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My Entire Coat Collection 2020

For someone who lives in a subtropical region, I have a pretty solid coat collection. Sydney’s climate is temperate and we enjoy sunny days for most of the year. During our mild winters, temperatures rarely drop below 7 °C (45 °F) during the day so heavy duty layering isn’t always required.

Despite having about 4 1/2 months of the year of A/W dressing, my wardrobe is much more geared to the colder climate – and coats are by far my favourite item of clothing. In my opinion, coats are like shoes – they can make or break an outfit (and you can never have too many!). And while they can be a bit of an investment purchase, I have predominantly looked to the high street for my outerwear fix. When styled with my designer bags and shoes, they can look just as luxe.

You might notice some common themes when browsing through my coat collection – double-breasted styles, belted coats and predominantly neutral tones. I have a few functional coats that I take with me when travelling, such as puffy jackets, but I haven’t included these in this list as they serve more a functional rather than sartorial purpose.

So here they are, in no particular order, my coat collection as at 2020 – prices and all. Where still available, I’ve linked the actual coat otherwise I’ve worked hard at finding a great dupe.

#1 – Brown Melange Wool Coat

Brand – H&M Conscious

Amount paid: $139.00 in February 2020 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $199.00

Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Reiss dress, Vince Camuto heels (sold out – shop the real deal here), Celine bag
Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Everlane Cashmere knit, H&M pants, Nike sneakers, Celine bag and RayBan sunglasses

I first saw this coat on Emma Hill’s YouTube channel and it was one of her favourite Autumn purchases. Australian stores always seem to receive pieces 3 – 4 months after their Northern Hemisphere counterparts so you can imagine the excitement when I spotted the coat in H&M after an unplanned browse during my lunch break earlier this year. The colour is a perfect muted brown and I love the oversized cut – one of my most stylish winter coats.

The coat is unfortunately sold out but I’ve found some great options here and here.

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#2 – Light Khaki Collarless Duster Coat

Brand – The Curated

Amount paid: PR gift (RRP $625.00 AUD / $375.00 USD) | Alterations – None

Wearing The Curated Coat (AU link / International link) (similar here and affordable dupe here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Acne Studios Scarf, Everlane boots, Celine bag (see my review here), Ray Ban sunnies
stylish winter coats - lighter neutral
Wearing The Curated coat, Uniqlo knit, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag

This coat is the latest addition to my collection and no stranger to my Instagram feed. I get the most DMs about this coat and so I’ve written a comprehensive review with my thoughts here where I talk about sizing, quality and how I’ve been getting on with it. It’s my only cashmere coat and it is the softest and most luxurious feeling coat in my entire collection.

You can shop the coat here and I’ve found a similar style here (and an affordable option here).

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#3 – Camel Coat

Brand – H&M

Amount paid: $169.00 in April 2018 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $229.00

stylish winter coats - casual style
Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar options below), Scanlan Theodore shirt (old season), Nobody Denim jeans, Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here), Chanel bag (shop preloved here)
stylish winter coats - camel wrap style and gucci belt
Wearing H&M coat (sold out, options linked below), H&M knit, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Gucci belt, Vince Camuto heels (sold out – shop the real deal here) and Celine bag

There’s nothing quite like a great camel coat. You know the kind – that perfect shade of brown that fits just right and magically goes with everything… it’s the outerwear staple that does it all. For years, I’ve had a MaxMara coat on my wishlist. And while I’m yet to justify the price tag (and don’t really see that happening any time soon!), my H&M coat continues to serve me well after years of wear.

This coat is from a couple of years ago so no longer available but I’ve found a great affordable option here from ASOS, a great quality one from Country Road for my AU/NZ-based friends here and an upper high street option from Reiss.

