Can you link to your most stylish winter coat (it must be warm and have a proper hood)

(73 Posts)
LostMarbles99 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:19:53

Someone described the merrell one that I liked as frumpy and I completely see what they mean!

Please help me find a warm and stylish winter coat!

am prepared to beg!!

VestaRose Sun 27-Oct-13 17:21:34

Haha - x posted with the same dilemma! Watching with interest......

Slipshodsibyl Sun 27-Oct-13 17:29:29


Max mara has lovely ones but they are expensive

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 27-Oct-13 17:30:53

To be fair,on the winter coat front,for style it has to be wool.Parkas are grim.Puffas as grim.Waterproof coats are just,well... (still seeing what the Geraldine is like in real life first though!)

Wool all the way.But it sucks if it gets soaked as it need to air dry and can end up smelling like a wet dog!

All the merrell type coats fawned over on here are frumptastic.

Fine for outdoor activity but not remotely stylish.

Hopasholic Sun 27-Oct-13 18:52:05

I've been looking for ages. I ordered the Merrell Haven in peppercorn after I'd seen a friend in one she bought last year. I was soooo disappointed, it was like an army blanket shock really stiff and horrible shape. I think last years were probably made a bit better.

I need a practical coat for standing pitch side and I'm really pleased with this

It's so warm it's fitted so not too mitchelin man grin

Tweet2tweet Sun 27-Oct-13 19:01:25

Didrikson Veronica is good. Practical but parka like and 100% waterproof. Most stylish you will get in waterproof.
There's also a brand called Creenstone that do stylish waterproof coats. Very ££ though and aimed at a more mature clientele IMO.

FoxyHarlow123 Sun 27-Oct-13 19:13:36

This may be aimed at the horsey market but it's divine

LostMarbles99 Sun 27-Oct-13 19:14:57
TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 27-Oct-13 19:16:03

Just looked at the Didrickson Veronica and it's worse than the Ellenwood!Looks like a bog standard one to me with a funny hood,why is it so pricey?

LostMarbles99 Sun 27-Oct-13 19:18:01
theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 27-Oct-13 19:31:10

I have two down coats from max Mara and whilst they are things of beauty, they aren't very waterproof. I have just bought what I hope is a stylish parka type coat from mango at John Lewis. Sort cannot link I am on the kindle and its enough of a challenge to write a message, will do later if I get on the proper computer.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 27-Oct-13 19:50:58

Here it is

I got it in the beige colour which is darker than the picture. Very happy with it, seems good quality and feels as if it should be reasonably waterproof.

I wouldn't have it as a posh evening coat - I rejected in in favour of one of the maxmara ones on Friday night, but that's only because I knew it wasn't going to rain grin. But I should get a lot of use out of it for work, school runs, freezing at the side of the rugby pitch and going shopping. it may not be super stylish but it's a lot better than my North Face walking jacket !

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 27-Oct-13 19:56:19

As far as quilted coats go that's not bad at all

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 27-Oct-13 20:12:10

That feels like damning with fain praise trip trap grin, but at least it should stop me getting ignored like I was in Whistles by the salesman because of my awful walking jacket/handbag combo <<oh the shame>>. His loss though as the Whistles parkas were quite nice too, but a bit too parka-ish.

I have tried on a number of the Aigle jackets and they are gorgeously comfy, but they are quite bulky so unless it's darkest winter and you are dead thin, one (me) would probably end up looking rather bulked up.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 27-Oct-13 20:30:14

No,it's actually quite nice for a quilted coat!I'm pleasantly surprised as I hate quilted coats with a passion!Like the fur lining on it too

BranchingOut Sun 27-Oct-13 20:31:37

I am on the same hunt. Maybe I should give up and just bung one of these over my old wool coat!


aoife24 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:38:37
Katz Sun 27-Oct-13 20:43:35
JustThisOnceOrTwiceOrThrice Sun 27-Oct-13 20:48:37

I was excited when i saw this thread but as usual the majority of people on s and b have a budget multiple times my own.

