OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: I Found What I Was Looking For

For the last few autumns, I've been pleading to the thrifting gods for a camel hair coat.
Publish date:
October 24, 2014
vintage, fashion, style, personal style, thrift stores, outfit of the week

Mick Jagger can sing, "You can't always get what you want," as much as he pleases, but the truth is that sometimes I get exactly what I desire.

For the last few autumns, I've been leading to the thrifting gods for a camel hair coat. It had to be slightly boxy but still feminine, it had to have pockets, and it had to be warm. Here and there I would find coats that somewhat fit the bill, but they were either too long, too big in the shoulders (a major problem for narrow-shouldered me), or simply just not right.

Last week though I decided to look in at a Toronto vintage pop-up shop that is in its final weeks. I'd already picked up a few goodies there throughout the summer -- a 1940s silk shirtdress, a satin-lapelled black blazer and the perfect black loafers, to name a few -- and figured I would see if their heavily marked down stock had anything exciting to offer.

Lo and behold, I found the coat. 100% camel hair with its 1960s labels still intact, it hits just above my knees in a swingy cut with mod-styled 3/4-length sleeves. It was and is perfect. The collar frames my face nicely but is still open enough to fit a bulky scarf (a necessity when the temperature dips). I'm in love with it, and at $20, it was a downright deal.

But moving on from me, let's bring the focus to you babes. This week I'm focusing on two dames who brought a heavy dose of Old Hollywood glamour with their outfits.

On the left we've got xoVain's Kara in a liquid gold number that makes her look like a dang trophy, or at least like she deserves one. High five, lady. Then, on the right, it's Ms. Meowzeltov Cocktail in a dress her boyfriend gave her as a surprise gift. What a thoughtful dude! But I think the real gift is how smokin' she looks, right?

I've shared my style "blessing," now I want to hear about yours. Have you ever gone into a store and found exactly what you were looking for? Did you hear angels singing? Tell me all about it in the comments, and show me what you wore this week too.