style – I enjoy a good duster now & then

The Duster Coatduster1 - CopyA worn-out old duster.  In the old days of the Wild West the coat protected your clothing from trail dust, but not much else. This type of coat was usually worn by deputy lawmen and a popular choice for bounty hunters.  While it is called the Duster Coat, a true duster would be open in the back, allowing one’s legs to be protected while on horseback.


But this ain’t that!

A great transition piece for spring!  And Spring is just about here.  The open silhouette and sweater-like composition keep your look casually chic and—more importantly— comfortable.  People compare it to the trenchcoat but it’s not exactly because trenches have belts and way more buttons and the fabric is different.

I prefer no collar and a hidden button or two but the styles can vary a bit. It’s so easy to wear because you just throw it over whatever you have on from jeans to a dress and it pulls everything together.  duster5duster4

Kim Kardashian West taken from Bazaar Magazine
*Kim Kardashian West taken from Bazaar Magazine

If you need more warmth just wrap a large scarf or shawl and you’re ready to go.  A neutral shade will keep you from getting tired of it although a bold color is nice too.

*Bazaar magazine refers to the coat Kimye is wearing as a Duster but only in the fact that it falls a few inches above the ground.  It looks like a regular camel coat to me but she does look especially chic wearing an all black ensemble (especially the turtleneck) underneath.  And it’s a little more cover than her skin tight latex dresses.

How about you – do you like them?