I'm after a waterproof, bum covering, hard wearing yet stylish autumn and winter coat!

(86 Posts)
CollectorofCookbooks Sun 18-Aug-13 07:35:17

For a reasonable price. Say, under £150.

I'd quite like a hood as optional due to buggy pushing.

They don't exist, do they?

GillyMac93 Sun 18-Aug-13 07:47:16

Hiya , I've got this seasalt one

It's warm waterproof and very flattering though you wouldn't think it from the pictures ! It's got poppers to nip in the waist . Hth

GillyMac93 Sun 18-Aug-13 07:49:34

Just noticed fat face have some lovely jackets , the Rodney was recommended here before. www.fatface.com/women/coats-and-jackets/icat/womensouterwear

GillyMac93 Sun 18-Aug-13 07:50:09

Arghh stupid phone *rosie

CollectorofCookbooks Sun 18-Aug-13 07:53:23

Thanks Gilly - what would you say the sizing in like on the Seasalt one? It's gorgeous!

ILoveAFullFridge Sun 18-Aug-13 08:06:56

Watching with interest, as I also want a warm, waterproof, bum-covering, good-looking coat, that doesn't depend on a zip-in fleece for warmth.

As an alternative to a hood, have a look at Tiley and Olney hats. They are really good quality. My Olney winter hats have always been completely waterproof and breathable, and my Tiley summer hats are all showerproof. Advantages of a brimmed hat over a hood: you can turn your head to see to cross the road, keeps the rain off more effectively than a hood most of the time, and looks far more elegant than a hood.

GillyMac93 Sun 18-Aug-13 08:16:27

I find seasalt generous , Id size down :-) glad you like it , seasalt quality is brill so you know it will last smile

babySophieRose Sun 18-Aug-13 08:20:03

I bought this last December, very comfortable, warm and not shapeless. Suitable for winter, too warm for autumn. It was reduced to £70 with free delivery. Sizing is US standards, so always order a size smaller.

beachyhead Sun 18-Aug-13 08:28:19

I saw a woman in a rubberised coat the other day, like a sailing coat but not bright yellow. Has anyone seen any of those around? I would love a really waterproof one for those mega downpours when dog walking!

I got a gorgeous sos jensen raincoat, excellent quality, stylish, waterproof, windproof, breathable, hooded past my bum for walking with pushchair from tkmaxx I've just had a look on their website and found thesewww.tkmaxx.com/jackets+coats/floral-patterned-raincoat/invt/35049108

Sorry, there are three links in my earlier post, should have spaced them out more

pongping Sun 18-Aug-13 09:13:54

Watching with interest. Love the seasalt coat.

ILoveAFullFridge Sun 18-Aug-13 09:16:51

I like the down coat. What was it like in the rain?

LifeofPo Sun 18-Aug-13 09:17:35

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ComtesseDeFrouFrou Sun 18-Aug-13 09:25:52

I've heard good things about Boden's Rainy Day Mac which seems to fit the bill, but I'm only 32 but not very trendy and I'm not sure I want to slide into Boden yet.

Do you think it will be the beginning of an inevitable decline into beige loungewear?

pongping Sun 18-Aug-13 09:40:02

Was that recently, Po?

CollectorofCookbooks Sun 18-Aug-13 11:19:47

I like te Rainy Day Mac style but not the colours it comes in!

Crew do a nice 'parka' but its not waterproof.

I have a lovely down coat but again that's not waterproof.

I do like a good hat so will check out those links!

I have realised I sadly can't get the Seasalt one - I need a coat which will go with navy, black and brown due to my winter boots, so a colour would be better than black or blue.

CoffeeMum Sun 18-Aug-13 11:26:37

I wouldn't recommend going to Fat Face for a big purchase like a coat - the last three things i've bought from them have been faulty, and it's put me right off them tbh.

I also found that high street coats tend only to be showerproof rather than actually waterproof, so shop with caution!

Cremolafoam Sun 18-Aug-13 11:27:56

I can thoroughly recommend LL BEAN . It's a us based website but I have two coats from them and both arrived within 10 days. Some of the raincoats have zip out linings so useful for warm wet weather too.
Fab range if colours. Customer service by email was brilliant.

Cremolafoam Sun 18-Aug-13 11:42:40

Oh and a surprise suggestion

Cremolafoam Sun 18-Aug-13 11:54:59

Rather like this

I have this one...

grey coat

It's great, quite warm though.

DoItTooJulia Sun 18-Aug-13 12:15:26

Loving the Merrel coat and the American ones!

