11/17/2014

The Luxe UnLuxe Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat
Some of you may saw me feature the white version of this coat on Facebook/Instagram.  Out of the two, the black was my favorite, so I decided to photograph this color.  The title of this post is "The Luxe UnLuxe Coat," because this is one of those items that looks expensive, but totally isn't.  The quality is lovely and you can get a few different looks out of this jacket from wearing it differently.  Some of you asked me about the jacket from the Bows & Spirals post.    That jacket was sold out well before I wore it (it was also org. over $700, I got it for $75), but his is an awesome replacement with different colors, but a similar feel.   I don't usually point out a single piece like this, but I know you guys are always looking for the fabulous and budget friendly and this is definitely it.  This coat is totally Olivia Pope, but at a great price. 

Style Notes:  I wanted to feature a few ways to style it in a more luxurious way.  I opted to drape over one of the collars and add a brooch to hold the collar in place. Brooches, to me, make looks feel a little more luxurious and are fun to look for in thrift/vintage shops. There is actually, a button there that you can drape the collar with, as well.  The buttons were big and brown and I thought they were distracting, so I removed them.  This jacket, from Forever21, does run small (like most of F21's clothing), so I sized up to a 3X.  I almost always buy their clothing in a 3X.  Returns can be a hassle through them, so I just size up so I don't have to worry about anything being too small.  Some of you asked about the arm size of this coat. My arms are on the larger side and the 3X seemed to accommodate my arm width comfortably.  I didn't have a lot of extra room, but the sizing works.  You'll want to note that the coat is lined throughout and in the arms, as well.  If you are looking for a little more room in the arm, you could cut a slit in the lining in the arm portion.  Lining will generally give you less room.  I see the black is sold out online, the white was sold out as well and they restocked, so they may do that with that black.  Otherwise, I would check in-store. 
Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat

Coat - Forever21, Denim - c/o Torrid, Shirt - Nordstrom, Shoes - Torrid, Bag - Olivia + Joy, Brooch (soldout), Lip - MAC Flat Out Fabulous, Brooch - Carolee (similar)