a) the expense. Normally it's a vast amount of money to spend on one item. There is always talk of it as an investment item and if point b) doesn't bother you, then it's probably worth thinking about. But for me...
b) I don't like wearing the same thing day in, day out, particularly something as distinctive as a coat. I like to spread my budget.
c) I don't spend a huge amount of time outdoors (if anyone has failed to notice, "outdoorsey" is not something that you will ever see in a sentence along with my name, apart from if "not remotely" appears immediately before it). And therefore, as much as I grumble incessantly about our weather (to be fair, it's just the rain that gets right on my nelly) it's not exactly often freezing here and so I simply am not in need of a "coat" per se.
I have an ongoing love affair with The Jacket.
Therefore, if you were hoping for a blog on a sensible selection of practical coats then please press delete immediately. I am not famed for my sense of practicality. Nor am I a big fan of the traditional coat. And to be honest, if you're looking for one of them, then they are ten a penny in pretty much every shop. Double breasted, single breasted, collar, wool Coat. Mid thigh, just below the knee, flared or straight, coloured or neutral - there are loads of them around. Marks, Next, House of Fraser, John Lewis etc, take your pick.
I can however, normally be relied on (animal jumpers not withstanding apparently!) to come up with a list of different loveliness that most people will have a good drool at.
I have forced myself therefore to look at what could pass muster for A Coat. I will admit that I have been somewhat loose and free in my description of Coat......
And so here goes. These are very much, for me, if money were no object and I could still feed my jacket habit. As this is very much not the case, I shan't be buying but they are still for me all lust worthy.
Firstly I am loving the cocoon coat. I found two gorgeous ones by Pied a Terre.
The Textured Sparkle Cocoon Coat Now it appears that this apparently is black but I would definitely say that it was more navy than black - could definitely be worn with both. Gorgeous gorgeous coat, but an eye watering £269. Wowzers. However if you are a coat wearer then cost per wear this is easily justifiable. Can be worn for work, can be worn out at night as an evening coat, but would look equally as fab over jeans, jumper and hitops.
And just to prove that practicality plays a pathetically small part in any wardrobe consideration that I make, I would so buy it in the Oyster. Swoon.
However, illustrating that I am considerate, I found this utter beauty in Marks & Spencer. I am kicking myself that I didn't photograph it instore as, no surprises, the photos from the website do not remotely do it justice. Believe me when I say that for £129 this a complete bargain. If I didn't already have a grey coat (that I wore today) I would consider buying this. Like the above coats, it will serve you from day to night, it's actually not that stand out - with a selection of scarves/gloves/hats and the fact that it would go with pretty much every colour, I think you'd be able to get more wear out of it than something more distinctive.
If it's remotely up your street, go and try it on as you won't be disappointed. The fabric is just lovely and I would say, indistinguishable from the far more expensive one above. The first photo is pants, the second photo really isn't much better. But (the first photo) that's how it looks better worn, as opposed to the photo below. M&S - I give up on how dreadful your photography is.
Along these lines, there was another great coat that caught my eye from Linea Weekend of all places. (not somewhere I frequent, I'll be honest)
The Linea "Karolina" Coat The black wool lining that you can see is part of the coat. Again great quality which one would expect for £170.
Now remembering that this is virtual coat buying, I just love this one. If your wardrobe is very plain with little print then this is your baby. Instant wardrobe update. J'adore. The Linea Weekend Multicoloured Cocoon Coat.
So sticking with the more unorthodox coat style, I love an unstructured dressing gown style. Not a style that suits me in the slightest. I am a column shape with absolutely zero waist. Now, despite Trinny & Susannah's insisting that one with no waist should add shape with a belt, I completely disagree. To my mind, all it does is draw attention to the thickest part of my body. A screaming siren of LOOK NO WAIST. If needs be, I will belt a trench but that's the limit (and that's a thin, crappola trench and normally I'll wear a big scarf with it. Although am v conscious that I didn't the other day......But I digress. Me and a belted waist? Usually? Nah.)
But they are a look I love on other people. Two that have caught my eye are this grey one from Zara
Or a more solid version in camel yum yum yum
A more expensive wraparound coat which is pure luxury and actually, I think great value considering it's from Jaeger. Not the most versatile colour but definitely a classic that you'll keep (providing you manage to steer clear of red wine, chocolate and small children. An impossibility in my book.)
And on that note, I shall draw a line under today's proceedings but do not fear - this is not the end of my coat odyssey. I have another wonderful stash to share, but shall be back tomorrow. Think leather...........
Finishing with a quick squizz at what I wore today.
Black and white cashmere longline jumper - Joseph
Black coated jeggings - Dorothy Perkins (I am love love LOVING these, DP PLEASE do other colours in a Tall)
Grey Military coatigan - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Leopard print scarf - Louis Vuitton
Black stud Madonna wedge trainers - Ash
Black sunglasses - Dior
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch
More coats next time!