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A new coat

  • 24th Sep, 2005 at 1:06 PM

It's starting to get a little chilly, so I'm doing the standard settling-in-for-the-winter things. Pulling out the warm clothes, putting away the summer clothes, and battening down the hatches. I've taken out the air conditioner, with Konstantin's help this time, which made it incredibly easy compared to installing it.

New coat
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I had also decided that it's time to get a fall coat. My previous coat was getting rather tattered, so I started walking west on Ste-Catherine last evening. I entered goodness knows how many stores, trying to find a size 36 men's coat. I never conceived that it would be this difficult to find something that fit, nevermind something that looked good.

I went to the Bay, where the saleslady tried in vain to find something in stock. We tried on numerous small coats, but they were always too wide. She shrugged, and suggested that I check out Maxx. There, they had only one fall coat. I tried it on, and the salesman tried to convince me that it looked good. Nope, too wide across the shoulders. Plus it had this strange cut that I didn't like at all. For one thing, it didn't have buttons. And it also made me look like an inverted candlestick.

Next, I tried Simon's. I figured that the younger set shopped here, so there must be something for smaller people. I found one small coat that fit properly, but it was polyester and filled and made me look puffy. And it needed alterations because the sleeves were too long.

At this point, I was starting to get discouraged.

The next stop was the Ailes, where I talked to this nice Korean salesman who tried to find something for me. Nothing in stock for a 36, though; they only stock from 38 to 44. Argh. I only men around here weren't so large! He looked at me apologetically, and admitted that he too had trouble finding decent clothes.

Finally, I stopped in at a 5th avenue, where I lucked out. One wool greatcoat, size 36, that didn't make me look wide, bulky, or immature. We bargained for a while, and I walked out of the store poorer, but warmer. It's a little heavier than a fall coat, so it will last from now until the first snowfall.

Now that I've gone through this much pain looking for clothing, I really see that I should have done more clothes shopping in Hong Kong. Lots of items fit me over there, if I tried on a medium. Here, it's extra-small. And who stocks extra-small? I'm worried when the season comes to buy thicker shirts, people might start telling me to wear sweaters under Oxfords.


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24th Sep, 2005 17:23 (UTC)
Well done, it looks fantastic!
24th Sep, 2005 17:27 (UTC)
24th Sep, 2005 18:53 (UTC)
For the first time in my life, I actually need a coat for practical purposes. Unfortunately, I'm also quite hard to fit (my shoulders are wide for a woman, and men's jackets end up with arms too long for me). This will be interesting.
24th Sep, 2005 19:26 (UTC)
I feel your pain!
24th Sep, 2005 18:57 (UTC)
Nice coat, dude. Much better than the old vest. :P
25th Sep, 2005 12:00 (UTC)
Yeah, I don't wear vests much any more.

The last time I wore one, it was a waistcoat, for a funeral.
24th Sep, 2005 20:29 (UTC)
Very sexy coat...

I've got to say that I'm amused by your coat and "it's getting chilly" - I'm still decked out in shorts and sandals. And, really, I will be until I'm forced to do otherwise. (But first will come the shorts, sneakers, t-shirt and hoody.) And my windows and sliding door are still open 24/7.

But, then, I'm *always* warm.
25th Sep, 2005 11:47 (UTC)
I'm afraid I don't have the constitution to pull that one off. Poor, frail me. I haven't really been wearing this coat, but I thought it wise to buy one before I needed it.

P.S. I will be there at Scrabble; please bring my book.
25th Sep, 2005 13:07 (UTC)
It's already in my bag with the Scrabble board.

I'll see you there.
24th Sep, 2005 21:21 (UTC)
That's sleek, dude; Excellent posture.
25th Sep, 2005 11:48 (UTC)
I'm slouching stylishly!
24th Sep, 2005 23:07 (UTC)
Holy shit Simon, when did you get hot?

I mean ... er ... uh ... nice coat.
25th Sep, 2005 11:50 (UTC)
Ever since I fell for you.

I mean ... ahem ... thanks.
24th Sep, 2005 23:33 (UTC)
Are you trying to start a neo-Mod fashion revival in Montreal? Not that it would be a bad thing..
25th Sep, 2005 11:52 (UTC)
Have you seen the number of scooters in this city? It doesn't need little old me to revive modernism.
25th Sep, 2005 01:24 (UTC)
You and the coat look fantastic together. Great choice, even though it sounds like you didn't have much of one.
25th Sep, 2005 11:58 (UTC)

You don't know me well, but if you did, you'd know that I'd just wander around being cold until I found a coat I liked.
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25th Sep, 2005 11:59 (UTC)
I need to get one of those tiny cellphones to pull that one off.

And hey, this coat has a cellphone pocket! What will they think of next?
25th Sep, 2005 19:06 (UTC)
You're looking like a right hottie, pouty boy!
26th Sep, 2005 02:50 (UTC)
This is elliptic_curve, BTW!
26th Sep, 2005 02:54 (UTC)
Cheers, mate!
27th Sep, 2005 05:36 (UTC)
Although it was already said countless times, you definitely look sharp. Very Yun-Fat Chow. You just need a toothpick. O:-)
19th Jul, 2008 18:44 (UTC)
Nice coat! :)
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