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#4 – Checked Double-Breasted Coat

Brand – Vero Moda (via ASOS)

Amount paid: $168.00 in December 2016 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $228.00

stylish coats for winter
Wearing Vero Moda coat (sold out, similar here and here), H&M dress (similar here and here), Christian Louboutin heels, Chanel bag (shop preloved here)

I don’t wear much print but when I do – I’m mad for plaid. The only print coat in my collection, the monochrome makes it easy to wear with… well, pretty much anything.

I purchased this coat during the height of summer here in Australia and while 32 weeks pregnant. A completely frivolous purchase (fuelled by my hormones, I’m sure!), it formed part of the pile of “things-I’m-buying-for-no-good-reason-but-fingers-crossed-they’ll-suit-me-once-I’ve-popped“. Thank goodness it did! (Because there were lots of things that didn’t…)

Here’s a great affordable dupe, here’s an option from Reiss that looks amazing, here’s another option from Reiss (because I’ve got a thing for Reiss at the moment if you couldn’t tell already?!) and here’s one by Isabel Marant that is simply divine.

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#5 – Trench Coat

Brand – Uniqlo

Amount paid – $109.95 (RRP $129.95 – purchased during a promotion in January 2020) | Alterations? None

stylish winter coats trench coat
Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out, similar options below), Marks & Spencer mock neck navy knit (similar here and here), Ana Pena London Tweed Pencil Skirt, Vince Camuto heels (sold out – shop the real deal here) and Celine Bag (see my review here)
Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out – similar options below), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top (sold out – similar here and here), Everlane flats, Celine bag (see my review here)

Cue the quintessential A/W staple – the trench coat. While the classic Burberry trench coat has been on my wishlist for the longest time, there are so many great high street options to steal the look for a lot less.

I managed to get mine from Uniqlo during a promotion – it’s a nod to the traditional trench with some modern updates. While it’s now sold out, here’s a great affordable option here from ASOS, a great version from Country Road here, and a designer option here.

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#6 – Khaki Pea Coat

BrandReiss

Amount paid: $780 in November 2016 | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $840

Wearing Reiss coat (sold out – similar here), COS top, Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane boots, Chanel bag (shop preloved here)

And here we have yet another hormone-fuelled purchase made during the third trimester of my pregnancy. I splurged on this coat with absolutely no idea as to whether it would fit me or suit me by the time I gave birth. I can’t be sure but I think I had to pay the import tax on it too? Ouch! But thank goodness I was frivolous! It is one of my favourite coats and it is top quality – as are all Reiss pieces. It’s this lush khaki-grey colour and it’s a tone that goes with everything. I’m not letting go of this piece… ever!

I’ve found a similar style here that you might like to check out.

#7 – Navy Pea Coat

BrandSportscraft

Amount paid: $185.00 in May 2017 (RRP $399 – purchased on sale) | Alterations? Yes – sleeves taken up for $60.00 | Total cost: $245.00

Sportscraft Coat (new season version here), Everlane Knit, Nobody Denim Jeans, Boots by DuoBoots (similar here), Celine Bag (see my review here)

As far as stylish winter coats go, the peacoat reigns supreme. The double-breasted winter staple has stood the test of time and has the ability to make any casual outfit look prim and polished. There are so many options and out there and finding the right one can take a bit of trial and error.

Personally, I think navy peacoats look great on guys. My husband actually got his first. And after seeing him look so effortlessly stylish in his, I had to hunt one down for myself.

For my AU friends, you can shop the new season version of my coat here (on sale too!) and I’ve found an affordable option here.

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As for other stylish winter coats I’m looking to add to my collection, I’m not really looking to add more at this stage as I recently did a big wardrobe purge and cleared out a few coats in the process (you can read more about the rules I applied here). But if, by chance, I were to stumble upon the perfect charcoal or light grey coat, I would find it difficult to say no!

I hope my coat collection has sparked some inspiration for potential stylish winter coats options to add to your wardrobe.

P.S. The five A/W workwear pieces you need, embracing lighter coloured stylish winter coats and my current favourites from Reiss.

