I was eyeing up some Landsend coats when they landed on my doormat, this morning. My ageing winter coat is a mumsnet freebie Berghaus from 5 years ago! I definitely need warm, as I walk 3 miles most days, in all weathers. Need to avoid down, though - allergic.
I tried some North Face ones on, last year and they were far too long in the arm and slim in the waist and not accommodating of boobs. Also learnt that anything mid thigh length just looks too big for me. Need a low hip length or proper knee length.
I tried on a <whisper>seasalt</whisper> coat the other day and while its a lovely coat and fitted perfectly, it just wasn't me. I need something a little more rugged looking, I think.
I've got a merrell ava that I'm just about to stick on ebay if anyone wants to have a look at it? It's barely been worn as was to warm for me (am in the south) and has since been living in the loft - I think it's a large but will need to check. The ava was the predecessor to the ellenwood.
Allthatnonsense Why do Whistles do that? Both their parkas this year have awful cheap fur, like the soft toys you win at fun fairs (that's the worst analogy I can think of but they are that bad!)
That aside, I would say the black Whistles parka with the current 25% discount is the nicest looking option on the high street, considering it is showerproof which you don't usually get on the high street, except maybe some awful M&S macs.