Posted on September 25, 2013
We’ve had their jeans and now their coats have infiltrated our wardrobes. I’ve always been a casual girl so when Chelsea boots, slouchy jumpers and baggy coats are considered the height of fashion, I am in my comfortable, effortless element. I can get dressed in five minutes (it never takes me more) and actually look like I’ve made an effort. Just you wait until no makeup and messy hair comes back, I’ll look like I’ve come straight off the catwalk.
So, boyfriend coats. I admired them last winter but, as I’d taken out a mortgage to buy an All Saints Monument coat the previous year, I had to wear that coat every bloody day for two years and bide my time.
I have tried on all of these coats but, as I never got over the total mortification of posting photos of myself online, I will only be posting catalogue photos. I apologise for the new direction the blog has taken but I still welcome with open arms any photos other people send me.
This coat looks way nicer in real life. It’s a deep charcoal colour, a great length (just above the knee) and has a hidden zip, which I always find way handier than buttons. Unfortunately, although it looked great on the hanger, it hung shapelessly on me (much like it does on the model) and I really did look like I’d borrowed my boyfriend’s coat.
I really, really wanted to like this coat. Even though I only tried it on for research purposes and I knew I couldn’t afford it, that annoying little voice was saying that if it was as amazing as I hoped it would be, then maybe where there was a will yadda yadda yadda… Anyway, as luck would have it, it swamped me. The length was past my knee and with the single button so low, it gave me an 80s-style power-dressed look, and not in a good way.
It’s not the most exciting-looking coat but it’s a good price, black goes with everything and it’s looking like a long boyfriend is not my friend. The verdict – it’s not the most exciting but black goes with everything and I didn’t look like I was wearing fancy dress. A bit meh.
I was so sure that this would be the one that I ordered it. It’s a heavy, well made coat and I loved the colour and the pocket design. But it is just a big coat really. I’m afraid the masculine cut aspect of it means that it just doesn’t fit a woman’s body properly (or maybe it’s just mine). It looked smart when open but closed, it just looked like it was a size or two too big. Luckily Adolfo Dominguez do free (and hassle-free) returns – a courier picks the package up from your address and then your work is done.
Finally (there is a finally in this story), the Topshop wool lime green boyfriend coat. I saw it online in some fashion spread or other and waited patiently for its public offering. It is green, lime green! When it comes to fabric, I tend to be fairly conservative. I don’t usually go for patterns, I like my blacks, greys and denim but I do love a splash of colour, especially on a dark, black and denim winter’s day. I said to myself, it won’t suit me, it will swamp me, but it’s lime green and that bit will make me happy. It arrived this morning. It is amazing. I am wearing it right now. It is a slightly oversized shape around the back and shoulders but it is not overly spacious elsewhere. It comes to just above my knee so doesn’t drag my silhouette to the ground. It is 82% wool but feels very light and is not itchy as wool can sometimes be. It’s a keeper. The end.