Welcome to an all new series on AskSuzanneBell! Starting this week, Style Me Monday, will feature one item from my closet – styled 5 ways – to get your style wheels turning for the week ahead. And to celebrate the 8th Anniversary of ASB style, I’m styling an item that was featured in my very first blog post, a piece I still wear today. If you missed the Eight Year Blog Anniversary Celebration, PRESS HERE.
Debuting 8 years ago in, “Hey Fall, Whatcha Got For Me?”, the Elytra Cocoon Coat, is a testament to the power behind purchasing quality pieces you love.
Truth be told, I almost didn’t purchase this coat. It’s red, not black, and 8 years ago, the styling of this coat was pretty fashion forward. But it spoke to me. And after stalking it throughout the fall and holiday season, I pulled the trigger when it hit the January sale racks in 2014. By Corey Lynn Calter, this coat has become a staple in my wardrobe. As often as I wear it, when I searched the archives, I didn’t have many photos of me wearing this coat. But I only needed five looks for this post, so what do you say we take a look?
What makes this coat a winner
1. The yummy shade of red can make any outfit – including leggings and a simple cashmere sweater – pop.
2. The short, yet wide sleeves allow for endless layering options, making this the perfect coat, for our mild California winters.
3 and 4. Despite the short sleeve, this is a cozy coat. In these next two looks – apologies for the poor quality 2014 iPhone photos – I was heading off to NYC. To the left, I’m wearing a heavy turtleneck sweater, and to the right, a blouse and leather jacket, under my coat. I’ve always loved how well this coat pairs with animal print and faux fur accessories. Fuchsia purple and red, are one of my favorite color combinations.
5. I love how this red topper elevates my tunic + leggings + tall boot uniform. The print of the sleeve, peeking out of the coat, adds flair.
Do you own a statement coat? If along your journey, you find a piece that really speaks to you, don’t be afraid to add it to your wardrobe. If you love it, you will wear it, and it will be worth every penny!