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Colour-blocked Coat

Color blocked coat

I saw this colour-blocked coat online, and like a woman possessed, I tracked it down and bought it within a space of 60 seconds.  Sometimes, style is like that; a posession, a taking leave of one’s senses, a moment where logic temporarily goes off-air.  I was overtaken by the desire to own this life-changing, mood-lifting bit of fabric called a coat.  I’m obsessed with coats.  My second blog post ever was on coats (the first was on sequins, OBVIOUSLY!) and I’ve also discussed them herehere and here, not to mention my previous post on Winter White (See? Obsessed).  Luckily, I live in a place where I have nearly-year-round occasion to wear coats.  After my impulsive purchase, I saw that the company, SheIn, that makes it gets some terrible reviews.  It is a ‘fast fashion’ company, which I am generally against because it is horrible for the environment, the labour practices are sketchy at best, and the clothes are badly made.  This particular coat isn’t awful quality.  And for $46 less 40%, I’m really not expecting it to have been loving hand-crafted by local artisans using centuries-old methods in a sunlit Hermes workshop in the south of France.  It is made in China.  I emailed the company to ask for some further information about their business ethics, because there are several things on their website that I really like.  This gold sequin jacket, for instance, and this fun skirt. These are a departure from my usual investment pieces, but I can’t always find items that speak to my sparkle-driven magpie tendencies in higher end shops, so occasionally I have to look elsewhere.  SheIn assures me that they absolutely do not use any child labour (a la Primark).  They have brought several Westerners on board to oversee their now much-improved customer service, and they appear to have very ambitious plans for expanding further globally.

colour blockedCoat: SheIn, Glitter heels (old): Kurt Geiger, Bag: Hermes, Photos: Lottie Anderson

colour blocking

back of colour blocked coat

Anyway, the deed is done, I am wearing the coat.  I love the coat to be honest, even if the panel on the back is a permanent reminder of the time my logic went off-air (doesn’t it look like the screen saver that used to be on TV when stations went off air?!).

off air

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    ~ carmen ~
    January 22, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    Oh my gosh. This coat is seriously amazing. I love the color blocking; it’s so playful. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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      January 22, 2016 at 7:42 AM

      Thank you Carmen! xx

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    Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)
    January 22, 2016 at 2:09 AM

    Great coat. I can see what you wanted it. I do love your other choices too – particularly the gold jacket. I might have to break down and buy it too. I have enough tees and jeans to wear it with!

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      January 22, 2016 at 7:43 AM

      Thanks, Stevie! They really do have some nice pieces on their website if you dig through a lot of stuff. xx

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    Gilly Maddison
    January 22, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    I can totally see why you had to track this coat down! I love anything that is different and this certainly is that! (Well, I doubt I would see anyone in my village wearing one!) I would have preferred the pinky shaded panels to be in shades of purple for me though because I love purple.

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      January 22, 2016 at 7:44 AM

      At least this is an impulse purchase that I don’t regret! Thank you, Gilly. xx

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    January 22, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Omg you crack me up – screen saver! Hahaha was that even a term back then? By the way I didn’t think that until you mentioned it 😉
    Good for you checking up on the coats provenance, the more we do this the less likely manufacturers will feel they can get away with unscrupulous practice. Sounds like you’ve found yourself a little gem there? Will we be seeing a sequins skirt soon?

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      January 22, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      I’m sure I’ll get into some more trouble on that website. Still, the pricing does seem a little too good to be true, no? xx

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    Jodie filogomo
    January 22, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    I love a statement coat—I mean, hey—if we have to bundle up we might as well look good! How good of you to check into the company about their work practices. I’ve ordered a couple items from SheIn and never thought to do that—but now I feel better knowing what you found out! jodie

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      January 22, 2016 at 5:14 PM

      I feel better about ordering from them now, I think. They’ve got good jackets and coats! xx

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    January 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    I just loved your Hermes reference – haha! And the TV one too. As for the price, I had to read it twice, wow! That’s a bargain. You look stunning as usual, Lisa!
    xx Abby

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      January 22, 2016 at 10:10 PM

      I’m sure you remember those off-air TV screens too, right?! Can you believe this coat was cheap as chips? Thank you, sweet Abby. xx

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    Marcia @ Menopausal Mother
    January 22, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    I had a sweater once that was similar to this coat–I loved it! And the shoes here—TO DIE FOR!

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      January 22, 2016 at 10:09 PM

      Thank you Marcia! xx

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    Stella Asteria
    March 24, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Wonderful post and look dear! This colour block coat is a great find and I love the way you styled it! Very modern and classic at the same time! Perfect <3

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      March 24, 2016 at 1:09 PM

      Thank you so much, Stella! I really enjoyed this coat. xx

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