There’s a phenomenon that’s been conspicuously (and happily) absent from my life ever since I moved to Australia 10 years ago: the post-holiday grumpies. After Christmas, Australians cleverly move right into festival season, keeping up the lovely momentum of holiday and summer happiness. It leaves us very little to look forward to during our lukewarm winters, but that’s a different story.
But Northern-Hemisphere-dwellers, I still feel your pain. The holidays are over and all you’re left with is the unique misery one feels when staring at piles of dirty snow, thinking about an annoying resolution to eat more kale and knowing there’s no hope of seeing a blade of grass until April.
Cheer up! I have a brilliant solution, and it has everything to do with shopping. Everyone knows the best kind of emotional band-aid involves spending money, so after you buy your kale, get thee to a mall.
Here's my simple directive: enough with all the black and grey jackets. If you want to cocoon yourself in woolly dreariness, then by all means keep them. But if you want to look like you have the joy joy joy joy down in your heart, it's time for a change. Here are some awesome alternatives:
1. Winter camel (and white)
Never fear, neutrals-lovers, you can still get all the cake by wearing a camel coat and white jeans, a la Garance Dore.
2. Sunshiny sunshine is the sunshiniest
If you’re not afraid of colour, why not go find yourself a bright yellow coat? I have this one from JCrew and we're totally in love.
A side note on yellow: I find gold-toned, wasp-stripe-yellow – as opposed to primary yellow – is much more flattering on most folks.
3. Schoolkid brights
In the world according to Google Image Search, it seems that the boys do the preppy chic, red duffle coat thing better than the girls. Take this guy, for example:
First I will make him my boyfriend. Then I will steal his coat and dump him.
4. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Finally, the piece de resistance: plaid. Pattern AND colour. Ba-bam.
Boxing Day sales are still raging. What a perfect time to replace your black puffer coat (let’s face it, it does nothing for your figure anyway).