Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sugar Coated



One of the few good things about the long, cold British winter is that I can wear the coats I snapped up in the warmer summer months for next to nothing. 


People often ask how I can buy my winter clothes before I know what's going to be in fashion for the coming season. What a dumb question. If I'm wearing clothes I love I couldn't give a toss whether Anna Wintour and her ilk deem them suitably trendy. 


If (fake) fur and Native American jewellery is good enough for Cher then it's good enough for me.

Photo montage courtesy of the fabulous Leticia

Shame I haven't got the abs to go with it.


Forget fashion, quality clothes are timeless. This coat's got to be over forty years old and it's no less fabulous than it was on the day it was made.

West German BORG coat , bone & turquoise wolf choker , Alpaca Mexican silver earrings and suede lace-up go-go boots (all from car boot sales) 1970's leather bag (jumble sale), junk jewellery (gifts or inherited)  
Thanks so much for your comments yesterday, a jerkin is a hip-length, sleeveless jacket and a waistcoat is shorter, finishing at the waist.


I've tackled the crap weather head-on today, playing some of my favourite Goan chill-out music and starting on making the mother of all maxi dresses.

See you soon.

Found by the awesome Psycho Sue


85 comments:

  1. I love your fur coat. I agree who cares what is in fashion. It all seems to go round in circles anyway so pretty much anything could be in fashion at any one time. Can't wait to see the mother of maxi dresses!

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  2. Um how bloody fantastic is this coat!! Love it.
    And we've seen you in a bikini Vix, you totally own Cher when it comes to the bod. :) Which makes me jealous as I've seen the curry you put away. ;)
    xxx

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  3. Amen, my dear friend. We are the ones who set the trends and decide what to wear, yeahhhhh. I love, love:
    I'm wearing clothes I love I couldn't give a toss whether Anna Wintour and her ilk deem them suitably trendy.

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  4. ha, i bet you have got the abs for it! the coat is absolutely gorgeous, you look fab.

    xoxo.

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  5. Ok, I absolutely agree with you - it's dumb question " why did you buy that now before you know what's going to be in fashion " , I wear what I love...
    and your coat is fabolus !!
    again your rings !!!! love them so much !

    :** kisses from Sarajevo !!

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  6. Yup it's brrr outside isn't it! I always buy coats in Summer. Much cheaper!

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  7. ooo cannot wait to see the M.O.A.M.D. you are so right, clothes are always best worn without regards to "fashion" and only to how awesome they make you feel =-) have a fabulous day Vixy =-)

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  8. This coat is sublime on you OMG you just look GORGEOUS. You might want to scroll down and take another look at that picture of you in a bikini and jerkin rocking the sexiest mid section EVER!!!!! Cher has nothing on you my sexy Vix! Can we please cuddle now?!!!!
    Loveyoubabygirl~
    Krista

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  9. Loving your coat today it looks gorgeoous and stylish and a one off ;-) That is the beauty of vintage unique wonderful quality pieces that make you look and feel a million dollers. I am the same as you i don't follow fashion it doesn't interest me at all. Its important to wear what ever your comfortable in and that way your personality will always shine just like yours. dee xx

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  10. Oh I don't know Vix as far as your abs are concerned, judging by the pic of you in a bikini top and jerkin on the photo montage in your previous post, I think I can safely say you give Cher a run for her money!

    Love the coat
    X

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  11. fake fur and turquoise. you got my numba! love it to death vix. no need to worry about current fashion b/c you are loaded with style. many people get the 2 mixed up.

