By Deborah Johnson
After years of keeping a practical trench coat with a zip out lining in my closet, I finally started looking for new rain gear. Although the trench cost was a lovely lavender, it was busy and fussy and the wool lining itched. I never wore it. Rain wear has become particularly important as I had started traveling to the East Coast quite a bit for business. I needed something that would fit comfortably over a turtleneck and sweater and look rather stylish. No belts. And I’ve always liked a hood on a raincoat, as then I don’t need an umbrella. I find it difficult to juggle an umbrella, a briefcase and a purse at the same time.
My trip to Nordstrom’s put me in a foul mood. The cuts on the coats were tailored and there was no flow. The selection was poor. Then I remembered a coat I had seen in the Magellan’s travel catalogue. It was just what I wanted. Long and flowing, with a large hood and only a few buttons. Reversible, it was black on one side and bronze on the other. I ordered it and I am very happy. People comment on how stunning it is, with fabric that swings loosely and catches the light. It’s not inexpensive but I wear it all the time. I like the length as well. Packing is a piece of cake. Although it’s voluminous, the fabric is very lightweight and wrinkle free. It lays in the suitcase barely thicker than a piece of paper. When you pull it out, it’s ready to wear. No ironing needed. Now if only I can bring myself to throw out the trench coat
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