I guess most of us tend to have a particular category of clothing (or a group of accessories) that just seems to multiply in our closets. For a lot of women it's high heels, for others, handbags or jeans. Some hoard skirts. My can't-seem-to-have-enough items are jackets and coats. I have many. They just seem like practical items to have (they keep me warm), the types that are easy to throw on to change an entire look. My coats and jackets are in steady rotation - although there are times when one gets worn weeks on end.
When I first started contemplating on the something comes in, something comes out-wardrobe control, I thought that it had to be eye for an eye - meaning that if I bought a jacket, I'd have to get rid of a jacket. But I looked at my numerous jackets and coats and thought there was no way I was letting go of them (although eventually I did let go of four.) And I also knew that there were more coats and jackets to love in this world. I decided that the item that left the closet could be of any variety: I couldn't think of any rational reason why I couldn't exchange, say, a handbag for a sweater. And if one's style seems to revolve more around shoes than hats, so be it. Maybe it would be interesting to see what types of clothes stay and what goes out. In the course of the past six months I've accumulated new jackets and coats, and lost a lot of skirts in exchange. Who knew that jackets and coats were so important to me, and that I'd be ready to give up on a lot to get a new coat? Well, with offerings like this, who could resist?
Okay, so it's a little oversized - but the cut is so simple that size becomes secondary. The surface of this suede coat is the softest I've ever felt in my life. I'm crazy about the color - especially teamed with blues and navy. Typically, when I grab something at a thrift store, I typically try to think of a piece of clothing to get rid of if I'm planning to buy something for myself. With this coat, I didn't stop to think about it. I don't care what I have to let go of to keep this one.
I don't know what it says about a person that they get so much pleasure from loving clothes. Or what the truth is behind someone being obsessed with coats and jackets. There are plenty of people who just don't care so much about what they wear - and that's okay. But I care. I feel passionate about my favorite pieces of clothing, I truly do. I like to think that my life is pretty balanced, that I have so much to be thankful for. I have a great husband, wonderful kitties, a good job, a beautiful house, family that I love to bits. I feel happy and I feel like I live a full life. And then there are moments, like when I laid my eyes on this coat, when I think that it can't possibly be healthy to feel like this about clothes, that there has to be something wrong with me.
And then... I took the coat home, put it on, and just felt happy that I had come by such a gem. I look at the beautifully finished seams, the overall cut of the coat. I appreciate the work that went into producing this garment. I admire it. There's at least one thing all of this says about me: I'm the happy owner of a pretty awesome coat. Perhaps that makes me a materialist, but so be it. I can live with that.
I'm wearing all second hand - yay! The coat cost me 10 euros (yeah, I know!). In total, I think, my outfit probably cost less than 20 euros, boots and all included.