Remember how I said that while I was in Paris, I discovered an irresistible burlap/lightning-bolt dress at the Castelbajac store while I was in the midst of paying for a completely ridiculous trench coat?
This is the trench coat, photographed in London last week.
What Wendy Wore
Unseen sweater: Nordstrom (mid-’90s)
Coat: JC de Castelbajac (2013)
Jeans: Acne (2007 or 2008)
Boots: Fiorentini + Baker (2013)
Purse: Louis Vuitton (2001)
Yep, that’s a burlap-colored trench coat with a giant pleather crocodile — complete with eyes and nostrils — on the front of it. The horizontal straps are actually the croc’s legs, complete with claws that can be seen on the back of the coat.
I also got those boots in Paris. I’ve been staring at Parisian feet for years, and seeing a lot of ballet flats (no support at all), Converse sneakers (gave me a monster blister once), Isabel Marant wedge sneakers (I prefer Ash Shoes wedges) and short, flat boots. The short, flat boots finally got to me. I never wear flats, but here I am, living proof of my blog motto “Never Is the Next New Thing™.”
I noticed a new addition to Paris feet this year: leather thong sandals. They were very skimpy, with hardly any upper to them at all, like with this example from Tory Burch.
They didn’t look very comfortable to me — almost like walking barefoot — but if you’re going to go for a barely-there shoe style, I definitely prefer leather to a shower-worthy rubber flip flop. What was really notable about these shoes was that the temperature in Paris was in the high 50s to low 60s (Fahrenheit, obvs) and it rained a lot. It wasn’t sandal weather at all, so anyone wearing these really wanted to make a statement. Maybe that statement was just, “I wish l’été were here,” rather than anything to do with fashion, but, regardless, it was a very popular look. I don’t know, man. When it’s that chilly, I’d say a trench coat with a giant pleather crocodile on it makes more sense than sandals. And when a coat with a giant pleather crocodile on it makes any sense at all, you know the situation is serious! What can I say though? I love my pleather crocodile coat!
I shared the coat on Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday post. Click here to check out all the other highly visible, non-pleather-crocodile-wearing wimmins.