MORE coats! Every woman needs a coat that can take you from funeral to er party

By | October 16 2012 | 30 Comments

My mum always says every woman should have a funeral coat. I realise how morbid that sounds, but you know she really does have a point – not that you need a coat for funerals exactly – but that every woman needs a coat in her wardrobe that she can put on over anything and look well. And if you have ever stood in an Irish graveyard in November, you know it has to be a warm one too.

Two cosy Topshop picks

So as nelly as it sounds, a winter coat really is an investment piece. Buy well and it should last you up to three years, so buy the best quality coat you can afford. Remember, if first impressions last, then a lot of the people you are going to meet over the next few months are going to meet you in your coat, so it needs define you.

Before you go shopping, put some time into thinking about what will suit your lifestyle. Give serious thought to fabric, fit and style.

Lipsy belted coat €78

Will it be your only coat? Is it for work or casual wear, how practical do you need it to be? What will you be wearing underneath? If you wear a suit or jacket to work, then make sure the arms of your coat have plenty of room.

If you can only afford one great coat this year then look out for removable hoods and collars that can help you to style it differently – Lynnie showed us some great ones in her post earlier.

Make sure you buy the perfect fit. If you are tall you can probably carry off any silhouette, just be careful buying a mid knee length coat, which is this season’s most popular length, that it is not too short. And look out for sleeve lengths too. Nothing screams primary school hand me down like sleeves that are too short.

If you are short or plus sized, then tailored straight styles are good like the ones below. Avoid wide belts and full skirts, a double breasted coat or very long styles. Thick fabrics and puffas won’t do you any favours either. If you have large boobs – lucky you – then do not buy a short, puffy jacket or empire style, but narrow lapels will flatter.

M&s; Pennys; Whistles

Coats with no fasteners are very on trend, some fastened with a belt or with hidden fasteners. Knitted jackets are also fashionable but again, not practical if it is the only coat you can buy.

Modern military with a feminine chic is also a key style, as seen in Victoria Beckham’s Autumn/Winter collection. Check out M&S for a range that is reminiscent, but at a fraction of the price. And make sure to check out Karen Millen who still have €75 off a selection of their coats.

River Island, Victoria Beckham Slouch coat

It is really a great year for coats so if you are planning on buying one, my advice is to go now. Right now.

What style are you thinking of going for?

 Jane Tynan




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30 Replies to "MORE coats! Every woman needs a coat that can take you from funeral to er party"

  • Tweetless says:

    Oooo…I like the grey military style one above with the black trim. Where is that from? It looks a bit long though. I’m a shorty so I have to be careful of length.

  • *Aisling* says:

    Tweetless I’ll update with the “deets”!

  • Oh I quite like the red military jacket from Penneys. Will need to go and check that out (and will certainly come back with more shoes, tops and knickers as I always do when I go to Penneys)

  • Lori-Meyers says:

    Where is the grey coat underneath the bright pink coat from please? :)

  • Eos says:

    I love the grey coat with black trim as well.Cé mhéad??? and where can I get it pls??

  • Jane says:

    Hey ladies,

    The grey military coat is from M&S Autograph collection and is €149.

    The red miiltary from Penneys costs a measly €17!

    The grey coat with the leather trim is from Ben de Lisi in Principles in Debenhams and costs €153.

    Cool aren’t they, I love coats!

  • *Aisling* says:

    Thanks Jane – the pics got mixed up – I will endeavour to fix!

  • Jane says:

    No hassle Ais, its amazing how mixed up stuff gets as it travels across the internet!

  • EvieM says:

    I love the white Zara one but it’s just not practical with a toddler =(

  • Jane says:

    The white one is my fave too Evie, but like you I think it is a little impractical. But I still want and desire it! Hmmm

  • *Aisling* says:

    Have you seen the white Zara one with the leather sleeves? WANTSES!

  • LynnieDoll says:

    Anything from the NEXT petite range you want to show off, or anything from a short arse range???

    • *Aisling* says:

      LynnieDoll – good idea we’ll do a short arse feature next – I could do with that myself! Will get the fashionistas on it – Lynnie, Jane, Rosemary – start working on it NOW!

    • *Aisling* says:

      LynnieDoll – good idea we’ll do a short arse feature next – I could do with that myself! Will get the fashionistas on it – Lynnie, Jane, Rosemary – start working on it NOW!

  • Jane says:

    Lipsy also have a white belted coat with black leather sleeves for €78! Another dirt magnet!

  • LynnieDoll says:

    Oh Aisling, you are the B E S T!!!! Coats are expensive enough without having to spend an extra 20 euros to make the alternations. (which I have to do – a lot) and sometimes it just takes the look off especially if they have cuff detail.
    I love ZARA, but unfortunately she only likes tall people :(

  • littlesis says:

    I’ve seen that M&S coat in every fashion mag and blog going! It is mucho fabulous. Lovely picks, Jane. I also fancy the Topshop beigey one.

  • Jane says:

    Nice isn’t it littlesis? €95

  • ZsaZsa says:

    Ooh – I love the thought of you doing something from Petite ranges or the likes! It’s part of the reason why I find clothes shopping so frustrating! (Don’t even start me on shoe shopping for my small feet!!)

  • EvieM says:

    LynnieDoll, exactly how shortarse are we talking here? I’m only 5ft 2 and a half (yes the half counts) and have no problem with Zara coats.

    Aisling don’t be tempting me with leather sleeves, I used to have a cream coat years ago and it was a nightmare to keep clean and that was before the mucky monster arrived. God only knows the state he’d make of a white coat if he got his hands on it.

  • Jane says:

    Oh ZsaZsa I hear you, me and my freaky feet are never happy, I am always wearing two pairs of socks in my boots and sandals are a nightmare!

  • LynnieDoll says:

    EvieM – I’m 5’1….all of ZARA sleeves (and other shops too) reach my knuckles.
    With coats I don’t mind taking them to be altered as you get a few years out of them. But you know when you buy something you just want to wear it, and not wait for it to be fixed!!

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