Last week, I ditched the snowy cold in Ottawa for a brief sojurn in San Francisco. The trip to one of my favourite cities gave me an opportunity to wear one of my favourite items of clothing: my yellow houndstooth coat. Like any great love story, the tale of my coat is one of passion, longing and seemingly insurmountable obstacles that culminate with a happy, triumphant end.
Sit back and I’ll tell you how it all began…
Coat – Banana Rupblic – similar
Hat – Gifted from my dad – similar
Dress – Ambiance
Tights – Foot Traffic
Boots – Miz Mooz – similar
Of course, it fit perfectly.
I briefly considered resorting a tactic I’d used when I was five: standing near the coat, looking forlorn in the hopes that some rich benefactor would take notice and buy it for me out of pity. Except that had never worked. If I couldn’t score a pity gift as a cherubic 5-year-old, I had no hope now. I put the coat back on rack and walked away with great difficultly. I went home and resolved to save my pennies.
Save I did. I saved all through that spring, summer and by September I had enough money to buy my dreamcoat. But fashion is fickle. Outside the leaves were turning yellow but Banana Republic’s coat collection had turned to black, burnt umbers and dark blues. The houndstooth coat had long sold out in Ottawa. I called stores in Toronto and Montreal, but the tale was the same everywhere. No coat for me.
I was terribly disappointed and sadder than I should have been considering this was a coat and not my kidney. I reminded myself that there would be other coats and sooner or later, one would come along that I loved just as much. Sure enough I have owned some great coats in the intervening years. But none that I’ve loved as much.
The very next day I received an e-mail with a long list of coats that fit my criteria. And there at the very top of the list, in my size, in perfect condition, was a Banana Republic Yellow Houndstooth Coat…
for fifty dollars!!!!
Needless to say, I snapped it up as fast as my fingers could click “Buy It Now.” It came in the mail a week later. I carefully removed it from it’s shipping box, unfolded it and put it on. It was exactly as I remembered it! Lemon-y houndstooth perfection and hands down the best coat I’ve ever had!