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The Sustainable Coat Edit
NEVER UNDERSTIMATE THE POWER OF A GOOD QUALITY COAT
By Karin Kämpf
As the days start getting shorter and the mornings chilly and dark, you may be thinking already of what could keep you warm on your morning commute to work or how to smoothly transition from summer to autumn. What we found out is that last year with the evermore unpredictable change of temperatures and change of seasons, one of the most ubiquitous and worn pieces in a woman’s wardrobe is the coat. It is one of those fashion items that has evolved and transformed into an iconic piece in the last few years. Whether you wear a summer dress or a suit underneath, throwing a coat on can literally transform and allow you to try out a new role or even a completely new way of life, to live for a day.
Coats have become a staple piece in women’s closets and they’ve extended their role beyond the cold season. The coat has become almost a diva with a life of its own that you can’t control as much as the rest of your wardrobe. Its strength is in the way it sits and hugs you.
When you buy a coat, always consider three things:
The cut, the way the fabric falls and the back. And don’t forget, a coat should feel familiar, something close to your lifestyle and close to your heart
Since the coat became such an essential piece in everybody’s wardrobe, we decided to share with you a little part of its History, which concerns specifically women. This garment have become a symbol of our independence and power and let’s not forget, it creates the first impression of who we are?
Because without its story, the coat cannot be appreciated as much....and without its story you won’t be able to feel its depth and allure.
It hides it in all the linings and without knowing you will be just a lost passenger who drags along without direction.... The coat had many names, one of them the Latin word mantellum which means cover and cover. It is the most general thing that can be said about the coat. There are personal stories of famous travellers that add up to this basic narrative, such as the Roman soldier Martin of Tours, who on a bitter cold winter day split his cloak with a sword to share it.
Thinking of the coat, the image of the artists Joseph Beuys emerges in front of me, wearing his lynx coat. Writers like Dostoyevsky felt inspired by this fashion item, adding more mystery to its mythical role.
Cinema legends like Carol Bouquet in her white coat in the movie "For your eyes only”, or Sophia Loren in "the Key" and " Audrey Hepburn in " Breakfast at Tiffany's " wearing a trench coat, have contributed to making the coat a universal dream for many. Looking even further back, the 19th century is when the first modern coats appeared. It was the heyday of English tailoring. The coat replaced the sleeveless cloak and heavy scarves and shawls on women's shoulders. But for this to happen, the sleeves on blouses first had to become narrower and the billowing skirts had to disappear. The coat thus became a symbol of emancipation and keeping women warm during their first walks out in the public and on their way to earn their own money in the office. Until that time, coats were not intended for women, nor were they intended for women to go out in public.
However, the question to have a coat or not remained.
In the most skimpy coat in film history, Charlie Chaplin walked along a country road as "The Tramp". You can see the better times of this dusty piece of fabric. Just like a lady's Loden cape, in which a homeless man sleeps on a bench in the park. The coat of poverty does not fit anyone exactly. You can look fragile in your own coat. The look is called oversized, especially if it is a rich coat. The difference is fundamental and is visible on the Paris catwalks. The woman in these coats is an androgynous being, wrapped in cashmere, who cultivates the excess of rich coats and can be admired in the light of the winter sun.
A long worn coat takes our body shape, it becomes our body cavity or house, because we live in it. Every woman has her own coat, its own silhouette and shape that suits her and has a relationship with him through the associated memories.
A quality coat is one of the most important investments which is always worthwhile. I can rarely resist buying a new coat almost every season... What coats we can look forward to in the coming season and how we style them?
↓ Here are some of my favorite coats ↓
- COSY, AUTHENTIC COATS: STYLE WITH ROMANTIC CREAM, CREAM LACES
- THE SUIT COAT: BACK TO OFFICE STAPLE
- COZY UP YOUR WINTER WARDROBE WITH OUR FAUX-FUR COATS
- THE COOL ETHNO COAT FOR THE INFORMED GLOBAL TRAVELER
- A STATEMENT PIECE THAT EXISTS BEYOND ANY TREND: STAY UNIQUE WITH THESE ONE OF A KIND PATTERNS AND LUXURIOUS TRADITIONAL LOOM FABRICS
→ Find out more about each look by tapping on each image ←