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Celine Trio Bag Review

celine trio bag review
Celine Trio styled with H&M dress (as top) (sold out – similar here and here); Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane flats and Ray Ban sunglasses

Yet another black Celine bag that has a piece of my heart. And the little beauty I’m featuring today is one that has formed part of my collection for over five years, so I figured it was about time I shared a comprehensive review of my Celine Trio Bag. While it’s compact, it packs a lot of punch in terms of capacity, wearability and function. Good things really do come in small packages.

The majority of my handbag purchases have marked milestone events in my life or career. I treated myself to this bag after I landed a job at a firm I had my eye on for some time. Within my first few weeks in the job, I ordered the trio and it has been lovingly used since.

I have the small trio in smooth black lambskin. Given I purchased it in 2015, the bag I own hails from the Philo era, and there are some minor tweaks between my version and the current version which has been available since around 2018. I address those in this post.

So let’s get into it.

celine trio bag review

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Design

Aptly named, the bag features three zipped pouches that are attached together with snap buttons. There is an adjustable leather strap with a 20″ (51cm) drop and it can be worn both cross-body or on the shoulder.

The bag is made of lambskin and comes in a variety of colours. Over the years I have seen the bag featured in other seasonal materials but I’ve always been satisfied with the black lambskin version that I’ve owned that has formed part of their permanent collection.

Sizing

While Celine sizing with some of their other bags can be a little confusing (such as the belt bag which I discuss here), the trio comes in two straightforward sizes – small (the original size) and large.

Current dimensions and prices are below:

Small

22cm x 15cm x 4cm | 9” x 6” x 2”

Handle with 20” (51cm) drop
Gold metal hardware

$1,550 AUD | $1,250 USD | £790 GBP

Large

25cm x 18cm x 4cm | 10” x 7” x 2”

Handle with 20” (51cm) drop
Gold metal hardware

$1,750 AUD | $1,400 USD | £890 GBP

Prices current as at May 2020.

Key differences between the old and current version

Starting with the obvious, the current trio adopts the new Celine logo (without the É).

As to the design elements, the former trio featured leather pull tabs on the zips whereas the current version has replaced these with gold hardware zips – making the gold accents more of a feature.

Wear & tear

This bag is my go-to for when I’m keeping things comfortable and casual, hence getting the most use on weekends and when travelling. The three compartments make the bag functional and easy to use. I split my belongings across the three pouches and while I don’t have a set system as to how I pack my bag, I typically use the front pouch for my cardholder and phone, the middle pouch for my keys, headphones and a small foldable shopping bag (in case I’m picking up groceries while out and about), and the back pouch for is usually for bits and bobs such as make up, tissues and wet wipes (which always come in handy when out with little ones).

The bag is lightweight and the leather strap is comfortable to wear cross-body – it doesn’t dig into my shoulder. I’ve used this bag on several overseas holidays and it has been great. It even comfortably fits a travel guide! (Though of course not the extremely large chunky continental guides!)

Over the years, the leather has softened and the logo has slightly faded, but all these traits only make me love the bag more. The bag is quite sentimental to me now and given all the places it’s been, I would not part ways with it. If, for some reason, something were to happen to it, I would replace it in a heartbeat.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the quality of the bag, the most common criticism about the shoulder strap and people having issues with it snapping off. While I do find the strap to be thin, I don’t find it to be weak and haven’t had any concerns with the strap breaking, even with regular use.

Since being at home in recent months, my trio has featured a lot more on my Instagram feed as it’s the bag I’ve been wearing when going on our morning (social distancing) walks. I’ve featured some of these outfits below:

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I hope my Celine Trio Bag review was helpful to any of you interested in the bag. As always, thanks for stopping by.

P.S. My review on my Celine Belt Bag, Prada Double Tote and four outfits for any type of WFH day.

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Four Outfits for Any Type of Work From Home Day

I can vouch for the fact that working from home presents its own style challenges.  Before the pandemic, I had a set day each week where I worked from home. And often there were weeks where I needed to increase my remote working days to care for my sick kids that needed to be kept home from daycare.   

