A certain Poverty Party blogger who shall remain nameless but whose name rhymes with Flossy, purchased a coat at T.J. Maxx a couple of weeks ago and she can’t decide if she should return it.
You see, Flossy was in this particular T.J. Maxx looking for a warm winter coat, when a scarf and a belt and a purse and this not warm coat got in the way.
The thing is, it was cheap, and even though it isn’t winter warm, it fulfills a certain need in Flossy’s fall and spring wardrobe, and that need is: super cute!
And Flossy felt pretty good about it, considering its cheapness, which is practically akin to free-ninety-nine. Except when Flossy who is tired of this yet? Bossy put your hand down walked in the house, her daughter was all, “What? Mom, no.”
In a nut shell emphasis on nut, Bossy’s daughter thinks the coat is too young for someone 29 like Flossy.
This is where you come in. Thumbs up or down on the T.J. Maxx coat?
WebSavyMom saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:48 am
–>Sorry, but I’m going to say thumbs down. I don’t think the jacket is as cute as Bossy. 😉
corrie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:48 am
This coat rocks your style! Love it with the boots, and the belt! (is that a NEW belt too, Bossy?)
Even if you still need a warm coat, your soul-deep need for a stylish accroument has been filled. And on sale too!
All I can say is, Congratulations! You scored!
Rorrington the Fireman saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:49 am
Does it make you happy? If so, then keep it. Part of your JOB is to mortify your children whenever possible. Heh.
rockle saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:51 am
adorable. i wish i looked that cute in anything, ever. keep it. and never let BOSSY’s daughter borrow it, either. 😉
Woman with Kids saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:55 am
As adorable as Bossy, er… Flossy is, I’m thumbs down on the coat. Was fine until I read that cowardly lion line…
Lizzy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:01 am
I’m digging the coat. Keep it, because it’s not how you feel (cold) it’s how you look (fab).
I’m also digging the grandma’s coat and matching hat, however. They look warm and fuzzy.
Shania saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:05 am
Flossy, please relay to Bossy that she should most certainly keep the coat. And to please wear it whenever escorting Bossy’s daughter anywhere.
Melizzard saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:07 am
Don’t hate me but thumbs down… nothing to do with the style I’m just not sure if one of the staff at TJMaxx didn’t pull one over on you and sold you their old coat that they wore out all last year. I’m hoping those furry parts look better in person.
Michele saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:08 am
Great coat! I have something similar. Keep it! By the way, how’d you get a picture of my Grandmother?
anne marie in philly saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:12 am
IT’S YOU! work it like a supermodel!
Daddy Scratches saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:13 am
blue girl saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:15 am
You’re adorable. The coat’s adorable. You look adorable in the adorable coat. So, that’s a big Adorable Thumbs Up!
K. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:18 am
I don’t like it. Older, younger, in the middle.. I just think the ‘fur’ looks ratty.
Aimee saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:27 am
I love that coat and I am an elderly lady too. You rock it. I say keep it!
carson saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:28 am
Mom always told me if I couldn’t say something nice I shouldn’t say it.
Aimee saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:28 am
PS the fur is supposed to look that way….reminds me of something Janice Joplin would wear…ROCK IT OUT!
Deb saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:28 am
Ummm, sorry FLOSSY – please tell Bossy I’m not really fond of the new lion coat. Thinking the “fur” has seen better days…
I’m all about ways to embarrass your offspring while out & about w/them, but try not to embarrass Flossy/Bossy while you’re at it…
Mindy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:29 am
Thumbs down. Flossy looks adorable but I have never liked road-kill coats. Age has nothing to do with it. But still….if it makes you happy… I’m no help at all.
Serena saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:31 am
I think it’s great! Thumbs up from me. And I LOVE those boots, AND the belt. Definitely keep it. You do need a not-so-warm coat for those cold-but-not-THAT-cold days.
Thanks for popping in on me at my blog. To see a comment from you was a lovely surprise this morning!
Elsewhere saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:31 am
sorry… thumb down
Daisy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:34 am
Unless it was under twenty bucks, return it! BOSSY looks just fine, but that’s because BOSSY is pretty. That coat will not wear well–has “premature rattiness syndrome” written ALL over it. Plus I don’t see any closures? Not practical, either.
Stephanie Z saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:38 am
Thumbs Up.. You own it Bossy!
Choosy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:38 am
umm…yeah. not really.
Great photos though. I’m not liking the risk that your hair will look work and ratty, like the fake fur, every time you wear it.
But again, great pics – and you were having a great hair day…
Manic Mommy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:39 am
Sorry Bossy. Thumbs down. It does have a somewhat Sundance Film Festival vibe but you won’t want to wear it come spring. Cowardly Lion about sums it up.
Grandma J saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:40 am
If Flossy were really Bossy, she’d know right away that that’s not a coat…..it’s Sonny Bono’s vest with sleeves.
and the beat goes on……..
