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special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 11th outfit. #11 in thirteen acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
C. 1940 dark red boucle coat with fur collar
fur-trimmed hat
suede shoes
brown gloves
1940s Holiday Magazine with a fascinating feature on the NYC garment industry.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?   
I wanted to show a different silhouette from my coat collection.  My colleagues—whom I spend most of my waking, non-dancing hours with— seldom see my coats because I tend to sneak into the office late and stay late.  Fellow commuters seem to get a bang out of them though.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
I have worn these pieces before together, and knew how to grab them on a moment’s notice.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
Fit is everything.  This coat was too big for my frame when I purchased it, but I am skillful at alterations and was able to preserve the integrity of its shape while bringing the dimensions of the sleeves within range for my size.  Without that, it would have been a huge mistake.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again? 
This is a warm, beautifully constructed coat, and the lining is in mint condition, so it will be worn this fall and winter on many occasions.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit? 
This is a warm garment, a beautiful garment.  It was affordable, and is very distinctive.  Wearing this head-to-toe look is a pleasure, and not only do I receive comments and smiles, but I think I exude positive energy, even on a cold day.

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4 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 11th outfit. #11 in thirteen acts

  1. Tricia S says:

    there’s a reason Heidi shows up in the “Popular Posts” in the right-nav.

  2. MaRCIE aDLER says:

    Your comments always enhance the clothes you soo beautifully wear.I’m sure you entertain people as you walk down the Avenues.

  3. Heidi says:

    Marcie: lately I’ve taken to walking through the park, so I’m entertaining a whole new crowd of runners vs the old pokey bus commute that was more typical for me. I think the doormen along the way have taken note as well. Ha.

  4. Cheryll says:

    Oh, yet another beautiful delight for the eye and imagination! The sleeves look like they have intriguing subtleties not seen these days that make them special. Another treasure to be sure!

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