I have a slight coat obsession. Hands up, it’s actually a rather large one. Every year I spot a new colour or cut that I just can’t live without and so my collection grows. This year, I had to put a stop to my purchases (buying a house costs a flaming fortune) and dust off some trusty faithfuls.
Here are the five coats I just can’t live without.
Now I had to do a lot of dusting as I pulled this one out of the deepest, darkest backs of my wardrobe. In all honesty, I think I’d forgotten just how amazing a good cape can be. First of all, a cape always looks chic. Secondly, you can wear whatever the hell you want underneath and you don’t have to worry about looking bulky. This pleases me immensely as I love to layer. Mine is a super old Topshop find. I love the dramatics a cape can bring, it also makes me laugh hysterically when I try to hold on to a pole on the train or open a window and clobber other passengers with the bat wings. Get cape, wear cape, fly.
The Furry One
This is possibly my favourite one of all, but shush, don’t let the other ones hear. Every time I wear this I feel like the Cookie Monster with blue fur everywhere. It’s a simple no-frills kinda coat. I love the round neck and the way the hem turns under the bum at the back.
The Animal Print
There is nothing that makes me smile more in life than animal print. I would wear it head to toe if I could. This is my everyday coat, it’s over-sized, has a big lapel, and is two tone, starting with the print and moving into black. It’s gorgeous and I pretty much live in it.
The Camel Coat
Camel coats had their big moment last year, which I think, is when I became the proud owner of this Ted Baker version. It’s shorter than all the others and probably more of a dress coat. It has a huge collar, massive belt and really bloody long sleeves that I always wrestle with. It also has the most beautiful silk lining. Yes, it’s the little things that please me the most.
This is essentially my make-me-a-member-of-E17 coat. I won this Pinko number last year which was the best result ever. It’s kind of garish with it’s camo print, huge hood and general shiny manner, which all only makes me want to bust it out more.