Personally, it took me a while to strike the right balance between comfort and function when getting dressed for the day.  While I was at home, I still wanted to feel motivated to tackle my work.   

Social media posts are rife with working from home tips – the most common of these being to get dressed for the day.  It’s valid advice – studies show that what you wear can influence your mindset.  

The style inspiration going round is varied – some people have chosen to maintain their usual work standard and are still donning their power dresses and glamorous make up. Then there are those who have really relaxed their attire and opt to stay in sweat pants all day (I know I’ve taken advantage!).  

While I admit to getting through some WFH days in trackies – typically because I’ve been up a few times the night before tending to unsettled kids – on a well-rested day, I sit somewhere in the middle.

Here’s how I pitch my outfits for these common WFH scenarios:

WFH Scenario #1 – When your day is packed with video conferences

work from home outfits
Reiss blazer, Everlane linen tee, Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci belt, Everlane flats, Celine bag and Ray Ban sunglasses

My usual combo for these often busy days is to mullet dress – business on top, comfy down the bottom. For me, I typically rely on the failsafe blazer + jeans combo. I’ve made a lot of use out of this linen oatmeal blazer since being at home which I initially purchased to lift my Casual Friday game. And while I appreciate jeans is a bit of effort for some, personally it gives me that extra boost of confidence which I’m not going to pass up if I need to bring my A-Game. (Though it isn’t uncommon for me to change into track pants by the late afternoon!)

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WFH Scenario #2 – When you’ve got an insane amount of work to get through

work from home outfits
Volange Paris knit, Scanlan Theodore belt (sold out, similar here), Uniqlo knit, H&M pants (sold out, similar here), Everlane flats, Celine bag

On the days where there’s a s##tload of work to get done, my work from home outfits become a balancing act between comfort and function. I typically opt for my favourite knitwear pieces as they’re cosy and soft but still make me feel put together.

I’ve rounded up my go-to WFH knitwear favourites below.

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WFH Scenario #3 – When you’ve got no meetings (hurrah!) but you need to be productive

The Frankie Shop tee (similar here), Mango pants, Birkenstock sandals

On the days where there are no video conferences, I go down the more comfortable route and opt for elevated basics – like this tee I’m wearing. It’s these little tweaks that add variety to my WFH outfits, which I’m all about as it gets a little ho-hum staying home all the time.

I’ve talked about this style of t-shirt previously and I’m surprised how much I love it. It’s technically a trend piece but I think it strikes the right balance at being both minimal and functional.

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WFH Scenario #4 – When you’re lacking the motivation

Reiss dress, Everlane flats, Celine bag

I’ve had my fair share of these days, surprisingly more than anticipated. So on days when I feel like just laying in bed and not making the long commute to my dedicated work space in the lounge room, I turn to the pieces that make me feel good. Take this knit dress for example. I’ve featured it previously here and here and love wearing it to the office. It’s simple, cosy but with its sophisticated cut, it gives me the confidence boost I need when I’m feeling a little lacklustre.

SHOP MY KNIT DRESS

I hope I served up some inspiration for your work from home outfits.

Stay safe and healthy wherever you are.

P.S. My WFH favourites and knitwear to elevate your work from home outfits.

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The Big Wardrobe Cull – A Step-by-Step Guide to a Closet Clear Out

While I’m well aware it’s Autumn here, I’ve been Spring cleaning like a sprightly spring chicken (haven’t we all?!) and my wardrobe has been amongst the many things around the house I’ve been tackling.

I should preface this post by saying that I’m not qualified to write a life-changing piece about tidying up. Inside my bags, you’ll find old receipts and random loyalty cards. Look inside my shoes and you’ll find pieces of Lego (I blame my one-year-old) and my drawer of smalls has probably seen more organised times.

