I felt like last year was a let-down for outerwear – I spent months searching the new ranges and ended up buying a Hell Bunny design that had been out for a long while (you can see it here). It appeared to me that every fashion designer in the world was going out of their way to create coats I didn’t like or really wouldn’t suit me… which I’m sure was exactly what was happening.
The high street still doesn’t seem able to shake off the 70s, which quite frankly I was over before it even began, but I do feel like there are a few more coats I like the look of this time around from both modern shops and, of course, my favourite repro brands. Enough to create a whole wishlist, in fact.
Most of these, of course, won’t fit me as I am so small that every shoulder, sleeve and hem has to be taken in and by the time you’ve done that you may as well have commissioned a bespoke coat, it’s so expensive. But I can dream…
1. Collectif ‘Anoushka Princess Coat & Cape’ (£175 – gasp!)
3. Hell Bunny ‘Elvira’ (£110)
4. Banned ‘Simple Game’ (£84)
Starting with my favourite, the fit and flare, 50s-style shaped coat. There is a bit of an imposter in here as number 2 clearly isn’t the proper 50s length, but I love the big fur collar and the belt so much it made it in. I wish all of these coats had belts, actually – they’re so useful for making you look neat when you’re bulked up with 102 layers underneath. Obviously, from my above choices, I strongly feel a coat is much improved with (faux) fur… but it’s even better if it’s got a built-in cape! That Collectif coat is straight from my fantasies. There’s no way on earth it’d fit me and would be expensive to alter with all the fur trim, but if they ever did a petite version I’d buy it quicker than you can blink.
1. Yumi ‘Faux Fur Collar Swing Coat’ (£130)
2. Hell Bunny ‘Lulu Pink Coat’ (£110)
3. B&B ‘Gloria Coat’ (£75)
4. Oasis ‘Detachable Fur Collar Coat’ (£85)
Ever since I found my 60s-inspired coat in a sale last year, I’ve become quite fond of them. They often come in pretty colours and look like stylish mini-dresses when worn with some thick tights and knee boots. The high necks keep you warm too. There’s some cute newcomers on the scene this year and my favourite has to be the Lulu coat – that shade of pink is beautiful and it comes in a lovely teal and minky colour too. The only thing it lacks is a fur collar, but if I got really desperate there’s always add-ons…
1. Dorothy Perkins ‘Mint Textured Biker Jacket’ (£20 in sale!)
3. Topshop ‘Suedette Harrington Jacket’ (£65)
4. Topshop ‘Faux Leather Biker Jacket’ (£55)
I always think jackets are much harder to find cute vintage designs in new styles. For some reason, they often seem to be overlooked. I would love a selection of cropped jackets that are warm and I can wear with my big skirts. Often, leather jackets are a good compromise because they do tend to be quite short in the body, hence there’s two in my picks here. That mint green jacket is such a great colour, I think it could easily be styled ‘vintage’ as it doesn’t look much like the traditional biker type. And the black one has fur. I think we’re all getting by this point that if something has a fur collar I want it. Special mention for the more mod style Topshop jacket though – I haven’t seen one like this in a high street shop before. Pink suede is probably the stuff of cleaning nightmares, but oh, so pretty. And as for that leopard jacket, it’s the quality version of the Missguided one I’ve linked to which has just snuck onto my coatrack…
Anyone else got their eye on an amazing coat?