raincoats as a new fashion statement

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Rains raincoat from FQuirky; clutch made by me; photos by Jefimija Djokic

EN: Do you remember when you were a kid and your mom would make you wear a raincoat? I had even worse traumatic experience from childhood. On some of our trips abroad, my mom had bought a small umbrella. But, unfortunately for me, it wasn’t an ordinary umbrella for children. It was some kind of special umbrella that didn’t have the stick but was supposed to be attached to your haid. Yes, I remember when I went to school with the umbrella-hat that nobody in my country has ever seen before and of course, the children were laughing and were very confused what the hell that was on my head.  My future kid, I promise I won’t do anything similar to you, I will pretend that you are my doll only till the moment you become aware of your clothes and accessories. Now I am laughing at that memory. I mean, that umbrella is a really avant-garde invention. I would appreciate it today, but I wouldn’t wear it, though. I don’t ever carry any umbrellas unless it’s raining cats and dogs. You can connect the dots!

As you can see, I really need a substitution to umbrellas. So, raincoats are perfect! Not just that they are very useful (they are light and can be carried in a bag in a case of emergency, they protect you from the wind, too), but I see them as a fashion statement. I don’t know how it is in your town, but here in Belgrade, as soon as the fall and bad weather start, people just sink into their boring black and gray jackets and with the first rains the colors are washed off from the city streets, too. Late autumn can be depressive itself, so walking by colorless people and wearing colorless clothes aren’t helpful at all. That’s why I am opting for bright yellow raincoat to fight the gray rainy day as I truly believe the clothes we wear really affect our feelings, were we aware of that or not. Also, being dry is a relly nice thing, isn’t it? I hope you haven’t had some bad experience with the raincoats in your early years, but if you did, just remember that I had a worse one and wear a raincoat again.

This raincoat is from FQuirky, an online shop started a few month ago by Elana & Carl Lenox, wife, and husband. It features clothes and accessories from several thoroughly picked brands and most them are unisex (like this raincoat). You should visit  their shop and see some more raincoats from a Danish brand Rains. If the yellow one is too much for you, you might check the rust one, it is pretty cool, too. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram if you like them.

Ps. The triangle bag is made by me. I was inspired by this raincoat to make it. I used waterproof vinyl of the shiny grayish color and added a bright yellow zipper, because, as I said, fashion is always some kind of a statement, and you chose if it is going to be a boring one.

SR: Da li se sećate kad ste bili mali, a mama vas je terala da obučete kabanicu? Ja sam imala još traumatičnije iskustvo iz detinjstva. Na nekom od naših boravaka u inostranstvu, mama je bila kupila jedan mali kišobran za mene. No, na moju nesreću, to nije bio običan kišobran. Nije uopšte imao dršku, nego je trebalo da se jednim kaišem pričvrsti oko glave. Dobro se sećam kako me je mama poslala sa tim šeširom-kišobranom u školu. Naravno da su se deca smejala tom čudu na mojoj glavi, jer nikad u životu tako nešto nisu videla. Moje drago buduće dete, obećavam da ti neću učiniti ništa slično i da ćeš biti moja lutka za oblačenje samo do trenutka dok ne postaneš svesno svoje odeće i aksesoara, takođe. Danas se smešim na tu uspomenu. Ipak je taj kišobran skroz avangardni izum i danas bih ga zaista cenila. Što ne znači da bih ga nosila. Više ne nosim nkakve kišobrane osim ako baš ne lije, pa vi sad povežite činjenice.

Vidi se da je meni zaista potrebna zamena za kišobran, i tu kišni kaputi nastupaju na scenu. Ali, ne samo da su jako korisni (lagani su i mogu da se nose u torbi i obuku preko teksas jakne u slučaju otvaranja neba, a i odlično štite od vetra), nego ih vidim i kao jedan modni stav. Verujem da ste primetili kako u Beogradu sa dolaskom jeseni i ružnim vremenom svi potonu u dosadne crne i sive jakne, a prve kiše speru sve boje sa ulica. Kasna jesen može biti depresivna sama po sebi, a svakodnevno prolaženje pored bezbojnih ljudi i nošenje bezbojne odeće nimalo ne pomaže. Zbog toga ja glasam za drečavo žutu kabanicu kao oružje protiv sivih, jesenjih, kišnih dana, jer zaista verujem da odeća koju nosimo utiče na naša osećanja i raspoloženja, bili mi svesni toga ili ne. Takođe, ne biti mokar je veoma dobrodošla stvar, zar ne. Nadam se da niste imali neko loše iskustvo sa kabanicama iz ranih godina, a ako jeste, samo se setite da sam ja imala još gore i suočite se ponovo sa kabanicom.

Ovaj kišni kaput je iz online prodavnice FQuirky, pokrenute pre nekoliko meseci od strane bračnog para Elane i Karla Lenoksa. Oni prodaju odeću i aksesoar nekoliko različitih, pažljivo odabranih brendova i većina stvari je uniseks (kao i ova akbanica). Posetitie njihovu prodavicu i pogledajte još kaputa danske modne kuće Rains. Ako je ova žuta boja previše za vas, preporučujem i kabanicu boje rđe, koja je takođe prekul. Zapratite ih i na Facebooku i Instagramu, ako želite.

Ps. Torbu u obliku trougla sam ja sašila. Bila sam inspirisana upravo ovom kabanicom. Koristila sam veštačku kožu otpornu na vodu, zanimljive stukture i sjajne, sivkaste boje, kojoj sam dodala drečavo žuti rajsferšlus. Jer, kao što sam rekla, moda je uvek tu da poruči nešto, a mi biramo da li će izjava biti dosadna ili ne.

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