Im looking for a winter coat with a hood but can't spend much at all. Saw one in hm for 30 something quid and don't think I'll be able to afford it. It doesn't even look that warm!

Tweet2tweet Sun 27-Oct-13 20:52:39

If you're on a budget, Sainsbury's had a lovely waxed parka for about £40 I think. Dark navy with a tartan lining and faux fur trim on the hood.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 27-Oct-13 20:58:25

JustThisOnce have you had a scour of eBay? Can pick up some bargains and it's helpful with a tight budget

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 27-Oct-13 21:15:58

Katz thanks so much for posting that link!Just found perfect waterproof coats for ds for school and out of school smile

JustThisOnceOrTwiceOrThrice Sun 27-Oct-13 21:18:37

Yes i do use ebay. For most of my clothes actually. Its just so common for it to turn up and be a bit disappointing and shit.

ProtectiveMother Sun 27-Oct-13 21:22:41

Right well I don't like any of these coats at all! :-) I am looking for a hooded one too though. Must be good in rain...

Lots of coats similar to those you've linked to LostMarbles

Katz Mon 28-Oct-13 12:11:11

Trip - I love Decathlon. Got dd1 leather boots for £25.

hollyisalovelyname Mon 28-Oct-13 12:53:44

John Lewis own brand do a fur lined hooded mac in brown or black. Looks great - sorry I can't do a link.

I ordered this yesterday , seemed to fit the bill of warm jacket with hood for school runs, work etc but still looks vaguely stylish

greenhill Mon 28-Oct-13 13:39:39

This is 50% off at the moment, for £65 it is warm, waterproof and doesn't look like you are wrapped in a sleeping bag (though it is deliciously toasty when worn).

LittleTulip Mon 28-Oct-13 13:54:16

In reality you're not going to get a super stylish coat that is going to be technically efficient. I've got the north face Juneau which is a gorgeous thick waterproof parka, not the most gorgeous but keeps me warm and dry at the football and will last me years.

What about the north face Boulevard it's not got a hood but is lovely and warm and waterproof!

LittleTulip Mon 28-Oct-13 13:55:32
LeoandBoosmum Mon 28-Oct-13 15:45:16

You should add what your budget is smile

This has just come into Whistles. They haven't detailed what it's made of but you could ring and find out (their coats usually have a really good percentage of wool in them). I love the colour but could never carry it off! If you have pale skin, blue eyes and blonde hair or have dark eyes, hair and skin, it could look lovely on you!

It also come in olive, also beautiful:

It's not on John Lewis' website yet but, if you like it, at £250 it might be worth waiting for it to hit John Lewis and wait for one of their 20% events! I think they're be some coming up in the run-up to Christmas, the SA I spoke to in there recently certainly seemed to think there'd be a few, although she couldn't say when, obviously.


This has the potential to look frumpy so you'd have to try it on (15% off Hobbs full-price until 11am tomorrow with promo code FLASH):

Also, Hobbs:

If you can live without a hood (maybe wear a nice hat and scarf?), this is nice, would be flattering if you have smallish boobies (Hobbs' Outlet section - 80% wool!)

Dawndonnaagain Mon 28-Oct-13 16:45:07

I have this with a hood. I admit I didn't pay that price! It is however, warm and waterproof and I love it!

sweetsoulsister Mon 28-Oct-13 16:52:41

Check out the wearing it today blog - amazing fashion advice!

they don't come any warmer than these:

They are expensive (about GBP 400)...and the fur, while ethically farmed etc, is real. Oh so toasty though

Shosha1 Mon 28-Oct-13 18:09:34

I bought this one its lovely

LondonNinja Mon 28-Oct-13 18:57:28

Shosha, that's lovely! What's the sizing like, please?

Shosha1 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:02:12

Im a 14/16 with big norks and the 16 fitted well, slightly long in the arms, but all sleeves are on me.

