04 Jul Red Coat
You know that scene in Love Actually where the red coat that Martine McCutcheon’s character is wearing steals the show as Hugh Grant’s character, the Prime Minister, professes his love? When I first saw this red coat in my Mom’s wardrobe, the phrase “scene stealing” is what came to mind.
Like the pink coat I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, this red coat with its tailored shape and belt, really does serve the same function as a beautiful dress. It’s hard to ignore a red coat.
Every single pre-owned item has a story…
When my Mom was 15 years old, my Grandfather was buying all my aunts coats because they were studying in Alice, in the Eastern Cape. She didn’t actually need a coat at the time because it wasn’t that cold in Port Elizabeth. But being the middle child, she wanted the same things everyone was getting. So she pestered my Grandfather and he ended up buying her this beautiful 80% wool, perfectly tailored coat for R70 from The Great Coat Company.
My Mom has never worn this coat…
According to her, we (her daughters) are the first people to have worn this coat since its purchase. After finishing high school, she studied in Natal where it’s basically warm all year round. Even when we lived in Johannesburg, the winters in South Africa never really called for such a heavy coat.
Fast forward through 6 houses and 3 adult daughters, cold fronts, global warming and liking nice things have allowed this heavy red striking coat to flourish.
Clothing Credits: Red Coat from my Mother | Grey Turtleneck from Country Road at Woolworths | Denim Jeans from Tiger Of Sweden | Boots from Carvela Luxe at Spitz | Sunglasses from Miu Miu at Sunglass Hut
Hair by Candi & Co Salon
Photography by Jeffrey Rikhotso