I dreamed of the Pearl coat for a long time before I actually wore her.
This show-stopping vintage style coat is kind of iconic within the pinup fashion community. It’s a coat so epic it inspires intense gotta-have-it-urges in vintage enthusiasts and awestruck stares from strangers. I confess I was a little nervous before I wore Pearl in public for the first time. Sure I’d twirled around my bedroom feeling like a Russian empress, but I wondered how I would fare outside in the real world? Did I have the confidence to pull off the Pearl? This 1930s inspired beauty is quite an event. It’s incredibly grand, it exudes Old Hollywood elegance and it’s definitely the most spectacular coat I’ve ever worn. But you know what I discovered? As soon as I was out and about in my Pearl, I blooming loved it! Passers-by stopped to compliment me on my fabulous outerwear. It made the everyday seem enchanted with glamour. This coat makes me feel like a magical fairytale princess among a sea of commuters dressed in greige. That’s why I love it so much. It’s a fantasy coat but I get to wear it in real life.
Let’s talk fit, size and fabric.
The shape of this coat is exquisite. The figure-skimming bodice contrasts beautifully with the full swing skirt for a perfectly princessy silhouette. I love the material. It’s supportive but has lots of stretch in it, resulting in a flattering, fitted look on your torso. I’m wearing a size 10 and amazingly there’s enough give to accommodate my G-cup boobs. I’m thrilled because I really struggle to find coats than can cope with my jubblies without swamping the rest of me. (It’s why I love Hell Bunny’s Shonna coat so much – the deep V-neckline means boob size isn’t a factor.) The Pearl coat hits below the knee. I find it looks most spectacular worn with heels. The extra height helps to balance out the fullness of the skirt and makes you look even more glam.
Does Pearl keep you warm?
It’s by far the warmest coat I have ever owned. The quality of the wool blend fabric and the faux fur trim on the collar, cuffs and hem means I can sit on park benches like a lost queen and stay cosy. The collar can be worn down or buttoned up to provide extra splendour and insulation.
Is Pearl Worth The Price?
The Pearl coat is expensive (RRP is just under £200), but it does pop up in sales and eBay (latest listings here). I scored mine in Collectif’s legendary half price sale. It’s currently on offer on the Top Vintage website. If you’re hunting for a Pearl of your own, it might be worth setting up an eBay alert specifically for it (you can do that here). That way if one pops up in your size you can nab it. It’s a coat so special it’s worth the legwork to track it down. I’ve got an eBay alert set for the Pearl in tan. I can’t find it in my size anywhere and I yearn for it so.
If you can find the Pearl coat in a sale or on eBay or if you can afford to treat yourself, then I say go for it. It’s an investment piece. And when it comes to clothes, I’m a firm believer in the feelgood factor. Clothes should make you feel good and this coat makes me feel like a fairytale princess.