Heather T saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:41 am
Thumbs down. If it was functional (i.e., provided actual warmth), then I’d reconsider my vote. But a borderline coat that doesn’t actually keep you warm? Ah, no.
Texas Susan saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:42 am
No real opinion on the coat (sorry!), but your post and photos did make me LOL this morning. Good luck with your decision. Oh, and for the record, when my sons tell me NOT to do something, I ALWAYS do the opposite. Just sayin’.
The Great Getzby saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:43 am
thumbs down on the real
pam saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:46 am
That is one butt ugly coat. Two thumbs down Bossy.
martha in mobile saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:47 am
Oh dear, Flossy-Bossy, I thought you were taking us back to the ’70s. That very coat is exactly what all we California pseudo-bohemians wore back in the day. Has anyone seen my Jessica McClintock peasant skirt?
Michelle saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:59 am
Waaay thumbs down. Only two people would wear that coat:
1. The pathetic cougar-esque woman that held on to a coat from her youth and after too much exposure to patuli perfume has decided to rock her favorite coat from when she were 19… in 1961.
2. A 17 year old that is too much of a dumb/self-absorbed/fashionista to know it looks like a ratty fur, cowardly lion looking coat.
And you don’t fall into either of these categories. Take it back and get something cute!
Philly saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:59 am
Def a keeper
BossysMom saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:00 am
Was this purchase before or after you saw The Fake Furs…oppps Psychedelic Furs?
Yep…invasion of the 80’s.
You look cute in anything, but your mom says…”is it WARM?”
jeri saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:04 am
I was fine with it until you mentioned the cowardly lion wanting his costume back, now I can’t get that out of my head! The comment was very funny but it fits the bill. I can just imagine the comments on “What Not to Wear”!
sherry saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:05 am
Thumbs down. Bossy/Flossy is cute. The coat is not. The fur looks scraggly in a road-kill kinda way.
Lora saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:05 am
Normally I am all for expressing oneself however one wants to, but this coat has to go. I agree with everyone who said the fur part already looks ratty… and not in a good way.
p.j. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:12 am
Daisy (#21) captured my thoughts exactly: under $20, o.k.,, maybe. Do you have the closet space for it??
The fur does look ratty already, and if the coat does not stay closed, your chest will freeze when Stella is taking you for a walk.
Take it back and apply the money toward a good quality warm parka from Land’s End that will last you for years. Nice colors, too. (I have been sporting bright plum for 6 years, and it still looks new.)
Good luck, thanks for asking, and no offense intended, p.j.
Theresa saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:13 am
I kind of like it in a funky, fun, wish I was cool enough to pull it off, kind of way.
km saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:13 am
I love it, and covet it. But I’m not sure it suits your hair. the fur bit and your hair clash. If you wear you hair up or straightened then it would work but who needs that bother on a cold day.
That said I will happily take it off your hands. For your own good of course!!!
cocobean saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:14 am
I think it’s cute & I also think it looks like Flossy has had it for a long time & that it’s meant to be with her forever 😉
bossy's friend martha's sis saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:17 am
I am so laughing cause….. it’s a cross between Stella and Martha’s rug… you know the one in front of the fire place…. cracking up….. so cracking me up….. you have to take a picture of Stella on that rug….
zidia saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:19 am
I always loved Burt Lahr—-in anything!
KAY saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:20 am
I think you rock that coat. Keep it! 🙂
21st Century Housewife saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:20 am
1. It’s not my favorite coat.
2. While I don’t normally advocate taking fashion advice from a thirteen year old, Bossy’s Daughter does have a very sophisticated sense of style (at least from what we’ve seen here) and great flair. I would trust her.
TanyaK saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:23 am
It does look great on you, but only because you look great. I vote to return it and use the money to get something else. Of course, if you decide to keep it, you would have a rockin’ Halloween costume. If you dye the fur blue, you could go out as cookie monster.
Kimi saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:26 am
I’m not a fan of that coat, but who cares what we think? If you love it, keep it! Life is too short…….
heidig saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:27 am
Bossy/Flossy looks great but the coat needs to be returned.
Alison saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:27 am
Thumbs up! It’s cute and casual and there are times when you don’t need a full-on coat. If it was “free ninety-nine,” and it makes you happy, keep it!!
Jen saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:28 am
You are gorgeous…but the coat? The fur reminds me of snowbanks on the side of the road six days after the first snowfall. It is not even close to matching your adorable boho chic style.
thatgirlblogs saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:36 am
It’s not too young for you… it’s too scraggly for you. The “fur” looks too tired.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:39 am
I love it, but I’m an old hippie relic from the 60’s and 70’s.My daughter would probably say “Ummm, not age appropriate”
Remember the green headband that Bossy’s daughter wore in public every day for a month, just to mock her mother? You know what they say about payback.
