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The Perfect Coat

(43 Posts)
Northernexile Sat 27-May-17 17:35:47

I'm really hoping the good MNers of S&B can help me. I am desperately
in need of a coat that can do everything. I have been looking for the perfect coat for about four years. It needs to:
- Have a hood
- Cover my arse
- Keep the rain off a bit
- Look vaguely stylish
I ideally want something fairly lightweight, not for deepest winter, that will work for walking the dog, taking kids out etc, but I don't want a typical waterproof-type (sweaty) outdoorsy coat.
I don't know if this coat exists, but I will be eternally grateful for any suggestions/recommendations. I'm 36 and a size 10-12.
Thank you!

BlackadderBells Sat 27-May-17 17:40:41

Following - I want one too!

BikeRunSki Sat 27-May-17 17:43:52

I bought a Toast parka last winter, for exactly the same purpose as described in the OP. It is brilliant, a bit warm now. It did cost nearly £300, but I was very lucky with a tax return, I'd been gazing at it for years, the moment that tax return arrived I knew what I was going to spend it on. smile

Northernexile Sat 27-May-17 17:50:02

Thank you- I'm off to check out Toast! I'm on mat leave at the minute so budget is tight, but I'm prepared to spend more to get something properly perfect.

MumBod Sat 27-May-17 18:33:18

I have this in black, and it's brilliant. Comes in lots of colours.

Ilsa Jacobsen

Greenvalleymama Sat 27-May-17 19:19:31

I think it's impossible!! I've been searching my whole life. Jackets either have style, or a hood. Unfortunately.

I tend to go for the hood over style, as I have four dogs and frizz prone hair.

I hope someone can help!

Northernexile Sat 27-May-17 19:41:55

That does seem to be the problem green.

Those Isle Jacobsen ones are quite nice though. Think the Toast one might be a bit warmer than what I'm after.

HappyHoppy Sat 27-May-17 19:53:12

Protected Species coat?

BikeRunSki Sat 27-May-17 19:53:24

This is my Toast Parka. I got it last winter, and warmth was a requirement. I got mine without the fur trim (thes was an option if you bought it from John Lewis). IT was brilliant until about a month ago, now the weather is warmer, I don't know what to wear. A few years ago, they did it with a detachable lining, that would have been ideal.

Maplessglobe Sat 27-May-17 20:40:50

happy, I didn't know why I clicked on this thread as I am pretty well covered for winter coats and I have a fairly ok looking joules hooded raincoat that I don't love but does the job and I seem to get a lot of compliments on; but that protected species commuter coat! Looks like I've found the HG. Thanks for linking.

Northernexile Sat 27-May-17 21:03:17

The Protected Species parka and commuter coats are lovely! Need to figure out if I can spend that much though. I think that Toast one would be spot on if it had a detachable lining Bike, definitely. I am fond of a parka.
Today was warm and wet here. I currently have a choice of a wool duffle coat or an extremely thin parka. I wore the parka and got soaked. I have a purple Berghaus waterproof, but I refuse to wear it anywhere other than dog-walking as it is so unflattering!

JDSTER Sat 27-May-17 21:36:02

happyhoppy great link- I've never heard of protected species but they look like they fit OPs brief

OldLibrary Sat 27-May-17 22:59:58

I gut a really nice lightweight showerproof parka from H&M last year, they might have something similar..?

KanyesLunchbox Sat 27-May-17 23:04:36

Jackwolfskin ice guard is lovely.

NotAMammy Sat 27-May-17 23:08:44

Barbour I reckon, but they can be quite warm - a great autumn/spring coat. I wear mine with a gillet in the winter.

user1468843101 Sun 28-May-17 09:20:45

The joules Winchester is the closest I've got. Lightweight parka, zip out quilted fleece inner which you can wear separately. Navy or khaki. Post season, but can find on some online stores.....

seefeld Sun 28-May-17 09:28:38

Have you looked at Parka London? They do some waterproof spring coats, like this one on ASOS

Veryhungrycaterpillar84 Sun 28-May-17 09:33:28

What's your budget OP? If you want something that does all those things and don't mind investing a bit of money then try a waxed jacket e.g. Barbour or similar. They have some smart styles with belts. They last for donkeys years too. I have a brown one it's brilliant, got a hood, keeps my bum covered, warm but not heavy so good in any weather. I wear it loads.

shockedballoon Sun 28-May-17 09:58:27

Ah thank you OP - I could have started this thread myself! I've been looking for similar for years - making do with cheap 'that'll do' efforts in the meantime.

The toast ones look great but probably a bit warm for a spring /summer coat. Love the look of the protected species commuter coat, kind of pricey though - although my birthday is coming up...

bojorojo Sun 28-May-17 11:09:54

Seasalt of Cornwall may have something. I have bought a long coat from them and I wear it all the time. I have a lighter weight one for summer which is shorter. They are not that stylish but do the job!

imjessie Sun 28-May-17 11:16:48

I just got a really lovely one from Tesco .. way nicer shapes than the joules ones that swamped me and only £32 !

imjessie Sun 28-May-17 11:19:22 Looks much nicer on and comes in floral too!!

ImperialBlether Sun 28-May-17 11:25:03

What about something like this Jigsaw lightweight parka?

Northernexile Sun 28-May-17 12:01:57

Thanks for all these suggestions- will get a good look when my baby decides to nap! My budget is probably around £150 caterpillar, but if I find the perfect coat I might have to sell one of the kids or something...

OCSockOrphanage Sun 28-May-17 14:10:17

I saw this a couple of days ago, and nearly tried it on.

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