I thought a LOT about my winter coat this year, as I do have my super thick, furry, embellished River Island parka coat to keep me toasty, but not every day has an arctic chill! The months of September to December and March onwards need a decent cover-up that doesn't make you too hot under the collar, and as I do an hour's worth of watching and train hopping every day to work, I can't suffocate when the carriage is full or I'm power walking!
I ummed and ahhed over the Zara £139 draped wool coat that a succession of bloggers snapped up, but the price point for what really is a glorified cardigan did deter me. I browsed ASOS and Missguided for their camel boyfriend coats, but an oversized fit just doesn't suit my frame, and I've never been able to rock androgynous, casual wear. There are many different shades of camel too, and a golden haired pale gal like myself would be washed out by a dull cream.
And so came the Mango coat: the long-length, belted, sleek offering that when examined in person, is lined beautifully, hangs in a structured, slimline fit, and hints at dressing gown-chic while still looking super professional. I tried on a medium but the store adviser confirmed that this coat is all about a chic statement, rather than a casual fit.
I knew of this coat for around a month and stalked ASOS like a gawk for a good discount code. When they sent out a 20%, I snapped it up but sadly it arrived folded in a clear bag and had so many creases, it resembled an zig-zagged accordion! Luckily I had also signed up to the Mango newsletters and they sent me a 30% discount announcement, when I hot-footed it to the Bullring store (after calling and reserving my size!) and got the £140 coat for less than £97!
A coat purchase is so important to get right because it is something you wear every day, should transition every outfit, and hopefully will come out again next year. It's worn beautifully and has not lost any of it's structure, which really makes this coat so smart and statement. Mango are doing a 30% Black Friday discount across the weekend so it's time to invest...