We got another dusting of snow last week, and what perfect timing to show off my last Merry-Birthday-To-Me present! I’ve wanted skirted coat in a fun color for ages, and as my short red coat is finally starting to show its age (considering it was a $20 fashion coat purchased at least 6 years ago!) it seemed like a good time to add a coat to my collection. After loving the fit of every Hell Bunny dress I tried on at Modern Millie, I was doing a little online window-shopping when I spotted the Vivien coat in red and quite on sale. It looked pretty dumpy on the teeny tiny model, but a quick google reassured that in real life the fit was more flattering, so into my shopping cart it went.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of what arrived! It’s not the warmest coat I own by a long shot, but it’s a perfect finishing layer on a cold day. I particularly like the full skirt, perfect for wearing over petticoats and swirling around in. The cut velvet collar and cuffs are a nice detail too, and they look impressively like the Persian lamb they’re meant to imitate.
I wasn’t sure how well cleared the snow would be, so I opted for my Victoria boots from Royal Vintage Shoes. I’ve blogged about these before here, and they’ve been my go-to boots to slip on when I need to run to the shops and I don’t trust myself wearing proper heels. I have added a textured rubber sole to these, though, as a leather sole would be ruined pretty quickly around here with all the salt and cobblestones. I think the next step in thoroughly winterizing these will be getting some sheepskin insoles…
We shot these pictures with one of the new lenses I got for Christmas, and as I mentioned above, it’s really hard not to twirl when wearing a lot of full skirts, so we took a lot of pictures and it was hard to narrow them down for a blog post!
Also, I am way overdue for a haircut. 50s styles are pretty hard to pull off! Time to get that booked…