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Starting to look at the Autum/Winter range of coats and wondering what was best - a wool blend coat or a more casual padded (barbour) type of coat? Not had a woolen coat in years and can't remember if they are warm enough!
The best investment coat I ever bought was from Lands' End - a goose-down jacket which is TOTALLY warm, windproof and waterproof to the extent that you really don't mind going out in the cold and you don't need to wear a scarf as it zips right up. Amazing. Mine's a bit like this but doesn't have the belt. I'm also buying a waterproof parka for Autumn as I hate wearing anorak/hikers' coloured raincoats. I think they look dreadful if you're out with your pushchair wearing jeans. Such a snob, me... I've been through so many types of winter coat - buttons, duffles etc and none of them has ever been as good as that first one I mentioned.
I have a waterproof down parka from North face I love it so much, it's beyond useful....it's loveliness is it's warmth and I have a wool coat for when I want to look more dressed - which I love too. Both were eye wateringly expensive.
If I had to choose between them I'd go for the parka, every time I put it on it gives me a big hug!
I like the padded, practical ones but I often want a longer style and my favourite coat is a wool/broadcloth one from Toast. Very plain, simple, dark greenish brown, sort of slim/fitted with a small collar.
It seems to go with everything and it's just, well it's 'me' if you like, so even if I look a bit naff sometimes I put it on and feel better.
I have a couple of Barbour jackets which are very warm and lovely, and good with jeans, but not really much in the way of sporty/mountain style gear as it just doesn't suit me.
Hi there, I came across this thread while searching for a winter coat myself. However then I stumbled on some information on how the "down" is procured and had to opt for cruelty free options as I couldn't buy it after that. I got a fabulous warm jacket from Land's end (it works fine even in -30C I am told) and has artificial insulation. Here's the article that informed me on the options: www.choosingraw.com/vegan-shopping-challenge-a-vegan-friendly-winter-parka/ I thought I'd post it, for those of you who might be interested in cruelty free, eco friendly but affordable options. Have a nice day!
I have a gorgeous long tall Sally wool cost for when I need to be posh. It's the only coat I have ever owned whose sleeves are long enough for me! And a crag hoppers waterproof parka for everyday use which is fan on horrible wet days like today