An unstructured, unlined jacket is just the thing for lightweight but elegant coverage. The right jacket can work its magic on evening, work or weekend-wear alike.
It could be a vintage kimono picked up for a hundred bucks, a repurposed vintage blouse, or a shiny modern imitation.
At any formal event in Auckland you’re likely to spot a rainbow of Miss Crabb jackets and dresses. This bedcoat is leader of the pack. This style was first cut in 2005; I have a sheer illustrated one from around the same time, bought at a closing-down sale in Wellington.
This glistening update, in inky, pure silk crepe de chine, comes in one size. As the pictures show, it can be worn in a multitude of ways. The sample that I borrowed for this spread was missing its waist-tie, and I reckon I could have gotten at least three more iterations of the bedcoat with that in hand.
The name “bedcoat” might give this piece an easygoing vibe, but this is one of the hardest workers in the Miss Crabb stable of reliable thoroughbreds. Miss Crabb Bedcoat jacket in Ink Silk, $620 1. Neuw Frankie striped jersey, $170 Glassons jeans, $60 Miss Wilson Elena loafers, $320 2. Kowtow Hunter Dress, $199 Model’s own necklace Miss Wilson Elena loafers, $320 3. Camilla & Marc Garbo evening gown, $960 Stash vintage clip-on earrings, $120 from Hailwood Pulp Traffic heels, $80 at Hannahs 4. Twenty-Seven Names Pompidou jumpsuit, $590 Miss Wilson Yvette slip-on sneakers, $320 5. Zambesi Streamline skirt, $265 Gestuz Elvi evening sandals, $569 Model: Geeling Ching Hair and makeup: Serenity Makeup Fashion editor: Karlya Smith Photographer: Belinda Merrie Photographer’s assistant: Taylor Prichard