March 12, 2018

Novelty Noir

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world... Sometimes you've just got to give into the novelty of noir. All right, to be fair Casablanca may not totally be a noir film I'll grant you, but a great trench coat is half the genre isn't it?

So when I found my wardrobe was lacking a truly perfect trench, to my favorite Etsy I went a' browsing. I ended up with this lovely number which ticked off all the boxes I was looking for: longer length, well spaced horn buttons, an oversize fit I could cinch, and that classic khaki color that works with everything. Now of course I would like a black trench coat one day too, but one coat at a time right? This particular coat may be "vintage", but only of the late 80's or even early 90's variety (the same vintage as me, I'm a '91...!). As for what I wore underneath, everything is thoroughly modern! I bought the grey sweater years ago from Forever 21. The skirt I'm wearing is from H&M, and was a Christmas present I had picked it out myself, so that was perhaps cheating a bit. One of the last two items I plan on ever picking up from a fast fashion brand really, as I have pledged to myself I will stop shopping from them any longer. Which is a bummer, because H&M and Zara do such awesome pretty things sometimes, but I just don't like not knowing who was hurt so that I could have a pretty skirt for only $19...Ever feel like you live in the capitol of the Hunger Games universe? I do. How's that for noir...

On a lighter note, I managed to get some more of the 1947 Montgomery Wards catalog scanned to share with you all this week! I know I have been slacking on...well everything but writing, as you all know. Which reminds me, I've got to go finish a scene set in a jungle now. Sadly none of my characters have a trench coat to wear, but I'll try and inject some film noir flavor despite that disadvantage ;)

Trench Coat, Handbag, Gloves, Belt, & Jewelry: Vintage
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Banana Republic
Fishnets: Amazon


  1. Oooh this is such a good coat! I had THE perfect trench coat once and then for some stupid reason I decided to sell it. I've regretted that ever since! I love a good film Noir look!

  2. Ha ha. Now you're making me feel old. I bought my petite London Fog trench coat (with zip out flannel liner) when I arrived in US (Washington DC) as a visiting graduate student in 1987. Apart from having to repair stitching on belt, it is still going strong.

  3. It's fab coat - and how well you do the (novelty) noir look. Some of these photos are just classics of the genre. And the leopard shoes are the perfect finishing touch!

  4. That coat looks fantastic on you; it's easy to see why they've become such classics. I had one I got in a chazza - an Aquascutum, no less! - but the beige looked terrible with my colouring so I got rid of it.

  5. I totally understand lacking a trench! I feel in love with a Burberry one my friend had, but realized I was NEVER going to get my hands on one, until last spring I found one, not exactly like hers, but a Burberry nonetheless at Buffalo Exchange!

    This trench perfectly fits your film noir styling and is stunning on you!



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