Winter Wear and Shows

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Hello,

I am back and it feels right.. because it’s the weather has changed and so another seasonal blog about The Coat Check. I have been busy working at shows, going back East, going to sporting events. And I am ready to entertain you with stories from the coat check.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the other colors matched with days upon us. The retail industry have their starter guns in the air and are doing the ready, set go! The soft starts are already happening…and trust me things out in retail land are pretty enticing already.

So what are you going to buy? In person or online.. what is on your target list. 

Well now would be the best time to get that warm winter coat or sub layer going on. Living in N. California thank God for El Nino… we are getting some rain and snow, and the ski places that have suffered for a bit are finally open for the season. 

So let me tell you what has been coming into the coat check… Styles of coats.

Leather Jackets 

Classic fitted leather Jackets for men and women, mostly black with the occasional colored leather. The Brand that is hot to trot and is really stylish right now is the OBEY PROPAGANDA brand. If your stylish, young, urban, and about quality, dropping some coin on this brand is gonna make you feel like a rockstar. The brand has Men’s and Women’s stuff but no plus size stuff so boo hoo on that. Come On Shepard hook us up.!

Levis Trucker Jackets

Classic Denim; Classic Cut comes in various shades. I prefer the black and dark indigo. Also, buy this jacket off the internet and Ebate that shit! it’s worth it. (you gotta work it)  What I love about this jacket is the customization you can do anything to this jacket and you will look cool. You can put patches on it, cut the sleeves off, dye it. Go Levis! I am pleased to say that they have a plus size presence online. I was impressed by this since before there was not going past a size 14. Now there is a section. It’s not a big section but it’s there, I have seen it only for women, have to check if they have Plus size men. 

The Puffy Jacket

Just roll it up and shove it in your backpack to avoid paying double at coat check. For this puffer/insulator jacket I give it a 10 for for warmth and utility and how light weight this is. Made popular by Patagonia, Any Mountain, North Face and now it seems like there are more companies with their own versions. And colors wise it’s pretty diverse. And if you are on the hunt for one in a bigger size they are out there. 

The Peacoat 

Oh the Peacoat, you are a good wool staple friend. It seems like everyone has you as a staple in the store if they sell jackets. Lots of colors and lots of cuts. Many sizes. 

The Oversized Sweater 

It’s like an oversized long sweater, or a poncho thang, with some type of Santa fe /Triangle/ hipster pattern. You can find these anywhere Forever 21, H& M type of stores. I don’t know about the heat quality but for going out on a fall day and looking cool you will be set. Oh don’t forget that oversized hat and sunglasses to complete the look. Also, since I did mention the f21 & HM they may have plus size. Also, check out Torrid, Lane Bryant, Sears, JCPennys for more size options. 

The Military Jacket 

Ahhh this classic jacket style does not go out of style either. You can get the real thing at your local army surplus store. Customizable just like the Levi’s trucker jacket, and durable. It’s up to your style but most of the time you may have to wear a sweater or thermal underneath. It’s class and you look cool. 

Lastly, I would like to recognize the fashion world for recognizing the Plus Sized fashion community. The fashion world is moving into real sized fashion and everybody wins.

That is my coat report….

Now let’s talk about music….

I have worked a lot of shows as of late some good, some not so good. 

Who to look out for highly recommended holiday concert action (in no particular order)

Leon Bridges 

Andra Day

Borns

Erykah Badu

Missy Elliot

Elle King

X

Faith No More

Metallica

Bad Cop/ Bad Cop

Mad Mamma and The Bona fide Few

I have also worked the EDM shows for the most part they are very visual the music is pumping and so are all the party favors. Expect to see lot of bad lingerie, and young adults who look like teenagers, and then the solo creepy older guy with a camera. The ticket price is gonna set you back between $35-$100 bux. This crowd will arrive in an Uber or Lyft and be really messed up. Plus points: the major commercial parties don’t go all night. Whew! And note: I used to go to Raves back in the day so don’t get huffy. Karma is funny now I work them.

Don’t forget to be communicative with each other and your coat checker, and if they did a good job do tip, especially if the coat checker charges your phone. Also, if you know you are partying take a photo of your ticket to avoid being upset at the end when you have lost all your stuff.

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Your Coat What Color

Well no matter where you are in the United States or even abroad, your probably wearing some type of jacket or coat. The weather has been really crazy lots of snow out East and in the Midwest, to the West Coast finally getting some sprinkles of rain which we so terribly need. So I know everyone has busted out the winter wear. And this week’s blog is going to be on coat color. I happened to catch one of those daytime talk shows as I was flipping through the channels I believe it was Dr. Oz, and the topic of color came up and how it affects our emotions.
After doing a few shifts in the coat check this week I noticed that there are a few signature colors that have been coming into the coat check. So I have dedicated this blog to your coat and it’s color.  How fun! And I am making this an interactive blog this week, If your reading this put your coat on and snap a picture of yourself and post it, show off your coat this season, and let Check My Coat know why you chose that color.

I listed the colors in the order of popularity in my coat check, and they can totally be a different order where your live but this is the usual order.

The  Black Coats
Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.

The Navy/Blue Coats
Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
The Brown Coats
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

The Red Coats
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.

The Teal/Green Coats
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

The White/ Cream Colored Coats
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

Also, I couldn’t resist not watching the Grammy’s and checking out the different coats that were featured.  One thing that I did personally notice is that a lot of the celebrity men were wearing different colors of the crushed velvet sport coat. LL Cool J wore a purple one, and Macklemore wore a green/teal version, and some of the winners and presenters of course went with the basic black. I wonder why crushed velvet? it did translate well on TV because the color did pop. But it sure must have been warm to wear.  I know that anyone who was on TV was paying their dues and dealing with it because they were at The Grammy’s.
So Men this season it’s okay to wear that crushed velvet dinner/smoking jacket, wear it with pride especially if it is colorful.

So no matter what color your outer shell is this season. Rock it! Be functional and fashionable at the same time. And remember when you are checking in your coat, you’ll know which one is yours it’s that Aqua puffy jacket among the sea of black coats.
Remember your ticket and remember to tip it’s good for the soul.

Till next week,
LGOYW

* I would like to give credit to www.latimes.com, and artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com