Style Bee - Look 2 - Coat Craze

Coat Craze


Style Bee - Look 2 - Coat Craze

Thanks so much for all the great feedback and support for my 2016 Closet Mission! You folks are AMAZING and such an inspiration to me. Your positivity and excitement for what’s to come on the blog is a major motivator and I can’t wait to share everything I’m cooking up! We’re going to have a great year, I can feel it.

As much as I like to think I have it under control when it comes to shopping, every once in a while an item will cross my path that totally sweeps me off my feet. This coat is one of those items. I spotted the Capote Coat for the first time early last fall after reading this article about textile artist/designer Lauren Manoogian (she’s amazing!). I added it to my cart in three different stores, hoping to buy some time and maybe snag it on sale, it sold out within a week, my heart sank. Usually, I’d just concede that it wasn’t meant to be but I couldn’t get it out of my head so I kept checking back everywhere until finally it turned up at Need Supply, phew! Buying it at full price just wasn’t in the budget so I compulsively checked my cart every day for a week (or two) until I got the Cyber Monday email and at no later than 12:03 am (not joking) I nabbed it on sale! I swear that night I slept better than I had for weeks, ha! And yes, I’m aware of how crazy that makes me sound.

But in the end, it was 100% worth every minute of anxiety (and penny!). It’s a dream! The fabric is woven out of superfine alpaca (blended with polyamide to help maintain it’s shape) so it’s incredibly warm but super soft. It has this magical way of being the perfect layer whether I’m after something super toasty or just a light topper. Lately, I’ve been wearing it over my favourite sweater dress with tights, boots and a cross-body bag or with a light-weight knit, skinny jeans and this belt. It’s also magically impervious to corgi fur so, major bonus.

So tell me, did you go a little bonkers for something this season? I know I can’t be the only one!

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Ps. The fact this looks exactly like a Jedi warrior cape has not escaped me, nor does it bother me one bit!

Capote Coat Lauren Manoogian (also in black, light blue and chambray) | Sweater Dress old Aritzia (similar here and here and this one looks delicious) | Necklace old Biko (loving this one and this one) | Bag old Primecut (obsessed with this one and love this one) | Boots Rag & Bone (also in brown) | Rings c/o The Gather House



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  1. Andrea says:

    I am a knitter & I have been OBSESSED with recreating this jacket for a LONG while. I totally get it. congrats & ENVY! ps. I live in Guelph & found you thru outpost’s Insta. <3

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Andrea, That would be so awesome! If you do make your own version I’d love to see. Love finding Guelph locals! Perhaps I’ll run into you at outpost 😉 xo

  2. Abbi says:

    Oh my gosh, your PS about it looking like a jedi warrior coat has me more convinced than ever you and I would be good friends lol! I wore my black one to the theatre to see the movie and definitely used that comparison to convince my husband it was a purchase he could get behind haha!

    Also, I was awake and on need supply at 12 am cyber monday to see if the coat went on sale even though I’d already bought my black one 2 days prior. Which makes me more crazy haha 😉

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Ahaha We are totally kindred spirits! I mean, if it’s related to Star Wars what’s not to get behind? I was just stalking your instagram and the black looks amazing on you! Also, thank you for making me feel relatively less neurotic about my midnight shopping expeditions 🙂 xoxo

  3. I had a similarly nutty story for a delicious long-line cardigan. I spotted it in the middle of October, stalked it until mid-November, drove 40 minutes to another store to see if it was in stock, ordered the wrong size online so I could get the sale, then finally ended up with the right size just as it was getting to be cold enough to wear it. Ha! Typing that all out makes me feel crazy- but it was so worth it.

    Also- can I just say I admire how willing (ok, seemingly willing) you are to really invest in pieces you love! I have a hard time committing to a mid-level priced item and I almost sank into intense buyers remorse over my leather jacket purchase (until I got it and saw how amazing it was). It’s also good to see that you also stalk sales! Hearing about the struggle makes your closet more realistic!


    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hahaha YES! Thanks for divulging that experience, I feel much better knowing there is someone else as committed to sweater shopping as I am haha. Gotta do what you gotta do right?

      It’s definitely taken me a long time to get more comfortable with big ticket purchases. It also takes me a while to save up but clothes are my passion and I approach it almost like buying artwork. I get immense satisfaction from buying the very best of something and knowing it will be with me for years (decades) makes it a lot more palatable. That said, that coat was the most expensive item I bought all year, even on sale so my credit card got a major jolt haha. xo

  4. Andrea H says:

    This coat probably feels like an amazingly warm blanket yet it’s totally kosher and legit to wear in public, well done!! That feeling of sleeping well after mission accomplished, I totally know it, ha. 🙂

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hahaha It is exactly like that actually! I also love that I can throw it over jeans and a long sleeve tee and suddenly look totally pulled together. Such a lazy girl fashion hack ;P I’m glad you know what I mean about a good shopping day sleep, nothing quite like it! xo

  5. Heather E. says:

    Oh my goodness, this coat is delicious. Looks so cozy and lovely! And the texture seems heavenly. I personally have gone gaga over almost everything at Elizabeth Suzann since discovering the label recently. Currently saving up for the Eva sweater and the Cecelia pant! (I know you have the Cecelia pant as well…any sizing tips? I know I’m going to have to get them hemmed at the very least — I’m 5’2″ — but I still need to do some measuring to get the fit right before I order. Thanks!)

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Heather, believe me I know the feeling! There’s not one thing from her collection that I wouldn’t love to have! I have the Cecelia in a size Small (I’m 5’7 and about 125 lbs). I had to have the waist taken in about an inch so that there was no gaping but they are honestly the most comfortable pants ever. I wear them all the time all throughout the spring, summer and fall. They hold their shape perfectly and always look chic. Here is a post with them on. I almost bought the Eva sweater this Holiday, it’s so classic and that neckline! Happy Shopping xoxo

  6. Mun says:

    The coat does look ultra plush and comfy! I’ve gone crazy with shopping recently because I was going away during the Christmas period. Very liberating I must say but definitely paying for it now ha!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      It’s a tough time of year to hold back with all the sales going on! Sometimes you’ve just got to get it out of your system and then you can regroup and refocus. I’m sure the blog will be happy 🙂 xoxo

  7. Rita says:

    Now that you mention its similarities to a jedi cape, I like it even more!

  8. miss agnes says:

    Great coat, great shape, and it suits you so well ! Indeed it is very Star Wars 7, but then again, most of 2016 styles will be heavily influenced by the movie, so you’re super trendy.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Haha thanks Agnes! If you’re far enough behind the game you might end up ahead of it 😛 I’m not going to lie, I loved the Star Wars movie but nowhere near as much as this coat! xo

  9. Lizzy says:

    I can totally see why you fell for this coat! It’s absolutely amazing, I LOVE it!

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