Third year in a row and therefore in my book, that counts as a classic. Especially as it's as popular this season as it has been for the last two (although I will admit it was slightly more of an impulse purchase when I bought it, as opposed to a considered investment...).
I am talking the checked coat. Or check coat. I'm sure someone with a greater command of English grammar will be able to educate me as to which is correct (I could google it, I'd just rather look up coats..).
I really did think these would be a one season wonder (hence I waited till the sale to get the one I had my heart set on). And then I bought a navy one from Hobbs (and also waited till the sale. Zero courage in my convictions it seems).
But I have proven myself to prophetic (I won't say right, as I didn't think these would stick around at all. Jammy is more like it). Which is handy as I still love them. I think it's the addition of colour.. or maybe it's the clean pattern that I find so pleasing to the eye. I'm not great with pattern (she says ignoring the plethora of random print dresses she can recall hanging in her wardrobe) - especially in the Winter (redeems herself by having no print Winter dresses. Bar one. Damn).
So I have two and can't possibly justify another but that doesn't mean someone else can't buy one. I've been asked numerous times for blogs on coats and so hopefully this might appeal to someone. I have had much joy in shopping vicariously (although I wish I hadn't as there's a Topshop one I'm not sure I can live without).
Starting with Boden where there is 25% off everything - enter 4QTB at checkout, until Thursday this week. (It then goes down to 15% till Saturday and 10% on Sunday)
Zoe coat was £159 now £119.25
Spitalfields coat £399 - a thing of pure joy...
More oversized love at ASOS. Perfection. So unusual, you could bring it out for years and years and years.
ASOS White Oversized coat in grid check £185
Monochrome oversized in the sale now.
Only Oversized Coat in check was £55 now £45
Another which is at the higher end cost wise, but I love the colours and shape of this one. Love the fact this would be ideal with all shades of camel, grey, black and winter white. Really the ideal coat for those neutral colour palettes to just give them little lift. Actually I'd also team with khaki (and red - ignoring the fact I don't own anything red).
Gat Rimon Raki Coat in check £285
Now I'm not going to say this is exceptionally similar (aka identical..) to the one I have from three years ago. But it sort of is.
Brushed Checked Overcoat £89 from Limited Edition at M&S
And another similar (although not completely identical like the M&S one) from Topshop - black rather than navy tones.
Check Belted Wool Blend Coat from Topshop £99
Another one from M&S - adore the colours of this and love the simply car coat style. £109
Yellow and double breasted at Great Plains.
Check Double Breast Coat £140
However I'm upping the yellow coat game and am having to sit on my hands not to order this. This, for me, is pure coat porn. It's so so not going to be everyone's cup of tea but I absolutely LOVE It.
Checked Car Coat by Boutique at Topshop £250 *repeats to self whilst rocking.. cannot justify another coat, cannot justify another coat, cannot justify another coat...*
*reaches for credit card*
If you don't fancy a full on coat, do remember of course that there is always the cape to consider. And the one from Boden - they have in 3 different check colourways.
Helena Cape was £99 now £74.25 in the brown check
And the green check
Possibly the best of both worlds at M&S with a checked blanket coat...
Fringe & Checked Blanket Coat £119 - a capey coat by all accounts (not a technical term, of that I'm aware).
A similar version at Warehouse and the last opportunity to use the 20% off with Stylist - STYLIST20 - ends midnight, tonight Tuesday.
Checked Blanket coat £90 pre discount
Bargain similar style in the sale at ASOS - Blanket cape was £75 now £45
And here I am in the proof of the pudding. I love this coat as much as the day I bought it - that will be the Christmas Day I stayed up until midnight so I could order it in the sale. It had disappeared from my local store (there was no take up of it apparently... philistines....) and had sold out in the London ones. But I knew it would be in the sale and hey ho it was. I'm sure I still paid £85 for it but have to say it has been so so worth it.
Navy polo neck - Zara
Jeans with turn up - Zara
Check coat - Zara
Stan Smiths - adidas
Whiskey Medium Marcie satchel - Chloe
So the children have finally gone back to school today. I had a day of jobs to do and accomplished absolutely SQUAT bar setting up an email account for our school Winter Ball which took me a mortifyingly long time (2 ahem hours. I am a veritable cretin)
Tomorrow, out with the bestie for lunch (local and no wine...) and trying to get some more Christmas shopping done. I can count on less than two hands the weeks till the big day. Scary stuff peeps (and yes, I'll be wrapping the darn stuff on Christmas Eve, that you can guarantee..). More coats to come, along with boots, Christmas jumper, knitted accessories and something else I can't remember...(the mulled wine has been flowing. I just had to do a small taste test so thimble full).