Debbie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:39 am
Meh. Hard to tell where Flossy’s hair ends and the fur starts. And don’t get me wrong, I like your hair, but the coat looks cheap.
ragazza saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:41 am
No. It’s not you, it’s the jacket.
RuthWells saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:53 am
Sorry, L’il Bossy — I think Flossy is ROCKIN’ it. And cheap? Keep!
vuboq saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:55 am
vuboq *hearts* the coat.
Can I haz?
dobes saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:56 am
Absolutely NO! Not because it’s too young – it’s not. And you would look great in almost anything. But – it’s ratty, it looks poorly made, and even the cowardly lion would give it back to TJ Maxx. And buy something MUCH younger that really looks like you.
a.c. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:56 am
THUMBS DOWN. Unless you are planning to go as a lion or washed up ’70s rocker for Halloween.
Keetha saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:57 am
Thumbs up – it’s cute! Plus you like it and that’s what matters.
Em saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:58 am
First, it’s totally cute. Second, age appropriateness involves skirt length and cleavage. Are either of these things involved in that adorable jacket? Noooo. No they are not. (And now I have to go to TJ Maxx.)
Marnie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:59 am
I think you look great in the coat, but can’t talk long . . . I’m now panicking that I don’t have nearly enough long-ish tops and awesome belts in my closet and must now go shopping. My husband thanks you.
Jamie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:00 am
I’ve never understood coats that don’t fasten in the front – it looks as if the coat is missing something crucial – like a zipper, or buttons. Last time I checked, Flossy does not live in Tennessee, so warmth is important. Therefore, thumbs down.
AnnB saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:00 am
Sorry, thumbs down. Never buy anything you have to groom.
The Zadge saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:01 am
Only take fashion advice from women whose fashion sense you adore – and NEVER listen to a teenager, even if she is your adorable daughter! Assuming you’d adore my fashion sense, I say keep it and rock it!
julia saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:02 am
HI, if you LOVE it, enjoy it. julie
SnowWhite saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:03 am
Sorry Bossy….my 11 year old daughter had that coat two seasons ago, bought it at The Children’s Place!
I thought maybe you had raided Bossy’s daughter’s closet!
Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:04 am
I like it. You look cute.
ruth saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:06 am
Lawdy, NO! The fur is soooo ratty and nappy….hasn’t even really been worn yet….not a compliment to your fabulous mane of hair either! There are better versions of that coat somewhere…RETURN to T.J. MAXX immediately! Could be fleas in that thing!
blackbird saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:06 am
Miss Spoken saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:10 am
Gotta say no to the coat, but I love the belt.
William saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:11 am
I think you, I mean Flossy, Looks great.
Lulu saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:11 am
You are cute. The coat, however, looks ratty and cheap. Thumbs down.
Ris saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:13 am
Sorry Bossy but I’m not a huge fan of the coat. You, however, look adorable! Just…not under that coat.
Mary K saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:16 am
Please. No. Acid flashback. Granola. Birkenstocks. Woodstock. Deadheads. No. Please.
Smalltown Mom saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:17 am
It’s cute, and so is Bossy, I mean Flossy. Thumbs up.
Liz saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:20 am
Take it back. It’s awful.
Leslie B saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:20 am
Like it….you must keep it!
Tasha saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:22 am
Thumbs down. It’s not that Bossy needs to wear something more mature, it’s that Bossy needs to 1. save money (and therefore not end up having to buy two coats), 2. have a WARM coat, and 3. not wear something that looks dated. She needs something that reflects her awesomeness. Shag isn’t it. What’s wrong with a dark peacoat and awesome scarf?
Sissy in Texas saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:23 am
Tasha saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:23 am
(And I know you didn’t ask, but for my money-saving attempts, it’s helpful to keep in mind that these “almost free” purchases add up very, very quickly.)
leslie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:24 am
Bossy’s daughter and I thought the same thing–honest! That being said though I believe Bossy is not worried about pleasing everyone or she would not make the comments she does on this blog–most recently father types for incest–So I think she should keep the coat and make herself happy–there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel younger and she certainly has the personality and the looks to pull it off!
bossy's friend martha saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:30 am
Janice saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:32 am
I like it, and I think you look great in it. The money saver in me would be more concerned about the need vs want than I would be about the age of the owner.
If you “need it” Thumbs up.
Kris saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:33 am
You are adorable but that coat is ugly! 🙂
Ms. Tart saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:37 am
Two thumbs down. The fur matches your hair too much. Sorry. Maybe darker fur or shorter hair.
pend saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:43 am
too old? Who is she kidding, it looks like this jacket was made for you, right after Woodstock.
Lisa saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:47 am
take it BACK..take it back WAAAAAAAAAAY BACK!
L saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:47 am
Sorry Flossy. The coat looks cheap. Not made well.
Hol saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:47 am
I think the coat is cute, however it does look a bit too shaggy. I’d return it and use the money to get a warmer coat. Like Tasha said a Navy Pea Coat would be good. Go to the nearest Army/Navy surplus and you can find them fairly easily. I love mine!
