Monday, December 5, 2011

Take Four: Winter Coats from Coast to Coast

Today’s Take Four topic (ooh, alliteration) is Winter Coats.  This topic was a hard one for me because I have a lot of coats.  I mean A LOT.  I think it’s because when I find a coat that fits my broad shoulders and long arms, I feel compelled to buy it.  This lemon-yellow houndstooth was the latest coat I felt compelled to buy:

My friend Kathy called it a “grandma coat” and I suppose it is.  But, I absolutely adore it.  It’s handmade vintage (the tag says it’s “An Original By Miss Michael”), it’s houndstooth and it’s yellow.  It’s also thrifted and a bit fuzzy without being full-on-Muppet.  Oh, and it fits my broad shoulders and long arms.  What’s not to love?

Today I wore my vintage coat over a vintage dress:

Unlike the coat, the dress isn’t handmade and it’s also not conducive to riding a bike in (I drove today), but I rather like it.  I paired the dress (thrifted) with gray tights (Nordstrom), a thin belt (Gap) and my increasingly-ubiquitous burgundy pumps (Naya “Jada” via Nordstrom).  All in all, a little more body-con than I usually go, but I think it worked.

Enough about the outfit though, we’re here to talk about coats.  You’ve seen my coat, now may I suggest you take a look at what the other ladies of Take Four are rocking?  Visit Bekah at Matters of Merrymaking, Kelsey of Charming Pumpkin and Karla of Frugal Big Girl to see some fabulous winter coats and possible tomfoolery (I may have made that last part up but you’ll never know if you don’t stop by).

Happy Monday, Everyone!



  1. Oh my, Gracey! You look beautiful! Love, love, love this coat!

  2. Grandma coat or not, it's gorgeous!! Love the yellow color!

  3. This might just be THE best coat I have ever seen.
    Love the pattern, and the color. That was owned by one awesome grandma.

  4. I am still in love with those shoes. Anyway, that is such a fun jacket. I love finding things at thrift stores that someone made. So much cooler.

  5. That coat is amazing, and even better that it was an original! You don't see yellow houndstooth everyday. Oh and by the way I think body con looks great on you! :)

  6. I'm such a fan of "grandma" clothes! I think there is something so comfortable looking about them!

    Great outfit :)

  7. Yeah that is an amazing coat! I'm pretty excited by a vintage ANYTHING that fits across the shoulders. :) Or waist, really. Also amazing? That dress. It fits you like a dream!

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  8. I love grandma coats, and I hear you on the shoulder/arms issue. This ensemble is just lovely, and the yellow/white of the coat goes so well against the sleek grey background of your dress & tights.

  9. Your coat is lovely - I love houndstooth so so much!
    And the grey on grey in the rest of your outfit looks fantastic!

  10. Vintage on top of vintage and it looks sooooo classic, elegant and current! Gracey, I love that dress and body conscious really works well on you! Just LOVE the whole look! Hugs! ~Serene

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  12. I love that yellow coat! So stand-out in a sea of dark neutrals. And your shoes are perfection too : >

  13. I saw one of my blogfriends link to you (Katha Strophe, I think!) and just had to say that this looks GREAT on you. The tights peeking through the shoes just somehow looks soooo cute to me. And to everyone else, I'm sure.

  14. Gracey, that coat is GREAT! Such a unique color for a coat - I love the length and houndstooth print, but most of all I love the tag - Miss Michael? How cute! Vintage is just the "bee's knees" and this outfit is proof!!!

  15. i LOVE that coat gracey and i love those shoes!

    <3 steffy
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  16. Holy crap that coat is super fab. I love the idea of something so bright and sunshiney in the winter months. I friggin got snowed on today even, so a bit of fake sunshine might've done me some good.

  17. I love your coat, "grandma style" or not. I jsut recently inherited a lot of clothes from my grandma and love them all. You look adorable in it!!

  18. Wow, I just love this coat! Absolutely amazing, Gracey! :)

    I hope you're feeling better and smilier!

    (What an awful blogger I am, I always miss a lot of your posts, I'm just so slow. Sorry! :)

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