[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]W[/dropcap]henever I wear this coat, I’m stopped by elderly men wondering if I’ve altered a vintage hunting jacket. If only I had been that innovative! Instead, the buffalo check piece was a find from Gap five or six years ago. I pull it out every autumn and fall more in love with it each year, even if I curse the bracelet-length sleeves in Wisconsin’s weather. It’s an item that reminds me of my parents’ home in the Northwoods without being too woodsy. There’s plenty of crimson plaid at Gap this season and while I like the moto jacket and the sherpa-lined topper, this car coat is my favorite piece. It’s a sophisticated take on the seasonal fabric that won’t be outdated next fall.