Winter Style Challenge – Day Eight // Dress Up A Coat

Hooray! Ten days of inspirational style prompts. God knows I need some! Check out Kayla’s post explaining the challenge here if you would like to play along.


So I mentioned previously that I only have one coat, and what do you know I already wore it the other day! I was quite stumped this morning about how to dress up a coat because along with only owning a single coat I also do not have:

A) Any broach or pin or broach/pin-like accessories
B) Scarves that aren’t cotton-y and don’t really dress up my coat as much as they dress up my outfit
C) Any desire to put a belt on a bulky pea coat

So…see? Stumped!

But as I sat in my closet pacing around I remembered a trench coat that a friend sent to me as a hand-me-down. I had never worn it but I thought hey — I could put a belt on that, right? I mean it comes with a belt. Why do I have to leave THAT particular belt on it. I don’t!

And so I didn’t. I added my own belt. And a leopard print belt, in fact:

And while I don’t LOOOOOOVE it, it definitely took me out of my comfort zone, and the whole process demanded more creativity than I am used to putting into coats. And honestly, it was kind of fun!

Can I get some extra credit for pattern mixing too? Boy, this entire outfit was exhausting! :)

Anyway, like I said, I don’t feel like it’s an 11 out of 10, but I will tell you that belting a coat is something I WILL try again. So, victory I think!

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1 comment to Winter Style Challenge – Day Eight // Dress Up A Coat

  • sizzle
    February 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I pattern mixed today too. I found this challenge to be easy since I have a ton of scarves and broaches and coats. Guess that comes with being a Seattleite- we gotta have a lot of layers since our weather is so weird.

    I think you did good!





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