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Oh, coats, I think I miss you most of all!

Sunday, August 05, 2007


I know I've been a bit quiet lately, mainly due to the adjustment to this whole "daily work thing." (I'm a little bit unpracticed with the concept of blowdrying my hair every morning and having to pick out an appropriately stylish ensemble. Really, how do people put up with the relentless daily requirement to look cute?)

Truth be told, we're also back to my least favorite time of year in Singapore, at least from a shopping perspective. (Though it's been really gloomy and rainy lately, which hasn't helped much either.) This is when the U.S. magazines start teasing us with the promise of cozy autumn clothing—things like little cropped wool coats and chunky knit sweaters and pretty patterned tights. Oh, and slouchy leather boots! We can't forget about them.

Of course, it's still really hot in most of the U.S., but at least if you live there, there's the promise of future wool-requiring weather. If you find something really amazing and snuggly now, you don't have to feel too guilty about buying it because eventually, sometime around October, it can be taken of the closet. Here, we don't have that hope—even though many stores still insist on stocking a lot of wintry pieces. The other day I was in Ted Baker—a somewhat pricey but quite nice U.K. brand—and there was this gorgeous, chunky, dark gray sweater dress. It was fantastic, and yet it didn't seem fair (to my bank account or the sweater) to buy it when it's likely I'll only be able to wear it once or twice this year.

Sigh. It's enough to make a fashion lover utterly depressed (though I do find a little bit of comfort in being able to play tennis outdoors in December). The first trickle of covetable fall items isn't helping much, especially when they're as perfect as this pale gray bell-shaped coat from July's Vogue. For you others in Singapore, how do you make the best of the impossible-to-wear cold-weather fashions? I could definitely use some tips to help get through the fall.

15 comments :

Zahra said...

I completely relate to this post! In Kuwait we are fortunate to have a brief winter however it doesn't warrant really heavy winter coats. And you can never be sure when winter will start. It has been erratic over the past few years. Layering up is the best solution.

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WendyB said...

Gorgeous coat!

missy-j said...

Winter coats are definitely out of the question in Singapore but sometimes I wear the thicker jackets I buy from abroad in the heavily airconditioned rooms here.

Anonymous said...

I still wear boots in Singapore, it's not that hot actually. But no coats, maybe those pseudo trench coats.

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Jessica said...

I have already begun buying my jackets and coats even though it is going to be 91 in midtown tomorrow.

I don't care I get coat fever because I love the winter and especially the notion of bundling up.

soonlee said...

Buy into the concept, not the actual piece? Pale grey bell shaped dress instead of the coat. Or play cheat by picking out the separates: Woolen high waisted pencil skirt with ultra cool lining beneath!

Glamour Killed said...

Now I'm sure it's a little different over there..but I can feel your pain a bit since I live in sunny California. I really sometimes envy the girls that live in oh say...Colorado! What we tend to do over here is where dresses with coats..that way you still have breathing room and your not baking yourself to death! You could always try shorter cropped jackets so you can at least have some type of jacket time over there. :) Love your blog by the way..its FAB!

Diane said...

Glam, thanks for reminding me that wearing coats is also fashionable in addition to keeping warm. I'll trade in my snow shovel for my native sunny California anytime!

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