Let's just get things straight. I'm a HUGE fan of coats and jackets. This particular article of clothing is perhaps why autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love when the climate calls for coats. What I don't love are belts that come with coats. Don't get me wrong. Often they work very well for other - just not for me.
So, when I found this fabulous heather blue coat at a thrift shop a few blocks away, I tried it on and fell in love, opting to ignore the obligatory tether (i.e. belt) at the waist of the jacket.
Upon returning home, I stepped in front of the mirror with the jacket on. I loved everything about the coast with the exception of the one element I successfully ignored earlier. That damn belt. Curses!
Curses, indeed, are often blessings in disguise. With this more positive perspective embraced, a revelation then came. Why not reframe and reformat this belt of an accessory. It became clear that there was a higher purpose for this piece of material. I removed the belt from the straps on the coat and wrapped it around my neck, fashioning it as my most favorite accent - a tie.