I am 31, size 12 and in my whole life I have never found a good warm, waterproof, chic coat suitable for toddler wrangling and going out and about.
This is the year!
I have decided to spend some real money on something which will do the job as I'm going back to university and will be spending at least 40mins per day walking up and down to university.
I want it to be knee length and waterproof above all - where oh where should I look?
My precious Boden have some nice coats on their preview site but if they're wool etc surely they can't be waterproof? Or am I going to have to think coat + brolly? I don't really fancy another anorack/ski jacket style thing.
I was thinking more of shop recommendations: I am going to try Boden, Hobbs, Whistles, Karen Millen on ebay to have a look at what sort of things they do but am not really au fait with the old smart shops.
Warm, waterproof and chic? I have long given up on meeting any chic criteria and have one a bit like this: here
You can't beat it for warmth and v practical - and looks better on than off! Honest! If I want chic, I go for a woollen coat and forego the need to be waterproof! But maybe this is the year of the perfect coat that ticks all the boxes????
wait for their Delancey Coat thus (or whatever they're calling it in the UK this year) to hit the UK site
tis not actually chic as such but is warm, waterproof and certainly not sportswear
start saving now
the alternative is to get a rainhat (the Boden ones are remarkably passable but one the same shape with a fleece inner would be warmer) and wear with a wool coat - the wool is naturally pretty water repellent if you get a tight weave.
I might well have to forgo waterproof then and get a hat or a brolly then as I'd really like a smart coat. I've lived in a North Face bright pink bodywarmer for the last couple of years (complete with child-snot stains).
Love the Marlebone Coat on the Boden Priview site so I will have to start saving my 10p coins.