it would make more sense for me to collect tiny jewelry trinkets or special postcards. even shoes –while a bit larger in scale than a necklace or postcard, appear to be a better option than what i’ve accidentally started collecting over the last several years. but alas, i am a coat lady. and i hold the title with pride.
in a city apartment where i don’t have a bedroom closet, it hasn’t stopped me. it’s how i’ve come to survive (and i’d like to think, thrive) during the colder months when i struggle sometimes daily with how gloomy winter can feel. i believe through and through that we should wear what makes us happy, and that what we wear can help influence our moods and attitudes at times. and for me in the winter months, a bright and colorful coat has always been the answer for helping me feel like me. as the sun sets earlier and earlier in the afternoon and the humidity brings a wind chill that remains through much of spring. as we suit up in extra layers and hide behind the mittens and scarves and beanies (i love you, beanies). but having that fun pop of color on the outside of all my layering helps remind me as i trudge along that i am not lost in winter. that a colorful remainder of the year is awaiting once winter ends. but also, the fun pop of color reminds me that even winter can be fun! think the first snow of the season, excuses for hot cocoa each day and lots and lots of holiday pie. think christmas music at any hour and forgetting all about your razor since it’s tights season for the legs well into april. it isn’t all bad, and the colorful coat helps me never lose sight of that.
a few weeks ago, i pulled my coats out from their hiding spots around the apartment — some stuffed under the bed, others stashed away in the front hallway closet crammed behind the suitcases and snowboarding gear. “oh boy. here we go!” josh said as he passed me holding about five in one arm while pulling down the others. only josh davis can get away with poking fun of my coat obsession because i put him through a lot in the months leading up to winter with the way i’ve resorted to stashing them literally all over this apartment.
while i do try to keep the number around the same each year by donating several as winter approaches, there are many i can’t imagine ever parting with. probably because of the sentiments and memories attached, also probably because i am turning into a coat lady that is on the verge of being called a crazy coat lady. either way, i just really love them. pulling them out and getting reacquainted with them once again this year has helped me complain less about how drastically and abruptly the temperatures plummeted and instead relish how exciting it is that coat season has arrived.
i know depending on the climate where you live, the sort of coat you gravitate towards or need will vary. i have found that a down version is the best for the coldest of days (patagonia or marmot have great options) but you can also get away with something not as heavy duty if you layer things right underneath (think long underwear, merino wool base layers and (smart)wool knee-high socks!). a few fun spots that always have a great selection of colors for their coats include j.crew (most of their coats are 25% off right now) and anthropologie. mango has a great selection of wool coats this year, too. also! you can always rent coats from sites like nuuly and rent the runway if maybe you don’t want to invest in a coat that is perhaps more trendy and something you don’t see yourself wearing for years to come. both are also great options if you don’t have the space to store them (although trust me, where there is a will there is a way – when it comes to storing something you love!)
remember – winter is here, but she’s not so bad!
what is something you collect? and do you go for color during the winter or gravitate towards grey and black?
ps- here’s a big blog post with all the gear you need for you and your little ones for winter (think mittens for your stroller and stuff!)