Warts and all. So as promised, I have returned from trying on and I have good new and bad news.
Starting perhaps with the 9yr old's comment on me trying the very first one on - Jaeger I apologise, you got the brunt of it.
"Mummy, it just looks like a dressing gown". Out of the mouths of babes. She had no idea that that was also my concern too. A rather large concern if I'm honest and yes, we were all right to be worried.
There are ishoos with these coats that's for certain. Don't thank me all at once but I have done a swift round up of them with pics, including of me looking less than svelte and the 9yr old shaking her head in pity.
Let's crack on (as there is good news at the end - it's not all doom and gloom) and start with one that is bad for me BUT it would be fabulous for those of a more petite build. The dimensions of the coat are just made for shorter people, there's no other way to say it.
Here's how it looks on me. Just not enough fabric - it's just too mean looking for someone as big as me. Or to be fair, that may be my interpretation of it, I think I was looking for something a bit more statement.
To be fair, it doesn't look so bad undone but this was a Large..... Very short on the sleeves. And the most random thing was the belt didn't seem to have any loops to go through. This could of course have been me being a muppet. High chance.
Jaeger Double-faced coat in black £399
Mango Lapels Wool Coat £119.99
Undone - again, not too bad at all for a cardie. And a bargain for less than £30. In other colours as well.
I've also been pointed in the direction of some others, thank you to some lovely readers who mentioned these. This looks like a sturdier fabric again which, in my experience as seen above..., means a better fit. Plus there are belt hooks thank good - which makes a lot of sense. This also looks like a more heavyweight fabric and I believe it's lined, which, I've discovered, makes it more flattering when done up. And warmer of course.
Carla Wrap Coat from Great Plains £140
They also do it in a Whisper White Jacket Version £100
And there we have my roundup of all things dressing gownesque. Here's the outfit I wore with the coats over - as you can see it is a jacket but it's very thin - however if it worked over this, it would work over anything.
Off white vest - Cos
Straight leg jeans turned up - Zara
Silk scarf print jacket - Zara
Stone necklace - Anthropologie
Tan belt - Primark
Tan bag - Prada
Whilst we're on the subject of warts and all, here is my pic from the other day - a great photo of how totally pants my hair looks if I just let it dry naturally. The reason why the Babyliss Big Hair is my total saviour. Which is now on sale at FeelUnique for just £40.50! Honestly life changing, I promise you.
As you can see, not so glam with all the frizz (and let's not even mention my roots. Oh how I can't WAIT for a couple of hours to myself - Daniel J my beloved hairdresser, I am coming to see you as soon as humanly possible)
Silk vintage tunic - Monsoon
Straight legs turned up - Rock & Republic
Thong sandals - Zara
Phew - this post has been a labour of love so I hope it's helpful! I have been totally consumed the last couple of days with children - oodles and oodles of them both mine and others, playdates, sleepovers, school shoe shopping, Five Guys trips, Tapas, you name it, I've done it. Well it feels like it anyway...... Back to a classic top for tomorrow.