Lisa saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:48 am
I have, er had this exact same coat. I bought it 8 years ago! I just gave it away to Goodwill this fall because I figured it must be out of style!
It looks cute on you!
dexter saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:59 am
Like the coat, love the face
JenC saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:01 pm
THUMBS UP!!! Way UP!!! Because if Flossy is too old to wear it, then I definitely am. But I’m going to my TJ Maxx today to try to find one! Super cute is right.
CS saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm
It’s not you; it’s the coat. You look beautiful and young and fresh and hip: the coat looks none of those things. My vote: take it back, or make some throw pillows out of it.
Renee in Seattle saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm
You look like Foxy Brown. I mean Foxy White.
Caroline saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Love it. Why? Mostly because it suits you so well, and because YOU LOOK SO HAPPY IN IT. I am all for clothes that make us happy. Presently, for example, I am wearing two ankle bracelets (I made ’em myself) and pajamas (it’s 6am here) with monkeys all over them. I am 44 years old and probably too old for monkey jammies and ankle bracelets, but there ya go. I am about to iron clothes for my husband to wear to work. He has requested his purple banana aloha shirt, to start the week with a smile.
Wear what you love, and love what you wear.
Red Flashlight saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm
No. Just no.
If you’re looking for funky coats for almost no money (even including the dry-cleaning bill), you might try the local second-hand and/or consignment shops.
Momish saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm
I am not seeing buttons or zipper, which would make me say no. But (and this is a big but here, not big butt, but big but) BUT, I have to say that the length is perfect! I go crazy trying to find coats that cover my butt and yet aren’t too long to get all caught up around my legs when driving, etc. I say if it was cheap enough, keep it. I like it. Ratty fur and all.
Denise saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm
Too young for Flossy? No.
Cute? Yes, with a note: TOO FURRY! If the trim was more tame (especially on the sleeves). I see lots of food and other debris collecting on the sleeves like food in an old man’s beard.
Cute overall. If you love it, and it makes you happy, get it. But not perfect enough to warrant a Poverty Party lapse. IMO.
hollygee saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm
When you go to San Francisco are you going to wear flowers in your hair? A macrame fringe vest in olive green hemp to accessorize?
Note: I have the fashion sense of a gnat — I wear crocs, forgahdssake.
Kait saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm
Oh Bossy, if it’s not warm enough to redeem the furriness of it, return it. That coat is a no on so many levels but if there was some function, it might be excusable. Stacey and Clinton are crying for you right now.
Average Jane saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Two thumbs up. It’s awesome! And I want one, too.
Julie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm
I like it, if you feel good in it, its a keeper. Did you get a warm coat too?
Dara saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Have to side with the Sunny-One on this…big thumbs down. Hate the hairy sleeves. I understand, Bossy…TJ Maxx sucks you into it’s vortex of “cheapness”.
Linda Fleming saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm
Positively absolutely thumbs up!
Rice Mama saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm
Gracielew saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Thumbs Up – Thanks for the reminder – have to get mine out of the closet and take to the cleaners. I have always loved the “rugged-country look”
Mimi saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm
I had that coat when I was in junior high, granted only like 7 years ago. I bet you can find some more rocking boots with that return money!
Meghan Rosenstengel saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:45 pm
Thumbs up! If for no other reason than to torture the woman-child!
Liza saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Thumbs down. It looks cheap. Sorry to say it but as others have noted that fur just ain’t high class. Either way though you are adorable/fashion forward and could pull off a gunny sack so keep it if you must torture the small one. : )
V. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm
You’re way too cute to wear that coat. Please return it. (And please de-cuff your jeans!)
Melody saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm
Sorry. Thumbs down.
Jenn @ Juggling LIfe saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm
I should have commented before I read everyone else’s. They’re making me doubt my thumbs up. I think you look great and that’s what discount stores are for–fun pieces that you just wear for a season.
Kathy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm
I agree with Bossy’s mom and Martha-thumbs down.
Mini VanBohemian saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Coat? What coat? The important thing is where did Flossy get those boots!?!
But um, thumbs down. It does not look like it would wear well and would look ratty with the slightest bit of dog dirt or what-not.
Martha in Kansas saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm
If you love it, keep it. But I’d vote no. It looks like the 80s to me and the fur looks worn. You could do better and I think when you find a better coat, you’ll find you don’t want to wear this one.
Linda_M saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm
Bossy is, as always, adorable, but that coat is not doing it for me. Thumbs down.
amy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm
You’ll always think of the cowardly lion quote whenever you wear it. Only reason to keep it is for torturing the teen, but you like her too much!
Half Assed Kitchen saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Keep it!!!! Scraggly fur IS cute. And, I, who am only two years younger than you, will go buy an identical one. Seriously, if it suits you (which it does) and you like it and it was CHEAP, don’t listen to the nay sayers.
