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Could anyone recommend somewhere to find a cool but functional parka-style coat? I'd like something hooded, oversized (rather than with a nipped waist) and reasonably waterproof in an interesting colour, as I have a small baby and am on maternity leave, and this will be my first autumn/winter spending a lot of time outdoors with a buggy/sling, rather than dressing more 'professionally.
If your budget allows, then I'd look at the Didriksons Lindsey - I know you said no nipped waist, but this one pulls in via a drawstring so could easily be worn more straight. They come up really big (the advice is to order a size smaller than you usually wear) so I'm sure you could fit lots of layers underneath and even your baby in a sling if you size a bit bigger, LOL.
In terms of functionality, they're about the most functional coats around. I have one from last year and they truly are waterproof. I'm fed up with so-called showerproof ones that start to leak after a few months.
I saw a great one in New Look but couldn't see it on the website the other day - will have another look. Don't know about waterproof-ness though. It was navy with a metallic finish - sounds awful but I really liked it.