No not the Christmas presents which I STILL haven't started even though I swore I would have done by now... I have really got to get on with it - only problem is that my darling children (the older two that is) don't go to bed till much later, as in nearly the same time as me. Christmas Eve and wrapping at 2am looks like it still beckons...
But no, something far more exciting today.
Easing ourselves gently into Winter. The temperatures are due to drop this week so it's probably time to put away the cardigans and take the next step up - the blanket coat. Now I say, the next step up, but I actually wore mine when I went to New York last January and it was -18 degrees not including the wind chill factor. Cold didn't come close to describing it.
But actually - a coat like this, with layers underneath, a proper big scarf, wooly hat and gloves. And you're good to go. I didn't need anything heavier than this, even in those temperatures. Admittedly it wasn't actually snowing as, I'll be frank, in wet/snowy conditions, these are about as much use as a chocolate teapot, as waterproof they are not.
However for those other days when you don't want something that's a) practical (ergo sensible looking..) or b) heavy, these are ideal. How to not look like the michelin man for a start. These are your friend.
I have one in particular that I love. And it has proven it's worth over the years - I must have bought this six years ago and it's still one of my favourite coats. Mine is a boiled wool blanket coat with a waterfall front (sounds random and frumptastic but it's not, I promise) that I wear all the time.
And I bought the wrap blanket camel coat last year from Zara (which I have to say I don't love quite as much right now - you know you fall out of love with something but then the next week, suddenly it's the most amazing thing you own? I'm sure this will happen with this next week..).
This year, there seem to be even more around so many others have seen the light in how useful they are. I tried on THE most amazing one in Jigsaw which is currently residing at the top of my Sales list. If I didn't have enough coats and needed one, this one I would purchase immediately as it's immense.
And yes, it's reversible so two coats for the price of one. I have tried this on and can't for the life of me find the photograph (old phone that is one second away from dying and has enough storage for about 3 photographs). But please do take it from me that it is gorgeous. Seriously lovely.
Reversible Double Faced Wrap Coat £298 Yes there is a belt languishing at the back.
Similar but in a lighter shade, at Urban Outfitters and in the sale.
Light Before Dark double faced blanket coat was £119 now £80
And a similar version but in darker greys from Gray & Willow.
Gray & Willow Waterfall Blanket Coat £199 from House of Fraser
More grey and with fringing this time from Miss Selfridge although I found this on the Debenhams website. Helpfully they do point out that Miss Selfridge often comes up small.
Miss Selfridge Fringe Blanket Coat £89
Another fringe version in camel from ASOS. I do think these look mostly better when they're undone...
ASOS Blanket Wrap Coat was £70 now £49
However I think the most useful coat in your wardrobe (admittedly this does depend on what colours you mostly wear.. duh... so take this with a pinch of salt. And ignore if you don't wear black) is a black one and they are definitely the most difficult to master.
But I've found one that I think is definitely worth a look.
Therapy Textured Blanket Coat was £99 now £79
From the sublime to the also sublime but faintly ridiculous now - a cream coat.
Gorgeous. Just not if you have a dog. Or a child. Or like chocolate. Or red wine... On the plus side, insanely practical in that it would go with absolutely everything. In my dreams I am not as much as a slob as I am in reality and could wear this.
Textured Wool Blanket Coat from Topshop £110
Slightly more practical in a darker grey at Jigsaw. All these shades of grey make me very happy - in case you hadn't noticed...
Rib Collar Boiled Wool Coat £169
Or getting into the Christmas vibe with a red shade. Oasis call it Damson. They do this style of coat every year and I know a couple of people who have bought it and it's fabulous. Has really stood the test of time and will keep you in good company for years.
Oasis Two Tone Drape Wrap Coat £98
Hoods up now. Not sure you'd actually use it as a functional aspect to the coat (although ideal if you're caught out in a drizzle you weren't expecting. Although why that would happen when the iphone weather app is so unfailingly accurate...)
However it's a gorgeous styling addition - I love the texture and extra shape it gives the coat.
Urban Outfitters Mono Blanket Coat was £80 now £40
Love the check, again from Urban Outfitters and again in the sale.
BDG Check Blanket Coat was £89 now £45
Staying with hoods and this is a hooded version of mine from Zara last year. The one slight downside with these is that do have a hint of dressing gown about them. Which is easily remedied by never belting and wearing the hood up at the same time. The chances of you looking like Obi Wan Kenobi would be high if you did. Other than that, it's perfect.
BDG Camel Blanket Coat was £89 now £59
Managed to do a long dog walk today, making one of the children walk home at the same time... (if there's one of them they don't moan. They seem to find solidarity in numbers.. one was at football, one at a playdate). But it seems that the weather is on the turn so maybe it may be more scarves and time to crack out the wooly knits.
I am super conscious that it's Christmas round the corner (my stash of unwrapped presents are testimony to the fact) so there will be some Christmas pressie ideas coming your way shortly.