...talking about my favourite subject at the moment, so I mean a coat. And surely that's a contradiction in terms - as floaty doesn't sound very warm and a coat should surely be just that.
But actually at this time of year, do we really want a full on coat coat? So I've done the cardigan coaty thing and come up with a big fat nada, therefore I've moved on. I say moved on - clearly that just means shelved for the while.
And I was looking for black but that didn't pan out, so next up is camel.
Decision made - next challenge is to find the perfect floaty trench. It must be camel. It must be fluid. I need something that goes over skirts and dresses and in my head, this is going to work. It has to work as I really do need something else other than a short jacket. I feel that it needs to be long and is mustn't be structured.
The more eagle eyed amongst you, may be aware that I did get one in the Summer from Zara. Which is great but is very lightweight. When I say, lightweight, think the thickness of a tee shirt. As much as I've said I'm not looking for full on duvet, something that will give slightly more coverage than a voile curtain is probably a good idea.
Funnily enough, there is inspiration behind this, in the form of something very expensive. No surprise there then. Damn you Ms Marant. But this is so gorgeous. (No one mention that it's more khaki than camel. No one).
Dani Coat from Isabel Marant £390
The problem with pictures of course, is that it's hard to define which are flowy and which are a bit stiff. I fear you may have to order to find out. This one, length wise, does look marvellous.
ASOS Maxi Mac with oversized storm flap £75
Then there's full on long and full on drapey but the colour? A tad too white for my liking. Plus I would get those tie sleeves covered in coffee in about 20 minutes.
Tie Sleeve Trench by Boutique at Topshop £185
If you want flowy, then a knitted version surely fits the bill. Adore this but am gutted that for me, it's not long enough. I want it long as well as flowy.
Cotton blend knitted trench coat from Mango £59.99
And then there's a not belted version from Autograph at M&S. I tried this on today and it comes up HUGE so definitely size down. I've ordered the 10 "in the interests of research"... I love the idea. I adore the back. It might not work. But imagine if it does. It's the perfect colour.
Back Pleat Trench Coat from M&S £129
And then I've ordered this. I know, I know, I get so fed up of Zara quality and I'm sure it will go straight back, but I've got to try it.
Oversized Trench Coat from Zara £119
Now this one might be amazing were it not green. I've tried to persuade myself that it's really a camel green (like that's a colour) but it's really just green, isn't it? Or maybe I should just live with green... now that's an option.
Modal Trench from Mango in forest green (the clue is in the title I guess...) £59.99
And then we have some not entirely drapey looking but it did look much drapier in the navy. Plus not everyone will want flowy and loose. This is a great price and I love the pared back trench theme.
Clean Belted Trench Coat from Warehouse was £89 now £66.75
And then there's not so pared back. Ok, so I immediately think Muppets but I have to say I do rather love it. Or maybe I should just go on a scarf hunt. Idea fodder right there.
Faux Fur Collar Trench from Mango £79.99
I'm thoroughly confused as per usual and feel I should order the Isabel Marant just to prove to myself it's rubbish quality. No? Ditto the Zara one.
In the meantime, outfit from yesterday. It was the now 10yr old's birthday, the 12yr old had a half day at school, I had work in the morning so the day went in a flash. And culminated in three hours bowling. Who goes bowling in a dress? Seriously, what a moron.
Dress - M&S
Black Onyx biker jacket - hush
Copeland Trainers - Air & Grace
Black Haworth bag - Village England
I am so exhausted today, I can't tell you. The 12yr old had another day off (inset day) and we spent the whole day at Bluewater, followed by swimming lessons. I am now off out for dinner - changed my £15 H&M dress so that's getting an outing.
Has everyone decided what sort of coat they're going for this season? At the moment, a trench will solve so many of my problems, I am so hoping one of these pans out.