Hello! Apologies for my longer-than-expected hiatus, it turns out what I had hoped to do in lockdown and what I actually achieved were poles apart – I’m sure I’m not alone. I mostly spent my time entertaining Daisy with crafting and running, my new favourite hobby, as you will have seen if you follow me on Instagram. Anyway, I digress, the blog is back with a brand new shiny post and with Daisy now at school, I am ever hopeful I will be able to make this more of a regular occurrence.
So as we go into Lockdown 2.0, I thought a coat edit would probably be the most appropriate post to return with. Around this time of year when the mercury really drops, a coat is easily one of the most practical and justified purchases of the year. And as we are now sadly faced with only seeing friends or family outdoors (depending where you live), the need for a good coat is even greater. As a school run mum newbie, I’ve also learned that you will definitely need some outerwear to protect you from the elements that always coincidentally present themselves around pick up time!
So I’ve put together an edit of the best available coats on the high street right now that I hope you will find useful. I’ve tried to be mindful of prices, especially in the current climate, so I have tried to keep within a budget of £100. Where I have picked coats that exceed this amount it’s because I believe they are worth the investment, for instance, the White Stuff parka is reversible making it 2 coats for the price of 1.
This coat is the nearest you are going to get to actually wrapping a duvet around you. No longer regarded as chavvy, the puffer comes in an array of colours, fabrics and styles now making it a stylish addition to your wardrobe that engulfs you in it’s squidgy warmth – like a fashionable hug. I snapped up my leopard print GAP one last season and it has easily been one of my most worn winter coats. Much like the parka, the puffer is perfect for dressed down days and looks great paired with jeans or leggings and chunky boots.
From L-R from top: Faux Leather, Zara. Leopard, ASOS.com Red, GAP. Black Down Filled, Marks & Spencer. White, La Redoute. Khaki Full Length, Next. Leopard Print, GAP (sells out fast so keep checking for returns). Peach, Uniqlo. Green, Matalan.
At the smarter end of the coat spectrum, the overcoat does what it says on the tin. A wardrobe classic, the loose tailoring of the overcoat elevates any outfit it is worn with and is perfect for layering over jumpers, blazers and even the suit of 2020: the tracksuit. Don’t be afraid of the oversized fit, it’s all part of the look.
The hardworking hero of coats; the parka is a winter failsafe. Ideal for dogwalking, (or walking in general) trips to the park and the school run (those deep pockets were made for snacks), this coat will not let you down. The ultimate weekend outerwear, a parka lends itself to a relaxed jeans and jumper ensemble.
The Textured Coat.
This section is a bit of a wild card that I happily discovered while I was scouring the shops for this post. It turns out there is an abundance of quilting and sherpa/shearling silhouettes on the high street this season, which is great if you are looking for something a bit different but with functionality. These coats are ideal for layering and the texture will add a touch of luxury to your look even if you are just walking in the woods – I’m already trying to justify buying one myself.
This post was not sponsored. All thoughts, writing and opinions are my own.