Elsiequadrille Sun 18-Aug-13 12:20:52

I bought the rainyday mac this year, the 'sage' colour is more a brown if that helps (awful photos from Boden). I'm also going to buy one of the down coat from Lands End, I think they're just under £150 (code ADPLE for 15% off)

LifeofPo Sun 18-Aug-13 12:55:17

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FIFIBEBE Sun 18-Aug-13 15:56:36

Autograph have a nice one think it comes in green or navy. sadly not on M&S website. Similar to Rainy Day but perhaps a few more zips. Think it is £69.

foolssilver Sun 18-Aug-13 17:13:31

Would you get a parka? If so Whistles have just brought out a gorgeous waxed one called Jourdan. Can't link on phone. Don't know how waterproof it would be but I'm sure bring waxed it would be water resistant at least

FaddyPeony Sun 18-Aug-13 17:17:17

beachy didrikson cathlyn for the downpours. Love it. Warm too.

CollectorofCookbooks Sun 18-Aug-13 18:21:12

Don't know why but that Whistles parka just doesn't speak to me! A couple of the LLBean ones appeal to me, and I'll check out tk maxx too, I used to get a fair about from tere but haven't lately.

I was hoping a nice cheery coat would brighten up the winter days too, as I traipse around. I'm possibly deluded on this front - why are there so many dirge like coloured coats out there?!

eleflump Sun 18-Aug-13 18:26:02

There was a huge thread on this last year - you would probably find it if you search for warm waterproof coat.

I ended up buying a Merrell Haven that was mentioned on there and it is the best coat that I have ever had - it is waterproof and really warm smile

eleflump Sun 18-Aug-13 18:27:08

Just seen your last post - I think the Didriksen (not sure of spelling!) ones come in brighter colours? Also some of the LandsEnd ones.

eleflump Sun 18-Aug-13 18:31:00

This one is nice and bright??


IndigoBarbie Sun 18-Aug-13 19:46:01

I invested in a didrikson Elly (now same style called Naomi) a few years back, and it's been worn LOTs, the hood stays up in the beating down rain, and it keeps me very very dry. The only thing about it is, I am 5'5" and the front comes just above my knees, so sometimes in severe winds and rain, my trousers get a bit wet above the knee. Other than that, it's my perfect autumn and winter coat. I won't need to buy another one. Except, I love them and wish I could actually afford another one for this year....but hey!

Tweet2tweet Sun 18-Aug-13 19:58:31

I have the Seasalt coat, had to size up though as very small if you are above average height. I would not wear in autumn or winter without a fleece underneath though as no way would be warm enough.
I had a Boden rainy day mac but sold on ebay. They are not waterproof, not even close!
Bought the long mac from this site but quite thin so not the warmest but completely waterproof.
I'm still on the hunt for a waterproof coat with a substantial hood that doesn't blow off/ make my head look like a raisin.......

muchchocolate Sun 18-Aug-13 21:01:14

watching with interest, I think seasalt do one similar to the kellifray but that also has some padding, it's called northstar, anyone tried it?

MetellaInCulinaBibit Sun 18-Aug-13 21:36:36

I got one of the waterproof padded parkas from Lands End last year - its brilliant

Foosyerdoos Sun 18-Aug-13 22:18:34

I got this from Matalan for £35.00, not sure how water resistant it will be but I am really chuffed with it.

MrsMcGregor Sun 18-Aug-13 22:28:20

I got this Aigle jacket last year. It has been brilliant - warm and waterproof with detachable hood.

jumperooo Sun 18-Aug-13 22:32:06

Merrell Haven 2 coat! Saw me through last winter pushing a newborn around. Is insulated and a lot warmer than it looks too!

tassisssss Sun 18-Aug-13 22:38:46

I got an amazing northface one last October (and wore it everyday until end April!)

SandyChick Mon 19-Aug-13 13:05:05

I have a down coat from Landsend. Think it was called 'chevron'.

It's the down filled long coat with fur hood. I've only had it 2 winters and its started to let the rain in around the stitching. Really disappointed.

I like their belted version but really dubious about buying another Landsend one.

I have a short waterproof north face coat that I've had for 5 years and its as good at new.

saythatagain Mon 19-Aug-13 13:34:39

Well I've just ordered a Didrikson Thelma in graphite on the back of this thread!
In all fairness, I have been looking for something since last year and was going to go for the Naomi but that's no longer available.
This looks like it'll do the job very nicely. Cost £139.50 inc. postage.
To me, this is a lot of money, but, from what other posters have said, it'll be worth.
Apologies, but can't do linkys <thick>

holidaysrcoming Mon 19-Aug-13 17:23:15

I was going to go for a didriksons veronica - it says on website that they are generous and size down, is that right and if so by how much?

