A Tale of Two Black Coats

Late last Spring on one of my regular visits to Red Fox Antiques( a local recycle and vintage store) I came across two fabulous black wool Winter coats. The owner, Tanya, shared with me that they had been offered for sale by the niece of the previous owner, who travelled to Europe each year specifically to shop for her special designer pieces.

The first coat is Max Mara , cashmere and wool , a classic double breasted style and the finest Italian workmanship and in as new condition. I know a coat of this quality would be out of my reach normally but at a fraction of new price it came home.

I will happily admit it is a bit boring but will last a lifetime and my choice of accessories will change things up. Today it was paired with a wool leopard print scarf, black and mustard spot gloves, leopard print brogues and a mustard hat that a stumbled across in a little shop in Paris in 2018.

Yesterday was a freezing cold day and the coat was as warm as toast for running errands, a trip to Officeworks for printer cartridges and to Bunnings for dolomite lime for three new peonies I found at the Farmers Market on Saturday and to buy a new kettle to replace the old one that refused to work this morning. I came home with a rather wonderful black Smeg retro kettle.

The second coat is this three quarter number by Louis Feraud , made in West Germany (dating the coat pre German unification in 1990).  Once again beautiful quality and I do rather like the retro style and its oversize sleeves. It was a very reasonable price and perfect for more casual wear .

I added a pop of colour to my all blacks with my multi- coloured beads and red earrings and also my old red suede Ara boots. I do love a turban and had admired these Ms Edgeley turbans on my friend Suzanne from Melbourne for ages. They are hand made in Melbourne by Alice Edgeley and are made from the softest stretch velvet and so easy to wear , no fiddly tying involved. I was a naughty girl and ordered this one and a leopard print , after all it is a neutral and will work with everything.

Linking with Mica for Weekday Wear, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.




  1. June 9, 2020 / 5:28 am

    You have a marvelous eye, both coats are classic, and so versatile. I adore your collection of hats, Jill. ❤️

    • grownupglamour
      June 9, 2020 / 9:30 am

      Thank you Barb , I know I will be wearing the coats for many years to come. You know me and my hats.

  2. June 9, 2020 / 5:51 am

    Oh wow! A Max Mara coat! Fabulous! It must be thrilling to find such a designer pieces! Love the turban too!

    • grownupglamour
      June 9, 2020 / 9:28 am

      It was a thrill to find the Max Mara coat at a price I could actually afford. The turban was my little treat and I love it. Many thanks Nancy.

  3. June 9, 2020 / 7:18 am

    Two great quality labels!
    Nothing you own could ever look boring, you’re an absolute master at accesorising and putting outfits together. I love the mustard hat you found in Paris and the wonderful on you, I don’t blame you for spoiling yourself. xxx

    • grownupglamour
      June 9, 2020 / 9:25 am

      Many thanks Vix I am rather pleased with the coats and they do make a great blank canvas for my accessories.

  4. June 9, 2020 / 9:00 am

    The coats were great finds. Looking fab and loving that mustard hat 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      June 9, 2020 / 9:21 am

      Many thanks Penny , I was rather happy when I found the coats . The little hat is a favourite as its so warm.

  5. June 9, 2020 / 3:58 pm


    • grownupglamour
      June 10, 2020 / 8:54 am

      Thank you so much Elizabeth, we certainly do enjoy those European designers, always classic.

    • grownupglamour
      June 10, 2020 / 8:53 am

      I do love the mustard hat and it is so warm. Totally agree accessories can ring the changes beautifully. Many thanks Mirielle.

    • grownupglamour
      June 10, 2020 / 8:55 am

      Thank you so much Celyn , I will be wearing these coats for many years to come.

  6. June 15, 2020 / 11:51 am

    They are both such beautiful coats and I think being in a colder climate a coat is something you need to invest in! I realised quickly when we were in Europe for spring that my winter Brisbane coats are no match for true cold weather, haha! 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! The new link up is live on my blog now, I’d love you to join again. 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      June 22, 2020 / 9:22 am

      A good warm coat is a must for our Winter days , something you never need in Brisbane. Always my pleasure to join your link up Mica.

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