Thursday, December 1, 2011

Monthly Theme Post: Outerwear AND Character Week, Day 4

Well, it was rather fortuitous indeed that today's Monthly Theme Post was outerwear-we just got a cold front here in CO, and I need to wear my nice heavy coat for the first time in about a week!
Here's my outfit with coat:

Like VictorianKitty's coat, mine was a very, very expensive coat that I got for a great deal. It's an Oleg Cassini coat, and the normal price on it was $300. For some reason, though, the Alco in my hometown got a massive shipment of them right as the store was closing, and reduced them to $30 to move them out. My mom and I each got one, and we've had them for...7 years now? It's a really lovely coat, wool with plaid trim, and deliciously warm-it keeps me toasty even in the coldest CO weather, like today. I also like that the cut is vaguely Victorian-I got it long before my Goth days, but it's eternally stylish!
And now for the straight-up outfit portion of the post:
Gold-and-pearl necklace-Inherited
Cream-colored empire-waist dress-Arc thrift
Black Doc Marten-alikes (hidden by the dress): Wal-Mart
As you've probably guessed by seeing the dress, I was going for a Jane Austen-inspired look today. Specifically, Northanger Abbey, which I feel is a severely underrated Gothic novel! Catherine Moreland is funny, snarky, and generally awesome, and I love the whole atmosphere of the book. I wanted to try for a Regency-inspired hairstyle to go with the dress, and this is what I came up with:

Apologies for the not-so-great pic, it's rather difficult to take pictures of the back of your own head. :) Considering how different the era looks from the rest of my clothing, I'm rather proud of this outfit:
Also, due to my wide hips, empire-waist dresses tend to make me look vaguely pregnant, so I was very glad to find that this one didn't. At last, I can swish around feeling very like Catherine (or Fanny Price, or Emma, or Elizabeth Bennett) without someone asking when I'm expecting-always a good thing. :D


  1. Great coat, and an AMAZING deal!! That bit of plaid trim in contrast to the blackness is just perfect. It looks so warm!!!

    This is a perfect Jane Austen outfit! I loved Northanger Abbey, too.

  2. You look always so pretty and cute! What a lovely dress!

  3. Quite an awesome deal! You were very lucky. Such pieces which last long (even when your style changes) are always the best finds. That coat is pretty in its simplicity, yet it has that "something". Its length is also very nice.