(image via baomoi.com)
… since it has turned a bit chilly in Saigon these past few weeks. This not-so-Saigon weather was just right for Christmas, lovely! but reminded me of something I had tried hard to forget. I must have been some cold weather creature in my previous incarnation (if any), since I naturally love scarves/sweaters/knitwear/coats/jackets. Imagine a collection of more than 30 scarves and about 10 outerwear pieces amid the heat of Saigon. Things I bought on a whim (?) and have rarely had the chance to be kind to them.
I fight temptation, and I fight hard, every time I see a nice coat/jacket, and when I fail, from time to time, there’s always my too easy excuse: you live only once. Coats are such powerful things to boost confidence, they get you ready when you are not so ready (an ad hoc event to go to and you don’t think your dress is “smart” enough, or, you’ve just noticed holes or loose threads on your shirt, these things happen). Coats for me come in different forms as I am so petite – a bulky man’s shirt, an oversized blazer – well, whatever they are, I feel good (and I think I look good) in them. In Hanoi a couple of months ago I found this beautiful linen “coat” with the intricate embroidery detail of a phoenix by Minh Hanh, which was worn by the designer herself in an event. Love at first sight! I bought a very wearable dress (post coming soon) from her 3D embroidery collection stocked unexpectedly in this shop in the Old Quarter, but put down the coat trying to be a “mature” woman. When, or how often, do you think you can wear it? I asked myself aggressively, and couldn’t provide a convincing answer.
I shamefully checked out the Vietnam Designers House when I came back to Saigon and indeed they kept a stock. I tried on two sizes, but still couldn’t bring myself to taking any of them home with me.
I might run to the shop tomorrow :’(