This week the weather has driven me to this post. Here in the UK it has been cold and wet and has definitely let everyone know that summer is well and truly over, despite our very best efforts to ignore it! For those of you that don’t already know, over the past week the temperature has dropped significantly and the floodgates have opened which has left most of us reaching for our onesies and unpacking our winter wardrobes ready for the season of boots and baggy jumpers.
I’m pretty fortunate as in just a few short weeks it’s my birthday, which is absolutely perfect for me. I never really know what I want when people ask me, so my go to is always to request vouchers for my favourite stores or to request a staple item to get me through the colder seasons. Sometimes I ask for boots, other times hats and scarves, but this year I have asked for a coat. Now I’m writing this down, this actually sounds really spoilt, but I’m definitely a perfectionist and I think that often leaves the people closest to me wondering what to get. I think I’m pretty self-sufficient (although my parents would probably tell you otherwise!) so quite often if I want something I just go and get it instead of waiting around for birthdays and Christmases, which I think makes pressie buying a bit challenging, hence the reason for a list or suggestions! I’d love to know if any of you guys write lists of what you’d like or offer suggestions for gifts?
Anyway, back to this post which is all about coats! I’ve decided that for the first time I want a properly grown up coat in a traditional flattering style which will hopefully wear for many years to come, whereas in the past I’ve usually gone for a pretty non-descript coat in hues of brown or grey which are often pretty replaceable meaning they only last about one year. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, I really wanted to go for something a bit more stand out this time around. Luckily for me, there are so many different options on the market at the moment that it should be easy to find something I like and the only hard part will be deciding which one is the best!
I thought I would do a little list of the pro’s and con’s of each from a coat hunt I went on recently and also do a link list of all my faves that I’ve found. Obviously this is completely subjective for me and what suits me is not going to suit everyone, but hopefully you find this somewhat useful, as I would have loved to have read a post like this before having my heart-broken (read on to find out why!)
Duster coat a.k.a the heartbreaker – I have seen these EVERYWHERE recently! In all of my favourite magazines, on Instragram, on my fave bloggers and in all the shops. They come in the most amazing range of colours, looks super professional and high fashion as well as long-lasting and hard-wearing and yet I can’t get one L I’m only 5ft1 (and even that is being pretty generous) and these coats absolutely swamp me. They are all too long and far too big in the body and arms and in some of the pastel colour varieties look like dressing gowns/robes on me. I really wanted one of these coats and truly had my heart set on one to wear with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots, but I’ve had to give up on this dream as I think I would just look ridiculous! I have found so many amazing variations of this style though so here are some of my top picks:
- Flattering on a bigger frame
- Big enough to wear plenty of layers underneath
- Thick material is perfect for the coldest seasons
- Hard wearing
- Easy to wear
- Darker shades (greys, blues) will always be fashionable
- Looks both professional and high fashion
- Come in a range of colours and prices
- Completely swamps shorter frames
- Could also swamp thin frames
- Some patterns/colours can make it look more like a dressing gown/robe
- Really only good for the coldest seasons as would be too warm for Spring
- Really big and heavy
Boucle style coats – My second favourite style. They are so glamorous and look amazing! They come in a variety of different lengths (perfect for shorties like me!) and can come in both traditional styles and also colourful prints and again will always be beautiful. They look perfect open and worn over the shoulders, but also look amazing done up to keep out the cold on those truly bitter winter days. Luckily for me they also look good with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots to really complete an outfit and aren’t as thick and heavy as Duster coats meaning they can be worn all Autumn/Winter and even in to the Spring.
- Come in a wide range of colours
- Lightweight but still good against the cold
- Flattering for most body types
- Looks good open or closed
- Smart yet not too dressy
- Hard wearing
- Comes in a range of prices
- Always fashionable
- Shorter style of coat
- Some people consider boucle to be dated
Macs/trench coat – Oh the classic Mac. What else is there to say?
- Highlights smaller waists
- Always fashionable
- Thinner material makes ideal for warmer months
- Good macs that don’t look cheap are expensive
- Come in neutral colours
- Sometimes you can look like a stripper in them! (Never wear with a dress)
- Not particularly warm
Puffer coats/jackets – Not my favourite style of outerwear, however the range of prints and the option of adding a belt is starting to change my mind on these. A very warm, often short jacket perfect for the coldest months, could be a good option if you are looking for a coat which is a bit more casual and fun!
- Very warm!
- Pretty fashion neutral
- Perfect for skiing holidays!
- Pretty cheap to pick up
- Casual style
- Bulky – can make wearers looks bigger than they are
- Can look cheap
- Come in and out of fashion pretty regularly
Fur coats/jackets – The always glamorous fur coat (faux fur of course) is, I think, an essential in any woman’s wardrobe! Whether it’s a full on fur coat or just a hint of fur on a collar or as a gilet can really transform an outfit from casual to daytime chic in a matter of seconds!
- Faux fur coats are easy to find
- Come into style most winters
- Can look very glamorous
- Perfect to add drama to an outfit
- If they get wet the fur can get matted
- Very warm
- Can look tacky dependent on print
- Real fur coats are both expensive and cruel
Primark have some really good fur coats (but I can’t get you any links so go to a store near you!)
Capes – This is definitely a style I am loving! It’s easy to pair capes with some of the other styles of coat as well and get a two-for-one, however be careful when choosing a cape as although they look good they often aren’t very warm. They always make an outfit look more dressy and sophisticated, so if that’s your style then definitely give these a go.
- Come in a range of lengths
- Easy to get hold of in different materials
- Look very sophisticated
- Often not very warm
- Can look tacky when mixed with too much fur or pattern
- Not easy to wear in the day time
Phew, so that’s my coat edit done! I’ll do a follow-up post soon on my favourite Autumn Accessories, so hopefully by then you’ll have grabbed the coat you’ll be wearing for the winter and can team it with a gorgeous outfit to really turn heads and keep you toasty! Let me know if the comments below if you have a favourite style for this season, or if you’ve already got your coat sorted for A/W 2014 send me a picture as I’d love to see 🙂 As always, if you enjoyed this please like, comment, share or follow and don’t forget to keep updated on what’s going on in Lifestyle for Less land on Twitter and Instagram!
Lots of love, Leanne xx