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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Nightwear you can leave the house in.

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.

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Navy and white top - Whistles 

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?

35 comments:

  1. I think I like the Zara and Mango ones the best but also worry about the dressing gown effect, also whenever I wear tie waist anything they always come undone and I spend half my time re-tying it. Love your green coat too!

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    1. This is a very good point - I think I may be going for the non done up but undone look..... Clear as mud?! The green coat was definitely a very good buy - I love this shape and style. Must check if it's bobbled actually - was great quality for Zara. x

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  2. Love love wrap coats, I have lusted over the Joseph Lisa wrap coat for years!! Jaeger did a good one last year that I featured on my blog, camel one side grey the other..... Fab. The mango ones look great affordable options.

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    1. It was so so gorgeous wasn't it - the Jaeger one from last year. I did have a hunt to see if they had it on their sale pages as they do have things in the sale for so so long. They also do amazing reductions so these will definitely be less eventually... But yes, the Mango ones do look good - I'll check them out tomorrow x

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    2. MaxMara do a fab camel/grey version too. Get the Jaegar

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  3. Last weekend I saw a tall thin girl try the Zara coat on. IT looked stunning on her but Indeed nightgownish on me ( 1.65) I bought the collarless wonderfull oil-coloured Zara-coat instead. You are tall, I think it will suit you! Looking forward to see the pics......

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    1. oooh I haven't seen the oil-coloured coat. I'll check it out. And Ill be back with pics x

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  4. I love these coats and have been wearing a charcoal grey one from the White Company (almost identical to dark grey Mango one) for the last three years, but still looks brand new. Original price was over £300, I got it in the sale for about £150. One of the best purchases I ever made. Get the Jaegar one!!! Jo

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    1. ooh I didn't realise TWC did them - I'll have a look, thank you xx

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    2. Obvs not available now, but it was this one

      http://www.fashioncraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/flax-white-company.jpg

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  5. It's a big yay from me, but on others and not me. Belted coats don't do a lot for me either. Love the camel ones in particular. Took my five year old and his friend to see Maleficent and I thoroughly enjoy it (I have been known to daydream my way through whole films before!). Lve your emerald green coat and the boots are lush. Lynne x

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    1. I love them, I really do but like you, belted coats make me look just large. I'll try them on and you'll see. Tee hee...... It's a FAB film, isn't it - all 4 of the kids I took loved it. Have to say I am so pleased with that coat - a real breath of fresh air in my wardrobe. x

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  6. Oh I LOVE the jaegar one. Going to stalk this and hope it ends up in the sale, as I have exceed my 'three per month' for the rest of the year. Oooops

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    1. Ha. Ha ha ha ha HA! you beat me. YES! I'm not as bad I thought! (can you not start on next year?....!) x

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  7. I think they look lovely on others but being a bit of a shorty I don't feel they suit me...(I might try again though just to be certain) REALLY looking forward to your Mango/Zara explorations. I don't have these shops in my area so I always order online. Its so helpfull to see the stuff on you. That jumper from mango looks promising.

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    1. You need to try the Jaeger one on as (not giving away my next blog but... ) it is definitely made for the more diminutive. And yes, I will have loads on our Spanish friends soon x

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  8. I looked at them and thought nah, but then curiosity got the better of me with the Mango ones and I looked at their site, and the photo styled with the plaid shirt and ripped jeans (although I hate the boots) is now making me think maybe!

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    1. I love that pic - I really do. And there is a massive haul of check shirts in the shops too. Not sure it's my bag but there are loads to choose from. I do think these coats look better undone on lots of people. x

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  9. Ahhhh LOVE the Mango one - I might have to have a gander at the light grey one when I am in NYC!

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    1. You must - I have photos to come tomorrow xxx The grey is SO so so you x

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  10. I did the dressing gown coat once. Never again. Dissing gowns, after all, aren't the most flattering items of clothing at the best of times.

    I do like waterfall collars though. And if you tie the cords at the back rather than the front you get the waist effect without the billowing tummy look.

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    1. I think it is definitely the collar that I"m drawn to.. and the drapey luxurious looking fabric. But the belt - nah. Crucifies me every time! Pics coming tomorrow x

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  11. I love these coats - but ( this is probably a daft question based on the dressing gown theme) do they usually have any other fastening apart from the belt?

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    1. Nope! All the ones I"ve seen are just a belt!

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  12. Buggery bollocks, just ordered the Mango Camel, damn you!!!
    Bit suspicious about the sleeves being pushed up in every shot though, hope they're not disguising
    Tyrannosaurus Rex arms...I'm more orangutan.

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    1. ha ha ha ha ha! I have pics to come tomorrow - how tall are you? x

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    2. 5'9 but my arms are ridic. I am the King of the Swingers, sadly.
      Can't wait to see you demo it we're pretty similar builds, minus the octo-arms obviously!

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  13. I like the look of the dressing gown coats but I wonder how they work in reality? Would you ever tie the belt - and how would they look untied when it's not a model in a still wearing it? Depends too on the amount of fabric. Jury' still out for me on this one!

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    1. Wait and see, wait and see - I have pics coming up tomorrow xx

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  14. I have the Joseph one in black and it's the best coat I've ever bought.

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    1. Yes it's such a great coat - amazing buy x

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  15. Tried a Great Plains one earlier this week. Cue hilarity from husband, was I planning to wear pjs under etc. They look lovely in the pics but didn't look right on me. Think you need to keep the rest of the outfit pretty fitted.

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    1. Oh yes, I meant to try that one too! Good call - I knew I'd seen another one somewhere. And I tried a load on today which wasn't the happiest experience.... x

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