Calling all Pretty Little Liars fans. The secret’s out. In between eating Trader Joe’s chicken chow mein and posting on Instagram, I have been taunting Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily all these years.
On a real level, that show needs to end. If I could take back the day I thought I’d watch the pilot “just cause” maybe today I would be more productive than sitting around wondering who the hell “A” is. Now years later I’m cursed to watch the show until I find out.
Till then I’ll be pretending I’m “Red Coat” a la vintage seventies version round these New York parts. I found this new little number while scanning through a rack of vintage clothing at Amarcord Vintage in Williamsburg. I walked in with my cousin Dan, hoping to God I wouldn’t actually find anything as my funds are desperate these days. But of course as I reached the end of the rack, lo and behold, it was the last thing hanging and immediately caught my eye.
In the past I was never one to go for red. It always seemed to bright for my taste, I generally steer towards muted or deep colors. But awhile back I was shopping with a friend of mine when she convinced me to try on a red vintage dress, arguing that I would look great in red. And she was right. From that point on I kicked myself for never giving red a chance! Coincidentally this was also at Amarcord, but at the SoHo location.
At first I didn’t purchase. I went back and forth deciding if I should really be buying a coat when the fridge needs stocking. I decided to leave, and if it continued to haunt me I’d return. It did. Dan got so fed up with my out loud contemplations “Should I? Should I not?” he finally turned to me and said,
“Just do it.”
But not in an encouraging Nike ad kind of way, more like a villainous smiling Cruella de Vil lets-kidnap-puppies kind of way. So damn it I bought myself the coat.
I love that it makes a statement. There’s something about a long bold coat that makes you feel fun and empowered. It’s unique basket weave pattern and red orange color, for me, calls to mind the era of the seventies. A time where the fashion was bold, glamorous, and carefree. It makes me wanna strut like Amy Adams in American Hustle or pose endearingly like Marianne Faithfull.
I love incorporating vintage into my looks. I love knowing the piece had a history or another life. It’s that sentimental value that makes vintage so special. One could argue there are smarter things I could invest my money in, but it’s almost Winter now so that kind of justifies the investment right?
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Amarcord Vintage Coat, Forever 21 Vest, Zara Loafers, Raybans Lennon Shades