Black. Blasted. Coat.
How hard are these to find? Answer = very. I'd go so far as to say nigh on impossible.
I don't in fact have a Coat. (ok so I have loads but I mean a Black Coat). I have a coatigan thingy (felty wool job - not the fashionista description clearly) which I completely adore but I've noticed yet another titchy hole in it and as it's about 6 years old and has been dragged out again and again, it's starting to look tired (which is code for "fit for the dog basket").
I have looked for something similar to absolutely zero avail so now I'm going more generic. Spurred on by my groundbreaking (slightly over egging the pudding there but I'm one gluwein in) discovery yesterday of the Jaeger Outlet.
I have the best justification ever for splurging on a new black coat and I am definitely looking for something that will be super versatile.
So where better to start than with black coats from there which are the same price as your basic high street store now (ish... gluwein alert)
Faux Fur Long Length Coat was £399 now £175 - Simply gorgeous and simply classic. I'm probably looking for something that's a bit less.. bulky... but if I was in the market for a proper winter coat, this would be top of the list.
This would be a slam dunk if it were the unlined version. I appreciate the lined version will probably be preferable to most but personally I like the felty unlined ones (ie the Joseph imitation...)
Wool Blend Long Line Wrap Coat was £299 now £125
A slightly oversized three button version in wool was £350 now £199 again from Jaeger Now this is lovely but to me, it's rather standard classic black coat fare (which is probably what most people are after and what I should probably buy but... I'm looking for something with a bit more of a design detail. I think...clearly I don't know "what". Interestingly it looks so much more err interesting in the navy. Obviously. As I'm not looking for a navy coat. There's also THE most amazing navy wrap coat. Which again, I don't need. But I love.. I really really love...)
Oversized again at ASOS but this time with a button detail which I quite like.
ASOS Coat in Oversized Fit in Patch Pockets £85
A much more reasonable option at M&S and I think the buttons elevate this from dull to far more interesting. The little details make such a difference. Also rather loving the puffed sleeve. I'm hoping that is a design detail and not just rubbish stitching....
Collared Neck Military Coat with wool from M&S £69
Another great longer one at M&S. Although I simply cannot fathom how people manage to cruise around (for a start I don't cruise around anywhere so this may be the nub of the issue. I generally pelt. Or charge. WIth things falling out of my bag as I run. And swear. As I'm late. There is zero elegant about this image) with their coats draped gracefully over their shoulders. Tis a fashion/blogger thing I have long been in awe of. I WILL confess, I did try it. Got to the car, couldn't find my keys in my bag, lifted bag up to delve amongst crap and coat felt off. Unrepeatable words were uttered and I wore my coat properly. Experience over.
Still in awe and envy of those who manage it.
Wool Blend Long Military Belted Coat with Cashmere £149 from M&S
However I may have found the perfect option at Jigsaw. This is the identical shape to the navy dress coat I was talking about yesterday. Seeing as the navy one cost me £20 from H&M, I think it would be foolish not to try this version. I wear the navy one so so often during the day that I know how much wear I would get out of this. I'm just hoping that it's not "too" thick (dear lord I'm truly turning into the Goldilocks of black coats). I really would love to be able to wear this into the Spring as well.
Ava Evening Coat from Jigsaw £249
And no it doesn't have lace hanging out of the bottom. I feared for a moment, "evening" may have insinuated "lace edging". Thankfully no. Behold the beauty (it looks rather warm though, doesn't it...?)
Oh but I've got to just show you this, which is navy (and the one I mentioned further up in the post and simply can't stop thinking about. Navy over a black dress? Maybe as it's not navy navy.... it's not going to work is it?)
Someone else buy it PLEASE. Such a gorgeous coat for such a fab reduction.
Double Faced Waterfall Coat from Jaeger was £399 now £125
So this is just the tip of the iceberg but I have a whole host of stuff to get done that I haven't been able to do, due to a stream of wonderful wonderful friends coming round to give support (and flowers and presents - I am so unbelievably touched). This is not the end of the subject of black outerwear (soz).
Very buoyed up though by the thought of the Jigsaw jacket *small skip* as I think that may be pretty darn perfect.
Outfit from today. Yes, the camera on my iphone has died. Totally totally died. To be rectified v shortly. Apologies in the meantime. Jeans are tie dye not snow wash. Just in case anyone was wondering.
Black jumper - Banana Republic
Black poncho - Reiss
Black tie dye jeans - Sandro
Black Biker boots - Seven Boot Lane
Black Harker Bag - Anya Hindmarch
Off to London tomorrow for a work lunch that I wasn't going to go to but actually, I'm ok. There's nothing else I can be doing and I'm certainly going to go easy on the fizz (I can't imagine a shed load of that being surrounded by London at Christmas which my mum loved, is the best idea in the world) but The Husband is then coming to meet me and we're going to look for his Christmas present. I'm looking forward to it.