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  12. I agree sister!!! and I feel the same exact way....wear what you love, and love what you wear....:)
    Love the long coat....:)

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

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  13. I couldn't agree more with you, just wear whatever you want to wear and not because it's in some magazine. Your coat is beautiful and looks super warm! :)

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  14. Hi my dear-whole heartedly agree with you, vintage, especially faux fur coats and jackets cannot be beaten for style and quality-I adore your coat, it really looks fabulous and I look forward to getting out my vintage faux furs this winter xxx

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  15. If Anna Wintour is the face of what is 'fashion', then I'd prefer to be un-fashionable!
    I buy new stuff; I used to only be able to afford jumblies. Then I made my own clothes. So, now I enjoy buying stuff that someone else has made (wherever). I like to nod to fashionable, but what I buy is what I like. Now. Next year. Forever. Which is lucky, as most of what I buy seems to last forever!
    Z xx

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  16. So good. This is what I want. a longer faux fur coat. It suits you perfectly. So very Cher, yes.

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  17. LOVE, LOVE your coat and look! Not a fur fan but this looks so good. I like to shop out of season as well - bought a couple of Summer dresses and sandals to fill a tiny gap in my wardrobe.

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  18. A gorgeous coat which look divine on a gorgeous woman, who knows a thing or several about style!
    Yes, it's ridiculous that people don't know what they like until someone else tells them what's "in". You, on the other hand, have an impeccable eye and you know what you like - and that's why we love you!

    Looking forward to seeing that mother of all maxis! xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  19. You look stunning and that coat is seriously beyond fabulous. I love your retort about not caring what's "in season." I'm the same way! Good taste and style and uniqueness have absolutely NOTHING to do with what's "trendy" at the moment. It's about being true to yourself and wearing whatever the hell makes you happy. :)

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  20. The puurrrfect winter coat and a lovely pair of lace up boots too! Cher's stunning in those photos, but what gets my goat though is when people slag her off for wearing those 'revealing' outfits in the 80s. Bloody hell - the woman looked gorgeous in them so I don't know why she always gets slated. Jealousy I reckon.

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  21. Hurrah for secondhand clothes, when I buy new which isn;t often I usually go for items that will last for several years rather than the latest thing which will look unfashionable in 6 months.

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  22. that coat is making me want to give you the biggest warm hug!

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  23. I must say you look perfect! This coat is to die for!

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  24. You're killing me with all these boots!! Serious envy.

    Second hand is just clearly superior to brand new in terms of quality and value-for-money. I disagree with the whole concept of a 'stylist', a la Gok Wan, but people need just a little nudge along in the right direction by someone like you. Thank you for all your hard blogging work Miss Vix! x

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  25. I'm mad about coats, and mad this one isn't mine!
    Getting the faux fur down from mum's attic is one of the few things I look forward to once the weather turns colder. I hope last years find still fits me.
    Looking forward to seeing your 'mother of all' maxi dress, I can't believe the rate you're churning clothes out at.

    Still can't believe you snapped up that coat for such a great price!

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  26. lady, love your coat and love the Cher inspiration to wear it with so much style!
    And so glad to read you about quality clothes that you can wear through the years and be fabulous in them!!
    besos & wonderful warm coats!

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  27. Beautiful coat and your abs are more that suitable to sport a bare midriff. It is much better to be a trend setter that trend follower. Be true to yourself! -T

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  28. Fabulous coat, you know nothing compares with the quality of a well made coat xxx

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  29. what a gorgous coat vix! and of course really a dumb question..i mean hello, who has to wear the coat and feel good in it? omg sometimes i really can´t believe that so many people don´t have their own opinion and style and have to do and follow everything which they red in fashionmagazines...

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  30. You look fabulous. Better than Cher. And you know how I love a Borg coat!

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  31. For goodness sake,that IS the dumbest question!! What kind of peeps can't think for themselves?!
    I really freakin' LOVE this coat.It IS just too sexy for WORDS!
    You look really gorgeous,that eyeshadow is divine and your eyes are SO sultry!You're giving me the come on,I know it!
    Yay for bargainacious coats!I'm sure I don't have nearly enough coats...no room to stroe them,but who cares?!
    Love YOU! HelgaxxxXXXxxx

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  32. I am in love with that coat - it looks gorgeous and lush!!!

