Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Coats that see me through Winter

Like most people, I love coats and jackets and living in the UK, they are an essential wardrobe item to see you through the continuous chilly to cold to downright freezing winter days. I've never spent loads on coats but after many years of wearing them, I feel I now know what style of winter coat I prefer, so maybe it's time to invest in a really good one. And for my next purchase, I will be paying more attention to the materials used, particularly the wool content. Coats with more than 40% wool will not only feel a lot warmer but will hang better.

I want 2018 to be the year I really think about what I am buying and buy less but more quality pieces. Hopefully keeping a look out for a wool or wool blend coat will be a good place to start.

The Work Coat
This black knee length coat was from H&M a few years ago. I love this coat with its asymmetrical zip and high collar, which is perfect for keeping winter winds out without having to wear a big scarf.
This is my work coat but I also like how it looks with jeans. As with most black coats, I need to regularly give this a once over with a lint remover as it does attract any little bit of fluff. The wool content of this coat is 33% but I have always found it so warm due to the high collar. The pockets are deep and there is an essential back vent to help the coat hang nicely.

The Parka
This parka got me through a trip to New York in February when it was the coldest I have ever experienced. This was from Uniqlo and is a mix between black and very dark green. There is a detachable fleece lining which covers the main body but not the arms, which I like so I can wear big jumpers and still get this parka on. 
There is also a drawstring at the waist to pull the coat in and give a bit more shape, as well as a drawstring on the hem.
The hood is a good size with a detachable fur rim.

The Puffer Jacket
This is a fairly new jacket from H&M and they come in a variety of colours. I went for black because I felt it would go with more and be less "stand out". Being a puffer jacket, it is bulky but very warm with deep pockets and popper buttons.
As you can see, the hood is huge which I really like as it acts like a big padded collar.
Now because this jacket is quite bulky (and I've got it in a small), I like to wear it on the wonk. I just pop up one of the buttons with the one above it and I really like this look.

The Aviator Jacket
I got this sherling lined aviator jacket for my birthday last year from New Look and luckily they are still very much 'in' and you can get this style in most shops. As you can see I have this in khaki green with black lining and although I can only wear a thin top underneath, that's fine as it's so warm and snuggly.

Here it is zipped up.

The "leather" Jacket
This must be my 4th or 5th pleather (pretend leather) jacket and I really just need to commit to buying myself an actual leather jacket. And it would be a biker style. Leather or pleather jackets go with everything and are a wardrobe staple. They go with jeans, dresses-both casual and smart, trousers, jumpsuits, skirts. There is nothing this style jacket won't go with. Which is why I need to get a proper one!
If you like this one, I did get it this year from Asos, it's from the brand Pimkie.

The Longline Bomber Jacket
I love a bomber jacket and have such a useful thin one from Zara which I always wear when travelling. This longline bomber was an absolute bargain from Primark earlier this year and I have worn it so much. It's lightly padded, so warm but not overheating warm.
The longline bomber is a casual, effortless jacket.

The Leopard Print Coat
I would never have bought a leopard print coat/jacket so I pinched this from my daughter who bought it last year in the Sainsbury's TU sale. I was a bit scared initially to wear it (yes I had Bet Lynch images in my head). But what I've discovered is clash it and wear it proud. Or wear it with black to down play the jacket.

I recently teamed the leopard with a gold and black sparkly dress, and I loved how it looked.
I am missing a snow/ski jacket though..



  1. I have SO many coats this winter - the obsession is getting out of hand! I love all of yours, everyone needs a parka in their wardrobe for sure!xx

    Lucy |

    1. I hear you! I think coats are my favourite item of clothing.
      Thanks Lucy.
      Julie xx


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