When I think about Autumn, I picture crisp, golden and crunchy leaves on the ground, fine knitwear layers and tailored coats. I’m not talking about heavy winter coats but sleek, classic and stylish coats that help us transition from Summer to the cool and fresh temperatures of Autumn.
Last weekend I packed away the last of my summer clothes and most of the colourful items from my wardrobe and brought out all my coats, jackets and knitwear. The temperatures have been in between the last couple of weeks with some mild days in amongst some truly dull, dreary and wet days. That’s Autumn in Scotland for you however it meant I needed to have a good mix of seasonal items to hand depending on how the weather was feeling each day. Now, there’s a truly Autumnal feel about the weather and it was time to fully transition my wardrobe.
In doing so I realised I was missing a few key pieces which I consider classic and essential for Autumn wear. I love a trench coat but find the classic beige colour quite impractical. It often gets dirty getting in and out of the car (yes I should probably wash my car more often but who has time for that) or marked from day to day wear and carrying bags etc. I had been looking for a more wearable style for a while but hadn’t found one that was the right combination of fit, colour and practicality until now…
I first spotted this one on ASOS but it’s by River Island. Annoyingly I had a 25% discount for River Island but couldn’t locate the coat on the website under the coats and jacket section. Determined as ever and not one to miss out on a bargain or to not use a discount card when available, I searched using all the terms I thought the coat might have been listed under and woalla – it was there. I don’t know why it wasn’t on the coats and jacket section I can’t seem to think what else they’d list it under but maybe since it’s titled ‘robe’ coat it fits better under the nightwear section? Who knows. The lesson learned is never assume anything. Anyway I used my discount code and patiently (yeah right) awaited it’s arrival.
My first thought when trying on was – have I gained a lot of weight on my upper arms? My gosh it’s tight at the armpit area. It fitted perfectly otherwise and was sold out in the bigger size so I decided to keep it in the hope it would stretch slightly with wear. I certainly won’t be able to wear anything thick underneath but I can live with that. It’s so chic and stylish and I love the double breast detail and gold buttons. The tie strap allows you to show some shape and makes it more practical for colder days. The material is quite stiff and really thick which I like. It will definitely hold it’s shape and is great quality for the price.
I’ve paired with another new arrival, an ecru colour guipure lace blouse. Can’t get enough of this and it was only £25.99. It’s a lovely shape and quite a boxy fit which is nice. The frill detail on the shoulders is lovely too.
I’ve added my trusty Topshop high waist jeans which go perfectly with the blouse and coat. My new Topshop boots also work well adding much needed height with the length of the coat and the sharp, pointed toe elongates my legs further which is never a bad thing.