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Winter White Coat

Max Mara coat Mayfair

On the coldest day (so far) this winter, I decided to break out my old winter white coat. It has really wide lapels and big buttons, both hallmarks of the 1960s style that I love so much. I think few things are more elegant than the colour winter white (cream, off-white, eggshell, ivory, or whatever you call it in your neck of the woods). Along with its elegance, winter white also brings a measure of high maintenance… one spot of coffee, one brush past a dirty car, one drop of a pen, and your winter white item is off to the dry cleaners while you cross your fingers and hope it comes out.  I decided to take my chances for this morning out!  I knew it was cold (freezing, actually), but I underestimated the wind.  O.M.F.  It was brutal.  Despite my layers, the wind seemed to have actual teeth and claws like an enormous puppy, attacking any exposed skin it could find.  So, I apologise for looking so stern in these photos, but I was losing my sense of humour with every passing minute, waiting on my husband to take a few shots so that I could race back to the warmth of our car and eventually an enormous cup of boiling hot tea.  Anyway, it was a sunny day, and for that I am thankful.

Being part magpie I decided, as usual, to add some shiny elements to this winter white coat, and I wore my sparkly edelweiss-looking necklace (especially appropriate from Lulu Frost!).

edelweiss necklace lulu frost

I put on a thick pair of black tights (I have strong opinions on these) under my shiny rockstud shoes. I’ve not seen anyone do this before, but I think since the tights are SO opaque, the effect is more like a pair of embellished boots rather than crazy-lady-with-tights-and-sandals.  I like it.  Since I was doing a lot of walking on uneven pavement I really didn’t want to put on high heels, and these low ones are a good comfortable option. Let me know if you think this tights-with-sandals thing is something you’d try, or if I’ve totally lost the plot.

rock studs and tights

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Mayfair Max Mara winter coatCoat (old): MaxMara (similar) Tights: Wolford Shoes: Valentino Necklace: Lulu Frost Bag: Hermes Sunnies: MiuMiu
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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Abby
    January 18, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    I love white anything (like the shorts I’m wearing all summer or my tight jeans as soon the weather improves), except for the valid point you mentioned Lisa, it can be a pain. With the shorts it’s easy because I can wash them, but to trust anybody to clean my luxury items, I’m not sure. So, I just keep them in my closet and admire them hanging nicely in a row:) Loved you stern look!!! xx Abby

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2016 at 3:09 PM

      I am such a klutz, that I rarely bring myself to spend much money on light coloured items. I seem to be a magnet for salad dressing, olive oil, red wine, and all manner of things that are fatal to a light silk shirt (that said, I have my eye on one at this very moment). Hopefully I won’t be so peeved in my next photos 🙂 Discomfort is deeply unstylish. xx

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    michelle
    January 18, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Valentino Rockstuds over 60 denier tights is absolute GENIUS woman!
    I would love to own a winter white coat but I’m certain it wouldn’t be white for long with my 3 mucky children around. I could save it for special occasions I guess? It looks so elegant on you I may be persuaded 😉
    X

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2016 at 4:22 PM

      My husband looked at me with the tights and sandals like I was crazy, and then he said, “Oh, ok. I get it.” (!!!). I don’t wear winter white often, but it is such a wow of a colour. Thank you Michelle! xx

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    Glenda
    January 18, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Winter white is high maintenance, but worth the work. Very elegant, and with the black tights, it pops tremendously.

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2016 at 6:26 PM

      It IS high maintenance! Thank you, Glenda xx

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    Laurie
    January 18, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Loving the tights with the rocks tubs, everyone will be wearing them with socks soon, I keep seeing this idea on instagram.I love the coat and the necklace, and yes wasn’t it cold!
    Laurie x

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM

      Thank you, Laurie!

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    Louisa Cloete
    January 18, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Love it all. Honey you definitely haven’t lost the plot!

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      Lisa
      January 18, 2016 at 8:03 PM

      Ha!! Thank you, Louisa xx

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    Little Red
    January 19, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    I totally understand the thick tights with the Valentino Rockstuds. I love winter white too but I can’t wear it on any regular basis since the cuffs on any coat would be become absolutely filthy. I love winter bling too. I bought a second Katherine Hooker coat this past fall in a luxuriously soft dark green wool/cashmere blend which I’ve accented with a vintage rhinestone brooch on the left shoulder.

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      Lisa
      January 19, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      The Katherine Hooker coat sounds amazing! They’re such a great investment, aren’t they? Funny, I’ve been scouring Ebay lately for just the right vintage brooches! xx

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        Little Red
        January 20, 2016 at 3:27 AM

        My brooch was an eBay purchase as well. The seller thought it was from the 1930s.

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    January 19, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    It’s nordic-rockstar chic and I love it! Wish you could style me this week. Heading to a blog conference w/ lots of PYTs and I don’t want to commit the deadliest blog sin of all — looking dowdy.

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      Lisa
      January 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM

      That’s a super description, Mithra! I wish I could sit in front of your closet and put looks together with you. I don’t think it is possible for you to look dowdy. Have a great time at the blog conference. xx

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    Jonathan
    March 9, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    So chic!
    I love winter white coats. The pairing of tights and sandals can be tricky, but the way you styled the Valentino Rockstuds and Wolford tights is simply fabulous!

    xo

    Jonathan

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      Lisa
      March 9, 2016 at 7:58 PM

      Oh, thanks SO MUCH Jonathan! xx

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