Monday, August 3, 2015

Gareth Pugh coat: Stay or Go?

Gareth Pugh coat: Stay or Go?
Exhibit A is this stunning Gareth Pugh coat.
-It is the distinctive Gareth Pugh, triangular shape, but also has an Alexander McQueen silhouette too. 2 birds with one stone there.

-Definitely “my style.”

-Super comfortable. Because it’s cotton with deep pockets it feels like wearing an edgy cool bathrobe. Plus I like the loose underarms, one downside of my Rick Owens hoodie is the tight underarms.

BUT what’s giving me pause, is being honest with myself this coat has limited wearability which =s a not so great CPW.

-Heavy. Literally heavy. This may tip over a skinny chair. Imagine if this coat got rained on…

-I live in the tropics. And maybe if it was “winter” the cooler temps would sway me more, but it hits the 90s regularly right now.

-While technically this is washable, my RO hoodie is a pain to dry and that’s only a fraction of this things size.

- Looks best with slim bottoms and heels.So yeah it looks great in this pictures. But that may be about it.

-Not work appropriate. One of the reasons I justified the purchase was thinking I could wear it to work. But in person, no. It’s too overpowering/overwhelming. In flats this thing is just above my ankle.

-The drama of this coat happens at the sides and bottom. Which I can't "see." And the literal weight of the coat pulls towards the bottom. In my head I know and can feel there's this fabulous thing happening behind me, but yet existentially I don't "feel one with the coat." I know that makes no sense, but to put it simply I feel more like this coat is wearing me more than the other way around. Yeah, I'm joking and not joking here...I'm the person that has to try on sunglasses in a full length mirror. It's all about the vibes!!!

- I bought a lot of RO/RO-esque stuff recently. Combine that with my All Saints sweaters too. Why I can justify buying RO is that it’s “wear now.” Some of my RO I even deem work appropriate. This costs more than any of my RO pieces and I can’t wear it “now” or to work. I mean technically I can wear it now, but I am trying to at least be reasonably ridiculous.

-I don’t get to attend religious services regularly anymore (compromise of working a big girl Mon-Fri job), where I got away w/ wearing a lot of my avant garde stuff.

-Even though I bought on sale, there’s plenty of things I could do with the money instead. About 3 laser hair removal sessions / vacation ie: roundtrip & 2 nts stay in nyc/ bottega venetta makeup pouch as clutch / 3 Brazilian hair treatments / baccarat jewelry? (even though feeling mehhh about them for awhile now) etc…

-I have A LOT of clothes, and still plenty of things I rarely get to wear.

-Consolation prize to a Gareth Pugh ebay auction I lost. Except this coat costs 5x as much!!!

-Ultimately I don’t think I have the lifestyle to do justice to this coat. Lets say hypothetically I traveled more, would I want to schlep this heavy coat with me. Even when I’ve been somewhere cold in the fall, I’ve made do with what I have.

At the end of the day, if I have to ask I already know the answer...but what do you think? Do you obsess over little aesthetic details?

12 comments:

  1. It's amazing. Goodness it looks great on you.

    I have a CdG leather/wool corset cape coat, and it's like this... I still haven't figured out how to wear it, at least without feeling dumpy since I need heels or six inches... I love it too much to sell it, so I'll figure it out (and given the stuff I've held onto for years, I can certainly go that long with this piece)... But I'd never encourage that for someone else. Get something you'll use. Or come to NYC. :)

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    1. You must show us this cape! I appreciate the Japanese designers on other people, but I don't "get it" for myself. When I look at these pics I think gosh... but I know it really only works with those jeans or my "leather" leggings. I have to be honest that I'm not running a museum here...

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  2. It does look great on you.

    I would say sell, based on your reasoning. Someone who loves it and would wear it, might purchase it.

    Or get it tailored to make it work appropriate. If that is the only reason you dont wear it.

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    1. Its a new purchase, so this is fresh out of the box and more importantly returnable. Not something I would alter. It's the style not the fit that makes it "too much" for work.

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  3. It's gorgeous and you look great in it... it's unfortunate the cons seem to outweigh the pros right now but if you're already not feeling it, the chances are you won't and then it will end up being a regret item in your closet =( And as amazing as it would be for travel, if it's heavy and despite beautifully flowing, it will be cumbersome more than anything when you need to move fast (I don't know why but for me, travel always means moving fast, especially at the airports lol, even though that isn't necessarily the pace I move at).

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  4. i love it, it looks beautiful on you, but... if it seems it has too many strikes against it to be anything more than closet decoration. i have a very similar wool Alexander McQueen sweater coat. i live near NYC, and i still find it difficult to wear despite our greater opportunities for cold weather. i am not sorry i own it, but it is certainly not a wardrobe staple. why? it is heavy to wear, and warm -- but it is not so warm to be a proper coat in cold weather. yet in cool weather, i often find myself way too hot with it inside. and it's the kind of coat that makes the outfit, so taking it off (and then carting it around on your arm in a museum, store, etc.) is too much. also without heels and sometimes with heels, it drags or catches - like i have to bundle myself into the car, or wrap it around me going through a turnstile. anyway, many of the points you raised, it's not ideal for travel. i wear it special occasions as a topper or on carefully planned out days... still, have to say i'm glad i have it. :) hard choice for you!

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    1. You described exactly how I feel about the coat but much more succiently.

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  5. Holy crap, that is one amazing piece of clothing! I'd have a very hard time sending it back. I only have one bit of advise, and that is to make your decision and don't look back. (Duh. You already know that.) Based on pros vs. cons, it seems you have your answer right there. :)

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    1. absolutely my thoughts! I boxed it back up last nt before I grew too attached.
      Yes everyone I sent the coat back. Anyone interested it will be back up on farfetch / available at Odd boutique NYC in 3 business days. ;P

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  6. Looks amazing, but I'd definitely have to dump it with a heavy heart. If it will only ever been worn a few and far between, and the practicalities of trying to wash it or avoid rain...not worth the hassle!

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  7. Oh one of those heartbreaker - why am I not rich enough to not even have to consider sending it back?- items! The coat was stunning and so "you"...

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  8. If you lived in a colder climate, I'd say keep it, but as it is your reasons for returning it are all very valid.

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