This year for Christmas, Joe surprised me with the most amazing gift. Last year, after struggling to find off the rack work and casual shirts that fit him perfectly, he decided to bite the bullet and have some made at a local atelier after I mentioned reading great things about the tailor in the newspaper. Like I mentioned in that post, the entire process of selecting fabrics, details, thread colors, and even buttons was beyond fun. And though I didn’t write about it afterwards, let me just say, the shirts turned out fabulously, and are basically the only ones he wears now. There’s just something about having clothing that fits your body perfectly, and features all the little details you absolutely love and hand picked yourself.
Joe knew that I loved helping him pair different fabric, button and thread details throughout the process, and that Al’s Attire was like heaven on earth for a creative gal who appreciates fashion. So, for Christmas, he gifted me with a new coat from Al’s. Except…it’s not made yet. I get to come up with all the details, choose the fabric, the shape, everything. I couldn’t even believe it! Such a thoughtful present that will last for years to come.
But now I have a huge conundrum. I don’t even know where to start when it comes to designing the perfect coat! I think I’m leaning towards a single breasted car coat kind of look, but I also love the elegance of a belted coat like this one. I love the idea of doing mixed fabrics or colors, but think that trend might go out of style quickly (sticking to a classic color like camel seems best, no?). And as for the details…this is going to be tough! I’ve always been obsessed with elbow patches, and I like the idea of doing contrast piping (maybe in leather) along the placket and maybe flap pockets.
You guys are all stylish and level headed — tell me, how would you build your perfect coat? What shape would you choose, what color, and what details would be essential? I’d love to get your advice!