Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Search For The Perfect Camel Coat Continues

I have a little wish list on my phone of key items I feel I'm missing in my wardrobe.  It's not particularly glamorous (a grey sweatshirt being one of them!) but long standing is a decent camel coloured coat.  I tried a fair old few last year and nothing ticked all the boxes.  I am short, it can't be too long.  I want some wool in it so it's warm and doesn't bobble and last more than a few wears.  I want a good shade of camel and low and behold, I want it to fit me well.  So when H&M sent me an email with one from their 'Conscious' collection with 58% wool at £59.99 (then there was a 25% code off and free delivery making it £44.99), this felt like a no brainer.  I honestly didn't deliberate long, which is rare for me.  It took 5 days to arrive - I was beyond excited.  Especially as they actually had it in a size 6 (I am petite up top but just for the record, I also wear 8's & 10's) which for some reason, not a lot of their clothes are available in online.  


Um hello size 6 coat that you could wrap around me twice (ok, slight exaggeration).  Gutted wouldn't have even cut it.  I think I would even have side tracked the fact it was darker than I wanted if it had fitted me well but no, it was majorly to big, to dark and fairly thin.  


So if you're a size 10, buy the 6 - that's if you don't mind it being a dark shade of camel.  I loved the style, I had actually planned outfits around it already.  That will teach me for being ahead of my game.  


The picture below is it online - definitely a lighter shade than what arrived.  Sometimes I do despair at sizing.  I would quite happily put myself forward for a fit model.  I'm just not sure how they could get it so wrong.  


That being said, if you get the sizing right, H&M still have some good offerings - especially when they have coats on sale right now.  This shorter wrap style below is 50% wool and now £41.99.  See here.  


You can't go wrong with a biker style leather jacket.  This is from their premium range and reduced with 40% off down to £83.99.  See here



So I'm back on the hunt for a camel coat.  I ordered one from ASOS last year but was again, really disappointed in the sizing and quality.  I've seen the below and am fairly tempted.  I'm not a huge ASOS shopper but everyone else seems to do really well out of them so feel I should perhaps give them another go.  This one is reduced to £63.50 with 77% wool.  Somethings stopping me though - probably the luck I've had so far and the bother of having to package it back up and return it via the postoffice (and the usually long queue to do so!).


I've seen this Hush coat below featured on a few blogs now and I love it.  I'm just not sure I can justify the £190 price tag right now even though it has the best fibre composition I've seen in a long while - 93% wool, 6% cashmere and 1% polyamide.  Now that's what I'm talking about - go Hush!  One to watch in the sales quite possibly.  


I think perhaps I need to spend some time hitting the shops for me and have a really good mooch around (t's all about the clients and the kids these days!). Has anyone else come up with a great version that ticks all their boxes or am I not alone on this front?



15 comments:

  1. I hear you Natalie- I've struggled to get one I love for years. Can't believe how big that h&m one is! Normally I find their sizing small- weird! Having said that, the camel coats I've returned before have all been on the big side. I've currently got the hush Michelle one at home and I may keep it - due to frustration but I'll warn you, it's a big fit too...I've the S/M and if I keep it, I'll be getting the sleeves taken up x

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    1. Oh no - can't believe the Michelle is large too! Well that's that one out then. Look forward to seeing it on x

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  2. I feel your frustration! I think you should hang on for the Hush sale as it's the right colour, fab fabric and I think looks the best of the lot. Shame about the H&M one - mind you, I'm not sure that I've ever managed to get anything decent in H&M ..ever :(

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    1. I've had a few pieces, but then also a few that I've ended up having to return as they've shrunk! Hush one now out based on Avril saying it comes up large too. Back to the drawing board x

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  3. Crazy sizing!! I also hate the queues at the post office, so I swapped to returning most of my items through Collect Plus (includes free Asos returns!) - you drop them off at a local shop that operates with collect+; no queues & I can return items at 9pm, rather than rushing to the post office. Perfect! (I don't work for Collect+, but I do love them as they've saved me lots of money on free returns :-)

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    1. I know, I was so frustrated. Funny enough, I've just got a free return with a collect plus I'm taking back to a convenience store today! Lol - you're a good advert for them though! x

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  4. That is humongous on you! And you can overlook the odd detail if the fit is there but if it's not right in so many ways for you, it's not right. I'm happy with the one I've got this year even if it's not got a single ounce of wool in it. I won't be wearing it lots and consequently, I wouldn't have got my moneys worth if I had spent a lot on it so I've not been too precious about it like I normally would.

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    1. Yep and even more so in the flesh. I'm considering resorting to something like your Primark one Sue but it's been a colour I've been after for so long that I know I would wear it so much. I'm holding out a little while longer yet x

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  5. Hi, I am 5ft 2 and a size 6 so I feel your pain! I've been looking for a camel coat for years - last year I bought a Baukjen one in a size 6, it's a classic crombie style and it is really good. Their coats aren't cheap but sometimes they have great discount codes. They have a pretty similar one this year by the looks of things...good luck!

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    1. We are very similar in height too! I had a quick look the other day when you posted this - gorgeous! But yes, a little pricey at the moment. Am all for investment buying but that's a little more than I want to spend at the moment so I will definitely keep an eye out in their sale. Thanks for the great tip off! x

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  6. Be warned - the Hush one is massive - I ordered the S and it was still too big and I'm not small! It was such a disappointment as it looks fab on the model but it looks like an oversized mans coat on. I was very disappointed as have to admit I'm a big Hush customer x

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    1. Oh no - that's such a shame! I'm hanging all out for the Next one I've ordered. Another update coming soon on some more I've tried on - feel like this is the longest search in history! x

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  7. Do you still have the coat by chance? I would love to buy it off of you if so. I have seen it in person and really want it but i know its from last year. :-( email me if you do mborullian@hotmail.com

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  8. Do you still have the coat by chance? I would love to buy it off of you if so. I have seen it in person and really want it but i know its from last year. :-( email me if you do mborullian@hotmail.com

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