Saturday, November 17, 2012

Almost Not Short

For the last 18 years I've been wearing the same winter coat. The coat was a wool tweed, long (because when you walk a lot in real winter weather, coverage matters), and with a hood. Eighteen years is a good run for any garment, but at the end of last season, I said good-bye to it. It had been repaired a bunch of times, and its useful life was finally over. I knew I had to get rid of it to force myself finally to do something about getting a replacement. Otherwise, I'd just go on wearing it until eventually I'd look like a little old homeless lady. So, ever since the fall clothing hit the stores, I've been hunting. I've tried on long down coats--warm, but not stylish, especially when you're only 5'1". I've tried on a couple of mail-ordered petite coats, but they didn't make me feel special enough to justify the hefty taxes and duties to get them across the border. (Did you know that taxes and duties can up the cost of a coat by a third?) Back they went. The weather's been getting chillier, and I was on the point of breaking down and visiting Loblaws to see what Joe Fresh had in store (a sign of all-out desperation), when THERE IT WAS.
Yesterday I took a day trip to Picton. As usual, I visited the Rose Haven Farm Store, dropped off a few copies of recent patterns for the store, and chatted with Linda, the owner. My car was parked more or less in front of City Revival, so I casually wandered in to have a look. City Revival is something of a mecca in this part of the world, far away from downtown Toronto and New York. I've been there before, but never found anything that called to me. Yesterday was different. I scored!

Military-style greatcoat by Elie Tahari in practically new condition. Fits like it was made for me, and best of all, it cost a mere fraction of the original price. Check out the beautiful hand-sewn details,

and the magnificent buttons, all 12 of them!

When I donned the coat to walk to the market this morning, Bill, who rarely notices anything not economics-related, said, "Gee, you look almost---well, not tall, but---not short". Truly, a ringing endorsement of what I hope will be my coat for the next 18 years.

Now, what would you knit to accessorize with this classic piece?


  1. Score! It looks great. It is so important to have a winter coat that works.

  2. Lovely coat! You couldn't wear that on the Wet Coast, in the Vancouver burbs, that's for sure!! And I'd knit up KINK from Knitty - Fall 2010 - in bright red. Red leather gloves & hat too. Or do it all in Lime green instead.

    1. Thank goodness we don't have the grey, wet winter we used to have when we lived in DC. I really like your idea of the red hat and gloves. I like lime green too, but red would look better on me. Thanks,

  3. The coat is lovely. And I know all too well the issues of being too short to wear some things well. I often feel as so overwhelmed by fabric that I feel as if I am wearing my bathrobe.