If any of you remember, I was madly 'in love' with the above Zara coat. For some reason (probably time if I'm honest) something stopped me from checking out with it in my basket. I started to regret it when I saw the below in a magazine, thinking how much 'on trend' it was. However, luckily the newly refurbished store opened in Knightsbride, phew, and I found it in the back corner of the shop. I pushed the tourists out of the way as I saw my size (ruthless) and grabbed it to try on. I wasn't allowed to take any photos but straight to the point, it wasn't worth writing home about. It wasn't meant to be mine after all, I am a firm believer in fate. For £99.99 I expect quiet a lot and it didn't deliver. It was a very thin fabric, more an off white than a sharp fresh one, un-lined and literally hung at the back like a sack. I am petite and I had seen it on a taller lady so maybe I'm being a little harsh on the item but needless to say, I was pleased I hadn't wasted my time ordering it and having to return it by post.
I was even more happy as I had been naughty a few weeks earlier and sort of impulsively bought a Barbour. Not to impulsive as that one had been on my wish list for over a year but in that I had about 10 minutes to commit with a no returns option (250 miles away from home in their outlet store and it was about to close!). I had both my parents with me, both Barbour advocates and owners who insisted it was a timeless investment piece. It was £229 down to £129 and a Limited Edition Liberty print (Limited Edition always wins with me). And to be fair to my folks, it was worn within 48 hours, which is always a good sign. The quality is outstanding and I am pleased to say I was kept fully dry! My only grumble is that I can't wash it - arrrgh, with two kids what on earth am I supposed to do with a dirty coat? Any Barbour owners with advice, please do share!
|Me trying to do a back shot!|
|Not exactly 'The Black Dress' that the hanger suggests|
On that note, a friend of mine is on the look out for a Mac style coat. I confess I am a bit of a coat collector (my husband fears it is over taking shoes but not handbags). My Mac was bought from Tommy Hilfiger in Bicester Village a few years ago for £100, another amazing buy and fully washable! The leather trims on the belts are all detachable. Here are a few available on the high street now.
|My Tommy coat|
|Classic style from M&S £45, simple black piped edging add's a little something extra|
|If you prefer a single breasted style, why not try this rose colour from Miss Selfridge £65|
|Asos do a great contrast sleeve style for £75|
|If you want to go darker, Gap have this navy option for £59.95|
|House of Fraser have a great range in, including this classic cropped version from Warehouse at £60|