Which coat?

(63 Posts)
TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 16:43:57

Generally hate parkas but quite like these (although still not decided on whether to continue a desperate search for something more feminine!)

I like waxed jackets so that one tempts me but can't decide!

Would probably go for storm grey although the normal one looks nice in khaki!

What are Mint Velvet like?

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 16:45:17
ElizabethBathory Thu 14-Nov-13 16:47:12

The grey waxed one looks like a bin bag. The other one is nice for a parker. Looks cosy.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 16:56:26

Bin bag?oh dear!!!!! I love the honesty in this place

HelloBoys Thu 14-Nov-13 17:06:42

2nd if anything.

But £179 for a bloody coat?! Vero Moda do cheaper ones and in the sales they'll be marked down so much so I'd almost be tempted to save.

Is Vero Moda in Debenhams as 20% off all items or price match John Lewis some days.

cloudskitchen Thu 14-Nov-13 17:09:24

I like them both. I don't think the grey one looks likre a binbag grin but I do probably slightly prefer the other one.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 17:18:57

I'm laughing at the price rant.That's cheap compared to what many on here spend on a coat...

Just had a peak at Vero moda and nothing nice there.

I think it's the sheen showing on the waxed one that looks wrong.Shame as it has a removable fleece lining

Bunbaker Thu 14-Nov-13 17:22:03

"I'm laughing at the price rant.That's cheap compared to what many on here spend on a coat"

Really!!! I think they are very expensive and would expect them to be waterproof at that price. I do like them though.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 17:23:43

The wax one is waterproof (should be)

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 17:26:09

For that money I would have expected something much more substantial , filled with down and feathers and longer. You could get something like this for that price and it is like a duvet. Great if and when we have another snowy winter. We have had snow on the mountains behind me for two weeks now so im already wearing my down filled long coat.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 17:27:22

Yes, I know that if not worn right it could look "old lady" but omg is it warm. I

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 17:28:46

But it's ugly!That's the problem,I need a coat that looks nice

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 18:33:50

Cheers, thanks for that.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 18:35:16

Depends what you want I guess. I live in the mountains in a very rural area and it is freezing here already. Have spent the last 3 years in my Parka freezing my whatsits off so finally decided to get a duvet coat.

ElizabethBathory Thu 14-Nov-13 18:45:14

I like wax jackets, but there's something about the gathered waist and length of that one, and the light glinting off it, that looks bin baggy.

The prices are fine for a coat IMO, but I'd want it to be warm and I'm never impressed by mint velvet's materials - they have £70 jumpers that are mostly cotton and nylon, which is a bit shite considering they're not that stylish. You could get a lovely wool coat for your budget, if you'd like/need a wool one.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 18:45:45

What about this one....bit cheaper.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 18:48:26

I don't think the prices of these Parkas are fine at all. You could get something similar from Matalan like it. Would expect a bit more substantial filling made of down that would actually keep you warm. Do think they look like bin liners though.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 18:55:52

You cannot get anything like them in places like matalan at all!And certainly not anything waxed with a detachable fleece lining!!!

I used to do wool coats elizabeth but need something a lil more relaxed and with a hood etc for school run,shopping etc.Can't use an umbrella as need both hands for disabled ds

I've emailed them about the sheen,not sure if it's just the lighting during photography as not general look on waxed jackets!I do need to be able to draw the waist in,as bust hourglass.(If I wore a padded down thing I'd be drowning lmao)

I also can't wear black without looking dead.Seriously dead!

No mountains near me Milly.Well,unless you included Dartmoor a couple of miles away!!!!!!Rare to get snow in uk really,even more so in Devon

Bunbaker Thu 14-Nov-13 18:55:54

"But it's ugly!That's the problem,I need a coat that looks nice"

So you're not bothered about how practical it is for a UK winter then?

I like to look stylish, but not at the expense of being cold and wet. In winter I wear outerwear that protects me from the elements. If it is stylish that is a bonus, but practicality wins the day for me.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:02:44

Oh come on,uk winters are mild!

You don't NEED giant padded coats.Layering is fantastic for trapping warmth.


MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:08:45

Seriously Trip where have you been for the last couple of years. We have been snowed in every year. Freezing and need good snow boots too.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:09:17

Im looking at snow on Snowdon now as we speak.

