More autumn coats: it’s a wrap
Could Marlene Dietrich be the ultimate belted coat icon? Her simple, androgynous wardrobe feels as fresh today as it did during Hollywood’s Golden Years. Though Diane Keaton is another woman of substance who can make a wrap coat work wonders. And anyone who has seen Steve McQueen’s latest film Widows will have noted Viola Davies superb performance – and pared-down wardrobe, complete with a hand-held West Highland Terrier and elegant wrap coat. There is something both relaxed (connotations of lounging around in a dressing gown?) and pulled-together about the belted coat. I’m wearing the micro check trench from ME + EM which comes in a substantial stretch jersey fabric and is good for mild, in-between-y autumn weather and travelling. Commuting in London can sometimes feel like flipping from one season to the next, and back again; temperatures on the tube the other day were as hot as the Bake Off tent in July. Both short commutes and longer journeys require a coat that can go on-again-off-again and does not end up in a crumpled mess.
If you are buying a new cover-up this autumn, please donate any spare or unwanted coats to Wrap Up charity between the 12- 23 November. Details of the campaign in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow can be found HERE. And the Wrap Up London donation points are listed HERE. As the charity’s slogan goes, ‘Do something warm this winter’.
The shirt was loaned from Menage Modern Vintage, the leather bag from Mimi Berry and the coat from ME + EM. The jeans are my MiH Phoebe boyfriend style and slip-on trainers are Adidas (No longer available – but Vans have similar HERE and HERE. Sneaker chic post coming soon, promise).
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