My Precious


There is certainly nothing particularly unique about a black jacket in Scotland in January, but there was something about this secondhand jacket that drew me to it instantly. It is a lightly-insulated nylon, styled like a double-breasted pea coat, super-duper lightweight, weather-resistant, and provides just the right amount of insulation against the dampness of the climate here. I used to have a sort of similar nylon jacket back in the 90s when I lived in Seattle (another very wet place), and I quite
literally wore it to death.

But it was more than just the nostalgia of the thing that drew me in. When I saw this jacket in the charity shop, something made me want to go have a closer look. It seemed somehow....I don't know....finished.


Oh, right. That actually explains a lot.

I could not believe my luck. And in my size, no less. I kept looking over my shoulder like a paranoid ex-con, as if someone were going to come running out of the back of the shop and take it off of me. I quickly tried it on, paid (£20!), and got the hell out of there, rat-scurrying my way home like Gollum, clutching my precious to my chest.

This is a forever jacket, and I'm enjoying the masculine-inspired tailoring of it that's on-trend right now. Good timing.






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  1. Love the jacket. What a find. Also the way you have styled it. Very simple

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  2. You styled this perfectly. And the jacket works so well on you because of your height. Those lapels would be out of proportion, on someone shorter. I bet that's why it was available for the thrifting.

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  3. Simple and beautiful! I love the part about running like
    Gollum and feeling a tad paranoid! : > What a great find.

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  4. Good eye! Chiming in with the chorus here...perfect styling!

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  5. Congratulations...what a find! I love it with the shirt, denim and shoes...timeless!

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  6. Well ... yeah! Good eye, indeed. You will wear it so happily for such a long time, and you are quite right. It's a marvel! fits you like bespoke, too.
    I know the feeling ... you look at the label, the price, then back ... your grow a little lightheaded, and then you make a dash for check out. All the while feeling like you're about to be stopped and informed that a "mistake was made and would you please relinquish the jacket, Madam." Unfortunately it was not a garment for me. It was a black wool velvet shawl-collared tux jacket for Dan ... Joseph Abboud . It's okay, 'cause he looks fabulous in it. Now it's my turn, I think ....

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  7. Woah, what a find! There's a reward for many patient hours of thrifting!

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  8. Hi there- wow what an amazing find, I really love it and it looks fabulous on!

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  9. I know the Gollum feeling! Mostly for books, it must be said...

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  10. Wow, just wow! I know that feeling of spotting a piece, panicking and moving very quickly to get to it before anyone else!

    Not as spectacular as your Prada jacket but I did snag a nearly new Westbeach ski jacket last week for £15 instead of £150.

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    1. Well-played! That's the gift that keeps on giving....if you're like me you wear the same ski stuff until it literally falls off of your body...

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  11. Girl, that is a SCORE. Bravo! And it's gorgeous and timeless. WOW!

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  12. Fabulous find! Just don't loan it to a short guy with hairy feet.

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  13. Score! And you're right...it's in the finishing where a designer or well made jacket truly shines. I love the details; the back vents, the wide lapels, and the upper welt pockets. Brilliantly styled with the loafers.

    Thanks Kristin for complimenting my hair. I just got it cut on Friday, and it takes a few days for my curls to settle in to their new length, but I like it too.

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  14. What a score!! Your story just put a smile on my face.. miracles do happen ;)

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  15. Man, this makes me want to get out to the thrift shops stat! Mind you, I recently got a damn good Jones New York shirt, also with that "finished" look (the seams, the buttons, just so right) for $10. There are treasures out there for the patient!

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  16. Wow - did you hit the jackpot with that one! I'm surprised to see green leaves and wet pavement..are you having winter?

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    1. We are indeed having winter. I am on the West coast of Scotland, and we very rarely get snow. We are situated just at the tip of the jet stream....or what's left of the jet stream, so it is a very moist, rainy climate but without the harsh winter weather. Don't be fooled, however. Winter here is endless days of driving rain, gale force winds, and grey, grey skies. It looks luck in the photos, but I likely ran out there to snap the picture in-between apocalyptic fits of horribleness.

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    2. looks LUSH in the photos I meant to say. Sheesh. My fingers are faster than my brain.

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