I am starting my “Shop your Closet” or as we say in the UK “shop your wardrobe” post with a MaxMara coat that I think I purchased in about 2005. I was still working as an image consultant and coach in the corporate market. I wore jackets and formal clothes most days. I remember that this coat was a major purchase at the time and although I bought it in the sales it was still expensive. The fabric is divine, wonderfully soft, 70% alpaca and 30% wool.
It used to be longer about mid-calf; and I always wore with the tie belt. I had it re-modelled about four years ago as it was beginning to look like a dressing gown. I had it shortened to just below the knee and added a popper fastening at the top, so that I could wear it loose. I still occasionally wear it belted but think it looks more modern without the belt.
I have deliberately styled my coat to look casual and less corporate. I often wear a colourful scarf, however on this occasion I decided to try a tone on tone colour scheme with a pair of dark grey trousers, grey cashmere sweater and muted grey scarf. I deliberately wore my new Stan Smith sneakers, I was determined to experiment and try this look. I know this style is not for everybody. I could just as easily have worn one of my black ankle boots for a more classic feel.
Photos kindly taken by my friend Caroline.
RULE 1 – IF YOU WANT TO SHOP YOUR CLOSET SUCCESSFULLY I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU FIND AN EXCELLENT TAILOR/ALTERATION PERSON. IT WILL BE WELL WORTH THE EFFORT AND THE COST.
My coat is my MaxMara very similar one at Jaeger.
Similar coats at Net-a-Porter in the sale