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One thing you quickly learn as a parent on the school run is that there is nowhere quite as freezing as the school playground. Nowhere does the arctic wind whip across your face and the rain drops sting your cheeks quite like that dank, concrete square that you seem to waste countless hours of your life waiting for the urchins to emerge from school.
So because of all of this you realise pretty quick that you need a winter coat that will be your arsenal in battling the elements and ravaging cold on the school run. The thing is that coat also needs to be stylish, have a million pockets to store keys, phones, sweets, hair bobbles, half eaten food (or is that just my child?). Many of the coats in the high street veer too much into the ‘high fashion’ stakes and are rubbish in terms of practicality. I have a gorgeous burnt orange boucle wool coat from River Island. It looks stunning on but is totally impractical for the school run in reality as it cost nearly £100 and I’d scream if any grubby mitts came near it clutching a painting. Sorry Roo.