10.14.2009

Swingin' Sister

I suppose you could think of it as a ridiculous abomination of sorts; a miniscule form of a fiasco even. Here I am, an individual who is scarcely seen donning anything other than skinny jeans, let alone a dress, yet I’m coveting a particular style of coat that seemingly is a frock; and a flirty one at that. A piece of outerwear that swishes about the lower half of one’s body like a silky sleeping gown being rustled by a cool fall breeze; a heavy accoutrement that pays tribute to the days of babydolls gracing the runways. But perhaps that’s just it. Perchance the main reason why I have been afflicted with the worst possible cravings for a swing coat lies not in its stylish swooshing abilities, but in the petite fact that it gives me the opportunity to feel as if I’m wearing a frilly, feminine form of finery; despite the fact that…I’m not. Ooh, with incentive like that I feel it’s only my proper duty to become a part of the swingin’ revolution!

Forever 21 “Swing Pea Coat” If not for Blair Waldorf’s red coat, I think it’s probable to say that I never would have felt confident enough to don a winter coat in any color other than black, white, or gray; but given the headband-adoring darling’s penchant for wearing such a show-stopping piece of outerwear, I see it only right to pay tribute to her via Forever 21’s Swing Pea Coat. While not as daring as a coat colored candy apple red, the purple hue of the Swing Pea Coat adds a splash of polished, first-class elegance to your look that is part pretentious Park Avenue princess part modern-day Lolita due to its playful yet refined aesthetic. Really…with a combination like that, how can you possibly resist?

Armani Exchange “Swing Coat” Don’t hate me for admitting this kittens, but I adore drama; hence the reason why I devour guilty pleasure reality shows like The Hills with the same type of fervor that one puts away cupcakes from Sprinkles. When it comes to Armani Exchange’s Swing Coat, however, the type of drama on the tip of my tongue certainly doesn’t revolve around catfights and bickering between tanned blondes; rather it refers to the high-definition sculpture of the tailored bodice which subtly spills into a full, gathered skirt to create a pristine, high-fashion silhouette that looks ravishing whether worn open or buttoned to the throat. Cliched, I know, but this is one dollop of frippery that is magically delicious!

Hot Kiss “Fleece Puff-Sleeve Coat” Contrary to what many believe, puff sleeves are not synonymous with gruff, rough and tumble pirates out to launch a mutiny, commandeer a cruise ship, or force damsels in distress to fearlessly walk the plank a la Peter Pan’s Wendy Darling. When taking Hot Kiss’ Fleece Puff-Sleeve Coat into consideration, it is evident that puff sleeves have the power to invoke thoughts of the flowy styles worn by Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, in addition to romanticized heroines throughout the ages. From the top, the Fleece Puff-Sleeve Coat looks like your typical piece of warm weather wear. Once you hit the waistline, however, it billows out in a sweet, fluttery skirt, which only looks more endearing when viewed alongside the full bell puff sleeves. Honestly, I’m contemplating wearing this as a dress and nothing more; imagine how gorgeous it would look with patterned or colorful tights worn underneath!

DKNY “Julianne Single Breasted A-Line Coat” There is a lot to say for a bit of outerwear that features little surprises scattered here and there; and perhaps the most fabulous treat of all in regards to DKNY’s Julianne Single Breasted A-Line Coat lies not in the uniqueness that its single line of buttons presents down the front, nor the empire waist cut; rather, the slices of splendor that set it apart from its swingy counterparts is the fashionable yet functional hood which can be removed at a moment’s notice, and the hidden slit pockets ideal for those nippy moments when your fingers must dive headfirst into a cozy shelter to keep from becoming frostbitten. These two features alone make Julianne a true blue (she is navy, after all) friend perfect for keeping you warm amidst the winter wonderland surging around you!

VIA “Sculpted Coat” In the fourth grade I went through quite a phase. I fell head over heels in love with the writing of Frances Hodgson Burnett and imagined myself to be the character of the hardship ridden pampered princess, Sara, of A Little Princess; despite the fact that I had all of zero hardships to deal with. I only wish that I had owned VIA’s Sculpted Coat at that time, for I imagine it to be just the piece to make a girl feel like a true princess. A peter pan collar and pleats along the front provide a sense of grace to the charcoal heather, wool-crafted garment; while hidden snap closures bestow a genteel air to the look, assisting it in coming across as an entire ensemble, and not just an overcoat. I may have outgrown my Burnett obsession, but it’s certainly never too late to indulge in a smidgen of flouncy finery!

Ready to become a swingin’ sister, darlings?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Forever 21, Armani Exchange, Alloy, Bloomingdale’s, and Victoria’s Secret for the pictures.
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56 comments

Princess Liberty said...

This coat are smart and lovely ! I like particurarly the grey coat

Claire said...

The Armani!!!!!11 I gasp, I swoon!!!!!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those coats would look perfect with dresses!

Keith said...

Wow. I love all of those. The first one is probably my favorite, but they are all great. Cheers!

Leah said...

I love that Via Sculpted Coat and now that you've said it, it reminded me of Sara too.

ana said...

OMG they are all so pretty but definetely I want the Hot Kiss “Fleece Puff-Sleeve Coat” is just a dream!!!

Couture Carrie said...

Love the A/X one! Fabulous options, darling!

xoxox,
CC

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh I love this style of coats. the Armani one is absolutely stunning! xo

Tights Lover said...

The AX coat is a great style. I think it's my favorite. Great post!

Jacqueline said...

I love the Armani one! Gorgeous. I love drama too. Hehe.

