Oh the Places You’ll Go

With a coat as your vehicle, that is.


I remember that one East Coast summer when all of my friends started to get their licenses. Driving opened up a whole new Pandora’s Box pertaining to our social lives — we could go anywhere and felt like we could be anything.

A commenter recently referenced The Perks of Being a Wallflower in one of Monday’s posts: “in that moment, I swear we were infinite,” and while the quote may seem cheesy out of the book’s context, it’s hard to deny that feeling when considering the first time you experienced the freedom of driving around with your friends in a car.

“Let’s drive down The Ave,” has to be one of the most common sentences uttered by newly-licensed teens. Each town has The Avenue, and most towns have nothing better to do (in the eyes of a 16 year old) then drive down it. Suburban summers at my dad’s meant driving up and down the same long main street, seeing who you could conveniently bump into and flirting out of rolled-down windows. We’d do drive-bys along our crushes houses; you’ve done this too, right? Your friend drives, you crouch down in the passenger seat, slinking by like a total creep to see if his car is in the driveway. If it’s not — turn that music up loud and get your ass back to The Ave! My life, at this age, revolved around cars.

In New York City, one could argue that the subway is our replacement for the car. It takes us wherever we need to go, and I’m sure there’s some incredulous statistic about how many hours (waking or not) of our lives are spent on it. (Especially should you consider wait-time for the L or Z train.) But in reality, and in the winter, no vehicle — not even a Yellow Cab or crosstown bus — can transport us quite like The Coat.

The Coat cannot be a vehicle, you might counter. It does not have wheels, or the power to fly, and if you sit on a coat it most likely will not levitate or teleport you to Chinatown. But if you consider The Coat in the way a teenager considers her car — that it’s a movable shelter where daily lives are lived, kisses are had, fights are mended — you’ll be able to see the parallel.

Last year I wore the same navy coat almost every day from October until March. One Saturday in particular I took it from brunch, to an impromptu skateboarding session with boards borrowed from strangers, to a daytime roof party a few friends were having despite the cold weather.

At this party I met a guy, we shared a few laughs, and then later, I left to catch the subway and meet a friend in Brooklyn. We had dinner then spent the majority of the night shuffling around, complaining about the cold and trying to figure out what bar to migrate to. But my snooze-fest agenda is irrelevant. What’s important is that all the while, I wore my coat.

In honor of it being unofficial Coat Day at Man Repeller, and because it’s finally cold enough to wear one, click through the slideshow above for pictures upon pictures of glorious, delicious, hot-coffee-weather coats to carry you throughout life when a car just won’t – and can’t – do.

Runway Images via Vogue.com, Street style images via Vogue & NY Mag, featured image via Le 21-éme. Shop some if you feel so compelled:

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  • CarolinaG

    Love your blog!!!

    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:


  • mywhiteT

    Coat season is finally here! Love all the coats that you chose they are all gorgeous! Great post!

  • Amatoria Clothing

    Coats, like shoes, have the power to completely change a look and with it, the message you are putting out there, and how you will be perceived. But a coat would never hurt you the way a shoe would.

  • Brie

    In the South we call it the Drag or the Strip. But it is all the same.

  • Coats AKA blankets. Whoa, this is making me think of Snuggies.
    Your Friend, Jess

  • Louise Elisabeth

    Ode to the coat very suiting 🙂



  • Jmw

    Wow! A coat? I don’t even own one. I am slightly envious of it’s cocoon like embrace. I miss the convenience of pockets for adroitly warming hands, and hoods pulled down to escape brutal winds. I will instead make due with my convertible, turning my face skyward to be warmed by the Florida sun, in this endless summer that we call 4 seasons, way down yonder in paradise.

  • Lilli

    Living in Australia and reading MR gives me FOMO because I’m in bikini’s when you’re in coats!

    • Leandra Medine


      • Lilli

        noooo! you get me all confused.. i look forward to summer then you guys are in coats and I start thinking i need winter back!

  • Michele


    Please see my shop for cute hats.


  • Aubrey Green

    I love that first image.

  • liv

    Despite the fact that I live in between two very warm climates (California and a mid-Atlantic island) I have been searching for the perfect camel coat for a few weeks now. I don’t care that I will probably have little use for it. I just love how it can instantly turn your ‘fit into the most polished look. I love winter coats!

  • I want it all! The camel, the furs the cacoons. They’re all so gorgeous in their own way. BTW, love that picture of Kate Moss. I need some chic nude shoes asap. 😀


  • Lavender

    Love mostly all of them, own 5 and want to have even more,but now as I’m in NZ getting ready to bikini season:)

  • Mine is black, but not boring: It is a tad too large – when I got it, I wasn’t sure I should be wearing a coat that big, but a year or two later, “oversized” officially became a trend and now I am a part of it 🙂

    (I love blankets. Of all kinds.)

  • Charnele Michel

    I love the comparison you made. yes coats are definitely essential for fall/ winter weather


  • EtralaLondon

    After reading the whole post, I really love the comparison, although at the beginning I didn’t understand the similarities between a car driven by a teenager and a coat!

    Also, I love your selection of coat images, some of them are absolutely stunning!

    Best xx

    from London

  • This Exquisite World

    Beautiful collection of photos!


  • lululautrec

    Coats are the one item that make the transition into colder weather a bit more embraceable. Here’s a coat I bought from ASOS over the summer and finally got the chance to wear this week: http://us.asos.com/ASOS-Biker-Cape-Coat/11is2r/?iid=3138175&r=1&mk=VOID&mporgp=L0FTT1MvQVNPUy1CaWtlci1DYXBlLUNvYXQvUHJvZC8. It made me feel pretty fu*kin awesome!