Karen Millen Italian Virgin Wool Sleeveless Military Coat and Medium Chloe Woody Tote

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Classic Winter Wardrobe: Sleeveless Wool Military Coat


Italian virgin wool sleeveless military coats are an incredibly versatile staple for a fall and winter wardrobe. Let’s talk classics!

Now that I am in my thirties I have a desire to only purchase classic, timeless pieces. Selecting classic pieces is especially paramount when we are looking at more premium to luxury purchases. I am absolutely smitten over today’s Daily Look. I first spotted this Italian virgin wool sleeveless military coat on Lydia Millen during one of her infamous vlogmas videos. Time went by and I simply couldn’t forget the gorgeous cut, colour and structure of the jacket so I said, “what the heck, let’s see if it’s still available!”

Karen Millen Italian Virgin Wool Sleeveless Military Coat and Medium Chloe Woody Tote

I dashed to the Karen Millen site and low and behold there it was – one left in my size (or so I thought). I immediately added to basket and cashed out. *Bing* Email notification – your order is on the way in a US size 8. WHAT?! Wait I thought I ordered this in a UK size 8! Duped by the site change I didn’t realize I had ordered this dream piece 2 sizes too big.

I checked to see if there was anything I could do but sadly the fulfillment center was not set up to cancel orders. Oh well – I guess we’ll just have to see…

Once my order arrived I was nervous but optimistic that because this is an outerwear piece I would be able to make it work. After trying it on I will admit it’s still a little too big but manageable. I plan on getting this piece altered because I am just too in love with the line and style of it. With all of this being said I am not regretful about my purchase despite my mistake. There are so many things to love about military style jackets so let me name just a few.

Details To Look For In A Military Jacket

Sadly this specific piece is sold out but I think there are many elements to this piece that I have found in other pieces online! I’ve curated a bunch of military style jackets below all outfitted with gorgeous button and belt details.

  1. Long Lines
  2. Symmetrical Buttons
  3. A Belted Waist
  4. Utility Pockets
  5. Structured Fit

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Winter Outfit Formula

H&M Knit Sweater

My thoughts

One of my favourite discoveries and purchases in winter 2021 was this H&M knit sweater. This sweater looks so lux in real life and washes flawlessly.

Fit and Description From the site

Boxy sweater in soft, knit fabric with wool content. Roll-edge mock turtleneck, long, wide raglan sleeves, and wide, roll-edge ribbing at cuffs and hem.


(Other colours available)

Karen Millen Italian Virgin Wool Sleeveless Military Coat and Medium Chloe Woody Tote

Chloé Woody Tote (Medium)

My thoughts

I have been thinking about the Medium Woody tote bag in cotton canvas & shiny calfskin with Woody ribbon for over a year. This bag was everywhere summer 2021 and I truly think it’s a classic addition to any wardrobe for years to come. I chose to go for the medium size for it’s structure and the amount I can fit inside.

Fit and Description

Crafted from subtly speckled cotton canvas detailed with shiny calfskin strips, this medium Woody tote bag is a spacious day-to-evening bag with a strong summer attitude. The roomy inside compartment includes a practical flat pocket.

The bag’s sharp, modern lines are emphasized by the contrasting vertical leather strips and the signature Chloé logo ribbon carried over from the Maison’s Woody mule. Carry this tote bag comfortably on the shoulder.


Sleeveless Wool Military Coats

What do you think about this kind of layer? As I build out my wardrobe with staples and classic pieces I feel myself being drawn more and more to pieces like this. Hope you are all doing well! Sending you some warmth during these dark, cold days of winter.

All of my love,

Amanda xo

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