Glen plaid cashmere coats, jacket and skirts have alway been a favorite of mine. While faux fur teddy coats are having a moment, a good cloth coat is always on point.
I feature Jil Sander today, whose cashmere coats are consistently well made and luxurious. Classic understated pieces update everyday looks, such as this simple denim outfit. When bought second-hand like mine is, this coat is a great investment!
Simple skinny jeans and metallic camel pumps are easily transformed with a glen plaid cashmere coat, and a bold blue bag. I love the dichotomy of the menswear look juxtaposed with metallic pumps, and a ladylike round bag. Who is with me here ?
Cashmere coats or fine wool coats will last for decades.
These pieces in glen plaid cashmere or tartan plaid merino wool will serve you well. Cashmere coats are soft and warm.
EBay has a similar coat on sale now. You can make an offer if it is your size!
Please consider the longevity that a coat will provide. Synthetic coats will not last as long and they are toxic to soil, if they end up in the landfill. Much of the fast fashion pieces are buried in that soil or is polluting landfills right this very minute.
This simple outfit may be a refreshing palette cleanser for you eyes. Most recent posts have me in something that is heavily patterned. Simple and effortless; this is my choice today. Only the earrings are striking.
Boldly blue and round, this Jason Wu bag is a KEEPER! You have seen it often. Links to refresh you memory are here and here.
Artisan jewelry is a favorite, and these black and white beauties were bought locally and crafted in NYC.
Nasty weather has spelled trouble for many. Snowy roads, freezing cold days, and violently rainy days make it challenging to be out and about. Flu seems to be so common, so I am indoors this week warding off potential illness. However, as I write this, I am hoping you are well and dry!
Denim days are here to stay it seems.
A classic mock neck knit and Hermes belt is such an easy outfit to wear. Simply add skinny jeans and pumps, and one is dressed for anything. If you add a down parka it looks one way. Add a glen plaid cashmere coat and it is an outfit that can take you to a fancier venue. Given that, which do you prefer?
Hibernating indoors I am current in the news, and housework. I am caught up with friends, as least by telephone . Coping with bad weather is a gift in this way! Therefore I won’t complain too much! I sip cocoa with fresh cinnamon. On balance, I take stock and feel quite lucky.
Two photos follow of me in the hallway. They feel symbolic, as I feel somewhat tentative about being out in the cold and exposed to illness. I am immune-suppressed and highly susceptible to infection.
Being near a door way, in the path to somewhere, is metaphysically how I feel.
Am I going in or heading out? Can you tell ?
Even with such a fortunate life for which I am truly grateful , it is easy to feel uncertain.
Which path is the way forward?
Alas, I get back to the point of this post. Natural fabrics are better for the planet . They are richer looking and feel sumptuous on. They will not make you light up like a Christmas tree when you touch a metal object. Oh, those shocks. They are warnings. Honor the planet. Choose something well made, and try to buy locally and second-hand if possible.
Be aware, not perfect.
Have a fine day as the weekend approaches.
—— XOXO, Elle ——
Oh, that is the most glorious Jil Sander coat! And cashmere, be still my heart. Shopping second-hand has opened my eyes to what’s out there – I can afford much better quality than shopping new. Bonus! I love the dichotomy of a menswear look contrasted with uber-feminine pieces.
Stay inside and be mindful. I feel that! Take care of yourself and have a lovely weekend, Elle!
Oh I KNOW that Sheila!
Yes, i am lucky with shopping here second hand.
I am inside and find it cozy. I can see out, and do not feel any FOMO!
Enjoy your week!
You always have such a wonderful way to express yourself, Elle. Even on “bad” days you’re outlook is so positive, and I find that so refreshing.
The plaid? It’s truly a favorite maybe because it’s timeless and maybe because it’s masculine. Either way, you wear it so well.
Thank you very much Jodie!
I do think my outlook is good, and I am glad for it.
These coats are wonderful. I know you agree!
Only the earrings are striking?? No dear Elle! Not only the earrings. You are always striking no matter what you wear. You are a natural born with elegance and style woman!
