready to play. Too ready, really, as it’s actually a tiny bit too hot for my heavier coats, but any drop in temperature makes me want to take them out for a stroll.

I am wearing a pale silvery-blue dress from Fleur Wood (more detailed pictures of the dress here and here), which I think bounces with the grey in the coat quite nicely. I like how it peeks out at the neckline, though I do wish the snap buttons weren’t so very large and bulky… it disturbs the line a bit. But it’s not too obvious, so I suppose I’ll survive. (Or snip the button off, bwahahaha.) The blue suede shoes from Midas — you know, the ones to which I added a burgundy bow from scraps of bias tape. They’re never the right shade of blue, really; they’re always too bright or too warm or too cool a blue for whatever piece I’m trying to match it with at the time, but they seem to work when seen from far away. And when you can’t see much blue (like in this outfit). I find that it’s easier to co-ordinate hopelessly non-matching shades of the same colour by keeping them very very far apart. No one notices that the colours clash when one shade is on your hair and the other is on your feet. Very tricksy.

My stockings are cream with a very subtle mauve stripe. They’re called ‘Style Me Pretty’ and were from Alannah Hill’s Spring/Summer 10 collection. I’ve almost thoroughly trashed this pair, but I’ve still got a spare in pristine condition. Almost too scared to use the spare because I don’t want to ruin them. I get ridiculously attached to my clothes. I find that these stockings are perfect when mediating colour clashes, too — the Fleur Wood dress and the shoes really don’t go together at all unless I have pink-y pale hosiery.


My coat is from Alannah Hill’s Autumn/Winter 10 collection and is called ‘The Waiting Game’. It also came in a charcoal (you can see it here) but I have a Thing for red coats. I think it stems from having played the Carmen Sandiego computer games a lot. She had the most amazing red outfit in the universe.

…And I’ve just looked at the link to the charcoal coat and realised that my coat is officially orange, not red. Which has just blown my mind, because I’ve always thought of it as red. I suppose it’s a very bright, warm red. Like what the red Crayola pencil should have been, really. (You know. There’s the orange-red pencil, which is indisputably orange with bits of red mixed in; there’s the red-orange pencil, which looks like fire trucks and McDonald’s and Coca Cola and Maltesers packets and is indisputably red, and then there’s the plain red pencil which suddenly looks suspiciously plummy burgundy, because everyone knows that red = McDonald’s and fire trucks. I like the red now but it certainly didn’t look like a proper red when I was younger.)

The coat isn’t only red (that’s right, I’m going to insist it’s red), it has a bow. And bows make everything amazing. True fact.

You can’t really see the bow on the coat in these shots, can you? I think the bow is the Crowning Detail of Awesome. I remember seeing it in store and dying. And then trying it on and dying of heat exhaustion, because it was warm inside the store and I had just been walking at a fairly quick pace for half an hour. While wearing a leather jacket. I was almost put off this coat because it made me feel as though I had just donned a furnace but, thankfully, (ir)rationality prevailed and I am the very happy owner of one of the most twee coats in existence.

Look on the bow and say that it is not (one of) the most twee things in existence:


Okay, that’s not the clearest shot but the rest of the photos tend to feature me being a bit of a dork so… it’s this one or nothing. And, please ignore the fact that my beret looks like a giant melted marshmallow. I’m not quite sure how it ended up looking like that.

Speaking of marshmallows, do you know what is amazingly amazing? Marshmallows melted on chocolate chip cookies. Pop some chocolate chip cookies in the oven (toaster oven is best, really) and top each one with a marshmallow. Heat till marshmallow is all gooey goodness. Gobble. Enjoy. It’s like s’mores for lazy people.


16 Comments to “Yay, coat weather!”

  1. YAY! Finally a post. I adore your jacket – I really need more seeing as how we have about 8 months of coat weather here in Melbourne…my favourite type of weather.

  2. Yay, you’re back!! I love that coat, I have a thing for red coats too, and as if that coat is orange x

    • Good to know I’m not the only one! I had to whip out every red thing I owned just to check — but most of my reds are quite blue-toned, so my coat was starting to look maybe-not-really-oh-could-be-i-suppose-orange. Wouldn’t be too bad if it were orange, though… it’d just be an excuse to buy a new, decidedly red coat. :p

  3. Welcome back!!!

    I think the coat is red too, doesn’t look orange at all. Perhaps they are colour-blind, like my mum who thinks orange is purple *rolls-eyes

  4. I love berets. I have 4 and never wear them, which would indicate that I don’t love them, but I do. Every winter I say, “This winter”. So, this winter…

    • Berets are one of those hats, I think, that people buy but rarely wear. I think I had mine for about two years before I decided to actually wear them. Once you start, it’s almost impossible to look back.

  5. Mmkay, I love your coat! 🙂 I love red coats too, I have a wollen one (albeit it’s just a cheapy one from Target). But really, red anything! Such a lovely pop of colour that is so standout and screams attention!

  6. I also forgot to mention this: judging from your definition of amazing, I’m sure you’d love to try this – roasted Tim Tams. Just long enough for the inside to go completely gooey, it’s almost like heaven. Let me know what you think if you ever do try it!

  7. Hey cool red coat! May I please know what size it is? Is it true to it’s sizing?

    • It’s a size 6 and feels true to size… perhaps on the small end because I’m not sure what ‘true to size’ means in the age of vanity sizing! I’m quite petite and it fits comfortably with room for a couple of (thin) layers (like cashmere knits). If I remember correctly, though, I did try on the 8 and I didn’t look swamped.

      If it helps any, I’m too small for almost all clothing stores in Australia — I have to pin all my AH skirts so they don’t fall off my hips and would buy my jeans from the kids’ sections in department stores if I wore jeans! Alannah Hill is one of the few labels that I don’t have to alter considerably. I can also take an XXS in BCBG and sometimes an 0 in Ralph Lauren Rugby (hit-and-miss, sometimes it’s too big, and XS in RL Rugby also tends to be a bit on the big side)… those are basically the two other labels in my wardrobe. Hope that helps a bit! 🙂

  8. Thanks heaps for your comment! I’m searching for this coat!! Are you usually a size 6 in other brands too? Is this coat in a size 6 just like other brands in size 6?

    • Any time!

      I’m afraid I don’t shop very much in Australian stores so I can’t help too much. I do have two coats from Portmans and Forever New in size 6 and they’re a bit loose on me, but nothing noticeable and nothing that belts can’t fix. I can’t wear anything from Country Road or Cue (banes of my sartorial existence!). If you’re a size 6 in most stores I suspect the 8 or 10 miiiight be a better fit, though don’t quote me on that. 😛 I’m afraid my tape measure has gone AWOL so I can’t take any measurements just yet. If you can wait till tomorrow I can do it then, though!

      You should be able to find the coats on sale here, though in limited sizes: http://www.clearitonline.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=waiting+game. They also have a gorgeous pink one in the same cut: http://www.clearitonline.com.au/a-thousand-love-letters-coat.html.

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