I usually share more or less elaborate outfits on my blog, but on those days when I feel overwhelmed and crave simplicity, I am drawn to loose dresses in natural fabrics, much like this chambray number. I wore it quite a few times lately, enjoying the modern lines, pockets, high-low hem and of course polka dots! Polka dots just make everything better, don't they?
I combined the iconic American denim with a wool coat that strongly resembles another iconic North American item - a Hudson's Bay point blanket. Let me give you a quick historical background. As early as the 16th century, wool blankets were introduced to Native Americans by European settlers (fur traders). Those kind of blankets were highly desirable as they provided warmth even when wet. In 1780, the Hudson's Bay Company (Canada) introduced their version of a wool blanket with an easily recognizable pattern of green, red, yellow and navy stripes on a white background. Since then, Hudson's Bay blankets became a Canadian heirloom. The early examples are collectible and have sold for thousands of dollars. You can read more detailed history on this subject in a Wiki article HERE or on the blog The Cavender Diary: 2 Grown Men vs a 40 Year Old House - HERE (I found this charming vintage ad image in that blog too).
Photo from my old post (December 2015) - HERE
My coat is by the British brand Boden and is 50% wool and 50% acrylic/polyester. As you can see, it's reminiscent of Hudson's Bay blankets, though it lacks a green stripe. You could see it previously in my post about traveling to the Oregon Coast a little over a year ago (link above). The fabric is quite warm for the mild Northwest winter, and I found it somewhat water-repellent - I wasn't fishing or hunting, but I can attest that it felt cozy on the ocean beach in Winter, where it is always a little dribbly. If you do a search on Hudson's Bay coats, you'll see both contemporary and vintage wool coats with identifiable Hudson's Bay stripes, and maybe even find a coat for purchase for yourself. I find vintage coats to be especially fetching.
My new booties are by Ecco's and bought on clearance. I was happy to find a comfy pair of boots in beautiful cognac leather and without a heel, for a change. When I hurt my foot last December, I realized that all my boots were high heel, with only one exception, that got a lot of use during my recovery. So this pair is a more than welcomed addition to my wardrobe, and I was especially happy to pay for it with a Christmas gift card from my wonderful daughter. Now I will always think of them as Anya's boots. :)
Photos by Justin
Location: Lake Union, Seattle
Dress - Melissa McCarthy (clearance)
Boots - Ecco via Nordstrom Rack (clearance)
Coat - Boden (old)
Sweater tights - Spanx via Lane Bryant (old)
Purse - Michael Kors
Sunnies - via Fireworks
Jewelry - old, collected over the years
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