Friday, December 19, 2008

On the Street….Finally a Black Coat with Some Design Detail, NYC

It was great to finally see a girl wearing a black winter coat with some really great design details – like the oversized buttons and a dropped waist belt.


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  1. Jon Patrick

    December 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I love the belt low on the hips… and are those Doc Martens??? She is a modern, elevated goth girl after my own heart. This would have been even better with old school platform creepers i/o the Docs. First Morris Day, now Siouxsie…what’s next, Morrissey?

  2. lintmag

    December 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Love the coat and this girl’s look – I have been scouring the women’s departments for a new coat, but now I will go over to the men’s side.

    • Simone Fraser

      November 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Too often I’ve found the women’s basics are inferior to men’s!

  3. Heather

    December 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Yeah, this coat is very nice, but I did get a good bargain on my lambs wool, black coat in Fiorenze for 30 Euro! I usually add my own details to my coats if they are too boring.


  4. suzanne nelson

    December 19, 2008 at 10:48 am

    That coat looks fabulous on Sarah! I, too, like the belt on the hips. I think this photo sets the bar for black coats…

  5. Sarah

    December 19, 2008 at 11:09 am

    she’s very smart!

  6. anne

    December 19, 2008 at 11:15 am

    it’s a great variation but the belt on the hips isn’t flattering at all. still — she can pull it off.

  7. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Not bad, and Sarah looks good in it, but it’s really just a trench. I have a black Yojhi that could teach this coat a few things about extraordinary.

  8. Laurence John

    December 19, 2008 at 11:18 am

    that belt REALLY wants to be higher.

  9. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Whoa! Love the BIG buttons and belt. Hot hot hot!!!

  10. Kat

    December 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

    i really like her hair!

  11. smallVille shop

    December 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    awesome coat!

  12. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve yet to see the beauty in oversized buttons. To me, they’re just…clutter. I wish they’d go away.

  13. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    I actually think the dropped waist belt is unflattering.

  14. lambchop

    December 19, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    love the button details and those pins on the left side. fun!

  15. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    i’m not crazy about the dropped waist – it makes it really hard to figure out what i’m sure are nice proportions. looks like a different body cut-and-pasted between her head and legs.

  16. meredith

    December 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    This picture is so cute I want to bite it!

  17. Dominica

    December 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    This is such a great style !
    The coat is amazing and I’d love to find a similar one…
    I’m a sucker for a black or navy coat..
    The narrow trousers and boots are just perfect with the heavy belt on this beauty…

  18. Scott P.

    December 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Is the the gal with the ripped nylons back in November?

    Coat looks just a tad busy for my taste. Sorry!

  19. Stephanie

    December 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    ooooo, now that's a stylish coat! usually i don't like oversized buttons, but they really look good here.
    wish i could pull off this low-belt style, but it probably takes a taller silhouette (she looks tall-ish).
    the cut is clearly fabulous on this girl!
    oh, and that all black (or is it navy?) with her black hair & pale skin…divine.

  20. Kelly Erin

    December 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I think that the dropped waist with the oversized buttons is a bit overwhelming for her. The waist isn’t working with her body, it looks like it might be hard to walk. But, to her credit, she is adorable!

  21. nan

    December 19, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    She is so charming-looking. Inspired by many periods and making a great cool modern fusion of them.

  22. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    i love it on her BUT while shopping for a coat this year i couldn’t find anything except for big ol’ buttons and dropped waist belts. this coat is done well but i don’t think the details you pointed out are particularly special.

  23. J.A.F.

    December 19, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Striking, love the severity and the masculine pant with the chunky Doc (I’m presuming). Coat is perfection.

  24. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    This pic is an excellent illustration of the importance of dressing for your body type. A curvy girl with boobs/booty and short legs cant really pull off this look, but her thin, long frame wears the coat incredibly well.

  25. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    A) I love oversized buttons for their graphical nature.
    B) The dropped waist totally works on her. This pic is an absolute optical wonder – she looks 7" tall, especially since there isn't anything else in the pic to reference her height.
    C) I have been trying to find a way re-integrate my Doc boots & this provides me with the reinforcement I need to confirm that they are still FAB.

  26. Paige

    December 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    So awesome!!

  27. Shaina

    December 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Very androgynous. The oversize buttons do add some contrast to the already dark coat. As for the waist belt its an added accessory that could work even better not there or higher above her waist.

  28. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    It’s probably a man’s coat. Notice the way the jacket laps (left over right instead of right over left).

    I wish the jacket was 2 inches shorter–then it would be perfection.

  29. Mo

    December 19, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Yeah, indeed, I don’t fancy the belt part either. I got a black winter coat with dropped waist belt from Elie Tahari a few years back, and I found the belt at the hip so unflattering that I finally had to get rid of it all together, after which it looked fab.

  30. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful coat, definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen all season. Like the pants and her haircut too. If she had worn different shoes she’d elevate the outfit to crazy chic and less goth. But who cares, she looks great.


  31. Jack Daniel

    December 19, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Yeah, I like detail in clothing. This coat is awsome.

  32. jessica

    December 19, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    agree with most that the drpped waist is unflattering, but otherwise she look so great!

  33. Emily Wong

    December 19, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I totally agree! love the details.

  34. ChristannChanell

    December 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Love this coat…the drop waist is quite lovely.

  35. Anonymous

    December 19, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    great look; great photo.

  36. raynaae

    December 19, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    i wish the waist belt was LOWER, or higher. It’s in an odd place but i like the coat a great deal.