    Jules x

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  33. I quite agree! I just search for the type of thing I like!

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  34. You beautiful creature, the coat is lovely.

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  35. Stunning and just whats needed to keep you snug and warm in this chilly weather.

    X x

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  36. That coat is amazeballs Vix and a total bargain to boot, you look lovely and cosy in it! lots of love xxxxxx

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  37. Lovely coat - I was just wondering what you'd have left if you adhered to Gok Wan's 'nothing in the wardrobe more than five years old' rule! x

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  38. That coat certainly is fabulous lovely xxx

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  39. *EEEAAAK* That coat is SO FANTASTIC *MY GOD*.
    I buy whatever I like... I don't really give a rats azz if something is (IN) or (OUT). If it's (IN) and I like it "I wear it" If it's out and I like it "I wear it".

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  40. I can't believe anyone would be dumb enough to ask you about 'fashion' in that way - you have style, which is far better. AMAZING coat, and I have seen your Goa bikini photos, not sure Cher is ahead of you in the abs stakes...x

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  41. Love that coat, the zig-zags are hypnotic, very useful for diverting husbands attention. Kat x

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  42. Wow what a beautiful coat! You look smashing :)
    Karlene

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  43. "Forget fashion, quality clothes are timeless." Never were there wiser words - even Anna Wintour would find it hard to disagree! Fabulous coat - and gosh - I now see why you get compared to Cher!

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  44. Hi Vix, who cares about Anna Wintour your are the Anna Wintour of the bloggersphere my dear, you rule, you are an inspiration to us all!

    I want this coat bad...

    Love and kisses

    Ariane xxxxxx

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  45. OMG - best coat EVER! I absolutely ADORE IT!! You look just just beautiful and I did a double take with the Cher pics to make sure one of them wasn't you. GORGEOUS and inspirational.

    Love! Sarah xxx

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  46. Adore that coat, Vix!!! It's sublime!

    You must have one of the best coat collection this side of the pond! xxx

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  47. hehehe that is a funny comic!! I agree where what you love because if you feel good in it your gonna look good in it!! And that coat is gorgeous what a find amazing how well the vintage clothing holds up when it is cared for. Just goes to show you the lack of quality that is in the clothing that you buy nowadays. ~You look Fantastic! Love Heather

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  48. Hey there, I found you through Strawberry Freckles..and I can't wait to see more of your style. Mostly your jewelry, as I am in the midst of learning everything there is to metalsmithing..and I love turquoise, and funky bohemian hippie style.

    Loving your style.

    Ajax

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  49. Awesome coat, I used to have a couple similar when I lived in Sydney. I'm loving the green eyeshadow, but am trouble believing you don't have great abs with all the exercise you do!!!

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  50. Love your outfit. But what's new. You are THE Cher doppleganger.

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  51. I LOVE that little cartoon - it made me giggle! Seriously, you and Cher must have been separated at birth! I mean Cher back in the day before she got ALL that plastic surgery. I love your coat and I agree with you, really who gives a monkeys what's "in" this season, if I love something I wear it and it looks great, because I love it. I can't wait to see what other great coats you have stashed away!

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  52. totally agree with you I am so glad I am not a fashion victim ,though I do get annoyed when they pick up things that I have been wearing since I was a teenager like lace up boot with dresses . I used to have pink hair and the looks I got then you would not believe now Rhianna has her hair pink and its the in thing ,and you would not believe the negative comments I got when I had my nose pierced in '89 .
    Love the coat you look stunning and the cartoon is so funny
    enjoy your day
    xx fee

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  53. I need you to hug me, I wanna feel all warm, not that I really need to be warm cos it hit 23deg C today and all me bits were sweaty, but I'm sure you probably didn't wanna know that! So anyway, just ignore that bit and pretend I didn't say nuffink and jsu know that you look like a very cite teddy bear! :D ♥

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  54. I had to come back for another look... SPECTACULAR!!!

