Winter Coat Rules, Shopping & Wardrobe Reorganising

Out with the summer, in with the winter

I think by now we have figured out that my ‘taking time off to rest’ only resulted in me being bored witless. I can do the stay at home in the warm part, but can’t seem to stop working, well it’s only a few little blog posts not like I’m hauling bricks around a building site. With my first day off I ended up trawling the internet for hours, I mean seriously I now have a mental encyclopedia of all this seasons new stock. Then of course the browsing leads to the obsessing and the obsessing to the erm major buying! Every winter I really do like to have a new coat, no I don’t need a new coat every winter but I just really like to get one. It gets me in the mood for the season and brightens up my old knitwear. Since I will be wearing it pretty much every day it has to be something┬á I am head-over-heels about.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania ‘Rac’ coat

Last year I went for a gorgeous Navy Anglomania ‘Limpish’ coat, which I still very much like but for some reason I have it my head that I need a red coat this season. I initially eyed up this ‘Rac’ coat also Anglomania, the perfect shade of cherry red with big gold buttons. But I wasn’t sure if the length was quite long enough. Hunting around I found this ‘Just-au-corps’ coat, in the same cherry red but with a longer flared hem and the added bonus of a hood. Since it was on it was also on sale, win! It was the last one in red, the gorgeous soft grey is still available, and a size larger than I would usually go for so hoping it will fit ok. The model only seemed to have a thin top on underneath and I like to wear massive jumpers so fingers crossed it will be just right. I really love Yoox, it is a bit like TK Maxx and The Outnet in that it sells past season designer items as discounted prices and you know I love a bargain. The site also accepts Paypal, woop, no more struggling to get that annoying Visa Verify thing to work – have you tried it lately no more passwords now a series of bizarre questions – and nope it still doesn’t work. In fact no need to even move from your sick bed to go get your purse. Now with Paypal your shopping can easily be paid via mobile too, perfect for my eBay addiction. I just don’t see why more online shops don’t use it.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania ‘Just-au-Corps’ coat

When I’m looking for a new winter coat for everyday wear I have a check list I make sure it fits with:

-Must cover the bum (because otherwise it is really a jacket and wont be warm enough, I live in Manchester, its cold up North)

-Must be a style which works with both heels and flats (I’m 5’2 I don’t want my coat trailing in the snow if I have to switch to flats)

-Must be warm (sounds daft but some coats look warm but actually don’t retain the heat so you feel the wind right through it)

-Must have pockets (I mean seriously who designs a coat with no pockets)

-Must fasten (edge-to-edge coats look amazing yes, but really they don’t keep the cold and wet out)

Ok so yes I am a certified old lady these days but coats aren’t cheap so I want to be sure I buy one that is going to last. I have a few coats in classic styles which haven’t dated even though they are years old now. I really liked this Harper’s Bazaar coat edit, helpful if you want some inspiration about what style of coat to go for. I also picked up an amazing shaggy faux-fur jacket in TK Maxx which I can’t wait to wear. This week I’m going to finish off switching my wardrobe over from summer to winter. Hey, if we have to be cold we might as well look chic!

The realisation you will be colour blocking red all season

Any winter must-haves you are lusting after?

8 thoughts on “Winter Coat Rules, Shopping & Wardrobe Reorganising

  1. I love winter coats, it’s my favourite thing about the change of season, I think. And I’m like you, I need a new coat every year. This year I’ve got my heart set on a pretty one from Damsel in a Dress, but I think I need to sell some of the older ones which no longer fit me in order to justify the spend.

  2. ‘hauling bricks around a building site..’ lol! I love coats too and happily, unbelievably managed to refrain from adding to my collection. I had wanted a black knee length (on me so awkward short length on everyone else!) coat that was slightly nipped in at the waist single or double breasted but may convert that to a yummy black trench instead for next year.
    I love your checklist and agree with you about the chill factor. And it must be something in the air, I’ve been craving red too – got a whole dress and shoes but not to wear together 🙂

  3. Defo like the one you got better than the first one, the flared and dipped hem is lovely. I’m becoming addicted to paypaling everything too and yes Yoox is great! Just received a pair of gorgeous Miu Miu embellished courts and a Love Moschino brooch from there this week, both were the last ones!

  4. Love the vivienne westwood coat!!! Stunning. Not sure if you remember but we met at the swap shop for skinny cow and I got that holly willoughby dress! 🙂

  5. Love the coat you chose, the draped front & toggle fastenings are perfect! I’m obsessed with Yoox too, so addictive! I always feel like I /need/ another coat each year, but then I barely wear it as I’m more of a jacket person, it has to be super cold for me to put a coat on, but maybe that’s because I’ve never found one I’m head over heels for?

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