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I need one of these ^ don't want it to look too anorak-like ie like I'm about to go hiking, but not keen on the boden rainy day look either. I don't want it too long as I hate sitting on a coat in the car and preferably it will have a hood (the holy grail of mum coats!).
At the minute I am wearing an Armani coat I bought years ago but it is way too bulky and too good to be wearing like this.
I have a small - below £70 budget, but have £100 of M&S vouchers!
I have that Cos coat in camel from a couple of years ago when I searched high and low for a work coat with a hood. It's great, mine has a zip-up front so practical all round. Only complaint is it's unlined (a personal bugbear), but I have a feeling the more recent ones are lined.
It seems to be a recurring style for them and they crop up semi-regularly on eBay, worth keeping an eye out (last year's version was in burgundy I think)
Mine isn't lined either Zinnia. It's lovely fabric, but not very warm tbh as it's not lined. It's beautiful smooth wool / poly / cashmere mix that just looks so luxe and hangs beautifully. The burgundy one last year and the navy one the previous year are shorter, were above the knee on me - and were lined in cotton. It's more than I'd ideally spend on a coat but it's the third year in a row I've lusted after it and I didn't want to miss it altogether!
For winter My smart work coat is black wool from M&S. When it's freezing I have a sort of waterproof long puffa one with a hood from Zara. When it's torrential rain I use an oversize mans anorak that does up over everything. I find it impossible to find the perfect water proof coat.