Also I have short arms and hate coats with sleeves hanging down over my hands - are these coats designed for the long limbed swede rather than a short pear shaped brit?

Tweet2tweet Tue 20-Aug-13 08:31:14

Just managed to get Didrikson Veronica in black for £80. I think that's a good deal? Didn't know sizing was large though sad . Bought a 12, usual size. I am long limbed and quite tall so hoping it will be okay.
Found a site selling Thelmas for £108 too, if anyone interested?

CollectorofCookbooks Tue 20-Aug-13 08:52:38

If they are designed for long limbed swedes count me in - I'm 6' 2" and normally have a nightmare with sleeves not being long enough!

The looooooooong thread about this from 2010 is fascinating, turns out we're not the only ones to have debated and discussed this.

I love the Aigle jacket but it's just not long enough. I need something which covers me to mid-thigh. I wonder if there's a long version, I do love my old and battered wax jacket...

Lemonytrees Tue 20-Aug-13 11:41:04


I bought something very similar to this last year (but didn't pay nearly as much as that so shopped around a lot. It's brilliant and incredibly warm (spend a lot of time outside watching dc sports in winter)

I am interested in something a bit less warm though for milder days so watching with interest. I think the Seasalt mac might be a good bet

saythatagain Tue 20-Aug-13 11:49:51

I ordered the Didrikson Thelma (Viking Kids) yesterday and it's just arrived. I ordered it in the 10 after ordering the Naomi in a 14 and it being huge (it fit dh).
Although it's super, it's not what I want; it's not thick enough and it's not big enough!
I'm not sure if it's because it's a classed as an all weather coat and the Naomi comes under winter coat.
Anyway, I'm waiting for them to call me back to discuss (they were very helpful last time).
Tweet2tweet - where did you buy your Veronica? I'll be interested to hear about the sizing.

sniffywhiff Tue 20-Aug-13 11:58:49

The website for the Didriksons stuff has a woman all togged out on the opening page - I want to look like that when I'm dog walking and freezing in Scotland sad. They don't say which coat it is though and none of them seem to look like it - any ideas?

SofaCanary Tue 20-Aug-13 12:29:19

I really want the Didrikson Lindsey buy I guess it won't be back this year. It looked practical without being quite as anoraky looking as the others.

holidaysrcoming Tue 20-Aug-13 12:58:46

Viking kids seem to have Lindsey altho some colours sold out.

TheHandbagOfGlory Tue 20-Aug-13 13:11:01

I have this this will be its 4th year and it still looks good. It's slightly a-line and nipped at the waist so it's flattering.

The hood is big, so keeps hair totally dry. And it doesn't make that noise that some waterproof coats do that puts my teeth on edge.

SofaCanary Tue 20-Aug-13 13:27:02

Just had a peek at Viking Kids, they're all out of stock in my size sad

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 20-Aug-13 13:35:50

I have the Merrell Ellenwood, it's lovely. I also have a north face one. They are both very very waterproof and very warm.

Hopasholic Tue 20-Aug-13 17:26:11

I want the Merrell haven in charcoal or granite if anybody sees one out there in a medium. Started a thread yesterday but not much luck.

Do they tend to repeat styles each year? It's not on their website.

I've a right old bee in my bonnet now after doing loads of research, deciding that's the one and then realised it must be last season sad

Tweet2tweet Tue 20-Aug-13 19:50:40

Bought the Veronica here. Best price I could find and they were lovely on the phone. I got last 12 though. I missed delivery today but should get it on Thur. Will pst regarding sizing.

BeingMoreDog Tue 20-Aug-13 20:27:32

I have the ellenwood (the new version of the haven, I think). It's practical and all that, but I do feel like a dork in it.

mysteryfairy Tue 20-Aug-13 20:27:43

I just bought a barbour arctic down parka half price (so £150 which would be just on budget for OP) - it's incredibly warm but not waterproof. I bought it from a boutique based in Sheffield and they still have quite a few half price Barbours on their website

including a couple that cover off warm, waterproof and bum covering

black outlaw for 100

long olive parka waxed with fleece lining 164.50

superlambanana Tue 20-Aug-13 23:57:27

I LOVE my Merrell coat. Quite possibly the best coat I've ever had. Think it was called Haven II. Water resistant, warm (like wearing a duvet), goes with skirt or jeans, so I can feel toasty without looking frumpy. Love it love it love it!! Shame DH wouldn't let me buy another one in a different colour