However, since we’ve been stationed at home in recent months, I’ve taken the opportunity to further curate my closet. There is something very rewarding looking into my wardrobe and knowing the pieces in there will get the love and attention they deserve.

Giving my wardrobe a bit of a makeover has been so therapeutic and I wanted to share with you the rules I’ve applied to achieve a more curated closet.

The big wardrobe cull

#1 – Set aside pieces you no longer wear

…whether it be due to the fact that the pieces no longer fit you anymore, are damaged beyond repair or are no longer suited to your style.

In doing a big purge, I took the opportunity to get rid of all the pieces I had been keeping for when my body would return to its pre-pregnancy weight. Instead of providing me with the motivation to lose the extra kilos, it only made me self-conscious about the squishy bits I had acquired – so sayonara.

#2 – Adopt the 12 month rule

Go through the rest of your wardrobe and pull out the pieces that you haven’t worn for 12 months. Chances are if you haven’t worn it in a year, you most likely won’t be wearing it again. Of course there are exceptions to this rule including occasion wear or if you’ve been on maternity leave and haven’t been able to fit into your wardrobe for the majority of the year.

I’ve heard of others adopting a more ruthless approach and culling pieces they haven’t worn in a 3 month period. Personally, I find that too short a time frame to be an indicator of whether I’ll wear an item of clothing again. Plus, the change in seasons means that I naturally won’t be reaching for pieces that are limited to a particular season. Either way, you can tweak this time frame based on your lifestyle.

#3 – Eliminate double-ups and similar items

If you own several white t-shirts or several pairs of jeans, you’re probably only choosing to wear your favourite ones or the ones you purchased most recently. Assess whether you need to keep the rest and if not, set it aside.

Recycle your wardrobe

Determine whether you will sell, donate or discard the pieces you’ve set aside. Here are my general rules:

Discard

…all the pieces that are beyond repair or the pieces that you think won’t serve anyone else.

Retailers like H&M and Zara have garment collection programs for clothing and textiles that are subsequently reused or recycled.

Donate

Professional attire makes up a large chunk of my wardrobe. So for the gently-used workwear pieces that I choose to donate, I’ll drop them into Dress for Success – a not-for-profit organisation that provides clothing and styling advice for women seeking to re-enter the workforce after a period of unemployment. They’re currently closed due to the pandemic but will accept donations again once it’s safe to do so.

For general clothing, including clothing outgrown by my sons, I’ll pop it into clothing bins in our local area. We have a few around facilitated by The Smith Family, Vinnies and The Red Cross to name a few.

Sell

Sometimes pieces are too good to donate. This could be due to the fact that the piece still looks new or is a designer item that will most likely be appreciated by someone also a fan of that designer.

I’ve bought and sold pieces in my wardrobe for many years. My current selling platform of choice is Depop. It’s quick and easy to list and the app is very straightforward to use. For many years, I used and had a lot of success with eBay, but in the last couple of years, I haven’t found it to be the most seller-friendly platform.

wardrobe cull and closet clear out tips

Organise your wardrobe

The remaining pieces of your wardrobe should be stored neatly and sorted into categories. My husband and I share a built-in wardrobe so I have a allocated tall section where I store my coats and long dresses and a shorter section where my skirts, pants, tops and jackets are stored. My knitwear is folded in separate drawers.

If you can, buy new hangers and keep things uniform. I like using flocked hangers (I’ve got these ones from Kmart). They don’t take up as much room as wooden hangers and my delicate silk pieces don’t slip off.

I hope I’ve inspired you to do a wardrobe cull. I’m aiming to maintain a succinct wardrobe and will be repeating these steps every few months so that the clear out process doesn’t get too big on me!

P.S. My current WFH favourites and check out some of my bag and shoe reviews.

