How to choose a coat that will stand the test of time
Thank you for your response and interest to my previous post on “Taking time out to recharge our batteries”. Let me know in the comments section if you would like more posts on similar subjects. Today I am back to discussing style and how to build a practical and sustainable wardrobe that will work well for our lifestyles. Even here in France, the weather is changing, the sun has now disappeared and the temperatures are beginning to drop. It is time to think about what we might need to update or replace in order to make sure that we are fully covered for the season in the n
The coat I am wearing in the photos is one of the oldest items in my wardrobe. You can see how I styled it in previous posts here and here. It is from Max Mara, at least ten years old. My dressmaker restyled it a few years ago to bring it up to date. I had the shoulders modified and shortened it to knee length.
I remember thinking how expensive it was at the time yet it has definitely earned its keep. The moral of this story is spend as much as you possibly can on a good quality winter coat. Now I acknowledge that “as much as you can” will vary from person to person so I have shown coats in various price ranges at the bottom of this post.
Details of my outfit:
I have styled my cool brown coat, yes there is such a thing as a cool brown, with a pair of wide-leg trousers by WinserLondon, o
The black sweater is their Audrey cashmere. I have the same style in bright pink. The boat neck is very flattering, especially if you have narrow shoulders as I do. I find that it can be worn in the day and dressed up with statement jewellery. It is often included in my capsule travel wardrobes.
I have styled the outfit casually with a pair of white sneakers à la française. My silk print scarf will be available from Chicatanyageshop when it re-opens on 5th November.
Wrap coats are practical, easy to wear and flatter most figure types.
The photographs were taken by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram
I find coats are a difficult purchase. Fit is a problem. Because I am short, the coats are inevitably too long. Also often with wide shoulders which don’t work for me. Coats, like shoes, need a certain fit and this seems more difficult to achieve than pants and sweaters. I prefer to shop on-line. The end result is that coats and shoes are in the most modest supply in my wardrobe.
At least if you shop online you can send the coat back quite easily. Many brands offer free return postage. A friend of mine is petite and she seems to look good in simple single-breasted knee-length styles.
I mourn the loss of Precis Petite coats for those of us who are on the short side. Precis petite coats would fit on the shoulders, be the correct arm and overall length. So many had a percentage of cashmere in too, making them feel luxurious. I have yet to find a replacement coat maker.
I like a few of the Marks and Spencer styles this year, but they have no fit, they hang like a rectangle dangling from my shoulders. Unfortunately, I cannot wear belted coats.
I am another petite who has trouble buying coats, considering the Averge height in the U.S. is 5’4″, which is considered petite, I’m always taking things to the tailor and I’m 5’5″, weird, eh? The French brands fit me better for some reason, not sure why.
I am petite with narrow shoulders and short arms. Even petite sizes still have too long sleeves. I wish manufacturers would realise that petite people normally don’t have long arms. I would like a wool coat with a hood but can’t find one. Elizabeth
For the petite ladies try Boden who do a really large petite range in all clothes including coats. I’ve just bought one in blue/pink/grey lovely quality and perfect fit for petite ladies.
I love all your posts from fashion,lifestyle and healthy eating
So nice to discover your blog and to see you are in Barnes! As a nearby Richmond person that’s a nice thought!
Glad you like the blog. I go Nordic walking in Richmond Park every Thursday morning. I might see you there some time.