Emily Rebekah saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm
You are very cute, but the jacket needs to go. Nobody should wear a shag rug outside of the house.
MidLifeMama saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm
MidLifeMama does not like the fur AT ALL and says no, but her husband said, in response to the question “Do you like this coat? On this person” “Yea, and yea. Why?” So you have two votes in one response. We cancel each other out.
Helen saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Jacquie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm
Terribly sorry, but it’s a thumbs down for me. If the “mane” were black or dark brown, it might work.
And Bossy? I love you, but I abhore that duplo pop up, it’s beyond obnoxious.
caleal saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Uhm, sorry to tell your friend Flossy, but I give i a thumbs down. Not because it’s too young for Flossy (it’s for sure not, screw that. Once someone I know, let’s call her Faleal, was told she was too old to wear a mini skirt. And she was all, schwaa? I’m 24! And from then on, she hated all age stamps on clothing), but simply because I’ve never liked that style.
APeetsMom saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Flossy – keep the jacket! And Flossy – I noticed the belt first!!
Kate saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Rachel D. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Ha! Keep it all!!!
I think Flossy needs it….
Jessica saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Thumbs down. I had this same coat 8 years ago. It got dingy very quickly and multiple people referred to it as my “hooker coat”. Return!
Thumbs up to the belt though!
Reeb saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm
We clearly have vastly different taste in clothing. So perhaps my vote doesn’t count in the design department. But you asked.
My mom would say, “that fur looks like a cat’s been sucking on it.” And while I’d always roll my eyes and whine “Oh, Mo-o-o-o-om” when she’d say that, this time she’s right.
Reeb saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm
So, will you do a followup and let us know what you decide? If you keep it, I won’t judge. It’s your coat, your life.
It certainly does look like Stella on a flokati rug, though! I agree with whoever said something like that.
Cactus Petunia saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm
I think Flossy would look cute even in the black velvet grandma number, but I have heard that the rule is if you’re old enough to have worn that style the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it this time…
I say rules are meant to be broken!
annie w. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm
No no no..sorrry, Flossy/Bossy. You’re too classy for that rag er, coat. and can you imagine when it gets wet…? Hopefully it wouldn’t smell the way it would look.
Sweetie, you’re absolutely GORGEOUS, and would make a potato sack look good. Return that, and invest in a good, warm coat. Ditto on the Lands End recommendation. Think of the walks with Stella, and the visits to the cold tundra of NYC to visit your sweet boy.
krazy kris saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm
I wish I had your figure and could wear something that cute, but unfortunately I cannot. You look super cute and tell Bossy’s daughter “Whatever!!!!”
Harbormom saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Here’s the thing: Before I even began to read the comments (particularly those from your daughter), my first thought was, “That’s amazing! Her hair goes perfectly with that AWSOME coat!” And what to daughters know about being 29 (!), anyway? Keep the bloody coat and love it!
Camille saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm
BOSSY, you’re gorgeous, but the coat has got to go.
Mel saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Honestly, I’m not so much on the freshly slaughtered baby lamb look. I’m thinking you can probably find something that’s both more practical and cute as all hell.
Crystal saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:09 pm
You are rockin’ the coat, girl! Keeper!
Lori saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm
I have to agree with 23. Fur looks ratty, risking making your lovely waves looking ratty too. No go.
Carroll saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm
Haven’t read the other comments yet but, much as I adore the usually casual/classy “Bossy Look”, my immediate reaction on seeing that picture was “Oh, no!” To me it begs a comparison with Farrah Fawcett — in not such a good way — like some of her wildly excessive hair somehow escaped and got stuck around the edges.
What I THOUGHT you were going to ask us was more along the lines of “Hey, Poverty Party Peeps, I’ve had this thing stuffed in the back of my closet for over two decades. Whatcha think, is it back in style? Can I get away with wearing this out in public or should I ditch it to make space for something warm *and* trendy?”
My answer would have been “ditch it”.
But, as always, we love you no matter what you’re wearing, Sweet Bossy!
Bridget saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm
UP. Because it took me a minute or two to decide if I liked it liked it, or if I only liked it because it was LOUD without being too loud, or if I actually didn’t like it at all. The point is this: I like it and I think you do too. And isn’t that all that matters?
kim saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Thumbs down. Looks like something you had in a box from the 80s – sorry!
Mike13833 saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Thumbs up.It’ll look especially good when you come riding down the mountain, leading the herd to their winter pasture. Bossy’s daughter likes it, (for herself) but doesn’t want to go in for the cheesy mother-daughter-look-alike thing? 😉
Katie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm
DOWN on the thumbs. Sorry but the fur “fringe” looks like it went out last night and partied way too hard and sweat really bad and then tried to fluff it out and spray perfume in it and go straight to work because it was hung over and did not get up in time to shower.
zendra saysOctober 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Thumbs up. It’s a good length and color for Flossy.
