Coats

Monday, 17 October 2011


Today I am thinking coats. Also, having typed the word a lot, am thinking what a weird word it actually is. Coat. Coat. Coat. Coat. Coat. Hmmm.


Anyway, would you believe that I only used to have one? It was black, it was from Asda, it cost about £20. Not that any of those things are necessarily bad - it was a good coat, just not very interesting. This is it (back in the fatter days, obviously...):

I seem to have developed quite the collection over the past year. It's probably very modest by a lot of people's standards but considering that I used to be restricted to just the one, it feels like a lot to me!

There's the Monsoon one that I sort of regret buying because it was expensive and I've only worn it twice. So pretty though...

And the super bargainous H&M jacket (£10 in the sale) which I love to bits:


I hereby share with you my top tip for coat purchasing: stalk ebay in the summer. There might not be as many winter coats listed but because not many people are thinking that far ahead, there will be fewer bidders and you will get bargains. I'm far too tight to spend a fortune every year on a coat - the ASOS and Topshop ones might look lovely but the prices make my eyes water. Unless it's going to last years and - let's face it, they never do - I'm not going to spend a lot on it (Um, Monsoon coat shall be the exception. I was under shopping pressure that day).

This H&M coat was about a fiver off ebay and still had the tags in:


Another H&M coat that came off ebay. This is the closest thing to a mac you'll ever see me in; I don't like flasher type coats.



So that's the bases covered really. Red coat, green coat, lightweight coats, frivolous velvet coat, work fleece, sensible waterproof Regatta coat and a whole heap of jackets (should probably do a separate post on them at some point).

The only thing lacking was a smartish dark coat. I know I was in need of one but as you've probably realised by now, I get very bored shopping for sensible basics. So when the lovely people at Very got in touch, I went "Yoicks!" and chose this very pretty herringbone coat with velvet trim and buttons. Even better, it came in petite as well as normal so I didn't have the usual hassle of flappy long sleeves. Super cute, yes?





ps - a great big helloooooo to all the new followers who have appeared recently. Tell your friends! When I'm up to 400 I'll pull together some sort of marvellous giveaway.


pps - I have guest posted on Where Are My Knees? Read, enjoy, see me in my scanties...

32 comments:

  1. Hey hun, the last coats makes you look really hot! It does your figure proud! You look like you have dropped a ton more weight too!

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  2. Love your new Very coat, looks great on you. I used to be a 1 coat sort of person too, more seemed frivolous! I have a vintage fur as well as a normal wool coat now.. I have to say though that as well as Ebay, Asda does have some quite nice coats in for under £30! xx

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  3. Beautiful coat!! Loves it, AND very flattering - how skinny is your waist in that pic?!

    Hmm, I was about to buy myself a silly red duffle coat for the winter but now I'm wondering about something more frock-coaty and Dickensian (that's what your Very coat brings to mind, hope that's a compliment!) I have the opposite problem of always having to buy a size bigger so that I don't get cold wrists. Have you ever compared the size of the Petite section in shops to the Tall? Not fair. (Probably not worth their while to add extra fabric to sell items for the same price, but if they're making them smaller that's a nice little saving. I'm onto them.)

    xxx

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  4. Such a pretty coat, and incredibly flattering, your waist looks teeny tiny lovely. Not saying it isn't, just the coat makes it look even more so. :)
    I love a coat, have about 4 which I rotate through Winter. Girls got to change it up a bit!
    xx

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  5. The Very coat is indeed a very flattering shape.
    I now have several coats and jackets, whereas I only ever used to have one winter coat, which I wore until it fell apart. I think it stems from childhood, when you got bought your school uniform, including a coat, in September, and it had to last you all year, or longer...
    Like your H&M jacket and red mac too, most stylish! xx

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  6. It IS a weird word! Coat. Hehe. Yes well, you still have a considerably more extensive collection than I do - 3 in total, one of which I've worn out, the other which I reserve for warmer days (rare, very rare...) and a black primark one. Yours are definatley more lovelier; especially the most recent edition - gorgeous!
    I did read your guest post and HAD written a long comment, but then my phone decided it did NOT want to post it and I fell out with it. It really is an inspiring post though - well done on all your hard work!! Xo

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  7. Stunning coats my dear. I can't believe you only used to have one?! Even my hubby has a collection of them in all sorts of colours.

    Loving your new one, it's very smart. I've never really counted how many I have. (I'm going to have to now, sad I know! If I go missing it's because I've fallen in the wardrobe!)

