Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Coat Crazy

For the past week I have been noting down everything I want when pay day arrives, thankfully that day in tomorrow! So I need to stock up on the usual - toiletries, new make-up (which will be reviewed), clothes, but most of all I want a winter coat.

A few weeks ago I purchased a Barbour Jacket from Selfridges in Manchester, I love the jacket, it's easy to wear, goes with most outfits plus the quilting is right on trend. However I think when the snow arrives (fingers crossed it won't be as bad as last Winter), it just won't be thick enough. My jacket copes well with the mild weather that we have been having but not so well with the rain - that has been constant for the past 5 days...

My criteria for a winter coat is:
  1. It want a hood - This may not be the coolest of things but I prefer a hood, however for the right coat I am willing to give up this luxury!
  2. It needs to have a zip rather than buttons (or both!) - I find this keeps more warmth in.
  3. I need a neutral colour so it is versatile - cream, camel, khaki, black or brown.
  4. It must not drown me!!- I am only 5 "2 and have a petite frame, I love knee length coats but most are designed for taller people than myself! I even purchased an Age 13 coat last winter to accommodate my size!
 With these in mind I have shortlisted a few coats...

The Parker - The ultimate coat. This is back on trend and unbelievably versatile. This can be literally thrown on with a chunky knit scarf or worn with some killer heels. I love the colour of this coat and at only £39.99 from H&M it's a steal!


Animal print - It seems like every year this trend comes back for winter. Fur is HUGE on the catwalk and this coat incorporates two of this winters biggest fashions. The only thing that puts me off is the lack of shape to this coat but I'm sure it would look completely different when its on. £70 Topshop.

Fur - There is something about fur that draws me in every time (fake not real, of course!). Again this is so on trend at the moment and would look amazing glammed up or dressed down. The big but for me is when the fur gets damp or wet it destroys the whole look of the coat and leaves it matted. I know 'you shouldn't wear it if it's raining' but come on I want an all rounder plus I live in the UK, if it didn't get worn in the rain or snow it wouldn't leave my wardrobe. Vila at House of Fraser - £85.

Now this is my guilty pleasure, it maybe doesn't cover some of my criteria (if any), but it looks amazing...on the website that is, I haven't got round to trying on! I love the subtle dusty pink colour that is so feminine, and the fur collar adds sophistication. This also has been reduced form £110 to just £80 - not bad for a coat that will never go out of fashion!

Fingers crossed at least some of these coats will be available in the store for me to try on tomorrow, I will keep you posted and let you know which coat I go for!

Do you have any coat style tips for petite girlies?

Katie xx


  1. I own a coat just like the top one (only khaki colored from A&F) and it is so warm and toasty. I live in upstate New York where the winter temperatures hover around -6 degrees Celsius. This coat is reserved for the coldest of the cold. I am 5'0" though, and the coat comes almost to my knees.

  2. I went for one, much like the bottom one. It has a doule breasted front with buttons and fur around the collar! It from Primark (not sure if you have that in the States?!) I am soooo jealous of you living in New York, I love the cold cold winters and wrapping up! Katie x


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