That is most kind! Thank you Nancy. I love to find special pieces from local places!
Your coat looks beautiful and so cosy! It’s really nice belted and your statement earrings are fantastic, what fun accessories! 🙂 You always pick the best most unique pieces to accessorise with. I hope the cold weather doesn’t last long, but it sounds like you are making the most of your time at home 🙂
Hope that your week is going well and you have a nice weekend ahead of you 🙂
Away From The Blue Blog
Thanks so much Mica!
I was so lucky to find the earrings on my block!
I do like to be home for the most part!
hugs to you and the family !
Oh my goodness woman, you are so so gorgeous. In a simple sweater and jeans with heels your figure is done justice. Very clever to add this stricking blue to your outfit with the bag. It pops and makes the outfit sing. Great bag. I love round bags. Only the handle doesn’t look hand friendly.
Have a nice weekend Elle.
I truly appreciate that, but I do see myself that way. I do love the bag and appreciate your keen observation !
The bag has a chain, but I wanted to hold onto it. For my tiny fingers , it is comfy!
That glen plaid coat is gorgeous and looks super soft and cozy to wear. And you are wearing it so well, Elle, it looks as if it was custom made for you. I’m loving your round blue bag too. I think you’re looking particularly youthful in your skinny jeans and mock neck knit jumper. The addition of the belt and pumps do make this outfit a timeless classic. And I do think each season has its charm. Hibernating indoors with a cup of cocoa sounds divine to me! xxx
I agree Ann, each season does have its charm. I would not appreciate spring as much, if there were no winter!
The coat is so soft!
Wow Elle, so many wise lessons in one blogpost. It was a good start of my weekend reading them and looking at your awesome photos. I think you are right: simple sometimes is all we need, be it in what we wear or in what we do. When you can appreciate small, simple things in life, your life will be very fulfilled. Have a great weekend dear Elle. Love, Lieske
Very true! While I appreciate simple, I very seldom dress that way! Yet I do appreciate all that I have and all of the people in my life!
You too dear!
Love that jacket! It’s really stylish with that blue bag, such a cute match!! Xx
Thank you very much!
I appreciate that!
I agree, we all need to be aware of the impact we have on the environment. Small decisions add up to big changes for our world.
I love how this is such a great timeless style.
Like you I’m often hibernating in winter for a number of reasons. I cannot wait for spring.
Yes, it is a good time to be inside and wait patently for spring!
This winter in particular!
Little efforts may help trigger a change… how knows. Hope so!
So true. I am trying to step away from fast fashion. And it seems others are as well. Yesterday I discovered that the H&M across from Penn station is closed. Yup, been there for over a decade. Though this is also a sign of a weakening economy. I also discovered the same day that the Birch Box store in Soho is closed. Lord & Taylor is closing so it is old school businesses, very old school and new businesses that are closing. Not good.
Though you look GREAT as usual. The bag is too fun!!
That Lord and Taylor is closing is so sad. I remember when B. Altman closes! The retail landscape is depressing!
A bit of fashion fashion is hard to avoid!
Stunning and a cool outfit love the bag too.
I appreciate it! The bag is fun to wear!
Elle you look sooo amazing. Love your earrings and this wonderful coat!
Thank you Tina!
Both are very light!
Such a chic classic dear. So stylish. Love the pop of blue from the bag too, lovely contrast of texture and color.
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Thanks so much ! A pop of color is nice this time of year!
those earrings are so cool!
thank you so much ! so fun to wear!
I love that coat and your whole outfit!!
Straight A Style
Thanks so much. It is quite old but in pristine condition!
I love this classic and effortless look on you! The coat is gorgeous! I would love to add some plaid to my fall wardrobe ( next yr) the coblat rich blue bag is beautiful too, i love the circle bags! Those earrings are delightful too on you! Looking lovely as always my friend! It is supposed to rain all week here, so I may be inside as well. Take care 🙂
Yuck to all of that rain!
You do own the best plaids!
Thanks for your kind words!