Size 20 and need a coat. Please help!

(35 Posts)
YoungBritishPissArtist Thu 19-Sep-13 16:59:59

Sorry if this subject has been done already but I'm on a tight budget and don't want to go out and buy without advice.

I'm 34, DCless, live in London, try to dress fashionably. I'm size 20, 5'7, my height is more in my torso than legs, iyswim.

I want to stay away from anything thick or puffy, so should I get a thin waterproof coat and layer underneath to keep warm?

I tried on a Barbour style coat in Tesco, as recommended in 'Mumsnet Swears By' a while ago, I looked like a frumpy farm worker hmm

I don't have a coat at all at the moment, have been making do with all my thermal tops but can't put it off for much longer.

TIA

New Look tend to be generous size wise in coats. I can get away with a 14/16 in the coats there when I wear anything up to a 20 everywhere else in coats. Well ones I can get layers underneath anyway. Other than that I'd suggest trying Simply Be as they have some nice ones although they are more expensive than New Look

YoungBritishPissArtist Thu 19-Sep-13 17:10:02

Thanks, OneLittleLady.

I'm wondering if I should buy a 'proper' warm coat and a thin mac, or try to find a coat that does both.

I'll have a look at NL's now.

EldritchCleavage Thu 19-Sep-13 17:10:46

What is your budget, and what style and colour would you like? (I'm obsessed by this topic-see my cocoon coat thread in S & B).

My 'blow the budget' choice would probably be Marina Rinaldi, in Selfridges. A friend has a gorgeous coat from there.

More affordable is Lands End. They have some nice stuff, including flattering belted coats and bright colours.

I know that on New Look online, they have items they don't have instore and they do have a dedicated plus size line as well if there's nothing in the 'normal' range. I have found the plus size to be very generous though, far more generous than other supposed plus size stores

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:20:12

I would get something lovely and warm and get a cheap waterproof or, since you're child-free, use an umbrella. It's rare that we get more than a couple of days' solid rain in London.

I would get something fitted, perhaps belted. What sort of style do you normally wear/like? What colours suit you?

What's your top budget?

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:21:32

Am thinking of something like this but longer.

EldritchCleavage Thu 19-Sep-13 17:22:28

And tethers is even more obsessed than me.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:25:45

this is nice, but still very pricy.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:26:28

grin 'tis true.

Coats are my weakness. I have waaay too many grin

Bigwuss Thu 19-Sep-13 17:29:42

Is there anything in wallis? They tend to be quite generous and well cut. I agree with the comments that something with a waist would look good.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:29:47
tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:31:11
tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:32:23
filee777 Thu 19-Sep-13 17:32:34

I just bought a lovely winter coat from marisota, it's a joe browns and I got a 22 so it was roomy.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:33:08
filee777 Thu 19-Sep-13 17:44:42

I can't do F+F clothes, they seem to be built for size 20 women who have the breasts of size 12 women! Doesn't work!

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:46:15

Really?

I love F&F coats, really good quality for the price. Have had no problem with fit in the past- am a 16 with big boobs and narrow shoulders.

filee777 Thu 19-Sep-13 17:47:49

Never tried their coats to be fair, have bought a couple of summer dresses from them which I've had to send back because of severe lack of boob space and I don't bother with them anymore.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:49:42

Oh, that's a shame... Not tried their dresses for a while, but the coats are lovely.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 17:50:11
YoungBritishPissArtist Thu 19-Sep-13 18:03:37

Thanks for all your responses grin

My budget is low, £50 tops, so New Look and F+F are my realistic options.

I live in trainers and flat boots so a really smart looking coat may not work?

In terms of style, I really like pea coats but I'm just too booby, even if they're single-breasted. I like that ASOS coat that Tethers linked to. My problem is that I have a really big tummy (and can't even blame it on pregnancy or DC!) so I feel self-conscious in anything with a waist.

tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 18:13:11
tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 18:21:43
tethersend Thu 19-Sep-13 18:23:54
YoungBritishPissArtist Thu 19-Sep-13 19:18:25

I like that Next one! I want to buy in store rather than order so I'll hit Westfield tomorrow.

EldritchCleavage Fri 20-Sep-13 11:31:58

Nice try, tethers, but your link didn't work so I can't be tormented by the thought of missing out on whatever it was, heh heh heh.

do you have a sainsburys with clothing near you? they have ome fab jackets in at the moment. I got a navy lightweight parka, it has sleeves that can be folded up to expose the lining or left down. it isn't a warm coat ut its roomy enough for layers underneath. They also have more formal wool type coats and the quilted barbour ish ones.

next have some nice coats too, big padded asymmetrical zip one for £60.

I find the quilted barbour type make my boobs look really droopy, even when I know that I have a good uplifting bra on. I'm a 12/14 with G's.

The coats in sainsburys were quite generous too, as I went shopping with my sister who is usually a size 26 and the 24 in everything fitted with room.

Dh bought me a nice v flattering coat from M&S a few years ago. Belted style. looks lovely. i'm a 22 with H cup chest.

Allthingspretty Fri 20-Sep-13 15:49:18

Matks and Spencer
Evans
Rivet Island go up to an 18. I am not sure if it is in all styles but it might be worth kerping an eye out

TK Maxx if you are prepared to look

Allthingspretty Fri 20-Sep-13 15:50:39

Dorothy Perkins
Wallis

YoungBritishPissArtist Fri 20-Sep-13 19:07:25

Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't manage to get to the shops yesterday so will have a look this weekend.

Bigwuss Sat 21-Sep-13 14:36:42

Have a look at the regatta hema parker on Amazon, it looks like it would work with jeans and boots and in your price range www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00912I95Q/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Allthingspretty Sat 21-Sep-13 16:59:21

QVC

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