The Coats Edition.
First up I'd like to champion Burberry Prorsum and Christoper Bailey for the amazing outerwear they churn out all the time. I know that is how Burberry started and it's awesome to see a design house nodding to their roots whilst also managing to stay ingenuitive and current season after season.
Not that the opinion of a Overexcited Fat British Girl matters that much but i admire it : )
I've been looking, searching, scouring for the perfect coat for a while now. I have my old faithful, a black Evans knee length duffel with faux fur trim on the hood but she's old now (it was bought in 2003/2004) and isn't something i enjoy wearing anymore. It does the job but it isn't me. Know what a i mean??
WARNING, I AM ABOUT TO TURN INTO COAT-ZILLA, IT'S LIKE BRIDE-ZILLA BUT WORSE
What i really want is a military style, black, wool or wool mix coat. Tailored with a belt, like a mac. If there is no belt I'd like to be able to put one with it. Big collar, maybe even double breasted and if i can get a hood too that'd make my year. Good quality is a must, i want this baby to last, and no skimping on details (i thought I'd found the coat last year but some wisecrack at Evans decided plastic buttons painted to look metallic was a good idea!) Pockets are non-negotiable, i can't be reaching in and out of my bag for i-pod/lighter/phone all the time. Did i mention it has to be black? If some kind of fur/sheepskin detail has been added somewhere (collar/cuff/hood) this could work and if it does it would make me smile the biggest smile ever seen on a human face. Finally, i need this coat to fit like a dream, i want structure but movement and the option of being able to put on at least one thick jumper underneath. It should pinch in at the right place and flare out at the right place creating the oh so desirable Femme Fatale in a Film Noir silhouette I've been lusting over for too long.
IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK? WELL, I'LL BE HONEST
This is a good start Evans. But I'm afraid it's a case of close, but no cigar.
I know my demands are unlikely to be met. But i do have to say that as much as i appreciate Evans and what they do in terms of relatively affordable plus sized fashion, the coats up until now have been fairly uninspiring. That being said, the future looks bright and if the coats I've seen for the upcoming season make it to stores i will be making at least one purchase, it just won't tick all the boxes in one go.
What is your dream coat? Do you own it already? Or are you, like me, still searching?
I feel like a coat is an investment. As nice as it would be to buy all the coats and jackets i like, it;s not practical or economical. I don't have the room and they wouldn't get worn often enough. The best option is to own one coat that does everything, goes with everything, and lasts for ever, but finding that is, thus far, impossible. And to be honest that is probably what has created the coat monster within me. So: it's not my fault!!