Trystan of CorpGoth's mid-month status report for November is “What do you wear to work in winter?” A work-appropriate winter coat has always been lacking in the insomniac's wardrobe, and for many years she resorted to wearing a spring/fall coat padded with extra layers underneath for warmth; a fairly unattractive look, not unlike the Pillsbury Dough Boy or the Michelin Man. But one made do with this solution instead of spending hard-earned money on a coat that was merely adequate.
After many years searching for that elusive perfect coat, two seasons ago the insomniac came across not one but two perfect coats in a small boutique in Berlin called Böhm-Mode. Everything in the store was handmade by the owner but, surprisingly, less than the price of a similar quality ready-to-wear coat here at home. This first coat was a case of love at first sight, and was available in every size except the insomniac's. The sales associate contacted the owner who offered to make the coat in the proper size. At 7:00 p.m. the following day, just before departing Berlin, the coat was picked up - the poor woman must have been sewing all night long! Because both coats are so well made and will probably last forever, added to the daily use they receive during the eight months of the year that can be classified as winter up here, they are a perfect example of Trystan's Cost per Wear theory.
This coat fills the gap in the wardrobe for a coat that's suitable for wear with a dress or skirt. It is made of heavy gabardine with a satin lining and is perfect for autumn. In winter, it can still be worn if one is walking from the heated house to the heated garage, driving to work in a heated vehicle, and not planning on spending longer than 15 minutes outside.
|Scarf by Nile Clothing (or maybe Jackpot) |
Antique Mourning Brooch
|The collar turns into a hood of sorts ...|
When the temperature drops below -20° C, and skirts and dresses have been abandoned for the extra warmth of jeggings or treggings or whatever it is they're called this year, this shorter wool jacket is worn with a wool scarf. Although you can bet it never looks this put together when it's thrown on in the morning, as the insomanic rushes around the house trying to remember everything before flying out the door at the last possible second. The jacket came with a detachable velveteen hood which is seldom worn. Hair + Hood = Static.
|Wool Jacket with Velveteen Trim|
Wool Scarf by Savican
|With seldom worn hood ...|
And on days when the thermometer reaches -25° C or even colder, the twelve year old black Roots down-filled parka with fur trimmed hood comes out no matter how awkward it looks with the outfit. Because at those temperatures, everyone is scurrying to the nearest heated building and nobody gives a rip about anyone else's outerwear, unless it's to notice with some degree of envy that it looks warmer than their own.
Thanks to Trystan for hosting the mid-month Status Report! See you at the regular 2:00 a.m. posting time Sunday for another edition of Crafting with the Insomniac, and this week's riveting post on ... potholders.
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.