In my last post, I went classic all in black and navy. Today, I’m feeling the zest of a shiny brand new year and I’m wearing an explosion of colours. I like to be unpredictable, style-wise. Just when you think I might zig, I zag. In this particularly colourful ‘zag,’ I’m wearing a coat which I have since returned. I’ve been looking for a bright patchwork faux fur coat for about a year. I want one that is really REALLY colourful, like a unicorn wrapped in a rainbow seen through a prism. This one was close, but just not right. I wanted more of my favourite colours in there. I don’t wear orange or yellow clothing (admit it, my hair looks pretty vile with the yellow, doesn’t it?). I love the turquoise and cobalt and black, but I need some red or fuchsia or some of ‘my’ other colours in it. Plus, the sleeves were too short for Miss Monkey Arms here. That’s the trouble when you buy from a Chinese website; even when you buy a size L, they are not making things for a Western L! So back went the coat, and my search continues for a rainbow faux fur confection. I’ve even gone so far to contact an Etsy seller who makes faux fur rainbow children’s toys to see if she could make me a coat with her materials (she can’t). The lengths I go to, honestly!
The reason why I decided to even bother putting it on the blog is that when I put this coat on my Instagram stories video, most people LOVED it because the coat is so photogenic. It photographs much better than it looks in real life. Surprisingly, when we photographed it out in the street near my house, people stopped me to rave over how much they loved the coat… both properly crazy people and normal people! I had a few fleeting moments of thinking maybe I wouldn’t send it back, but I would rather hold out and find one that I really love. The colours of this coat work so well with a necklace I have, so I thought, why not, I’ll put it on the blog anyway. Isn’t the necklace amazing? I discovered this Belgian jewellery designer, Reina (soreina.beyoux on Instagram) through my friend Greet (journeyofastylist). Reina’s jewellery is all made from Swarovski crystals; this particular piece had my name all over it. I thought the orange was going to be red (as you may know, red and pale turquoise blue is my absolute favourite colour combination) but I still like it with the orange, and when you wear it with red, it looks red.
Since I am clearly in More Is More, Less Is A Bore mode with this outfit, I wore these insane new sunglasses from my favourite cheap and cheerful brand, ZeroUV. They look yellow, orange, red, or black, depending on the light (I now want them in every colour they come in). Like the necklace, I adore them with this coat. I’m really hoping I don’t regret sending this coat back! If you want to look like you are wearing the cast of Monsters Inc. in a coat, full shopping details are credited under the last photo.
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