Sweet Pea


For a girl that didn't have a single wool fall or winter coat in her cache at the beginning of the season, I am happy to report that I now have two. Okay, technically I had a cropped pea coat, but it's cropped, and therefore counts as a jacket. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. As you know, I decided to push the boat out on a Thakoon leopard print coat earlier this season.  I am in love with that leopard coat, but decided I should also have something a little more subdued in my closet so that when the occasion calls for it, I won't scare the natives.

I knew I'd found the thing when I found this vintage Larry Levine camel hair double breasted pea coat on Ebay. I always remembered my Mom talking about what great quality she thought the Larry Levine coats were when I was younger, and as it turns out, like with so many other things, she was right. The fabric of this coat is as soft as butter and drapes beautifully; none of the scratching you would expect in a wool pea coat. It is also finished beautifully, and you can see evidence of this in the detailing of the lining, collar, pockets, and sleeves.

Funny, for years I shied away from camel coats because I thought I couldn't wear beigey colours next to my face. Sure, there are other colours that suit me better, but I now realise that I was selling myself short. With the right makeup or a strategically placed necklace, this is a neutral I daresay anybody can wear. I cannot wait to pair this beauty with a black leather skirt or my over the knee boots to edge it up a bit.





Vintage Larry Levine coat (via Ebay), similar / Tahari shoes (old), similar / Calvin Klein jeans (old), similar / Ebay necklace (old), similar

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Comments

  1. Tres chic, the coat and the entire ensemble. I used to feel the same way as you do about camel about so many shades I now wear - brown, green, etc. I think our attitude towards colour definitely changes over time. Maybe our skin tone does too?

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  2. Love your outfit, and am inspired to start shopping on Ebay. I have a classic black Larry Levine wool and cashmere blend pea coat (rather than jacket) that I bought for under $100 in Burlington Coat Factory in Houston. It is soft, hardwearing, very flattering and is still going strong after 8 years.

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  3. so classic, so great! I think you needed this coat for your everyday fabulous-ness.

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  4. Camel hair, wow! What a great find. I remember my mother going on about camel hair coats being the softest and best quality.

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  5. I pretty much quite wearing beige when I quit dying my hair. But you have stronger coloring than I do, and this beige is so soft and creamy looking - it looks great on you! What a lucky find!

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  6. You look great in that shade! I like that you have kept the coat as the main attraction...nice shoes too. Mother has a long cashmere coat that could be shortened...good idea!

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  7. My camel coat has become the most worn coat during our mild winter this year. These coats and jackets are so versatile and go with everything - black dresses as well as jeans. Your shoes are so cute!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  8. I would love to have a camels hair coat. You are so lucky! Dress it up or down, your choice. Love the spectator pumps too.
    Just FYI, I am seriously OVER coloring my hair! You give me such hope because you look great!
    Lizzie
    www.northsideofthecountryroad.com

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  9. I think you look very pretty in the coat. Subtle and classic.

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  10. That's a beautiful coat in a beautiful style, classic peacoat is always a great option in my opinion. I've got one at the moment but it needs a bit of an update I think when the coats come out this year again I'll have to re-invest.

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  11. I don't know if it's the necklace or what, but you look glowing in these pics! Love the coat, I bet it will look amazing with over the knee boots.

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  12. This look is so classic and looks amazing on you! The color is fabulous and so is that necklace, by the way! I can see this coat with so many items - have fun with it!!
    I had the exact same issue with "beige"… but discovered this year that it suits me too. I wonder if our coloring changes? Or if maybe it's the exact shade of camel? Regardless, isn't it nice to have a new color to play with?

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