  37. Alaina

    December 19, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    What a fabulous, modern take on the 1920s silhouette. I love that her hair matches her coat. And her ultra-skinny jeans are the modern girl’s answer to silk hose. Right on!

  38. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 12:47 am

    I beg to differ. I think it looks too busy not to mention slightly unflattering at the waist. It seems to me like the kind of coat that would be good for one season and then you’d get tired of it. On the other hand something like this would make a good “second coat” (or third ahah) for those days when you wake up with an extra spring in your step! lol

  39. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Totally androgynous!! She’s so cool!


  40. M

    December 20, 2008 at 5:02 am

    In reply to 1. Is this a male coat then?

  41. Rollergirl

    December 20, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Gorgeous coat – like the military style AND it looks properly warm!

  42. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Blue-black bob haircut, military coat, sta press trousers and dr. martens(the perfect shoes to complete that look) a reminiscence of the early 90′s avant-garde total black chic!

  43. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Like so many above me I just can’t get on board with this drop-waist belt. Maybe it’s just because I’m incredibly long-waisted, but I balk at nearly everything that makes the torso look long and the legs short (low-rise jeans anyone?). Unless you have extremely long legs and a very short torso, why wear such a thing? For all I know this girl does have long legs — but who would know.

    Move the belt up a few inches and I’d love this. I agree with Sart on the buttons, though — they’re quite nice!

    And her hair looks great!

  44. Ivy Lane

    December 20, 2008 at 11:10 am


  45. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    yes, finally!

  46. mixedup

    December 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    looks like dior homme to me. looks fantastic on a girl!

  47. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    are those jeans creased !?
    i’m obsessed. what a cutie.

  48. Anonymous

    December 20, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Apparently, I the only person in the world that hates oversized buttons.

    I will say don’t find the big buttons as twee in this look, which is fantastic.

    Perhaps I have just been overexposed to oversized buttons done in a poorly executed fashion. Pardon the pun.

  49. A La Mode

    December 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    She looks so cute!

  50. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    this coat is alright….the most compelling idea about this posting is just that it’s a man’s coat worn by a woman. this is the same sarah that Sart photographed wearing a Dior men’s suit earlier this year?…last year? makes me think the coat is also men’s Dior…

    she’s pretty cool…she sold me my Balenciaga bag a few years back when she worked there…and she’s also from the same midwestern state as I am.

    lastly, wondering if it’s more polite to say…”It was great to finally see a (young) lady wearing a black winter coat…” instead of ‘girl’. not likely that a sentence on this post would say “It was great to finally see a boy wearing…” probably would say ‘guy’ or even ‘man’…just saying.

  51. Anonymous

    December 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    big buttons remind me of H&M. it's hard to find coats WITHOUT big buttons nowadays. dropped waist – i like the look, but again, its a bit of everywhere.

  52. Tiger Fodder

    December 22, 2008 at 12:19 am

    It looks warm!

  53. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 1:18 am

    C’est tres Louise Brooks!

  54. Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Perfecto! The coat compliments her chic look.

  55. Allen - East Hampton

    December 22, 2008 at 11:12 am

    She looks great in every way, and I like all the geometrics – her haircut and the background.

  56. sdg1844

    December 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Now THAT is one sharp coat. I love the military style tailoring and that wonderful low belt. Very cool.

  57. saudade

    December 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    The drop waist cinching on the coat gives it just that little bit of interest. True that not everyone can pull that off, but here it is very nice!

  58. Lela

    December 22, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    she looks so TALL!
    is she really as tall as she looks?

  59. oscar

    December 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Love that Film Noir/Matrix look to it.

  60. Stephanie

    December 24, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    ooooooooo, i want this girl to call me

  61. Anonymous

    December 25, 2008 at 5:37 am

    exclude the belt…she’s very sharp and chic

  62. Anonymous

    December 26, 2008 at 3:39 am

    ‘girl’ is a such a fashion term. it’s silly, but forgivable!

  63. carlotta

    December 27, 2008 at 9:18 am


  64. Bibi from Sweden

    December 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Well, for you who have a hard time finding unique wool coats and jackets, especially if you're on a budget, you can "borrow" my trick. I buy a very basic, inexpensive wool coat at H&M or a similar place that fits my budget. Then I go buy a secondhand coat with great vintage buttons (or buy just the buttons themselves). Then remove those ugly plastic buttons on the new coat, and replace them with the old vintage buttons. Presto, you have a unique coat, that looks expensive and unique.

  65. el viajero impresionista

    December 30, 2008 at 9:02 am

    I´ve got one like hers in Paris this winter, more or less I think.

  66. Anonymous

    December 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    the coat is dior homme, although could me a special one that people with connection somehow get their hands on…

  67. Anonymous

    December 31, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I’m sure the coat is Dior Homme because I have a friend that has the exact same coat in canvas.

  68. Anonymous

    December 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I am pretty sure that this girl is a SA at Dior Homme NYC Boutique. She is very cool too.

  69. Mathias

    January 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Sarah, you look great and cool as always. See you when I’m back in town.

  70. Anonymous

    January 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I think, you posted this girl maybe a year ago. In front of the dior homme store in ny! shes great. she remains faithfull!

  71. Style Eyes

    January 10, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I agree. I spend a lot of time looking at people in plain black coats. That is the problem with winter

  72. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    this is amazing! great look.

  73. Heidi Howard

    February 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    She’s either a Berliner or aspiring to be, which is great either way. Gamine glory in black!

  74. Ryan

    September 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Yep, Sarah Burchett in Dior Homme.

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