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moondog the plan is to use it as a general coat. I don't have a massive wardrobe so it would be used to go to work, pick up DS from nursery, take DS to the park etc. The coat I use now is a ski jacket but I was hoping for something a bit more feminine (and not black!). I really have the most awful sense of style.
It's ok - just be careful with it being double-breasted - could make you look shorter/wider than you are. I agree with what others say though - try it on and see how it looks, and if youlike it - then that's all that matters! :-)
Agree with what Katy said, how big are your boobs? I'm 5'4, size 10 with a 36E chest & can't wear double breasted jackets because it makes me look even more top heavy/like a block. I've found a single breasted jacket with a waist tie is much more forgiving to my figure!
The other thing I'd consider about this coat; being 5'4 it will probably (like every other jacket in the world!) be too long on the sleeves, so they won't stay that light colour for very long!
In my experience coats from Next are not very good quality. I found one I relly liked last witer which I wanted just to wear over a smartish frock when I went out for lunch, or in the evenings. I tried on several and the buttons were not properly sewn on and kept falling off even in the shop! The assistant just put them back on the rail, even though I told her. I quite like the shape of the one you like, but the contrast trims look a bit awkward.