ArtexMonkey Wed 21-Aug-13 10:05:09

I got the merrell haven in the go outdoors sale last winter, it's super cosy and warm, in fact, if anything, it's a bit too warm unless it's absolutely Baltic near freezing out, even unzipped. I have a seasalt sea folly jacket for rainy summer days that's not really long enough/smart enough for autumn, and I'm looking for something to bridge the gap iyswim.

cremola I am liking the look of the ll bean site immensely, and the prices don't work out too expensive. Was the shipping extortionate, can you remember at all?

Tweet2tweet Thu 22-Aug-13 13:10:13

Veronica arrived today and lovely! I went for black and it has a nice sage coloured lining and the hood is lined too so will be warm. Hood is also quite substantial so unlikely to blow off. There's a nice knitted cuff detail in sage and loads of pockets including a phone pocket with a hole for headphones which I thought was a nice detail. Has a slight fishtail detail at back so bum defo covered! Very light in weight with internal padding but I was told should do to about -5.
Sizing is good for me. I went for a 40 and I would say it's a large 12. The only thing I would comment on is that the arms are very long. This is great as I have long arms and jackets don't normally fit in arm. However I think some may find the arms too long. The front goes to mid thigh on me, I'm 5ft8 and back of coat is a couple of inches longer.
It's the smartest coat I've seen with all the waterproof features and I'm really happy with it, especially as got it for £80 not £150!

holidaysrcoming Fri 23-Aug-13 00:06:13

thanks for reporting back tweet, thought i'd found THE waterproof coat for me, but maybe not... fed up of buying clothes with long arms that i then have to fold back as if i was a school kid whose parent has bought a size to 'grow into' !!

herecomesthsun Fri 23-Aug-13 08:05:39

I really like some of the Barbour items linked to, but am unsure re sizing. It sounds from here that sizing may be generous/ erratic and I'm thinking it might be better to at least try on some jackets before ordering!

Haveanotherbiscuit Fri 23-Aug-13 17:27:09

I searched everywhere last year for a waterproof warm long coat.
I tried the merrell, the duffle style was blurgh and the other one, think its haven was too stiff and box like. Plus I need my wrists o feel warm and there's no adjustable cuffs on them.

I tried the boden rainy day but cuffs again were a problem and its only showerproof so I got soaked.

I ended up getting the seasalt North Star www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/m/women/clothing/casual-jackets-in-soft-cord-and-printed-cotton/long-waterproof-northstar-jacket_cormorant.htm. I bought it in navy last year and it is lovely. Completely waterproof and warm with light padding. It comes up slightly small if you want to wear thick jumpers.
I also bought a landsend down coat. This was really warm and comfy. It was also water repellant. Not ideal for walking in torrential rain but fine to and from work in the rain etc.

gladyoucame Fri 23-Aug-13 18:04:29

Haveanotherbiscuit is the North Star cormorant black/grey/navy? I can't tell on the website. It looks great

muchchocolate Fri 23-Aug-13 18:24:09

that's what I was wondering and I'm pretty sure its grey. I'm trying to decide between that and the blue, does look like it ticks all the boxes! smile smile

Tweet2tweet Fri 23-Aug-13 19:43:23

I bought the North Star and it is very, very nice. Had to give to my MIL though as size was tiny and bought from Ebay so couldn't return. I'd recommend it.

spiderlight Fri 23-Aug-13 20:15:37

I got this one last year and it's brilliant - Arpenaz 500 - properly 100% waterproof, a good length and warm enough that I barely bothered with my down jacket all winter. It's a nice shape too, not bulky or boxy, and I was very impresed with it for the price.

lazysleepymummy Fri 23-Aug-13 22:23:00

I was recently looking for exactly the same thing, also for buggy pushing and child carrying in the rain. There are a few threads here on MN about the search for a perfect rain mac, and I checked out pretty much all of the brands mentioned but didn't really like anything. I'm quite petite 5'3 and pear-shaped, so most of the Boden or Merrell type of jackets would just swallow me up and left me with no shape + short stumps of legs.

I finally found a really nice trench looking waterproof, fleece-lined black rain mac from TKMaxx. A brand called Miss Sixty which is not something I usually go for but the jacket is amazing. The belt can be tied up to accent the waist. Everything I'd ask for. Has a hood too. was £60 but retail for £150 normally.