Shosha1 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:04:35

Zalando are brill to buy from too, delivery is free (they do use yodel, but yodel for small stuff here is good) and it usually arrives in just a couple of days

LondonNinja Mon 28-Oct-13 19:06:56

Great - thank you - it's on my list now!

MooseBeTimeForSnow Mon 28-Oct-13 19:08:49

Sorry. Style tends to go out of the window when it's -42 with the windchill!

Bootoyou2 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:16:32

I have beautiful wool long coats from Hobbs and coast and a very toasty down filled puffa style jacket from john lewis. all past seasons so no links but the puffa style one is soo soo warm,

what i dont have is something waterproof for nipping out when it is pouring with rain all year round as my kagoul has started leaking. Any opinions on this one please?|MARNAVY

LostMarbles99 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:38:16

does this one look warm?

I like that Zolando website but now I'm more confused than ever!

Moose i'm praying the Canada goose is up to the challenge!

The hood has a kind of wire in it so it kind of rolls out further if you need it to - so your face is hidden in a furry tunnel. I'll report back when it's actually cold. -10 this morning was balmy grin

MooseBeTimeForSnow Mon 28-Oct-13 22:41:34

Badgers I found my CG was so bloody warm there wren only a few days I could actually wear it! I'd like to get done more wear out of it smile

MooseBeTimeForSnow Mon 28-Oct-13 22:41:51


i did wonder if that would happen - i hope not as i have to justify the cost to DH grin

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 29-Oct-13 13:38:00

I think the words 'hood' and 'stylish' are mutually exclusive, TBH. Sorry, not helpful...

elskovs Tue 29-Oct-13 13:56:39

I agree re the Canada Goose. Its TOO warm for all but the coldest days.

Also, I could never be sure if the DC were warm enough. I like to wear slightly less than them, so I know if they are cold.

I think when it's -25 and i'm standing at the bus stop I shall be very glad i bought it...surely in Fort Mac you'd be wearing it from Nov-Mar at least ?

like Moose says - when it's really cold you don't really care what you look like. The only bits showing are your eyes anyway, and we all look the same!

Janus Tue 29-Oct-13 17:15:32

hopasholic, I do really like that barbour but it says it's not waterproof, have you tried it on a wet day yet? Really need something waterproof for dog walking/school runs, etc.

Laska42 Tue 29-Oct-13 19:01:46

ve got this last year and its great , waterproof and lovely and warm ( theres photo of me wearing it on my profile

Snowlike Tue 29-Oct-13 21:44:35

I have two down coats, a waterproof arctic parka and a more slimline less waterproof one, they are warm but I would never venture to call a warm, waterproof parka stylish....they are essential though and so I wear them instead of my lovely wool coat, unless I'm attending a formal event.

LostMarbles99 Wed 30-Oct-13 06:49:08

I've just ordered the Landsend one that laska linked to! I had admired it in the past but they've got a 25% discount event so it was a good time.

I ordered the longer down coat last year but it was just too long and looked a bit frumpy!

I really hope it's nice! I basically want a coat that ticks every box,
Looks good with dresses
Can be worn with flat shoes/boots

I don't ask for much!

Slipshodsibyl Wed 30-Oct-13 10:47:10

I think that's a good choice. It reminds me if the Aigle but at half the price.

Hopasholic Wed 30-Oct-13 14:54:41

Janus it says it water resistant with some technical stuff about being quick to dry. I've not really worn it yet but I'll let you know once I've been drenched smile

MooseBeTimeForSnow Wed 30-Oct-13 15:34:29

We had our first snow on Sunday. I'm just wearing a really lightweight North Face at the moment, then I'll move to a thicker one as it gets colder. I only bring the CG out if it's at least -25 and we're going to be out for a while or it it's colder than that with a serious windchill. That's usually around December/January.

LostMarbles99 Wed 30-Oct-13 17:02:49

this is gorgeous in RL, I bought it today

Will need to compare to the landsend one when it arrives but the mink will match navy and black clothes!