Lilliput Thu 14-Nov-13 19:09:57

You must live in the balmy southeast because up here in Scotland in is bloody freezing in the winter, with early morning starts down to minus 10. Duvet coat all the way plus layering!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:12:13

I've been in Plymouth,Devon,where we've had a max of say 3 'snow days' in 3 years.A 'snow day' meaning part of the city has snow,most probably doesn't.When it does (like my birthday this year),2 inches of snow in my area had people locked up in doors and my son being the only child in school....

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:14:19

Southwest.I'm still doing the school run in a short sleeved top and cardi.Yes it's colder (warmer outside I'll add!) but not freezing.

First frost of the year yesterday,was chilly to start but the sun soon warmed it up!

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:15:52

You cant really speak for the rest of the UK then Trip lol!!!!

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:18:25

Well as I said im looking at snow on Snowdon as we speak and we have had hail today and yesterday and cold.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:19:57

There you go.....waxed jacket in Matalan.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:20:46

Only £35....bargin. ha ha.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:21:40

That looks nothing like the others and won't have a detachable inner fleece lining.Doesn't even have a hood.

It's also bog standard navy.

Totally different.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:22:36

Sorry,bog standard black.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:22:43

Maybe it is but you said there wasn't one in Matalan and I was showing you that there was a waxed jacket in Matalan. smile

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:23:39

Get the one you linked to then. It does what you want even if people think it looks like a bin liner. Im sure you will wear it with style and make it look amazing.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:24:15

Better than looking like a Michelin man,eh

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:24:47

Im sure it will look lovely on you.

Bunbaker Thu 14-Nov-13 19:28:16

"Oh come on,uk winters are mild!"

In the south west they are. Up here in the Pennines they aren't. I lost count of the number of times the Pennine passes were closed last winter.

"I've been in Plymouth,Devon,where we've had a max of say 3 'snow days' in 3 years"

Last winter we had weeks of snow, even as late as the end of March. Fortunately Easter was early and the schools had broken up otherwise DD would have lost even more days at school due to snow.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:32:06

Trip weren't you looking at cheap end waxed coats a couple of weeks ago if I remember. Did you not find anything?

cloudskitchen Thu 14-Nov-13 19:33:18

which one do you prefer triptrap? Are you still in Plymouth? my daughter was born in derriford hospital and we used to live in the south hams grin

cloudskitchen Thu 14-Nov-13 19:34:21

ps according to the news we are going to have a very chilly winter brrr

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 19:42:10

Yep,still in Plymouth! South hams are more likely to get snow lol I've heard about the chilly winter,I was excited grin

Had to go up to the moors on my birthday to build a snowman LOL

Not sure which really,I like the relaxed look and shape of the second one.But I like the length,wax (if it really is waxed,rather than 'style' as most cheap ones)and lining on the first.A bit of water resistance would be preferable but either is better for rain than waiting forever for a wool coat to naturally dry out.

Will still be wearing dresses in winter too and not sure how the second would work with that?

cloudskitchen Thu 14-Nov-13 19:50:24

We're in the south east now. a couple of years ago we were coming down there for Christmas and it snowed here. Loads of snow all the way down until we came off the a38 and by the time we got near the coast it was all gone. The kids were gutted. South devon micro climate lol

The grey one definitely says it's waxed. I think its really nice. Order both and try them on with your outfits. Maybe order from John Lewis if you can where it's easy to get things delivered and returned via a local waitrose wink

ElizabethBathory Thu 14-Nov-13 19:51:01

I tend to agree that you don't need a duvet or high tech coat to survive a British winter, if you layer up with wool clothes. If it's pissing it down that badly no one cares what you look like and I'll wear a waterproof/use an umbrella/take shelter. I did used to wear a duvet coat all winter...when I lived in St Petersburg. (Now in Yorkshire and my butt-covering wool pea coat does the job.)

LittleTulip Thu 14-Nov-13 19:56:12

I'm gonna go against the grain here, I love the look of that first parka, even the bin bag effect!

However I would not pay £179 for it. Maybe £80-£90 max.

You can get a much better coat (north face!!) for £179

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:57:29

I guess it depends upon where you live then. Im surrounded by snow most of Winter.

MillyRules Thu 14-Nov-13 19:58:54

Thing is though Elizabeth why bother layering up with wool clothes? If you have a proper warm coat then you don't need to.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 20:00:13

Lol it's daft sown here cloudskitchen

Plymouth,the city where you often see locals walking around in autumn/winter or rainy spring/summer days wearing shorts and a puffa!!!!!!!!
Sometimes complete with flip flops LOL

Just discovered there's a Mint Velvet concession in Dingles so may go have a looksie.Or,I'm going to Exeter on Thursday shopping with friends (amazing that!I have no life!) So could have a look in JL while there

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 20:04:51

Why Milly? Because it's often warmer (layering is the key to warmth,not thickness),it is more comfortable and you don't have to sacrifice having something you think looks nice.It's also helpful for when the day warms up,or you enter somewhere and have to take your coat off and don't want to freeze without it.

