Goodwill Style: Mended Coat
First up on my Goodwill Style series is a fabulous mid-length minty-blue coat I discovered. I always love a piece with a story and this lightweight coat certainly has one.
Whenever I thrift shop, I go over my items meticulously to ensure that I’m getting an undamaged piece – no rips, tears, stains, etc. I spent probably 15 minutes holding this coat up in different lights and angles, running my hands over it. This time I even asked the gal at the register if she noticed anything wrong with it; for $15 this find seemed too good to be true! It turns out it was. The minute I got it home to show my mom my lucky find, I immediately found a large tear at the bottom of the jacket, about four inches long.
Instead of tossing it back in the donation pile, I decided to take it to my seamstress and see if she could mend it. There is a light embroidery pattern on the jacket and she was able to sew the tear shut and blend it into the jacket perfectly! As I mentioned in my interview with Goodwill, having a trusted seamstress to mend your pieces or restructure them in a new way is a great way to bring new life to previously donated clothing.
After having the jacket repaired, styling this coat in the middle of summer proved a bit tricky. I ended up going with a casual Friday wear-to-work appropriate ensemble. Thrown together with a simple pair of jeans, white t-shirt, tennis shoes, and some bright colored accessories, the coat tops the outfit off perfectly for breezy spring and summer evenings.
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Jacket: Apostrophe c/o Goodwill; Shirt: American Eagle c/o Goodwill; Scarf: Nordstrom (similar by Missoni); Jeans: NYDJ (similar); Shoes: Tod’s Sneaker (similar in black); Bag: Michael Kors Bedford-Large Satchel in Luggage; Necklace: J. Crew Rectangle Gem Necklace; Sunglasses: Tom Ford (similar)