Oh the dilemma!

Laquila Wed 30-Oct-13 17:17:18

Didriksons Taylor

I love it nearly as much as I love my only child.

goldopals Sat 02-Nov-13 05:38:22

I bought this one off ebay for my trip to New York (from Aus)!

BranchingOut Wed 06-Nov-13 10:34:57

To update on my purchases:

Merrell Haven - I bougth it in 'birch' from Field and Trek. Good price, but it felt really heavy and the colour was slightly peculiar, maybe a greenish tinge? The duffle features also looked really busy.

Merrell Ellenwood - nice shape, but again the fabric was really stiff and it was the colour of dirge....

So no success so far.

PenfoldRocks Wed 06-Nov-13 11:44:28

Another vote for the Didriksons Taylor. I have it in Navy and am considering a second in another colour because I love it so much. Warm AND waterproof

BranchingOut Wed 06-Nov-13 12:04:41

Is it smart enough to wear to work with a dress and boots?

funnyossity Wed 06-Nov-13 13:06:45

How is the sleeve length on the Didriksons Taylor ? I am blessed with long arms and many a coat has been rejected for short sleeves!

cuddlymoomoo Wed 06-Nov-13 13:08:26

I ordered a Didriksons on the basis of all the threads I've seen here - most of the colours seemed sludgy so went for the only one that looked a bit brighter.

It isn't stylish but it does seem very warm and waterproof, doesn't have down filling (I didn't want down), and has a hood that looks as if it will withstand anything. It is an OK colour but . . . it is massive, absolutely enormous. So, while I would say it is worth a look, I'm not sure I'll be getting a different size when I return as I'm not sure it would ever fit. I'm not small, but it gets so big from the hips too that it's always going to look enormous even if it fits on top.

OK colour, warm, waterproof though . . . .

cuddlymoomoo Wed 06-Nov-13 13:09:37

funnyossity - if the Klara is an indication of Didriksons, EVERYTHING is massive.

Sleeves covered my hands completely.

funnyossity Wed 06-Nov-13 13:17:14

Thanks cuddly!

Does anyone have comments on Lands End sleeve length?

Laquila Wed 06-Nov-13 13:48:37

Worth bearing in mind that if you get one of last year's Didriksons then you need to size down.

However they've redone the sizing now so it's more in line with UK standards. So I, a UK 12, bought a 40 in this year's Didriksons Taylor and it's perfect. In last year's Taylor, though, I'd have needed a 38.

They have different product codes - I think this year's end in 199? As a general rule, you won't find this year's for under £175, so if you find one cheaper than that you probably need to size down. Same goes for other styles too.

Funny I'd say the sleeve length on the Taylor is slightly longer than average - I have fairly standard arms and they're a teensy bit long on me, not ridiculously so.

I really would recommend the Taylor - it's a real workhorse but is surprisingly stylish.

blacktreaclecat Wed 06-Nov-13 14:05:19
I've just bought this. Very warm and waterproof and nicer on than the Merrell Ellenwood. I'm only 5'4 and the Merrell was a bit long on me

cuddlymoomoo Wed 06-Nov-13 14:34:38

The Didriksons I got was a 38. I'm a fat 12 - closer to 14 really but I pour myself into stuff in denial. It was huge - I'll need to go down to at least a 34 and I think that's this year's style.

pinacoladaonthebeach Wed 06-Nov-13 22:45:37

thanks for all the good links, weirdly I like the mens' North Face parka more than the womens' but they are both too expensive so I have just ordered this from zara as I can return it if it is not warm enough. there is not much info on the website but it does say it has some down in it.

LostMarbles99 Thu 07-Nov-13 06:37:48

Ok, both the phase eight one and the landsend coats arrived and they are both lovely. Warm and cosy but I think the phase eight one has the edge but only slightly.

I've worn the phase eight one twice and on both occasions I've had people come up and say "marbles, I love your coat!"

Very pleasedgrin

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