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Autumn Outfit: Trench Coat and Nude Flats

Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out – similar here, here and here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top (sold out – similar here and here), Everlane flats, Celine bag

Working from home for an extended period of time presents unique sartorial challenges. Outfits need to balance comfort and function in equal parts and make us feel ready to tackle the day. Never have video calls been such an integral part of my work day. And while the old saying goes ‘business at the front, party at the back’, I’ve noticed many putting a modern spin on this old adage to our new WFH/videoconferencing life by mullet dressing – ‘business on top, casual down the bottom’.

Keeping sartorial standards high (even if it is with just an elevated top like this navy Marks & Spencer one I’m wearing here) will no doubt inspire you to be at your most productive and boost your morale.

uniqlo trench coat in autumn outfit
Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out – similar here, here and here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top (sold out – similar here and here), Everlane flats, Celine bag

I received these Everlane flats at the end of February and they are amazingly comfortable. They’ve been great for our morning walks and the taupe colour goes with everything. I shared my initial thoughts in my review on the shoes here, but since posting my review, they have softened with wear and become even more comfortable.

uniqlo trench coat in autumn outfit
Wearing Uniqlo trench coat (sold out – similar here, here and here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top (sold out – similar here and here), Everlane flats, Celine bag

And as for this Uniqlo trench coat, I picked it up during a promotion earlier in January and it was a steal at $109.90 reduced from $129.90. It has since sold out but I’ve linked some similar options in this post. While a Burberry trench has been on my wishlist for the longest time, it gets pushed further and further down my list given the exorbitant price tag. I don’t really see myself biting the bullet any time soon given there are so many high quality affordable options available (like this one, or this one or this one).

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re all staying well and positive x

P.S. Check out the list of pieces that are getting no love now that I’m WFH and my picks of the best workwear pieces from Everlane.

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The Curated Modern Coat Review

Wearing The Curated coat styled with Nobody Denim Jeans, Everlane boots, Acne Studios Scarf, Celine bag

What better for a curated life than a curated coat. My coat is from The Curated, a sustainable luxury label, founded by Nicola Harlem. I’ve had this coat for over two months and I’ve never received so many DMs about an item of clothing since sharing a few photos of me wearing it during recent morning walks. It is the coat that I’ve been mostly reaching for now that the temperature has dropped here in Sydney so I thought it would be worthwhile to share my thoughts now that I’ve had a chance to wear it a bit.

Sustainable production is at the core of the business with the brand’s clothing items made from leftover fabric remnants. It means quantities are limited and that their pieces almost always sell out. The considered approach to production also proves more ethical in that it encourages consumers to invest in quality staples they can enjoy for many years, rather than opting for cheaper, lower-quality items that have a shorter lifespan.

Aside from being sustainable and female-founded, The Curated is refreshingly transparent with its pricing. There’s a lot of information about the concept behind the brand on their website, including about pricing, where Nicola discloses the components that go into the mark-up of her coats which, in turn, provides insight into the high price tags of designer goods.

Apart from coats, which is what put the label on the radar for me, The Curated also produces a considered collection of silk basics, leather bags and cashmere scarves.

I’ve got the Modern Coat in Khaki Melange in a size XS. The khaki melange is a lighter hue that can be best described as a warmer version of their creamy bone colour that features in their classic and tailored coat styles. The coat is comprised of an organic double-faced cashmere wool blend (70% merino wool, 30% cashmere). It retails for $625 AUD ($375 USD) – a steal for a cashmere coat in my opinion. It also comes in lush camel colour.

In this post, I address the most common questions I’ve been fielding, including sizing, quality and how I’ve styled my coat.

Wearing The Curated coat styled with Nobody Denim Jeans, Everlane boots, Acne Studios Scarf, Celine bag

Design

The coat is a collarless style, features two side pockets and has no buttons or closures. The sleeves of the coat are a more relaxed fit, making for easy layering during the colder months.

It can be worn either open or belted and comes with a matching belt as well as two swatches of fabric so you have the option of sewing on belt loops if you’re so inclined. Personally, I don’t think belt loops are necessary for wearing the coat belted, but I have kept the swatches in a safe place just in case I do change my mind.

