I had been looking for a coat to see me through winter for some time. Scouring French Connection and Zara seemed like the best option as I've always found what I'm looking for in previous years. Every coat I have purchased from either brand have had a classical style with a twist and have lasted well over 2 years.
So naturally I found this year's perfect autumn/winter coat in Zara...
I had been coveting this navy wool-mix coat ever since I tried it on in the Aberdeen store. At the time, I checked the £130 price tag and reluctantly walked away from the hanger knowing it just wasn't a justifiable purchase that month. However, I ended up buying it from the Zara website because it was just too fabulous to pass up.
It will make an ideal work coat, given that I have to look smart, stylish and put together at all times in my daily working life. The studded sleeves add that touch of interest and allow the rest of your outfit to remain relatively unfussy without looking boring or dull. The coat (which also comes in a khaki shade) only has two metal fastenings in the neck area but I generally prefer to wear it open with a lovely woollen cosy scarf.
The coat feels like a quality, well-made garment and the embellishment on the sleeves feels sturdy i.e. the studs aren't going to fall off if you accidentally whack your arm off the table. It's definitely worth the £130 price tag because I can see myself wearing this for the next couple of years. It can be worn with a diverse range of outfits, it's the perfect length for heels or flats and can be dressed up or down.
I have found that my Faith studded black suede boots made a lovely partnership with this coat. I doubt I will be able to wear them when winter hits and the snow and ice appear so I better make the most of them while I can!
Have you bought your winter coat yet? Where do you normally find 'the one'?