I’ve never seen a coatigan, but I don’t need to. This portmanteau word conjures up a precise vision. I’m intrigued by the cross-breeding that fashion retailers believe is going on in our wardrobes. First came the skort (is it a skirt? Is it shorts?). Then last year the shoe-boot (no explanation necessary). This was swiftly followed by jeggings: the spawn of jeans and leggings. Whatever next?
If the trend continues, here are my predictions for your warmer winter wardrobe this season….
The Jumpover – as sleek as a jumpsuit but practical as an overall, this all-in-one outfit will keep the fashion-conscious woman clean but elegant while working around the house.
The Underall – not dissimilar to old-fashioned combinations, this underwear features the added benefit of practical overall-style pockets for storing essential tools.
The Shocking – a seamless, streamlined cross between high-heeled shoes and fishnet stockings for the girl who really wants to get noticed at the office Christmas party.
The Harf or Scat – a hat with scarf attached around the lower edge to avoid the annoying gap that lets the draught in between conventional hat and scarf sets.
But my favourite this winter will be Pyjippers – ending chilly ankles when I go down to make the tea first thing in the morning. I wonder if I can get them patented in time for Christmas?
(This post originally appeared in the November edition of the Hawkesbury Parish News.)