Definitely check out TKMaxx. You might just be surprised to grab a bargain on your dream jacket

Haveanotherbiscuit Fri 23-Aug-13 23:48:49

Glad you came. I think from the description and a picture from the magazine they sent me its dark grey.

It looks a nice colour.

cerealqueen Sat 24-Aug-13 00:41:59

Lands end chalet is not waterproof but showerproof....but they have an everlasting guarantee which means you can return anything anytime,even after a year so worth checking out to see if it suits? i had one and it got drenched after school run and I had to change coats to go out later in the morning, not ideal, so I returned it!

I think their stadium squall is great, and it is waterproof.

cerealqueen Sat 24-Aug-13 00:45:11
Munashe Sat 24-Aug-13 20:18:09

Oh, I have been looking for this too and I am now debating these three from your suggestions

By the way I am size 14-16 and 5 ft 3 with LARGE hips so I am not quite sure if the Ellenwood would look right.

Bizarrely I am kind of like the second one from Barbour but is it really a crime to be seen in one? I am not sure about the belt too. arggrrr. Just need something nice and warm but not mumsy but have a nagging feeling that all these three tick the mumsy box well.

Munashe Sat 24-Aug-13 20:24:10

Here's the 2012 thread:


I bought a Didrikson Naomi after reading it - it's the best coat ever, although it would swamp a short person...

mysteryfairy Sat 24-Aug-13 21:50:46

Munashe - I suggested the Barbours. I don't think that specific one is particularly ubiquitous or criminal, despite it's name. It also doesn't have obvious branding anyway. I live in rural Yorkshire and a whole variety of people still wear Barbours here. That shop is generally aimed at the more mature and affluent lady to describe it politely. Barbours may have enjoyed notoriety but I still think they are foremost a practical outdoor make. Zara has a very close copy of the parka I bought this Winter which is £120 so very little less than I spent and the difference in quality is very very noticeable.

I have a landsend parka which I think had the word squall in the name and it's pretty bad, on me at least. I'm 5ft 10 and a size 10 and the parka in size small is hugely too wide, but also really short with too short sleeves etc. It might be better on someone with a different body shape, but for me the insurmountable flaw for anyone is that the hood is massive and it doesn't stay on properly. I have a big head and struggle to get hats to fit so it's not because of me having a pinhead! Luckily I got it on sale for £40 or so - it was an emergency purchase for a weekend away and hasn't been worn since it's so hopeless. It was very warm though!

The other coat you linked to looks like a bargain price and gets great reviews so I would choose that over the Lands End one (but personally would choose the barbour over that!).

ArtexMonkey Mon 26-Aug-13 01:30:57

I've just ordered this from the danefae website, postage worked out about £12.

TheDoctrineOfPositivityYes Mon 26-Aug-13 01:31:50

Place marking

TheDoctrineOfPositivityYes Mon 26-Aug-13 08:29:21

Spiderlight, where does the Arpaenz come to on you? I am 5ft6 and size 14.

Alwayscheerful Mon 26-Aug-13 08:54:10

Gutted I missed the Barbour Parka, I wished I had looked at this thread earlier.

TheDoctrineOfPositivityYes Mon 26-Aug-13 09:08:17

Has anyone bought a Didrikson mizzie? I know it's more of a trench coat but that could work well with a suit.

Also, what is the Viking kids returns process like??

spiderlight Mon 26-Aug-13 18:42:31

DoctrineOfPositivity I'm 5 ft 5 and a 12/14 and it comes to just below mid-thigh on me. I've just measured down the front of it and it's 78cm (the label says it's a US M, Eur L - think it was the L on the Decathlon website).

TheDoctrineOfPositivityYes Tue 27-Aug-13 00:37:54

Thanks spider!

BodminPill Tue 27-Aug-13 23:25:55

Patagonia do some gorgeous coats too. They are a bit spendy, but have some lovely rich colours.

primallass Wed 28-Aug-13 11:27:05

I found this Merrell Kedzie in TK Maxx for £60 today. It is really nice, and doesn't look like a 'functional' coat. My only gripe is that the hood does not detach.


ArtexMonkey Fri 06-Sep-13 18:57:56

My danefae skagen midseason coat came today, just in time for the pissing rain; i really like it.

meabhmag Tue 14-Jan-14 21:06:25

http://www.winniemagee.com/ unique stylish and comfortable. Beautiful stylish comfortable waterproof coats in any colour combination!!! perfect for UK weather!!

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