Winter seems to have been here for ever. For months we have woken up to wind, rain, cold and a little bit of snow here and there. To be honest I have been dreaming of warmer weather. Of wearing my flip flops again, painted toes, strappy dresses and ice cream. Well I was until the House of Fraser outreach team invited me to review one of their beautiful winter coats to keep cosy in over the last few weeks.
I am a bugger for coats. The poor coat rack in my little under stairs cupboard groans under the weight of coats. Colleagues at work have jokingly referred to me as ‘Charlotte and her never ending coats’ and despite none of my winter coats being tatty or out of date I find myself buying a new one every winter.
The thing is there always seems to be a new style or colour to try out. I’ve got navy, black, tan, a gorgeous bright orange one I got in River Island last year a super soft burgundy cord one and now a new addition. The challenge set by House of Fraser was to find a winter coat under £40. I wasn’t sure this was possible as at £40 I envisaged getting one of those hideous puffa jackets that makes you look like you’ve gained twenty pounds on the school run or worse still I would be relegated to one of the ‘older’ brands and have to look like I was more 46 than 36.
I need not have feared. House of Fraser as one of the leading fashion department stores stock a wide variety of brands. With high street favourites like Wallis, Ted Baker and Dune through to more exclusive brands like Biba. After narrowing down my choices using the quick and easy product selector my eye was drawn to a gorgeous funnel neck coat from Mango which was an absolute bargain reduced from £59.99 down to £39.99 (currently in red and navy at £19.99).
I loved the high funnel neck, great for keeping the cold out and the detailing such as the zip cuffs and hidden buttons made this a great coat for wearing out shopping or out for dinner thanks to its tailored shape. I opted for white (yes I know a white coat and a six year old child I must be mad) as I hadn’t got a white coat and having just sorted out my blonde hair again thought it would go really nicely when paired with dark denim skinny jeans or my black trousers from Atterley Road.
The coat is a polyester mix and is surprisingly soft. The fabric isn’t itchy or scratchy in fact it is incredibly soft and very warm. I was somewhat surprised that when I put it on, the fit even in the XL is snug and to be honest you would struggle to wear a chunky jumper underneath. The one button at the bottom is a bugger to keep closed and I’ve resorted to leaving the last button undone. Teach my to have big boobs I guess!
I was worried that the white funnel neck would play havoc with my make up and I would end up with a tide mark around the neckline, however the coat allows you to wear the top button undone allowing you to fold the neck over should you wish to avoid this problem. You can also wear a scarf to cut down on this.
White can be a tricky colour to wear so pairing this with dark denim works well and I also wore it with a black dungarees playsuit and black and white crop top which worked really well. The jacket is excellently priced, well made and a fabulous addition to my winter wardrobe.
There are still some winter coat bargains to be had over on the House of Fraser website. If you spend over £50 you get free delivery and as spring still shows no signs of arriving why not treat yourself to a wardrobe update!