Shmoo saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm
It looks horrible, therefore you need to send it to me.
andrea saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm
all of these varying opinions would send me right over the edge, you’re a brave one Bossy! My two cents is this…..if my FAMILY didn’t like it, then I’d return it, even if I liked it. Otherwise, who cares what people think?
Because seriously? Bossy has the body and enough hip factor to make a potato sack work
The Domestic Goddess saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm
Down. But then again, I’m into PLAIN stuff that no one will notice me in.
maggie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Most definitely do not love it, but if it makes you happy, be happy. Will roll my eyes until they get stuck in the back of my head if I ever see the ‘fur’ trim in person. But the eye rolling will be subtle and you won’t notice it.
Franca Bollo saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm
Well … maybe on Halloween with your daughter dressed up as Dorothy.
Chicky Chicky Baby saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm
You’d look good in a paper sack, fer chrissake.
But I vote thumbs down: The idea is good but the execution is not. The fur looks like it needs to be brushed, conditioned, and trimmed.
Mr Farty saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Rawr! Flossy looks hawt. Flossy’s daughter is just jealous.
AnnP saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I so want to like the coat!! But I’m thinking that it just maybe might just be wrong. You see how I really didn’t want to say that! But yes on the cute belt!
Lori saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm
I am with the baby girl on this one!
Blog Princess G saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Thumbs up Bossy! You look great in the coat.
ZDub saysOctober 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm
I vote no, not because it isn’t cute ON you, but because it reminds me of my poodle’s fur (may he rest in peace) when he needed to be groomed.
Lisa Rae @ smacksy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 4:01 pm
I think the coat is feeling very Stevie Nicks-ian. Stevie is not just a person, she is a lifestyle. Rock it, Gold Dust Woman.
Dawn in Austin saysOctober 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm
While the pictures totally rock and I doubt there’s anyone who could strut that coat like you do- If you’re supposed to be saving money, buying two coats isn’t going to cut it. This coat is also not going to look as cute in the spring, what with the fur starting to look a little old already. I wish I could say yes, but I’m afraid I have to say thumbs down.
lynda saysOctober 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm
The 80’s called….they want their coat back….thumbs down!!
Sorry Mossy…ahhh urrrrr…Bossy!!!
cloudy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm
Does it come in RED?
Lise saysOctober 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Sorry, but thumbs down. It looks as if the lion got mange. It’s great that it was cheap but it also looks it.
Kelly S. saysOctober 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm
Thumbs down. It’s not too old at all, but I totally agree about that cowardly lion costume thing. Blends is w/ your hair in a not good way.
The Coffee Lady saysOctober 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm
Of course it’s not too young! If I were you I would just pretend I had had it for decades, and had never stopped wearing it. Bleeding retro chic.
Helena saysOctober 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm
I looks seriously cool on you! Keep it!!
SistaKT saysOctober 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm
Carroll saysOctober 12, 2009 at 6:56 pm
Well, Bossy’s Posse is nothing if not opinionated. And obviously, we care 🙂
Well Read Hostess saysOctober 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm
Flossy is generally regarded as a bit of a fashionista (well, hell at 6 foot whatever and a buck ten, how could she not be), but what I would say, IF I ONLY HAD THE NERVE, is…maybe not so much.
p.s. if I see you out wearing it, I’ll smile and tell you that you look hot and mean it. Mostly.
Kaitlin saysOctober 12, 2009 at 7:36 pm
WOW, bossy, every thumb DOWN. This is no good. I love your cute style but this is not it.
Sasquatch saysOctober 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm
Yummmmmm, Bigfoot’s gal looks extra yeti-rific! MMMMama!
Peg saysOctober 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm
The only price cheap enough to justify keeping it is $1.99. If you paid anything over that, you was robbed!!!
Ree (The Other One) saysOctober 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Bossy makes an awesome Cowardly Lion. I say KEEP.
jenny saysOctober 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm
Margaret saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm
Listen, it’s a thumbs down. But I would own it, wear it, and rock it anyway.
RD saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm
Thumbs up! Looks great on you!
Golden saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm
Sorry Bossy. You are super cute, the coat, not so much. The fur looks old and dirty, ratty.
Kay Bryan saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm
I’m just not “feelin it”. Course you look nice in anything and everything, but like I say, I’m just not “feelin it”. I think you should return it and get a genuine vintage coat from ebay or Savers or the Salvation Army. I don’t think it is to young for you either. Now, go shop on ebay. I have a long haired lamb coat that has your name on it. Send me your address. Loves ya! Kay
Joie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm
Thumbs down. You always look great but the coat just doesn’t. I bought a long suede coat once with a “fur” collar. Very much in the style of this coat. It just looked stupid after a short while. Age has nothing to do with it. I was 25.
Amy in NJ saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm
Keep the coat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jamie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm
It’s a little too Daniel Boone for me but you look cute in it. It’s just me being anal retentive, but I’d fear that the faux fur would be dingy in about a month.
