Because if Jaeger sell it - the epitome (to me anyway in my former city working days) of grown up chic - then it can definitely be classed as proper outer wear. Actually to be fair, it was Joseph who first ignited my love of all things that look like dressing gowns.
And that's what we're talking about today - the dressing gown that's a coat.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, rather than me yabbering on and not describing it remotely accurately, here's a pic.
Joseph Double Cashmere Lisa Coat £695
Yes, in a moment of delirium earlier, I did actually contemplate changing my name to Lisa just so I could justify a coat purchase.
But fear not. That ludicrous idea needn't happen as I have come across more than one that are a ton cheaper. I'm sure they're not going to be as fabulous quality and a couple of my very good friends have the above coat in black and I'll be honest, it has more than lasted the test of time and still looks fabulous on both of them.
We can in fact blame Angelina Jolie for this blog. Random I appreciate but in my infinite wisdom I decided not to send the two boys to football camp this morning and thought that the cinema would be a better idea, taking the 7yr old's best friend as well. And as riveting as Maleficent was, I couldn't help but think about my new leather midi skirt and what coat would work with it for the A/W (I know I know but the adverts were dull and I'm weird).
It got me to thinking that I had seen online a couple of gorgeous coats that would work - those of the dressing gown variety. Now I've always shied away from them - particularly the Joseph one and to be honest, the eye watering price tag hasn't helped.
But being thick of middle, I'm not great with belted coats. I feel that if don't have a waist, all belting it in the middle does, is highlight the fact I go straight up and down with no shape.
However I do think that the drape of the coat and the slight pulling in at the back with the weight of the belt may very well look fab over a midi skirt. It is my mission tomorrow when I go out with the 9yr old (the boys are definitely definitely going to football tomorrow - we do now so need some space from each other!) to see if my theory remotely works.
In the meantime though, throughout the rest of the film (which is excellent by the way) I had managed to recall where I had recently seen a couple of gorgeous camel and grey coats in this style - Jaeger and Mango. Also reminding me that they were an exact replica of the Joseph Lisa that I have loved for so long.
Here is the Jaeger one:-
Double Faced Wool coat in camel £399
They also do it in Berry (and black)
Special mention goes to the beauties at Mango. These look amazing. Then again, I will say that Mango have developed the most exquisite website and so most things look gorgeous. But then again last season, loads of things were. I shall do a show and tell tomorrow - can't wait to go and have a touch and feel of all their new season stuff.
Lapels wool-blend Coat in light grey £119.99
In dark grey £119.99
And in camel. Swoon. (also love this sweater and shall be hunting this down tomorrow - all in the interests of research)
Another more substantial version that I found was at Oasis.
Oasis Textured Long Black belted Coat £98
I have to say - with some reticence - bobbling coat from last year still very much on my mind - I am going to have to try the Zara one. But I fear if it does bobble, in this style it will look like I have slept in it. Literally.
Long coat £159.99
Ignoring the shoes that I am drawn to still but am staying firm on Not. Buying.....
So tomorrow I get to go to a real live shop with real live clothes. Ooh I could crush a grape.
To say we all have cabin fever is rather an understatement - I'm not even going to mention the weather. Suffice to say I'm officially over it.
On the upside I get to wear some of my favourite clothes from last season. Oh with my new Jalouse boots.
Real Straight jeans - Gap
Boiled wool emerald green coat - Zara
Beige Jalouse boots - Ash
All I'm going to say is please let it stop raining...... But whilst we're on the subject of all things cosy - coats that look like dressing gowns. Yay or nay?