As you can see, I havenâ€™t been around all that much lately.Â Believe me, itâ€™s not for lack of wanting.Â RL (work in particular, as I may have mentioned) has been kinda crazy, and of course itâ€™s the holiday season, and thereâ€™s only so much time to go aroundâ€¦never quite enough, it seems.Â I do have some good stuff I want to share with you, though–some coats and scarves, festive party attire, stuff like that–and Iâ€™m hoping to get in at least a small handful of posts between now and the end of the year.Â They may be short and sweet, but hopefully youâ€™ll still find something worth shopping for.
It will most likely come as no surprise to you when I observe that Iâ€™m a big fanÂ of pea coats.Â I also like other similarly styledÂ coats, but Iâ€™m partial to the classic pea coatâ€”my current RL coat of choice for winter is a decidedly non-traditional forest-green pea coat with bronze buttons.Â swaffette Fireflyâ€™s new Pea Coat for men has traditional, classic styling going for it in spades.Â The set includes:Â jacket-layer coat; sculpted collar, sleeve cuffs and epaulet-style shoulder pieces; flexi coat bottom; and sculpted hat.Â The fabric texture is dark charcoal in color, or perhaps itâ€™s blue so dark it looks black.Â The cuffs, shoulder pieces and flexi bottom give the coat loose, comfortable lines rather than a skin-tight fit.Â You might expect that a garment so dark in color would be light on detail, but here the fabric has a clearly visible, nubby weave, and you donâ€™t have to look too closely to notice detailsÂ like big, shiny buttons and leather trim at the pockets and hem.
Priced at L$350 for the full set as shown, which includes Romany pants with sculpted cuffs and a grey V-neck sweater, which can be worn tuckedÂ or untucked.Â You can also buy just the coat, scarf and hat for L$250.Â Available at SF Design (Penryn 69, 96, 36).Â Look around for the freebie hair in five colors for wear with hats.Â (Note: Iâ€™m not wearing this freebie style here; I chose a close-cropped style, “Andy” from MADesigns, and fudged the size and placement of the hat just a bit instead.)Â Look around just a little more for swaffetteâ€™s freebie holiday sweater!
Iâ€™m also wearing the newish Trashville Boots by Eponymous Trenchmouth.Â Epoâ€™s shoe designs are always gracefully shaped and often elaborately textured, but these boots strike me as simpler, more elemental than some of his other designs.Â The leather texture is clean and looks supple, and the shape is smartly defined by the smooth vamp and stack heel.Â Shiny metal accents (a buckle on one style, a metal ring on the other) catch the eye, and side pull tabs make them easy to pull on.Â Although they arenâ€™t really detailed for it, Iâ€™ve worn them as ankle bootsÂ hereâ€”the pantsâ€™ sculptie cuffs cover any unfinished edges left by leaving off the boot tops.Â Of course they also look great when worn whole, as Epo intended.