Lately I’ve been eyeing up this coat in “darkest plum”. Now, this is a completely impractical coat for London – the description says that it is tested down to -32C (equivalent to about -25F) which is far too warm. We are a bit taken aback if it gets down to -5C here and I need a coat that I can sensibly walk into the Tube or John Lewis without overheating. However, it is a very nice coat and if I lived in northern Sweden, I would buy it as quick as anything.
This has rather inspired me to do an audit of my coats and jackets. This is what I found:
I bought this in the summer sale so it was a bargain.
I bought the men’s version of this running jacket because it fit me a bit better. I like the bright colour – it means cars will see me when it is pouring. Originally, I bought the grey one which was more stylish but unfortunately would look a bit invisible on a grey, rainy day.
Barbour used to be what the landed gentry wore in the countryside to go walking. Then they became what posh young people in Shoreditch wore to go clubbing. Now, I think they may be a little bit naff but I love mine. When I was working, I could easily wear it over my office clothes to go to client meetings. And it is warm and waterproof, provided that you get it waxed when it needs it. This, I last got done at the Barbour shop in Regent Street and it wasn’t especially expensive.
This one rather breaks my “no black’ rule but I like it a lot.
I’ve had this for a few years and it is still good. I have a black fleece that zips into it – this is too warm for most skiing but if I were to ski in Vermont, I would like to have it with me.
This I love – but it can make me look a bit like a sloppy tramp. Comfy though. I have it in a mossy green in the IoW.
I haven’t had a chance to wear this yet (it’s been too warm) but this is a nice, smart coat (I bought it in the summer sale – looks as though orange isn’t all that popular with shoppers). If I were to go to an interview or meeting, I would probably wear this.
I bought this years ago from Marks and Spencer. It is still a good fit but the length is a bit strange with a lot of the clothes I’m wearing at the moment – perhaps would be good with trousers.
I bought this in 2004 in the GAP on Oxford Street after sitting an actuarial exam. I love this jacket and, IF it still fit me, it would be incredibly useful. So far I’ve hung onto it in the hope that I will shrink and be able to wear it again. Seriously, it went with everything.
Now, one AMAZING consequence of my coat and jacket audit is that I have found something I’ve been looking for for ages – my rainbow gloves! They were in the pocket of my skiing jacket.
My Mum knitted these for me out of rainbow wool when I was 27. They fit me perfectly (I have short, stumpy fingers) and were lost for ages – I ended up turning the house over and was really quite annoyed that they were lost. I’d thought they must have fallen out of my pocket but was quite loathe to ask her to knit another pair as I think they took quite a long time to make.
I’d bought a pair of these from Boden to replace them. These are nice gloves (I’ll take them to the IoW to wear there) but are not as nice as my rainbow gloves. Which I now have again – yay!