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Rose Gold Sequin coat

A year ago, my friend Giselle saw a gorgeous 1960s ivory sequin trench coat in a vintage shop in North London, and sent me a link to it on their website. It was my size. It was shiny, elegant, and perfect… a dream coat.  I imagine Emma Peel might wear something similar to a New Year’s Eve party.  Stupidly, I decided to think about it for a few days, and someone else snapped it up while I dithered.  I have now learned my lesson with vintage shopping the hard way (it has only taken three times of me missing out on wear-forever unique pieces *eyeroll*).  The Vintage Golden Rule is– DO NOT THINK ABOUT IT or it will be gone.  If you change your mind, you can always sell it, but don’t wait.

After this first-world coat crisis, I started regularly Google-searching for ‘Sequin Trench Coat’ to see if I could find anything similar.  I couldn’t.  I haven’t.  I will keep searching to find my ivory Emma Peel New Year’s Eve coat, but until then this one will have to do.  It lacks a belt and could maybe use a little more tailoring, but I still love it… especially for £80.  It was drastically marked down at Christmas last year and I decided to chance it even though it is a size four (I am not a size four).  I’ve worn it so much already.  It is special but still relaxed, if that makes sense, so it suits a lot of occasions.  Its first outing was to a makeup event for Trinny London, and Trinny Woodall (another sequin-mad woman) demanded to know where I got it while I gloated over how little I paid for it.  She looked at the label inside (it says Peace + Love, a brand from Missguided) and immediately googled it on her phone.  I told her I had bought the last one on the website, but she still double checked.  If I ever want to sell it, I know exactly who to call.

The most recent outing was to a shoe store launch event last week at an art gallery.  If I’m honest, I didn’t style it terribly well in these photos. The sunglasses are especially awful so I cropped them out of as many photos as I could.  I was in a rush between appointments to get these photos done, and I didn’t pay attention to that detail.  I grabbed them to make a change from the several black pairs I often wear, and these just don’t work. Of course I didn’t wear the sunglasses that night anyway, thankfully!

I’m wearing the self-tanner from my last post.  I’m also wearing a favourite pair of sandals that a client from back in my banking days gifted me; they’re Manolo Blahniks from 2005 and I love them as much now as I did then. They’re very well balanced and MUCH easier to walk in than they appear (something I cannot say about most Louboutins).  Back then, I worked with a client in New York who was having  a tough time launching their hedge fund.   The company that I worked for was being unnecessarily difficult with the client.  I’ve never been good at taking ‘no’ or ‘wait’ very easily, so I literally flew to another country to pester my legal colleagues there who were dragging their feet (I openly called them the Business Prevention Unit).  I sat in front of their desks, glowering like a pit bull, until they pushed the approvals through.  The client was so elated to finally be up and running that they gave me three pairs of Manolos as a thank you (remember this was post Sex and the City, so even non-fashion men knew that Manolos were a thing).  Win win.

I know there are a few of you who will want a nonchalant statement of a coat like this.  My searches haven’t turned up much lately, but here are the few I’ve found.  Forget the festival styling of some of them; if you wore it with a smart dress underneath it would work.  I think this is the nicest one, (and on sale) but annoyingly the Saks image won’t show up in my widget below.

 

 

Outfit details

Sequin coat: Peace + Love at Missguided
Black wool skirt: Winser London
Tank top: Topshop
Clutch: Hermes
Sunglasses: terrible!
Sandals: Manolo Blahnik

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Emma Peach
    June 12, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Oh my goodness, what a spectacular coat! And so you Lisa! Simply gorgeous!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      June 12, 2018 at 10:33 PM

      Thank you so much, Emma! I’m so pleased you like it! xx

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    Troy
    June 12, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    This is the most “you” I know! Gorgeous! I don’t mind the sunglasses 😉

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      Lisa
      June 12, 2018 at 10:33 PM

      Well, you would know! Thank you so much, sweetness. xx

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    Susan B
    June 12, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Oh, that is GLORIOUS!!

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      Lisa
      June 12, 2018 at 10:32 PM

      Thank you, Susan! xx

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    Gail
    June 12, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    I can see why Trinny was lusting after your coat! Magnificent

    • Reply
      Lisa
      June 12, 2018 at 10:32 PM

      Thank you so much, Gail! I love it too much to let her have it just yet… xx

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    Ayesha
    June 12, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Beautiful coat and fantastic anecdotes! 💖💖💖

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      Lisa
      June 12, 2018 at 10:30 PM

      Thank you so much, Ayesha! xx

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    Michelle
    June 12, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    You’re so funny Sparkles *Sunglasses – Terrible!* They are not you nutter 😉
    Adore this coat on you so much Lisa, I mean seriously, you are the coat personified! In fact I highly recommend starting a line of sequins jackets & Macs. How fabulous would that be? I can see the label already, can’t you?

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      Lisa
      June 12, 2018 at 10:30 PM

      They ARE awful! So dated, and quite honestly, never really suited my face shape. These will now go in the car for emergencies only.

      Ooooo, my own line of sequin clothing, yes please! 🙂 xx

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    Little Red
    June 13, 2018 at 4:14 AM

    You and your sequin madness has infected me too! The sequin bomber jacket from Alice + Olivia is finally on sale for more than 50% off at NM and I’m seriously tempted to pull the trigger on it.

    You look great in this rose gold sequin coat since you have the height to pull it off and it’s so you anyway that it’s meant to be.

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      Lisa
      June 13, 2018 at 2:49 PM

      I’m glad you’re in the Full On Sparkle Mode, Little Red. Wow, +50% off is good! Yeah, I know this coat wouldn’t be a staple for everyone, but it is for me 🙂 Thank you xx

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    Moya
    June 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    That looks fabulous on you and you wear it well!