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Jaime said...

Love swing coats- really like that last one- the tailoring is gorgeous!

Little Red said...

Love these coats! I've normally worn black, navy, and gray winter coats. But I have to say, Blair Waldorf is definitely inspiring me to get some colorful coats this season!

Emmy said...

Ugh this is reminding me just how much I need to get my hands on a proper winter coat.

Thanks for sharing all these great options!

ChloƩ said...

That Armani is so beautiful I can hardy breathe! Oh my.
But the Hot Kiss one, well, the sleeves are adorable! Love both of them.

Laura Trevey said...

I LOVE classic Pea coats, and the Forever 21 one is fabulous!!

Rina said...

I love DKNY coat! Looks great!

miriam said...

i love the DKNY coat, perfect flair!

KIRAFASHION said...

These coats are fab!!!

meraldia said...

These days I am looking for the perfect coat and I can't find it! I like the DKNY, great selection!

Elizabeth Marie said...

I have an Armani one similar...in red...it is SO FABULOUS, and guess what..

I DIE! hahaha...

I love love this post!

simplycheapchic said...

i wish it got cold enough here for coats!!

i love the whole DKNY look.

-Meredith, SCC

Taylor Sterling said...

OMG beautiful coats! I adore all of them. I need one for winter! Thanks for the sweet comments I agree about Chloe! So, if you head back to my blog I am having some problems with my feeds. Maybe you have an idea how to fix it?? I am desperate! Thanks!!

Sasha Sharma said...

i have an f21 cheaper version of dkny's coat in tweed, and i heart it!
oh and thanks for the pointers on the rain boots, UO's def an option, and hunters are top of the list right now [prolly getting those.lol]

nookie said...

for sure:)
love the DKNY one:)

Sherin said...

Ooo, they're all so pretty. I'm definitely going to get something like this for winter. The F21 one is definitely my favourite!!!

Stephanie said...

Oh, I love these coats. The first one is my favorite the color is beautiful and the cut is perfect. :) Great post!!!

Closet Cravings said...

I really L-O-V-E coats. I think there is something very stylish and romantic about a great coat or jacket. I'm especially drawn to feminine coats like the ones you featured. Too bad the weather where I live doesn't really permit a whole lot of coat wearing. Sigh.

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lamodedejuline said...

I wanted a wool coat (or a coat in the style of wool coats) for the longest but never bought one. This post just reminded me how much i wanted one.

great post.

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Caramell said...

that dkny and forever 21 coats are my fave ;D yet I must cope this winter with my simple litte black coat ;D
kisses ;*

Dina's Days said...

Oh you're just killing me with the A/X jacket. Why oh why do you do this to me?! A couple years ago I got a Nine West jacket similar to these styles from Macy's. It was on sale for cheap. Still wear it, still love it!

Luinae said...

The Forever 21 coat is actually my favourite!

jane st. clair said...

hey there! thanks for stopping by after reading hifashion's style swap. i hope you'll keep coming. i love your blog too! what a fun entry. i started following you on bloglovin!
xo!

Mimi said...

great spotlight on swing coats! they're all so pretty!! perfect 4 fall.

Emily said...

I love all of these coats! They are fabulous.

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I invested in a major dress/swing coat last year and wish it were cold enough to wear it--so glad you posted this!

xo

la petite fashionista said...

these coats remind me of 1960's london! love the gray:)

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

The DKNY coat is so cute, i wish i was a girl sometimes. LOL

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michelle_ said...

those swing coats are sooo cool !
sadly cant wear them in my hot countryy .. not only will i drench in sweat, but I'll be an alien from others who wear loose tops and shorts. hahaha..

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Gabbi said...

Adorable! I love the swing coat look... ♥

nicole said...

loving the A-line hem of most of those coats! very classy and timeless. my favourite would have to be the armani exchange one because it looks like it would actually fit a small petite frame like mine haha, I always have such a hard time finding coats that aren't too long!

glitzy said...

I love all the swing coats that you featured here!! It's actually a wardrobe staple!

ONiC said...

i would love to wear one if we have winter here.

PinkBow said...

oh i love the pea-coat - a classic!

AudreyAllure said...

oo those are cute coats, i would definitely wear one!

Jackie said...

I want! I need! These coats are so lovely! I'm especially smitten by the Armani coat. It's perfect.

E said...

I adore that Armani Exchange swing coat. The nipped in waist creates such a great silhouette!

Couture Cookie said...

I actually own a faux fur swing coat, that is sitting in my closet waiting to become in style again! So funny you would write this post, just as I was wondering if I should drop some money on a gorgeous gray swing number in the store around the block, or not... it comes with ruffled arms.

Even us skinny jean girls need some swing in our lives. ;)

janettaylor said...

Definitly LOVE!

XoXo

All Women Stalker said...

These are lovely! They make me wish we have winter where I am. Unfortunately, we don't and I can only admire them from afar.

-meream

WendyB said...

The Armani is sooooo cute.

The Pocket Stylist said...

I love the Armani Coat!! Gorg for sure!

Nicole Marie said...

i can never have too many coats!

Kayla Bon said...

What adorable jackets! Very cute blog :)

Anonymous said...

It was very interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Anonymous said...

Don't stop posting such articles. I love to read stories like this. By the way add some pics :)

Nisha Lund said...

I OWNED that black armani swing coat until someone stole it last December at Nikki Beach, NYC. It's been almost a year now and I'm still upset about it - it was my favorite jacket and the thing that I owned that i adored the most!!!!

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