dimanche 9 février 2014

Of length and faux-fur

This week has been quite hectic and a bit depressing so taking outfit pictures and blogging were the last things on my mind. 

However here is a shot from last Sunday's ensemble. I'm wearing again my latest acquisition, a faux fur coat I've been quite smitten with. 

It's one of those items which has been perpetually on my wish-list. 

What I find appealing in such outerwear is the cosy factor the faux-fur texture adds to any look and depending on what it's teamed with, can either be very classic or casual, works for date night or running errands. In short, it's versatile, a quality I'm very attached to.

Despite being very trendy and visible in stores for the past 2-3 years, finding the right faux-fur coat in terms of fit (streamlined cut), colour (plain black, grey or beige, nothing colourful/multicoloured), material (smooth to the touch, nothing shaggy) and price (budget friendly, not above 100 euros) proved quite difficult.

All the more since, I knew exactly what I wanted and the perfect one for me was this Uniqlo number dating back to more than 3 years ago (see this December 2010 post). Of course, it was sold out by the time I realized it could be the one and the fact that I never had the chance to even try it on didn't deter my obsession about it. Quite the opposite in fact and I've been on the lookout for it ever since. 

Long story short: I found it on eBay a few weeks ago and was incredibly excited about it, only to be rather disappointed when it finally arrived from a long US to France trip by its lacklustre condition. Otherwise, it was just how I had imagined it: the classic universally flattering peacoat cut, the deep black and soft fabric. Fortunately, the dry-cleaners next door saved the day and last week-end I was able to enjoy my "new" coat. At last!

So I'm wondering if I'm the only one obsessing about an item and tracking it down season after season? To what length would you go for the item you want?


beanie/ bonnet: Eric Bompard - scarf /écharpe + shoes/chaussures: Dries van Noten - faux fur coat/manteau en fausse fourrure + gloves/gants: Uniqlo - sweater/pull: Zara - jeans: H&M - bag/sac: Céline

14 commentaires:

  1. good that the dry cleaners were able to save it...in my experience they are more likely to destroy!!
    getting my samourai bag was a 2 month ordeal...with a seller that dropped off the face of the earth for over a month. yet i couldn't open a case against them because technically their paypal wasn't set up correctly. and then out of the blue they contacted me. and then I had to open a case against them once I resent payment for the 4th time because it was over a week before they shipped it out. but now I have her (my "sammy") and she's beautiful...not the most practical bag I own, but absolutely breath-taking.

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    1. Oh dear, some eBay transactions can spike your stress level! I'm glad you were able to get your beloved bag safely and in good condition after such an epic ordeal!

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  2. There's an APC parka from two years ago that I still check eBay for every day, smh. Even though I already have the parka of my life (a washable leather one from Sisii that's insane), I still kick myself for missing out on the APC one, and it hasn't shown up on eBay yet. Shame.

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    1. You have THE Sisii parka!! It's the parka of my dreams... I'm drooling over it on Totokaelo and looking it up on eBay haha! Good luck for that APC parka search. Do you also browse online consignment stores? I saw quite a bunch of APC parkas on Vestiaire Collective.

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    2. If you're a parka fan (I clearly am), the Sisii one is unbeatable. Every detail about it is just right, and the level of care that was taken to get every detail right makes me feel like a princess, even though it can look extremely non-descript on the street. That's not a bad description of luxury, no? The private pleasure of it....but I love it so much I want this APC one as a backup for less cold days, which isn't rational, I know ;)

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    3. I'm sure the Sisii is absolutely gorgeous in that understated way that makes one appreciate a beautifully made and functional item. It's too bad, the brand is not available in Europe. It'll certainly be on next winter's wishlist... Oh and let's forget about rationality, shall we? Well actually, it is rational to want several options! non? ;))

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  3. I'm still looking for my(!) Kooples camel coat from a couple of seasons back. Still not spotted it!

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    1. Ha well, and yours it should be! Good luck!

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  4. Oh I just had this happen! There was a pair of Tory Burch shoes that I was obsessed with (the chelsea low pump), but the price was more than I was willing/able to pay. Long story short I decided to take a gamble and see what the sale price would be... but they sold out everywhere. Just a couple of weeks ago I found them on Ebay - for only $60! There was a scuff which is why they were so marked down, because otherwise they're in perfect condition. Luckily it wasn't too bad and I was able to remove the scuff.

    So sorry about your coat though! I hate when I've got myself all excited for something and then once its in my hands its not exactly as I'd imagined.

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    1. That's a great story! Who doesn't enjoy a good deal? I'm happy you were able to get the TB shoes.
      Getting the item you're crushing on without splurging and exploding your budget through second-hand market places is a resourceful option but it can also come with some kinks as in my case...

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  5. I had a faux fur coat almost exactly like that in college. So happy you were finally able to snag it - congrats! There are so many things I "missed out" on - but first and foremost is a Stella McCartney camel coat that was on Yoox in my size - I kept on waiting for it to be further reduced and then it was gone. I'm not hopeful I will stumble across it again. It's been years.

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    1. Thanks Mel! Oh how frustrating when that happens! I can't count the number of times that happened to me and lead me to a frenzy worldwide search.

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  6. I will stalk an item for YEARS if it is stuck in my mind and i have decided it was the "perfect" specimen of what it is and NOTHING else can duplicate its perfection..

    One example is a little MiuMiu evening bag that I spotted on ebay.. I didn't buy it and then regretted it and then spent the next three years looking for it again..i finally found it- its still a classic (in my mind) and one of my favorite go to evening purses. Just a tiny black lambskin drawstring, with a thin gunmetal chain strap and black tassels on each side. perfect size and can be worn cross body..

    I have about a zillion other examples of the things i stalked (and found) and the things that got away.. for those of us that treasure a few perfect things.. I think it is the story of my life..

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    1. Me too! If I can't shake an item off my mind, I will track it down through time and space!! Giving up is not a possibility!

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