|Soia & Kyo Bergi coat in sz XS (with alterations by All Fit Tailoring)|
Dressed up with my Louboutin Simple 100 pumps as seen in my 11/7 OOTD
|Worn casually with Hunter 0rain boots as seen in my 11/08 OOTD|
Yesterday marked the first snow day in Boston and luckily I was prepared. I had the foresight to bring in my Soia & Kyo Bergi coat for some alterations by my tailor and it was ready for pickup last weekend. This coat was one of my Christmas presents from my fiance last year but pre-alterations I only found a chance to wear it once to a company dinner party. (After the New Year you can expect markdowns on the coats and we ended up getting a price adjustment.)
In my opinion, Soia & Kyo is very petite friendly and figure flattering in their smaller sizes (they carry size XXS but I went up a size to XS so I could layer with comfort). They usually have a few items that catch my eye (although I wouldn't mind having a Mackage coat too). The Bergi coat originally had a more pronounced tulip hem that you may or may not be able to discern from the stock photos and the sleeves were on the longer side. To make the coat more wearable (instead of being a special occasion coat) I had it hemmed and I also shortened the sleeves. The end result is a classic cream coat that looks great for casual wear or dressed up with pumps.
I also brought in my khaki Theory trench coat for some alterations. I loved this trench with its classic lines and details and I actually wore it as is for a few years but I was always bothered by the size of the lapel. I have a smaller chest and the lighter color makes the lapel seem more pronounced. This year I decided to do something about it and I had the lapel reduced after finding a tailor I trust.
|Theory khaki trench after alterations (similar here)|
I admittedly forgot to take before and after pictures of the khaki trench but I have the same trench in black. You can see the original lapel (including button holes) in the picture below.
Original lapel on left (black trench) and altered lapel on right (khaki trench)
The original lapel actually looks okay in the black version so I've opted to leave it alone for now.
I don't plan on buying any new coats this season because I splurged on two Burberry coats last year (see them here and here or buy them here and here). We'll see if I hold out. hehe I also purposely altered the Soia & Kyo coat so I'd get more wear out of it. One of my favorite things about winter are all the pretty coats (and cozy scarves... don't get me started on scarves) but if you invest in classic/quality coats then they should least you at least a few years.
What about you, are you planning on buying any new coats this season or altering an existing one?