Outfit: gothic Bettie

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 😀
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?
Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'


Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'


Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'


Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'


Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'


Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'


Becca by Annabelle's Wigs worn with beret


Sourpuss Clothing Fancy Pants solid black coat review with the Annabelle's Wigs 'Becca'
Beret: eBay
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)!


Very cool gothic house



  1. February 21, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I think Bettie looks a bit… mischevious? Definitely a naughty glint in her eye! I agree that one can never have enough coats, and some autumn/spring/even summer(!) appropriate ones are essential in the UK. This looks like a great fit. Nifty tip about turning the sleeves up inside! Are we going to see a blonde alter ego next? Xx

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      I think Bettie was probably just looking overjoyed about taking photos in good lighting and not under the world's greyest sky for once 😉 I do have a blonde wig, but I'm not really a fan. My skin's a bit too yellow-toned and my eyebrows too dark to pull it off… xx

  2. February 21, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    So cute in this. The little bit of red peeking out of the coat and the perfectly matching red shoes is just so perfect together <3

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      The peeping red wasn't intentional, but when I saw it in the mirror I thought what the heck, it looks cute!

  3. February 22, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Such a great coat on you! I love how you have styled it with the white beret and handbag, plus the red shoes, skirt and top! You look so chic and stylish! 🙂

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      I don't normally do black and red together as it feels too much like my old emo days (not a time in my life I need to revisit), but with the white too it seems to be ok!

  4. February 22, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I'm always a sucker for red and black together, so I love this! Kx

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      I'm never sure about black and red, but the white stopped it from being too much goth me from c.2005!! x

  5. February 23, 2017 / 2:17 am

    What a killer look! Something about the wig really does give you a different attitude from your normal Cici persona – something about the bangs and the darker color, I guess.
    Loving the outfit, which is classic noir. The red and black color scheme, the perfect trench. You look like such a femme fatale from tip to toe.

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      It's much more fierce than I usually am… which isn't at all really, ha! I like the idea of being a femme fatale a lot 😀 more red and black for me…

  6. February 23, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Ummmm that coat is so awesome and you look amazing with the wig!!! I love the pops of red and the sassy attitude captured in these photos. I'm getting excited to wear coats looking at this post ahh xx

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      I didn't realise I had a sassy attitude until people picked up on it, but I'll take that! I think it's all the wig… You can definitely have the coat weather. I'm quite over it… x

  7. February 23, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I keep eyeing up Sourpuss' website but then worrying about postal costs. I can't find a UK stockist with a decent range of their stuff. That's a really nice coat.

    • February 23, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      That's a good point – I see a lot of their bags pop up over here but not so much everything else. I've just been made aware of mymallbox who are a company that can help ship parcels from the US to UK. I haven't tried them yet, but I'm definitely going to look into that as an option to avoid hefty custom fees…

  8. February 24, 2017 / 6:07 am

    I also had no idea Sourpuss make coats! Yay for another coat that is just the right length for you – I really like the way we can see a teeny peep of the contrasting red skirt underneath, it looks really good.That mansion is beautiful, I picture it being full of luxurious dark wood furniture and lots of taxidermy…perhaps even a ghost or two…

  9. February 28, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I love the outfit, you look lovely!

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