I’m fond of apple green and was so mad at myself for not buying a coat in that color last year…I think I’d seen it at Lands End on clearance.
If you’ll have buyers’ remorse and if it makes YOU happy I say keep it!
p.s. I’m not helping am I?
robin saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Yeah… there comes a time for all of us when we have to start dressing our age or we look SiLLy. Sorry girl.
Happily Employed Susan saysOctober 12, 2009 at 8:57 pm
Commenter number one said it best.
Liana saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm
I think it’s cute- and it looks cute on you, too! 🙂
Julie saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm
The Cowardly Lion?….my first thought was of Bumbles, the Abominable Snowman. Love you, Bossy, but not the coat.
Know it All saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:14 pm
You’re cute Bossy..but the coat? Eh…I’d take it back. The fur looks like somebody washed it 25 times and then put it in the dryer on high heat. Maybe you can find another with fur that looks newer…
Kirsten saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm
What I think of the coat is not that important (hello, cowardly lion!), I think here is another way of looking at it: if the coat had been more pricey, say $60 or so, would Flossy have wanted it anyway? I just heard this advice that if you wouldn’t consider buying it at the regular price, you certainly shouldn’t be buying it just because it’s cheap. I think it’s a pretty good question to ask. Good luck, Flossy and Bossy!
debs saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Since you asked, and ONLY because you asked — that coat is fugly. It looks creepy, like that “fur” is full of nasty things. But, if you like it, keep it.
Catherine McP saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm
Well, Mrs McP is pretty nervous now. I have a coat like that and I am going to MN IN JAN. I figured I would wear it..NOW everybody has me thinkin its from the 80’s. I think more of the 70’s which I can deal with. I just cant do a 80’s anything. BUT I like it and you look great in it!
Not June Cleaver saysOctober 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm
Thumbs up, Flossy! Remember when your son bought a pea coat instead of a warm winter coat? Keep it.
Arli saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm
Oh Gawd, no. Bossy/Flossy is WAY too adorable for that.
Judy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm
Return it and save your money for something from this line.
Lynn saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm
Thumbs down for two reasons, Flossy. 1) You were so unsure you had to ask us what we think 2) The coast looks like a used coat. You asked!
Cupcake Murphy saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm
Listen to me. You MUST keep that coat. It is absolutely great and looks fabulous on you and I never ever ever say fabulous about anything. Except that coat on you. Look at it this way: you’re learning the meaning of life. To just be in your own skin and know that you need not part with the perfect coat. You love that coat and it makes you happy. Nuff said. Can you tell I’ve run this gauntlet before about various purchases?
Lynn saysOctober 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm
Oops. I meant to say “The coat looks like a used coat.”…It looks like something from the neighborhood used clothing store. But hey, if aggravating your daughter is a goal — I say keep it.
Sheba saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm
I don’t like the idea that fur is fashionable .. even if it’s fake. What would Stella think?
Heidi saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:25 pm
Bossy’s audience never fails to shock me. It’s totally you and super cute.
Carey saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm
Sorry, thumbs down from me. It reminds me of a coat I wore in high school in the 70’s. And now that I think about it, it wasn’t all that attractive then. You wear it well, I just don’t especially like the coat.
Sally Says saysOctober 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm
Love it. Want it. That coat is a classic & you’ll be able to wear it forever. Thumbs up from me.
Rachel saysOctober 13, 2009 at 12:05 am
My sista, I cannot tell you any lies. This is not, not right for you. I love you and I love the way you look but not in this jacket.
Lisa saysOctober 13, 2009 at 12:31 am
I lovelovelove FlossyBossy, but I hatehatehate that coat. It’s not necessarily the style, but the fact that it looks cheaply made and I think Bossy is way too classy of a gal and deserves something that is cool and funky, but well-made. Regardless of the price, you’re wasting your money. You’d do better to spend a bit more and get something that fits better, looks better and will last longer than a season (if you’re lucky). Just because it was cheap, that doesn’t make it a bargain.
josh saysOctober 13, 2009 at 12:31 am
I tink it’s looking mad adorz on you! KEEP IT! Plus you said, “The thing is, it was cheap…” which therefor validatez it even if it was ugo.
Katia saysOctober 13, 2009 at 12:44 am
Definitely Thumbs Up! The coat is adorable and looks fabulous on Bossy!!!
Robyn saysOctober 13, 2009 at 3:01 am
Two thumbs up (for the jacket AND the hair). Too old? Please. You’re a goddess.
Kathy from NJ saysOctober 13, 2009 at 6:32 am
Tamara saysOctober 13, 2009 at 7:27 am
Wow… My husband had a coat almost like that. It was stolen, so obviously someone really liked it. I must admit, I was relieved to see it go. Makes me think of a Yeti.