LittleTulip If I could find something so similar in shape,colour and other details I would be happy!Haven't managed it though.

ElizabethBathory Thu 14-Nov-13 20:07:31

Milly I guess it's a choice between wearing whatever you like under a toasty but slightly ugly big coat, and wearing a stylish coat but having to wear a wool jumper too. As I like woolly jumpers and cosy jumper dresses, and spend a fair amount of time outside in my coat so want to look nice, I go for the layers option. But I can see why others might prefer the former. Also, for most of the year in England my wool coat is warm enough not to need a wool jumper underneath.

cloudskitchen Thu 14-Nov-13 20:15:28

is there a john lewis in exeter now. the nearest was Bristol when we lived there. might move back then wink

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 14-Nov-13 20:31:52

Yep.Only opened in October though!Not sure how big it is mind,but hopefully not too bad.

Lol good reason to move wink

While on the subject of JL,I heard they do Santas grottos?Are they any good?Taking ds up to Exeter to see the Coca Cola truck next month and was hoping for a decent grotto somewhere up there aswell

HelloBoys Fri 15-Nov-13 09:50:40

I just baulk at paying for something like that (Mint Velvet) which isn't waterproof and I KNOW (I saw) the similar Whistles ones in local department store were marked down about a week ago.

You should shop around or find voucher codes. It's your money but where I work (Wimbledon but have Kingston or West End) I KNOW there'll be sales on etc and stock even of winter coats is not moving. Mango, Top Shop coats in local dept store all still there in all sizes. grin

and yeah I would pay more for a coat and have done in past but again - now I'd try to get a discount more say if I paid in cash.

I know where I work (Wimbledon near Village) - sales time coats etc are marked down a bit.

HelloBoys Fri 15-Nov-13 09:52:24

and for what LittleTulip said - yes I'd probably look at North Face etc too but that's me.

Parkas remind me of the whole Feargal Sharkey look

Waxed jackets - I used to wear these to go horse-riding so I always think they smell


HelloBoys Fri 15-Nov-13 11:16:14

70isalimit - I got the Barbour waxed jacket when I was young (in 1990 or so when they were dead trendy) - never been anywhere near a horse in my life (apart from lessons as kids) - and got it from a gun/fishing shop in Croydon. I wanted the navy which didn't have a lining but had a nice separate fur (fake) gillet thing. I gave them away a few years later and wonder why now! LOL

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Fri 15-Nov-13 11:57:34

I have been 'shopping' around.I haven't found anything else.

I wouldn't buy north face because I find them ugly.They are technical coats not nice coats.I also don't wants lots of padding.Tbh I only see women 50+ wearing north face here.Then quilted styles are usually found in the market for £15 and look pretty much identical to the expensive ones,just have cheaper (and not as warm) linings and padding etc.

I generally hate parkas but those two are nice for parkas.

Love waxed jackets,but finding a nice,fitted and hooded one isn't easy either and tends to be very expensive.

Mint Velvet have got back to me now and the 'waxed' one,like many others around,isn't actually waxed and does have a sheen due to apparently trying to replicate a waxed jacket.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Fri 15-Nov-13 12:01:48

Just to add,I wouldn't be paying full price anyway,I know someone who can get a discount and have some vouchers I otherwise probably wouldn't use!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 16-Nov-13 10:01:34

This one isn't too bad for a waterproof,has a detachable fur trim for the hood and a furry fleece lining

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 11:48:09

I have a complete blind spot when it comes to these kinds of coats.

So I'm going to wade in blindly anyway.

any good?

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 11:51:22

I don't mind that one in your link, but again, I have no idea.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 16-Nov-13 11:59:35

That's not bad actually,but it's double breasted and I have giant norks.Shame really

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 12:04:12

Hmm, will keep looking.

Bloody hell, it's a drawstring nightmare out there, isn't it?

tethersend Sat 16-Nov-13 12:06:09

Is this fitted enough?

Shruti04 Sat 16-Nov-13 12:39:11

I think grey, brown will look good. Padded coats are good to use in winter.

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