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      Lisa
      June 13, 2018 at 2:49 PM

      Thank you so much, Moya! xx

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    simplementlui
    June 13, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    A fantastic coat and superb heels … the two eye catching elements here 😉 And then your story how you got those beautiful sandals is funny even if I can imagine it was not that fun when you had to scream in front of colleagues!

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/royal-greenhouses/

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      Lisa
      June 13, 2018 at 2:51 PM

      Thank you so much; I’m so pleased you like the heels and the coat! xx

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    josep-maria
    June 13, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    I love this coat, it’s a real marvel! Elegance, originality and style The fabric and the print of the coat are two cute. I love your outfit with everything black under the coat and great accessories. A super feminine and original proposal.

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      Lisa
      June 13, 2018 at 2:53 PM

      Thank you, Josep-Maria! I’m pleased that this is the kind of coat I don’t run into too many people wearing all the time. It is original and somehow still classic, despite the avalanche of sequins. xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    June 13, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    OH WOMAN……..YOU NAILED IT!!!!!!!!
    I will be LOOKING FOR YOU AS I’m THE VINTAGE CONTESSA who has a COLLECTION of VELVET OPERA COATS…………perhaps you want one of those?!!!!!!!!
    I’m on IT over here on the WEST COAST of the USA!!!!!!!!!!
    XO

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      Lisa
      June 15, 2018 at 5:39 PM

      Oh, thank you Elizabeth! This coat is certainly up your More Is More style street! I might be needing one of your opera coats, but I’m glad you are my woman on the case on the West Coast! xxx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    June 13, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Love, love, love it. I know you will sell it to Trinny (if you ever) as she was first. But remember… I am a size four. I bet Trinny isn’t. Just saying.
    The sandals and bag are terrific too. I remember your husband giving you the bag. The story of you receiving three pairs of Manolos is so good. That is what you get when you do a fantastic job. I remember my Ron receiving a Monaco watch by Tag Heuer from his client at the advertising agency where he worked at the time. He had to clear that gift with the management, but they knew how good Ron was for the client. No problem.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      June 15, 2018 at 5:32 PM

      I will certainly keep you in mind for the sequin coat, Miss Greetje. And you are welcome to borrow it any time you like! Just like Ron, I had to delare the gift to my management, but they were cool with it since it was after and not before the client’s approval (ie not a bribe). xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    June 13, 2018 at 11:21 PM

    You look ravishing in that coat! I’m sorry about the one that got away, though. I am haunted by many a commode or sideboard. And you are absolutely spot on regarding vintage. Better luck next time.

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    June 13, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    You look like a sexy post-modern intellectual in that coat. I am sorry about the one that got away. You are so right about vintage. He who hesitates and all that. I’m haunted by a turquoise commode and a burlwood rolltop desk.

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      Lisa
      June 15, 2018 at 5:29 PM

      Well you were with me for my deepest vintage regret, that Dior coat in Notting Hill. I was so stupid. I’ve searched endlessly for that and it really doesn’t exist anywhere else. Next time, I’ll know. I should have listened to you to bargain with her at the time. xx

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    Ann
    June 13, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    Gorgeous coat! FABULOUS story!

    And just in case Trinny vanishes from the face of the earth, would you please start a Sequin Trench Waiting List and put me right at the top?

    Seriously — that coat rocks!

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      Lisa
      June 15, 2018 at 5:28 PM

      You’re at the top of the list, Ann! I’m so glad you like it; I do too. I feel like a foil wrapped chocolate in it, in a good way 🙂 xx

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    Suzanne
    June 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM

    Ah that’s the thing about vintage…no hesitating, no dithering.

    suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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      Lisa
      June 15, 2018 at 5:27 PM

      I’ve really learned the hard way; I missed out on that Dior coat from the 60s I had on my Facebook page a while back 🙁 It keeps me awake at night.

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    LifenStyle
    June 15, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    This look is incredible Lisa, your stylist in truly inspirational <3

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    Samantha @ FakeFabulous
    June 15, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Oh Lordy lord…. I almost fell off the sofa!
    Hello gorgeous!!!!!
    XXX
    Samantha

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      Lisa
      June 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM

      Hahaha, so glad you like it, Sam! A few thousand sequins never go unnoticed. 😀 xx

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    Jo
    June 19, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    That was so lovely, I read it twice. Gold sequins on a trench. How dreamy is that?
    The times I’ve walked away from something I have liked, only to find on my going back that it has been sold. Not now. These days I take the plunge.
    Jojo

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      Lisa
      July 3, 2018 at 9:21 AM

      Thank you so much, Jo.

      Yes, I’m the same. I dithered a bit over this coat as well, and I’m glad I didn’t miss this one too. I think the only reason I managed to snag it is that the sizing was so weird. xx

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    whatlizzyloves
    June 28, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Oh Lisa! I love everything about this coat. It is so “extra” as Poppy would say, but so very wearable to because of the more casual shape. The rose gold suits you so well. And my goodness! I love the story of your Manolo Blahniks. Although your flying to another country deserves special reward. Your suggestions at the foot of the post are going to stay in my mind for autumn! Lots of love you beautiful woman xxxxxx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      July 3, 2018 at 9:23 AM

      Thank you so much, Liz! I’ve never had any rose gold, so this is a first but I’m liking it. There’s even a Pixi eyeshadow this colour (with glitter of course) that I want now… just to go with the coat! Love to you xx

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    shelbeeontheedge1
    June 30, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Oh Lisa, this jacket is magnificent beyond words! And no one is even noticing your sunglasses! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      July 3, 2018 at 9:19 AM

      Thank you so much, Shelbee! That is so sweet of you! xx

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