Shop your closet – red shawl collar wrap coat

Red shawl coat close-up




I bought this rich red Nicole Farhi shawl collar coat about six years ago. It was at the time when Nicole was leaving the company she had founded to start a new career as a sculptor. You can read her story in The Telegraph.   Much of the stock was being sold off at very reduced prices and I discovered this amazing coat in TKMaxx. I was walking past the shop and I could tell even from outside on the pavement that this was a stunning coat.


The brand Nicole Farhi still produces beautiful coats.  I tracked a selection available on their website here (quite a few reduced in the sale).




Red shawl collar wrap coat




I am wearing it with a black polo neck sweater, a pair of slim black trousers and knee length boots.

The black brooch adds a decorative touch and also serves to keep the coat closed. I often use this trick with wrap coats. I sometimes pin the brooch higher up and let the coat hang open.




Red shawl collar coat plus brooch




Accessories for red shawl coat

On the left is a soft gold cuff that I found in the market in St. Tropez.



Accessories are incredibly important items in our wardrobes. They are the heroes that transform the ordinary into the spectacular. They help to lift a classic piece we may have had for many years. Strategically placed they can help to draw attention to areas of our body that we choose to emphasis.

On that note Sylvie of 40plusstyle will shortly be offering a course Accessorize me confident & beautiful! where she will be teaching you how to artfully accessories an outfit according to silhouette and proportion.  The course is due to start in two weeks time, in the meantime there are free videos and webinars to watch just click here.






Brooches are underestimated pieces of jewelery in my opinion. They can add originality and flair to an otherwise simple outfit. You may have some unloved brooches tucked away in your drawers and cupboards or you might like to take a look at a good selection at Nordstrom and John Lewis.











  1. Joan Burton
    3rd February 2016 / 10:25

    That looks amazing. Not everyone can wear red well, but it looks fab with your colouring, and red and black is such a great combination. A real head turner! It’s a long time since I wore red in such a bold way, but you have inspired me now!

  2. Jasmine
    3rd February 2016 / 10:47

    I love your coat but it’s your addition of the brooch that completes it for me.

  3. Kari
    3rd February 2016 / 11:54

    Wow! I think the boots are great too!

  4. Pam@over50feeling40
    3rd February 2016 / 12:46

    You look amazing in this coat! Just gorgeous!

  5. Lynn
    3rd February 2016 / 20:56

    Love the coat, the colour is gorgeous on you.

  6. Sue
    4th February 2016 / 02:10

    I purchased a shawl collar coat from Nordstrom and had to return it. I couldn’t even raise my arms. It was like wearing a straight-jacket ( not that I have ever worn one!). Your coat looks softer that the one I returned.

  7. Barbara Plumb
    4th February 2016 / 02:23

    Love the way you always look so comfortable in your outfits. This is a major priority for me.

  8. Wendy B
    4th February 2016 / 19:10

    Wow! You look fabulous in that colour! Love the brooch and cuff.

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