January 9, 2012

The Perfect Black Coat

The perfect black coat did not come to me perfect, and it is highly likely that it won’t for you either. Right after it had arrived at my apartment, I wrote down my own fit notes, compared them with what my trusted tailor thought needed some nipping and tucking, and after two rounds of revisions, I’m very pleased to have the classic trim black coat that I hope to wear for years to come. In the dead of winter, when hordes of men walk down the street in what looks to be trash bag shape layered upon trash bag shape of fleece and puffy nylon, it makes a world of difference to put a little effort into presenting yourself smart and tailored.
Illesteva sunglasses, Jil Sander for Uniqlo cashmere scarf, Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons stick pin, Maison Martin Margiela coat, vintage gloves, Uniqlo pants, Paul Smith chelsea boots
Off the rack, the coat was already incredibly beautiful: strong, slightly extended shoulders that fit me to a t, long, sweeping lines on the shawl lapel, and delicious smooth black wool with the slightest hint of sheen. But a lot of work still needed to be done: I had to get the sleeves taken in slim, the waist nipped tiny as possible to provide sharp contrast to the power shoulders, and the entire coat shortened to a much more wearable above-the-knee length from the previously more dramatic and swishy, but less wearable below-the knee. Men’s bodies may not come in as large a variety of shapes as women’s bodies do, but it is knowing what to do with the subtle nuances of a man’s body shape that makes for great tailoring. I think Angela at G&G tailors did an impeccable job at making my vision of the perfect black coat come to life.
the perfect black scarf—a ridiculously soft and unbelievably light and warm black cashmere woven scarf from +J, and my new favorite sterling silver whale stick pin from Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons beautifully accentuate the shawl lapel on this Margiela coat
trademark Margiela power shoulders
Subtly colored shoes, like this Paul Smith pair in pale pink suede, help break the monotony of my all-black winter.

photographs by Mikee Tuason

12 Comments

  • Cillian
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This really does look impeccable, Izzy. Kudos.

    C.

  • CUP OF COUPLE
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    wow, love the first pic!

    G

  • Anonymous
    January 10th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    more diy

  • Mat
    January 10th, 2012 at 5:56 am

    it took a lot of work but the finished product is fine, do you have a before and after?

  • Kristen
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    It's perfectly tailored to you! I love this look.

    http://www.kristenglam.blogspot.com

  • Izzy
    January 10th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    thanks for the love, friends.

    anonymous: coming up!

  • Izzy
    January 10th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Mat: unfortunately, I don't!

  • Six Six Sick
    January 13th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    perfect fit, love the photos!
    xx
    Tiffany

  • Hello Balloon
    January 13th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Loving this look! And that first photo is brilliant! Cheers!

  • Jetsetters
    January 16th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Nice post. Loving the dapper look!!

  • LJ
    March 21st, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    owhh..so nice…that looks luxurious and fits you perfect. I need one too!!

  • Megan
    December 19th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Those shoes are hideous


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