I thought about jackets for a very long time, as you might remember, and almost missed the chance to buy some completely. Why does everyone clear out their inventory only halfway through the winter weather?
Anyway, I got an email that there was a coat clearance at Penny's and that the camel coat I linked to in my coat-question post was on sale. So I went to try it on (I'm still not sure about sizing a coat when wearing layers). Of course there were no camel-colored coats there at my store, naturally. But I walked around and fingered all the coats and read their tags to see if there were any 100 % wool coats. (there were not.)
And I kept walking past this one short leather jacket and going, sigh. Now, I know leather jackets are crap for keeping out cold --- I bought a snazzy leather trenchcoat from a thriftstore for 5 bucks so that I could pretend I was Shaft and I couldn't even wear it for winter in CA. But this one had a fuzzy fake fur lining. And I know that when I have the "oo! I love that !" reaction repeatedly about an article of clothing I should probably buy it, since most of the time I am meh.
So I put it on:
And I loved the badass 70s-rockstar shape, and noticed that with the clearance discount it was 50 bucks. I went up a size so that I'd have lots of room around my shoulders and back (you can see the sleeves are too long; maybe I'll get them hemmed) and bought that sucker.
Can you see it has all sorts of interesting rivets and vertical seaming on the front to make it snazzy? It does look better on me unzipped rather than zipped, but it still looks pretty good.
Here's the back with more seaming snazziness. I don't know if this was a total impulse buy or something that has been brewing for a while now, since I've been noticing trendy leather jackets for a few years now and thinking that they looked so cool. But because they are so trendy and fancy colored and covered with shiny stuff (those are the kind I am attracted to, like a magpie to shiny objects), I've always thought, oh, I couldn't wear that in cold weather and I couldn't wear that every day because it would have to go with a very specific type of outfit. But this one seems a bit more classic and I really really like it.
Of course that means no heavy winter coat. Or does it? I didn't like the looks of the black coats I saw, but this one caught my eye as something interesting but not too weird:
I took a bunch of pics of it and it didn't show up very well, sorry. The tag says it is a "military" coat, hence all the buttons (!) and the big greatcollar flaps. And it is a sort of cadet blue, which just drew me to it in a way that none of the other winter coats did. It is double breasted, with a belt. I'm not so sure about the belt, (do I need horizontal lines cutting across me, ever?) but I will probably leave it on to dangle artistically. I can't find a better image of it now on the JCP web site, but here is one by the same company that is kinda similar except that it is entirely different.
And since this coat was down to 80 I decided that I could buy both since together they were the same price as the coat would have been originally. Yeah, I know, I know, you're supposed to use a sale to save money, not to buy more things, but I couldn't help myself. Anyway, I am excited!
And now, since I can, I will leave you with a cat picture:
He is annoyed because my lap is full with another cat. They are so excited to have me back, we are having to do lap-sitting in shifts.