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Life Altering Experience

Max Mara at ShopStyle

Tried on this coat just for the heck of it last weekend at the MaxMara store. Mon Dieu…The cut! The fabric! The contruction! Those sleeves! I feel as though I’ve had a glimpse into another world entirely, and I may never be the same again.

(Even mon mari, who is usually mostly indifferent to clothing and fashion in general thought it looked great on. It looks amazing without the belt, too. No, I didn’t buy it, nor am I seriously considering. If I lived in a cooler climate it would be an amazing investment piece, but here in LA opportunities to wear would be minimal.)

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  1. September 30, 2009 / 1:17 pm

    That coat would look so great over a black pencil skirt and black pumps. Tres chic.

  2. September 30, 2009 / 1:20 pm

    But it gets pretty chilly out there in the winter 🙂

  3. September 30, 2009 / 1:38 pm

    Wow! You are a woman of resolve! Presumably, though, while you’ve left the coat on the rack, you’ve taken away some pointers about what to look for in more than just coats, and at some future point will pick up another garment that gives you the same life-altering experience but doesn’t make you alter your life in order to wear it.

  4. September 30, 2009 / 1:53 pm

    Those Max Mara coats are wonderful. Max Mara has a “plus” line, Marina Rinaldi, in scare quotes because it starts at about a US size 12. What is the fabric, a cachmere/lambswool blend?

    Even in San Francisco, that jacket would be practical, but not in LA, and you are NOT going to buy it for your impending trip to Paris. If you do, it will be sunny and warm all the time, or conversely absolutely pouring rain.

  5. September 30, 2009 / 1:55 pm

    By the way, thoughts in the city, I wouldn’t wear the belt either. There are better ways to mark your waist if you are short and busty, as I am. The jacket seems nicely shaped even without the belt.

  6. September 30, 2009 / 2:13 pm

    thoughtsinthecity – actually it looks amazing without the belt too. I couldn’t find a picture styled that way, but if I had this jacket that’s how I’d wear it.

  7. September 30, 2009 / 2:13 pm

    I think it would be perfect for Paris.

  8. September 30, 2009 / 3:14 pm

    a very sharp coat/jacket indeed. maybe it will go on sale in the future and you can justify the purchase?

  9. September 30, 2009 / 4:57 pm

    Max Mara coats are the best and they really hold up- I’ve had several. lagatta, in Europe Marina Rinaldi starts at 10!
    (A Marina Rinaldi 21).

    They do have good sales!

  10. thoughtsinthecity
    September 30, 2009 / 1:49 pm

    Wow. that one really is awesome. I love the sleeves. If it wasn’t for the belt, I’d really go looking for it! But I usually don’t look to good in belted jackets.

  11. September 30, 2009 / 9:08 pm

    It’s fabulous if that’s it in the picture. Miss J reminds Miss Pseu there are a few times in December that get pretty frigid…

  12. September 30, 2009 / 9:27 pm

    Life altering experience — too funny. Save your money for Paree, cherie.

  13. Sal
    September 30, 2009 / 2:29 pm

    Max Mara is the MASTER of coats. Maybe there’s a more lightweight version for you, lady?

  14. Sher
    September 30, 2009 / 2:52 pm

    I live now where near that store. It would be fun doing a girls window shopping day and try everything on.

  15. September 30, 2009 / 11:31 pm

    Mmmm perfect for a Melbourne winter and some of spring and autumn.

    Max Mara is so expensive here (much more than in Europe where it’s definitely cheaper – we pay so much duty on imports).

  16. metscan
    September 30, 2009 / 6:55 pm

    I like the coat too, also with the belt. Weather over here cools real quickly, so I too wouldn´t be able to wear it for a very long period. In Paris though, it would just be chic. No need to pack the sweaters. And you visit Paris every year, so buying this coat would be justified 😉

  17. Lisa
    September 30, 2009 / 8:01 pm

    D.P., I was already envisioning one of your beautiful scarfs with it! Let us know if it keeps calling you late at night 🙂

  18. Karen
    October 1, 2009 / 1:19 am

    Good for you, realizing that for where you live, this isn’t the piece for you to invest in right now. That said, now you know you like Max Mara on you, so something in a more LA climate-friendly fabric may pop up next spring.

  19. metscan
    October 1, 2009 / 12:23 pm

    I don´t think you have to wait until next spring, Pseu. Even way out here, where I live, the Max Mara shop gets new stuff nonstop. My black skirt suit ( many years old, still very wearable ) is MM´s. I find their prices sensible.

  20. thoughtsinthecity
    October 1, 2009 / 4:22 pm

    hm, I might look out for that one here, I’m thinkin about a second coat. will keep my eyes open for sure.

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