Lesley asked what it would look like if I left a little of the black collar showing underneath the braid. I tried it tonight and it looks great! and very much like this:
Many thanks to Lesley for the suggestion!
Now, however, the black welt pocket looks out of place. So I tried removing it:
This might be better (my jury is still out on that), but is now boring on the bottom. I also haven’t decided what to do with the front edge of the coat. If I let it fall straight down, it will basically be double-breasted width, which tends to look boxy and unflattering on me. If I angle it, as in the photo, it’s okay, but lacks definition. Adding black piping calls attention to it, and it clashes with the line of the collar.
Hum-de hum-de-hum (as Pooh might say). What’s a girl to do?
Sleep on it, I think, and reconsider the problem in the morning.