Lookbook 21

Car Coat Season

Before you jump to conclusion, no I am not on some Bonnie and Clyde get-away to some foreign land (although that would be fun). I understand that car coats were intended to keep both men and women warm while driving or riding passenger in an open car.

Before you jump to conclusion, no I am not on some Bonnie and Clyde get-away to some foreign land (although that would be fun). I understand that car coats were intended to keep both men and women warm while driving or riding passenger in an open car. And although I don’t have a car here in Manhattan or a topless car back home in the Midwest, the car coat does exactly what it says – keeps me warm!

Any halfway decent coat should keep you from turning into a human icicle, but staying warm, dry, and stylish simultaneously is a little more complicated. Fads, by definition, come and go. Instead of focusing on the trends of the day, I’ve focused my attention on car coats because they have stood the test of time. According to Wise Geek, “The main distinguishing feature of a car coat is the A-line style, flat front, and mid-thigh length. These features make it practical for wearing in a car, because they allow a driver to move comfortably while staying warm. The A-line ensures that there is room around the hips to move, since it creates a slight flare in the coat. The flat front reduces the probability of bunching, which can cause discomfort, and the mid-thigh length prevents the driver from becoming tangled in the coat.”

But enough about the anatomy of car coats or even common materials used to make them (dense wool lined with silk if you really wanted to know). The real concern is why the hell would I want to wear something that was worn in the olden days? One word; classic. It can easily be dressed up or down and is a great basic for your everyday adventures. I attempt the sporty look here and there, so this time around I paired the car coat and long sleeve crop top (both from Bellen Brand) with silk pants and Michael Kors slip-ons. So traditional! So before you throw away your old clothes or send them over to a family member as a hand-me-down, think about it’s value. Things always seem to come around at least twice. Until next time…

xoxo, B.
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PHOTOGRAPHER – Travis Gayle

CROP TOP: BELLEN BRAND
CAR COAT: BELLEN BRAND
SUNGLASSES: RAYBAN
SHOES: MICHAEL KORS
BACKPACK: LOUIS VUITTON
OTHER JEWELRY: CARTIER

SHOP BELLEN BRAND

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