When worn open, it looks like a chic and effortless duster coat. When belted, it creates a clean and sophisticated silhouette. I’ve had my eye on The Curated coats for a while and I was tossing up between this coat and the Tailored Coat but I ultimately settled for the Modern Coat as for me – it oozes sophistication with its clean design.

Sizing & fit

Sizing, by far, is the most common query I’ve received. Personally, I was tossing up between the XS and the S but I settled on the XS as the coat is modelled on someone who is taller than I am on the store page (she’s 168cm tall and wearing a small).

Unlike the Classic Coat, which is a more relaxed cut, the Modern Coat is cut to a more fitted silhouette and I didn’t want to risk it looking oversized on my petite frame in going for a size S. I’m glad I went with the XS – I’m 5’2″ and I typically wear a size AU 8 in clothing. The coat sits well across my shoulders and is a great length. If anything, the arms are still a tad long, probably by around 2 to 3 cm. It’s not a huge issue for me and it would be no big drama to get my tailor to take it up slightly.

If you’re still on the fence about sizing, you should get in touch with their customer service team or DM their Instagram page. Nicola and her team are very responsive and helpful.

styling the modern coat by the curated coat review
Wearing The Curated coat styled with Nobody Denim Jeans, Everlane boots, Acne Studios Scarf, Celine bag

Styling

I’ve managed to wear the coat to the office a couple of times but since the lockdown measures were implemented, I’ve been wearing this coat on chillier days during our morning walks. While I envisaged a more dressier/corporate catalogue of looks by this stage, I’ve really enjoyed styling it in more relaxed casual ensembles as you would have seen on my Instagram feed lately, some of which I’ve included below.

The coat is amazingly versatile and can be styled both for work and when off-duty. Its versatility is what ultimately swayed me into choosing this style. During normal programming, I spend more days in corporate wear than I do casual so it was important to me for the coat to be able to work for both areas of my wardrobe.

styling the modern coat by the curated coat review
styling the modern coat by the curated coat review

Top Left: Coat styled with Everlane mock neck knit, Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci belt, Everlane boots Top Centre: Coat styled with Uniqlo knit, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules, Celine bag (see my full review here) Top Right: Coat styled with Acne Studios scarf, Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane boots, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses

Bottom Left: Coat styled with H&M linen tee, Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane flats, Acne Studios scarf, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses Bottom Centre: Coat styled with Everlane mock neck knit, Nobody Denim Jeans, Everlane boots, Acne Studios Scarf, Celine bag Bottom Right: Coat styled with Tony Bianco mules, Celine bag

The verdict

The quality of the coat is unlike anything I’ve ever owned. It’s lightweight and luxuriously soft, thanks to the higher proportion of cashmere in the fabric (most brands go for a 90/10 mix in their cashmere coats).

It is perfectly suited to a Sydney winter. Our winters are mild (average highs of between 8-15°C / 46-59°F) and the coat provides ample room to layer a chunky knit underneath for the winter season. While it’s currently Autumn here (with temps of around 12°C / 53°F during our morning walks), I’ve been getting some good use out of it so far. At the moment, I’ve only got one layer on underneath and the coat is keeping me nice and toasty.

While $625 AUD isn’t a sum of money to take lightly, I do think it is great value for anyone in the market for a quality cashmere coat. The Modern Coat is very similar to the collarless coats released by Loewe and The Row – both of which retail for 5-10 times the price of The Curated’s version. If you do decide to invest in one of their coats, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve made a considered purchase with a piece that will serve you for many years.

Thanks again to The Curated for kindly sending me this coat. For full disclosure I did select and receive the Modern Coat as a gift from the brand, however I was under no obligation to post it or share a review. All thoughts are my own.

P.S. The five Autumn workwear pieces you need and an Autumn outfit I wore during a morning walk with the family.

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