I know this seems like a cruel comment to make toward my mother (whom I love very much, by the way). It’s something you’d expect those horrible teenage girls who are guests on The Jerry Springer Show to say during a striptease in front of a live studio audience. But there’s a small pearl of resentment that’s been building in me for years that I feel I must unleash. Growing up, my mother refused to buy me a white coat – no matter how much I wanted one. She always proclaimed, “It will get dirty,” and if I had a filthy coat, no one would want to be my friend (okay, that part I probably inferred). So it is that mild offense that inspired me to style my Outfit of the Week around The Ivory Tower Coat by Steve Madden. This beautiful belted coat, with its oversized collar and gold-rimmed buttons, makes up for all those disappointing shopping trips with mom.