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?