If it’s any consolation, Flossy looks way better in it than my hubby did 😉
jill saysOctober 13, 2009 at 7:39 am
Bossy is always adorable. But thumbs down. Way down.
jill saysOctober 13, 2009 at 7:40 am
Sorry, I just scrolled up to read comments and saw #194 “This coat is a classic” and diet coke shot out of my nose.
bossy's friend amy saysOctober 13, 2009 at 8:00 am
are you sure you didn’t purchase that coat at the salvation army – it looks a little worn – and the “fur” – looks like it just might smell like a wet dog should it ever get wet… just sayin’
Jarrard saysOctober 13, 2009 at 8:04 am
Love it!! You are gorgeous!
Auntie lenie saysOctober 13, 2009 at 8:21 am
Rule number thirty eighty – Never trust someone who smiles with their lips turned down. I don’t believe that you really love the coat, you love the idea of it, but the reality of it? Nope. Sorry hun. xoxo
Sandy_Shoes saysOctober 13, 2009 at 8:26 am
Love the hair, not the “fur ball”!
Hula Hank saysOctober 13, 2009 at 9:21 am
That is all.
sue saysOctober 13, 2009 at 11:38 am
Had a similiar one a while back….got really tired of it, really fast. Love your hair.
Kait saysOctober 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Sorry I am late. Yesterday was Thanksgiving. 🙂
How you Bossy’s daughter can say it is too young for her is beyond me. It looks like something that traveled straight out of the 60’s so how could it not be apropos for Bossy? Oops. I think that came out wrong…
Niki in Baltimore saysOctober 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Thumbs way, way, way down.
Sally Says saysOctober 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm
@Jill # 203 I stand by my comment! Like the parka, trench, duffel & pea coat, that style has been around for *ages*.
Just think of it like Chanel’s flap bag, Gucci’s Bouvier or Fendi’s Baguette… only it’s a shaggy collared shearling coat. 😉 I hope it was “classic” diet coke that shot out your nose.
Cristina saysOctober 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm
Sorry Flossy, but thumbs WAY DOWN.
Michelle saysOctober 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm
No way jose!
You can be fashionable AND warm with something else! Go with the younger generations instincts!
sjc saysOctober 13, 2009 at 8:10 pm
sorry, but thumbs down. you look awesome, but probably better w/o the coat? the trim and your hair are just a little too similar, i’m so sorry to be so blunt. your hair is pretty cool but put it next to the ratty-looking trim and your looks frizzier, i think. take it back and get something WARMER and cuter! 🙂
amy saysOctober 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm
You rock it. On me it would look like crap 🙂
Beth saysOctober 14, 2009 at 12:41 am
Kee-yooot! Keep it! Put your hair up, though; I agree with that. Hey people: it is *supposed* to look ratty and scraggly and cheap and a little heroin-chic. This is why Bossy’s Daughter hates it and why Bossy must wear it. Also most of us who are Bossy’s age have butts that are too big to pull it off.
The one that made diet coke snort out of my nose: the suggestion that Bossy return it and buy a nice plum-colored Land’s End coat. Snerkkkk.
Nina saysOctober 14, 2009 at 1:17 pm
OMG keep it! It’s adorable, even if somewhat Rachel Zoe.
runnergirl saysOctober 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm
Two enthusiastic THUMBS UP!!!!! Don’t think the double belt didn’t go unnoticed either.
Janet saysOctober 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm
I know the ratty fur is ratty-looking on purpose, but I have never understood why anyone would want to wear ratty fur –pretend or otherwise. A whole heck of a lot of people won’t realize it’s supposed to look that way. They won’t understand that it’s pretend ratty or that people wear it to be in pretend ratty fashion. I am going thro the same agony with another TJMaxx jacket–with pretend fringe. I think this post just made up my mind. It’s making the return trip to TJM’s tomorrow! Thanx, Bossy!
Elissa in MA saysOctober 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm
My vote is thumbs down. I don’t absolutely love it on you so save your $ for something that totally rocks!
That being said, if YOU think it totally rocks then keep it, my opinion is that it isn’t so awesome.
Em saysOctober 16, 2009 at 3:41 am
People, people. We did not wear coats like this in the 80s. We wore them in the late 60s, early 70s. This is not an 80s coat. I was there. I know.
Em saysOctober 16, 2009 at 3:44 am
(And, if you doubt me, realize that we did not wear anything in the 80s unless we could shove large shoulder pads in it. The goal in the 80s was to look as though you were ready to take a long pass on a football field at any second. This is not a shoulder pad/football field coat. Which proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it’s not from the 80s. Ladies & gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.)
Lori in MN saysOctober 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm
1. BOSSY always looks great
2. Don’t know about the coat…
3. LOVE the belt
4. BOSSY should NEVER wear Lands End (that would date you for sure!)
kate saysOctober 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm
You look great, but the coat is a flashback to the Zhivago coats of the 70s. Maybe if your Mom wore one and you feel all warm, fuzzy and nostalgic, not if you wore one in high school and you feel all traumatized and glad to be decades away. I have a vicious critic of a daughter and she is always right.