    Love! Sarah xxx

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  55. Oh that coat looks so wonderful - I agree about the climate. How awful to have no need of a coat (or 10!) LOL. Do you get random strangers coming up to give you cuddles? You look so gorgeous!

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  56. Ahh that coat is utterly gorgeous! It's a real shame we never get to wear beautiful big coats here, it never gets cold enough!


    xx

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  57. I love that you don't give a toss about fashion... I agree that it's far more important to wear what suits you and what you love! And when you're able to find such incredible bargains, even better!
    I think you look gorgeous!

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  58. Faux fur for £2.50? Bargain central! It is gorgeous! And looks so perfect for this cold winter snap!
    Sophie
    x

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  59. Faux fur for £2.50? Bargain central! It is gorgeous! And looks so perfect for this cold winter snap!
    Sophie
    x

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  60. that coat is really nice on you, I love the pattern of it, and it looks sooo cozy :D

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  61. OMG I adore this coat! Altho Cher wearing her coat with a bikini seems a bit daft to me... ;)

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  62. That coat is stunning. I've given you a blog award on my blog by the way x

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  63. Gorgeous coat! I could never understand fashion, I guess I just don't get it. I've had the same coats for years, I like what I wear, I won't buy another one unless I see something too fabulous to turn down. Style not fashion :o)

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  64. your coat is so pretty and a real timeless classic!

    love the cartoon :D

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  65. At our age we should have learned that summer is followed by winter so why not by a fur coat when no one is interested in them. Good West German design :) I've inherited a very similar one from my mum - definitely 40 years old (or more). xxx

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  66. So with you on wearing what you love! The coat is amazing and will always be a show stopper.

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  67. One of my fave gorgeous coats you own.so elegane and poise.. admireing your whore eyeshadow. You look so classica!
    summer is the best time to buy coats. your the master of all evil thrifting.
    besotes

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  68. That coat is amazing! Plus i really want your boots, i'm on the look out for 70's long boots are the moment, they're lovely!
    xxxx

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  69. so so true! If I'm wearing what I'm loving I don't have to care about fashion neither. I don't really like fashion shows or stuff like this. I think it's so superficial. It's more important to find your own style. And you definitely found it. Love these boots. they're great!

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  70. This coat is AMAZING! I love it xxx

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  71. Wow Vix, that coat is beautiful! You are so right about certain clothes being timeless :o) Scarlett x

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  72. Buy what we want, and wear what we love, always works for me!

    That last comical image is the best! haha! You look divine darling! xo

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  73. That coat is freaking STUNNING!!! Your style is just the best, Vix...so eclectic and creative and funky! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  74. Personal style never goes out of fashion. Love the coat and the cartoon!

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  75. I firmly believe that fashion is about trends, but style is timeless! And the oh-so-fashionable set can follow all of the trends they want to; it will never give them that air of grace that a stylish woman (you, my dear!) possess.
    And even Cher, Goddess that she is, doesn't have those abs anymore!
    Love your coat; thanks for reminding me that there is at least one good thing about winter!
    xo, Anita

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  76. Looks so elegant and pretty in her colorful <a href="http://www.loudstarbazaar.com/shop/brand-triple-5-soul/triple-five-soul-cozy-sweater-wrap-top/p_67.html>Ladies sweater</a>!

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  77. That coat is BEAUTIFUL! So stunning. Love the eyeshadow too

    Laura
    x

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  78. I love your Vix! I try to find most of my clothes & shoes off season too.....that's the best time for the sales!

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  79. The coat is amazing. I'm not a fur person, but vintage furs are perfectly acceptable for me))

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  80. You look gorgeous in those pics xx

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  81. You and Cher could be sisters - raven haired and stylish as hell!

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  82. Looks so elegant and pretty in her colorful Ladies Sweaters! (www.loudstarbazaar.com)

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