It’s not until I do a round up archived post like this when I realize just how much content resides under this domain… and how many different outfits as well. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been writing this blog for 10 years now and doing outfit posts for about 9 -since I didn’t start sharing my outfits until Spring 2008 I think… but I love that I still have and love and wear so many of the same items I’ve been wearing since then AND FROM BEFORE THEN as well.
It makes the environmentalist inside me smile and sort of validates my eye for timeless fashion that holds up visually and functionally, decade through decade.
This vintage military coat, for instance, I’ve had since I was about 19 I think. I may have gotten it when I was around 21 though (roughly somewhere between 1996-1998), but it’s been in my possession for about twenty years and I still wear it every single fall and winter because it’s a classic timeless coat that really never goes out of style.
And the only true reason I know it’s a standard issue “military” coat (more than just the style of it) is based on the label that was once inside and the reason I know it was vintage when I bought it was based on the material used to make it and the style of the lapels.
My favorite part about this coat though, is that I found it at the Melrose Trading Post for $35… and then had it dry-cleaned for about $10 I think. So twenty years ago, I bought this vintage coat for $45 and since then have restitched the buttons on it (notice the two in the center are brown because I couldn’t find a grey match!) and fixed the hem on the lining… one time about ten years ago. I’m telling you, this coat is a champion. And I love it. If you ever find such a gem, buy it and wear it for the rest of your life 🙂
MORE DETAILS: Flared jeans + Button down shirt + Velvet hat + Military coat for a chic ’70s look that always makes me feel powerful.
MORE DETAILS: Military coat + plaid maxi dress + layered sweaters in the snow. This retro-modern look pulls from a few different decades.
MORE DETAILS: A super simple look Military coat + jeans + bonjour sweater and boots.
MORE DETAILS: This Striped dress + ankle boots + military coat also pulls inspiration from a few decades… ’60s shift dress, ’90s ankle boots, ’70s coat… you get the idea.
MORE DETAILS: Loungewear + military coat… because you can throw it on with literally everything and it works.
MORE DETAILS: I love-Love-LOVE this look – Black dress + layered over tie blouse + burgundy tights + military coat. My mom would refer to this dress as a “jumper” because I’m wearing it over a blouse, but I love the super ’60s/’70s vibes of this fun look.
MORE DETAILS: This Casual layered winter look with leopard sneakers and military coat is one of my favorite outfit posts ever. I’m not sure why because it’s really so so simple, but it’s just so cozy-chic and so comfy at the same time.
MORE DETAILS: Another Retro ’70s look with flared jeans and military coat , but this one is a little more playful. I think other than the jeans and the shoes, everything else is vintage here.
MORE DETAILS: This Creamy winter whites + black military coat was another favorite. I LOVE the textured ivory winter whites with the brown and leopard, topped with the black coat. I just loved this look.
MORE DETAILS: This was an NYE outfit, but it was SO COLD I had to layer tights and scarves under and over my fun dress… the coat ads no real style or look to this outfit, but instead just plays background as a simple black coat to the shiny dress… Sequins in the snow with military coat
MORE DETAILS: Another simple look I loved… Boyfriend jeans + leopard flats + military coat
MORE DETAILS: This Belted coat with over the knee boots look was giving me all the “Spy” feels and I loved it.
MORE DETAILS: Another super simple look in the snow, Military coat + plaid shirt + wellies with the Frenchies for a New Year’s Day.