Security Blanket

When I was younger, I combined my overactive imagination with a tendency to scare the bejesus out of myself watching classic scary movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. If I was home alone and heard a door creak, I envisioned myself as Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis narrowly escaping certain death by mental patient Michael Myers. Not to brag or anything…but I’m pretty resourceful and figured out a way to keep myself safe from all real and imagined dangers. 

The solution was to hide myself under a blanket because it rendered me invisible to ghosts, vampires and werewolves. The only downside was that it would get crazy hot under there. But If I could just hold out until my brothers or my parents got home (at which point all bogeymen disappeared), I was sure to live for another Child’s Play marathon at my best friend’s slumber party.

With the innovation of my youth, it comes as no surprise to me that I’m drawn to this season’s blanket coat trend. This knee length, camel colored version with a shawl collar elicits an Ali Magraw in Love Story vibe. I threw it over this black sheer dress and balanced the look with pointy ankle booties on my way to a sunset dinner in DUMBO. As Fall progresses and temperatures get even cooler, I know I’ll be able to leverage the versatility of this piece and layer it over a button down and jeans. But most importantly, if I encounter any ghouls all I have to do is tuck myself into the fetal position and throw this coat over my head.

Blanket coat: Zara (old, but similar here). Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim (old). Shoes: Steve Madden (old).