Beside a camel three quarter length coat my beloved grandmother bought me when I was a child, which I wore a lot back then as a little girl, I didn’t quite develop the love for this style of coat until much later on in my life.
In 2002, I decided to get myself a black three quarter length coat before heading to Paris for a several months’ language learning holiday.
It turned out that my black coat was warm enough for European Autumn, about which I was very pleased.
Months after I returned Sydney, one day I caught up with my female friends over a cozy tea party. I had prepared a little album of my European photos which I had brought with me to show around. ( YES! This was how we shared pictures before Facebook time! )
I remembered there was one photo, for which I received the most compliments… It was me standing infront of one of the fountains at Place de la Concorde in Paris, and my purple and yellow floral skirt was about 4 to 5 inches longer than my black coat. Well, the compliments from my friends were mostly about the contrast between my black coat and the striking colourful skirt; my knee-high boots also received lots of attention! I knew there and then, if I had worn an ankle length coat, it couldn’t have had the same impact!
And that’s exactly what I like about a three quarter length coat – it leaves enough room for us to play with the look; such as : adding a pair of patterned pantyhose; wearing a pair of in-trend boots; or we can do a ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ – fresh up the whole look with a large, quirky and unexpected brooch!
Photography by : Road Wang