    X x

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  8. You look gorgeous in that Very coat but I love all of them, I seem to collect coats too but I literally wear them to death!

    Maria xxx

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  9. I love that grey coat, your waist looks tiny! I have a ridiculous collection of coats, capes and ponchos, bought for pence in the summer. x

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  10. love that new coat and sooo flattering :)

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  11. The Very coat is lovely. Please don't regret the Monsoon one though - it's great to have a special dressier coat for theatre trips etc and you'll be wearing it for years to come. xx

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  12. The Very coat is lovely. But I also think you should never regret that Monsoon coat, sometimes special is just reason for owning something enough.

    I have too many coats. Way way too many...

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  13. It's funny you should blog about coats- I was just thinking today I really need a new one but the prices are horrific in the shops. I'm watching a couple on ebay though so fingers crossed.
    I still love your Monsoon coat, still jealous of it to be honest! But the Very one is really, really nice. Such a great shape on you, skinny minnie!

    xxx Maddie

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  14. You look fantastic in the new coat, looks such a flattering fit & way nicer than it does on the very website!x

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  15. I love the Very coat, so much nicer on you in your pics than on the site!
    Stunning pic on the where are my knees post! Very inspiring. I'm starting to feel very unhappy about my weight and need to do something about it.

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  16. That is a fantabulous collection of coats. I've recently lost 28lbs and so am really enjoying playing around with new looks for Autumn. You've inspired me to dig out my coats! I'm really enjoying your blog. Em x

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  17. Ooooh love the new addition. I'm not a massive fan of having too many coats, I prefer layers with jackets. But presently I have one lovely black military style wool coat which I bought from H&M- hello reduced due to missing button. And an olive coloured mac from Matalan that was reduced (never worked out why) to a third of it's original price. I can't bear to have coats that I can only wear for smart or casual and can't bear spending a fortune on them either so those are my two basics.

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  18. I have only got 2 good coats. I really should be looking out for more but I don't fancy spending so much.

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  19. I only have two winter coats- one which I've lost and one which is too big. And a mac (sorry I love macs!) and then a couple of jackets. I feel I need more coats now. Ebay is a good idea!

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  20. wooow you have an amazing collection of coats !!! xoxo

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  21. A proper princess coat can definitely make you feel, well, like a princess. I think the grey herringbone looks beautiful on you. The cinch at the waist is perfect.

    I shouldn't have a lot of coats and jackets because I live in the tropics and wearing one would get me tons of iffy stares BUT I always end up buying one at the summer sales when they are about 75% off rack price. There's been four hurricanes in the last two months so my faux Barbour Topshop coat is getting some mileage at least.

    You got the sailor H&M coat £5 less than I did, dang you! :))

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  22. You look amazing! And great eBay tip - I stalk the place constantly and often end up with a great bargain (I also end up with a lot of shite sometimes, but oh well...)

    The word coat looks funny to me. Words always do when I repeat them enough :-)

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  23. I love all your coats but especially the Very one.

    I enjoyed reading your guest post - it was very inspirational.

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  24. I bought my amay faux fur coat from ebay in august I have been dying to wear it!!

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  25. i agree about the ebay tip but tbh i'm not really a coat person....i have my topshop one which was a result of my student loan splurge but then its really just jackets x

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  26. Love your collection, the red & grey with nipped in waist make you look a million dollars xx

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  27. LOVE your new coat, such a pretty style :)

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  28. LOVE this new coat!!!Gorgeous!
    As are you,I received a parcel today!!Thank you darling!Hurrah for having the same shoe size!! I love my goodies!Youa re a DOLL!
    Now,I'm off to see you in your scanties and I'm quite excited!
    Love!XXX

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  29. Wow, you have a great collection of coats madam! That's a really good tip re scouring eBay during summer.

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  30. A fine selection of coats! The Very coat is absolutely lovely and really highlights how much weight you've lost. I read your Where Are My Knees post too - I need a post like that every now and again to keep me going as I've still got a fair way to go! Jen x

    http://letsalldocolouringin.blogspot.com/

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  31. Hey, if you ever get fed up with the green velvet coat I'll buy it off you! I love green velvet.

    They all do look nice. I think you must be like me having clothes stuffed all over the place.

    I've just seen your post about your beautiful ginger boy. He's adorable.

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  32. My gosh. I love your collection. Each one looks so crazy good on you.

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