Handsome Fall Trench Coat Conversation

The weather lately, at least here in the NW, has been erratic. I mentally geared up for Fall a few days ago, dreaming dreams of wool ponchos and lace-up boots. But then the sun came back out. Oh well. We know that Fall really is around the corner and with customers buying serious rain-proof trench coats, I thought it appropriate to see how the runway designers are interpreting chillier temperatures with their Fall 2010 lines.

Interestingly, my favorite trench spotting was completely vintage-inspired. The layered look below is from Nicholas K. I love the French nod with the leather trimmed wool beret and sailor striped lace-up shirt. The push-up pants are more mature than typical sweat pants with their color blocking shapes and the tough leather lace-up work boots are perfect for Fall’s shoe trend. The trench though, pulls it all together. It’s a great take on the modern style lines of classic three-quarter length vintage trench coats. And this jacket is special – it was designed by Nicholas with thoughtfulness for anyone living in rapid-change climates or folks who just need to have chameleon clothing; the hood and sleeves can all be detached.

Our vintage trenches are sturdy and element-proof come rain, sleet or snow. One of the better labels we see is Dryza-Bone, out of Australia. Made from 100% cotton but given a solid coating of oilskin to make them as waterproof as a duck, they come in an array of earthy tones, have lots of pockets for all your goodies and are the most study outdoor jackets I’ve seen. Plus they tend to have these great extra flaps of fabric to cover raindrop-vulnerable areas to ensure you stay dry as a bone. Very Nicholas K. but with an outback attitude.

How To Wear It: Capes

It’s that time of year (Fall AGAIN, I know!) where it’s getting chilly outside- but it’s not too chilly. And it’s almost certainly the perfect temperature outside for a cape or a poncho. The Fall runways were littered with tailored capes and capelets this year, and who are we to go against nature?
A lovely cape is definitely going to set you apart from the crowd, which makes some people too nervous to try wearing one at all. Well, that’s where we come in. Take a look at how we would wear this awesome Monster Vintage Cape.
Mod Striped Cape
Mod, striped, spectacular. Don’t be afraid!

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During the day, I suggest playing up the Mod-ness of the cape with a nautical look. More stripes (you can mix prints, just keep them in the same color family), some simple boots, and little sailor-inspired accessories all help to spotlight this cute capper!

I was always skeptical of trying to pull off a cape with a dress, but I think I have worked out the schematics of it all. Just like with coats, proportion is important. The longer your cape is, the longer a dress you can get away with. If your cape’s hem falls somewhere near your hands, you should keep your dress above your knee. The look is not “Renaissance Faire Worker” this season.* I suggest wearing tights with your dresses in the Fall and Winter anyway, and the rule still applies here. It’s like wearing a puffer coat with flip-flops, as far as I’m concerned. So layer it up, and if your cape is as bright and colorful as this one (or more so) keep the rest of your outfit simple. Use your accessories to pick up the colors in the garment.

See? I told you you can do it. Do you need any advice on how to wear a standout, unique, or seemingly wacky item? Let us know, we’d be happy to help!
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*or ever, for that matter…

Oh, we just can’t shut up about Fall!

Yay, autumn!
What is it with us over here? I myself am all over this fall business! As a recent import from (sometimes) sunny California to Portland, I am having a wee bit of trouble getting used to the seasons. They are not so extreme in the Bay Area (and snow? that’s a no.) I am completely at a loss for how to dress for these fast and furious weather changes (mostly in the shoe department.) What are your fall essentials, readers? Do you really get a change of seasons where you live?
I myself need a pile of plaid shirts and dresses, tights for days, a bunch of big ol’ scarves with some extra personality and soft sweaters for layering.
The shoes elude me, though. I could get away with flats or Chuck Taylors in the Oakland cold. I have literally only seen snow once… Does anyone have a recommendation out there for a good winter shoe or boot? Especially a good vintage style that will survive the weather!
Camp Comfort has a pretty good “Fall Wish List” going… gotta love stripes!

Fall Essentials

Ahhh… Fall, it’s my favorite time of year! Call me crazy but I think there is something romantic about this blustery season. Earthly thunder that sets the trees ablaze and stirs up an ominous magic in sky, now if that doesn’t scream romance then I don’t know what does. I’m sure for some people this season means massive amounts of Theraflu and bad hair days to come… but let’s focus on the positive shall we? Think rich colors, cable knit sweaters, wool coats, and bedazzling embellishments to brighten up the day.

Since Fall brings me so much joy I decided to make a collection of ‘Fall Picks- The essentials of the season’… has a nice ring, eh?

First you need a coat for obvious reasons, that ominous magic stirring up in the sky I mentioned can make you very chilly. The feminine color of salmon leather paired with the fur really spoke to me… I could just see myself wondering the rainy streets of the city looking oh so stylish.


Next thing on my list is something you can layer for those days when it’s not quite cold enough for a coat, but not warm enough to bear the elements without some sort of coziness against your skin. I picked this brilliant red orange sweater because 1. It’s wool and 2. It would look absolutely mind blowing with a pair of fitted jeans, boots, and a brown tooled leather purse.


…Speaking of tooled leather purses I have a friend who has a gorgeous 1950’s tooled leather purse, and every time she carries it I can’t help but drool over it. Literally. Something about the texture and the color of the leather screams FALL! Without a doubt I had to add one of these bad boys to my list, and hopefully to my closet very soon.

Tooled Leather Purse

I always like to add a little sex appeal to my accessories, and I find nothing more sexy than animal print. Clearly Betty Paige knew what was up! So no matter wind or rain you are sure to be a show stopper in this little leopard pillbox hat. Plus at the end of your day your hair won’t be frizzed (well hopefully). It’s a win-win.

Statement Hat

I’m saving the best for the last. I’m a firm believer in the notion that you can never have too much glitz and glam, so when I saw this sweater it sucked me in. I always look for pieces that are easy and effortless. This works great for the days when you wake up late and need to throw on something, but of course you have an image to uphold. Toss this sweater and you got yourself insta-glam. Also this is a perfect sweater to go from day to evening.

Embellished Sweater



burgundy track jacket

By: Emerald Lavender

My husband and I were taking a stroll around our neighborhood yesterday. It was around dusk. The weather outside was absolutely perfect. Not too cool or humid. Fall is both our favorite season. I am a big Lacoste fan for winter clothing because of its classic look and vibrant colors. I can appreciate the small alligator, not too busy, just minding his own business. Lacoste has a rich history of making quality, high end clothing.  Monstervintage.com has a wide selection of Vintage Lacoste sweaters, jackets, and those famous collared button downs. Monstervintage.com even has a Vintage Lacoste pink dress! To check them out, enter Lacoste in the site’s search engine on the top right hand corner of the screen!  Happy Shopping!