Three is the number

So here we go…first a few words about the harsh reality. The current coat situation comes in my case in the form of a parka really. I bought it three years ago when I was in the mood for some change. And I’m glad to report that I still like it very much — not only because it keeps me warm, but also because the colour (a warm grey) and the cut is just right. Now, I was in the mood for change because the two predecessors were classic coats. One of them is still hanging in my closet, the other one unfortunately doesn’t. The reason is quite simple: a garment made out of wool is quite challenged when facing numerous snowy winters in a row.

When buying a winter coat, I always tend to invest a little bit more in order to end up with a quality garment. First of all because it surely will keep you warmer than the bargain option. Second because you will have a piece that you love for more than one season. The consequence of this kind of thinking is that you certainly don’t buy two or three coats at a time and maybe not even one per year. You end up wearing one coat day in day, simply because you don’t have other options to choose from. That in turn means that the garment will be faster outworn than it would be if there was some rotation in question.

Starting to built a little collection of coats makes a lot of sense then. But that does only make sense when we have developed a sense for our personal style. Otherwise you can’t really speak about a collection, much rather about a little gathering of memories in your closet maybe. In the last post I settled on the magic number of three as the perfect starting point. Those three should differ largely one from the other, I think, so they are real options. That way you are really in for some change when switching between them. Three different colours, three different cuts.

The beauty of a blog is that we are able to splurge on an unrealistically high level. For me, this is reason enough to share a few favourites which a girl can only dream about and invite you for a little mind game. Which coat would you go for when looking at every singly row in order to have a perfect little starter collection on your hands? Although I’m very probably going to spend my money on alternatives, I consider this an exercise in order to be more clear about the choices to make in the future. That should be justification enough.


(1) The row: fessing coat (2) Vanessa Bruno: double-crepe wool coat (3) Chloé: double breasted coat

(1) Paule Ka: stretch cotton cocoon coat (2) Stella McCartney: Daphne wool coat  (3) Isabel Marant: david double-breasted coat

(1) Étoile Isabel Marant: Xavier bouclé wool and alpaca-blend coat (2) Stella McCartney: iconic Bryce wool coat

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  1. Audrey says: 11. Februar 201316:18

    Oh my…your taste is so elegant and chic! i like your pics girl!! you know that Isabel Marant coat drives me nuts!! but who can spend so much money for one coat. Oh if i only my wallet was big enough, ha! I agree a bit of invest is also my idea for buying a coat,especially the winters are so cold in the last past years.
    I love a parka too! that will be my next coat and a classic one. Definitely!

    Have a nice week Marzena!

    • Marzena says: 11. Februar 201323:08

      Thank you, Audrey. As always such a lovely comment…always so happy to read them!
      And yes, I simply couldn’t resist to pick the most obvious ones such as Isabel Marant, Chloé, Stella McCartney. The usual suspects? Maybe. But oh so perfect.
      Hope you are having a great week as well!

  2. Jacquelyn says: 15. Februar 201320:04

    I love a good tailored camel colored coat! I think that may be my next coat investment. I love the ones your pulled, that VB one has been a favorite of mine for a while. You pulled some gorgeous coats, that is for certain! I love the IM David also, that one is exquisite- a favorite of mine, as is the grey Stella. Such classic silhouettes for years and years of wear. xx.

    • Marzena says: 17. Februar 201302:20

      Thank you! A few of them were long time favourites of mine as well (Stella McCartney!). Just like you I dream of beautiful tailored coat and can’t quite decide which colour I would choose first: camel, black or grey?

  3. Jacquelyn says: 17. Februar 201308:01

    I agree, which to choose first! I went with black first, I will hunt for a camel one next and since I have my oversized grey one I am fine there for now! ha.

    • Marzena says: 17. Februar 201315:07

      That surely does sound like a good plan. I think that my choice will fall first onto a black one as well. I crave simplicity at the moment — I tend to opt for this colour very often lately.

  4. Natalie says: 18. Februar 201321:45

    Beautiful selection Marzena. Camel coats are a cruel mistress.. so wonderfully chic but such a difficult colour to pull off! I do hope that you are luckier in that respect than I am. For now the Xavier will just have to do… x

    • Marzena says: 19. Februar 201315:49

      Thank you very much, Natalie. It is true that a black/ dark grey coat is always the easier option. You can wear it with everything really. When it comes to a camel coloured coat though, things can get a little bit more difficult. Until now I didn’t cave, so it is difficult to say more about it. Nevertheless, sooner or later, I will have this version in my closet and then I will make sure to report back :)

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