Time for something a little different today - I present to you my new alter-ego, gothic Bettie. She's like me, but she has an edgy 'do and appreciates the darker side of life.
In all seriousness, this isn't a costume or an attempt at one (it actually started life as a Valentine's outfit, but I'm too disorganised to pull themed content off right now!), I really did enjoy dressing like this. I loved this coat on its own, but the dramatic black - not a colour I usually wear in coats because I'm quite fair and it washes me out - just felt a bit more fun with an equally dramatic wig to balance it. Oh yeah, it's a wig, most of you will have just seen it as I wrote a review but to clarify for anyone who thinks I've done something extreme 4 months before my wedding... And yes, I felt totally fine walking around like this - I felt rather glamorous, in fact. You can see from these pictures a more accurate representation of what this wig looks like, without artificial light beaming onto it. I do think it passes for real hair to the untrained eye.
Anyway, you've heard a lot about the wig already so let's tell you about the coat. This is from Sourpuss, not a company I even realised made coats until I was offered this one for review. A truth: I find it hard to turn down new outerwear. When you wear a coat or jacket 90% of the year, it feels like you can't really have too much. Also, I find it quite hard to get outerwear that fits, being as petite as I am, so I'm quite obsessed with trying it all to find the bits that do. I'm happy to report that the length of this coat is ideal for the shorter lady (I'm 5'1") and I didn't find the shoulders excessively broad. They've actually got slight shoulderpads in for shape, so they're more structured than usual. The sleeves are far too long for me, but, as usual, I've tucked them in on themselves here pre tailor trip. This coat is more of a spring/autumn one, so the fabric wasn't too heavy to do that with. The only thing I'd say is I could have taken a more fitted waist (I'm wearing the smallest size), but equally I couldn't get a jumper under it if it was, so it's not exactly as practical. That's why I've added a waist belt though - for the pure reason that it looked better in the photos :D
All in all, quite pleased to add a lighter coat to my wardrobe and enjoying my new gothic turn. So much so, that we had the perfect building in mind for these photos. We pass it on a weekly basis on the way out of our village and it's always looked so darn intriguing - it's huge and it's all on it's own by the side of a busy road and I just wonder who actually lives in it. How did it come to be? Stay tuned and I've given you a better look at how cool it is because it ended up not really being in the outfit photos, d'oh! It's the thought that counts, right?
Top: old (can't remember!)
Belt: from another dress
Skirt: ASOS (old)
Shoes: Red or Dead via Schuh (old)
Here's the very cool house I'm standing in front of (I was in front of the white gate, bottom left)!
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