I spotted the coat a few years ago, during our after-school monthly visit to “The Mother Ship”, as Tanya, Amanda and I had fondly dubbed the Harvard Square Anthropologie. Anthro is a women’s clothing, accessories, and home-goods store that fits a very “upscale boho chic” lifestyle. I love it. Give me a (very high) budget and a couple of hours in an Anthro store, and I will do. some. damage. (Mostly to my bank account. The store is admittedly — sometimes absurdly — overpriced.)
This is why I almost exclusively shop Anthro’s sale section. This particular white coat, with a faux fur lined hood and oversized swing style, had been one I coveted when it was full-price, over $150. Now, marked down to the “insanely” low price of $59.99, it was in reach. There was only one problem: the white jacket was only available in XS. I would need size M. And that size was only available in nuclear-bright, hunter’s orange.
I perseverated. “What do you think?” I asked Tanya and Amanda, my shopping partners and style gurus, obsessively over the next 15 minutes. They both liked the way it looked on me. They suggested I get it. I stalled, wandering around all three floors of the store with it slung over my arm. I didn’t have a good mid-weight, casual jacket; it was the right price; I liked the overall style, if not the color; orange would be easier to keep clean than the white cotton canvas would have been. What to do, what to do…
In the end, I purchased the jacket, and it was seriously one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Since then, whenever I wear it, I am bound to get complimented. I can always find mine in the piles of coats on someone’s bed at a party. I am very noticeable in a crowd. It fit when I was pregnant, and even zipped up over the both of us when K was a newborn and I would wear him in the baby carrier. Sometimes I feel I’ve one-upped Holden Caulfield: I have a people-hunting jacket! (Editor’s note: I’ve never been hunting and don’t like guns.)
Although I haven’t KonMari’d my life, I know that a major part of Marie Kondo’s “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is to ask if an item brings you joy. I can safely say that YES, my beautifully bright hunter’s orange jacket brings me an immense amount of joy. Sometimes, it’s the little things in life.