Something weird is going on…after my post yesterday noting the absence of any expected letters for some time I arrived home last night to find – a letter! Yay! A letter! Thanks Diana!
So, with the whole, “if I post about the absence of something, it will turn up very soon after” theory, I’m going to note the absence of good winter coats in the shops this year. I know Sydney has a fairly mild winter climate but we still need a coat now and then, we still travel. We go to the Blue Mountains – it’s cold there! Some of us (clearly not me) go to the snow – it’s cold there too! So why can’t I find a decent winter coat?
Perhaps I’m setting my expectations too high – I’d like a classic coat, shaped at the waist, single breasted, v-collar, smallish lapels, buttons down the front, and nice deep pockets. Preferably in a colour, not black, ideally red but I’d go for green or purple or even a muted pattern, and in normal coat fabric, like a nice soft wool or even a wool blend.
Instead, I find shapeless coats which I assume are meant to be belted (if you don’t want to look like a blueberry and/or pregnant), with huge buttons, no pockets, made of shiny fabric and with round high necks or double breasted. I’m already double breasted, I don’t need any extra bulk in that area, thanks very much!
Or, I find the perfect coat, in houndstooth (can’t get more classic than that, although I have to say, it wouldn’t have been my first choice in pattern) but of course, they only make it up to a size 12. A SIZE 12!! At times like that, I am reminded of a post I read a while back, I think on A Dress A Day (but not sure – but it’s a cool blog, check it out!) where she suggested that in situations like these, the best response is to hand a little printed card to the shop assistant saying something along the lines of “You would be looking at my credit card instead of this card if you made clothes in my size!”
If my theory is correct, I will find the perfect coat this afternoon, or possibly tomorrow…fingers crossed (oh, and if anyone has found my perfect coat out there, feel free to pass on the details!)