A couple of years ago, the husband and I headed off to Munich for a long weekend to visit my wonderful friend Laura and to enjoy the Christmas markets. Facebook (and Laura) keep reminding me of this recently by posting pictures such as these:
So I’ve made a promise to myself that we’ll go back next year to enjoy more of Laura’s company and to drink copious amounts of feurerzangenbowle!!
The one thing about Munich in December – it is COLD! And as you can see Laura is sporting a very warm looking “duvet coat” (this is what I call them) so it got me thinking about coats.
I’ve been on the annual hunt for a new coat. Every year I look for the perfect one and often go through 2 or 3 (4 or 5!) coats to find the one that fits the bill! Ideally I want one that can cope with all weathers. Right now, I’m currently wearing two coats as one – my biker and my shearling lined gilet over the top.
Tada! I’m super warm – and it looks like I’m in a full coat but its an utter faff to get on and off.
So what’s on my checklist for a coat? Well not that much
- It has to be warm – so many fashion coats are so thin you could spit peas through them. I guess for those of us who live in London and commute on public transport where even in the depths of winter can be as hot as hell, these coats are perfect. But I’m looking for one which will allow me to enjoy Munich in December and Scotland in err May!
- It has to look ok – and not like I’ve cut arm holes in a sleeping bag.
- It has to have a hood – why oh why is this so hard? Over the years I’ve had to resort to things such as this:
Yep – that is a hooded scarf! Kept me warm during the winter of 2010 – when it snowed for weeks!
I’ve just ordered this baby from Yours clothing – which is as close to the Burberry parka as I could get.
But looking around, and especially with Germany in mind, I found this lovely coat from Esprit:
It seems to tick all the boxes – it looks good, it looks warm (hello padding AND ‘teddy bear’ lining!) and it has a hood! It also comes in sizes up to size XL (uk22) – which isn’t ideal for everyone but will fit some. Plus as we all know – the label means nothing a lot of the time!
How about you lot? What’s your on your ideal coat checklist?