A GLAMOUR COAT CAN UNLEASH YOUR POWER
A chic, elegant coat can unleash your inner power. Even in our Swinging 6ixties, a glamour coat sends out a strong signal to the world: "I'm here and I deserve to be noticed." In a good way!
This blue coat by Zara sports design details like a ¾ length, matching belt, pockets, and a shawl collar. But what makes it a star, what turns it into a glamour coat, is the colour (powder blue, or sky blue, as Zara would have it), and the bold, faux-fur collar.
On the Zara photo model, the coat hangs differently. It overwhelms her delicate proportions and the strong features of the coat are nearly lost. When I put it on, I fill the coat with shoulders and bust and the piece becomes alive. The coat just doesn't look as strong on a thin younger woman.
Last Saturday Mr Swinging and I were sauntering along the downtown streets and Powder Blue was certainly getting noticed. A busker stopped her song to shout out a compliment. A gaggle of usual suspects took the fags out of their mouths long enough to to say, "You look like a movie star." "What a beautiful coat," said a couple of mothers pushing strollers. Kids holding balloons, couples holding hands, sales clerks handling cash stopped to look and exclaim. "You look marvellous!"
The last time I had that much attention walking down the street was when I was twenty years old wearing tight Levi's with long curly hair flying in the breeze. I didn't expect it in my Swinging 6ixties.
It was a sunny afternoon and the light was perfect. So, I posed outside our favourite sushi restaurant, on the neighboring terrace of an Italian restaurant, in front of a fountain.
It's a happy coincidence that I have matching blue trousers and a floral top with yellow and powder-blue flowers.
As I've discovered, it's worth going on a treasure hunt looking for a coat that can make you feel and look like a movie star — the very reason I call it a glamour coat.