The ultimate winter wardrobe staple – your winter coat

It’s now the time of year when the jacket that you’ve been wearing since April will longer suffice to keep the chill off your shoulders. I’ve had three little jackets (all thrifted from charity shops and carboot sales of course) which have been worn in rotation during the spring/summer season, one for every occasion; the little denim jacket (perfect for wearing with little floral dresses to summer BBQs), the little khaki jacket (the ideal accessory for a jeans day) and a blue padded jacket (for colder days and windy walks along the seafront).

My dilemma comes when the weather takes a turn for the worst in the autumn, when I need to decide on a winter coat – that’s right – just one coat for every eventuality. I certainly can’t afford to invest in more than one coat (winter coats are so much more pricey than summer jackets) and I need it to be suitable for wearing with trousers, skirts, dresses and jeans (ok, everything). So it needs to be smart but casual, warm but not duvet-sized, water-resistant but not a pac-a-mac. Difficult decisions all round really. I wouldn’t usually replace my winter coat every year – one coat normally last me a few years so that I really get my money’s worth, but I’ve lost weight this year and am a few dress-sizes smaller than last year, so my old reliable wool 3/4 length coat is marquee-like on my now. So, I must invest in a new one & I’ve spent hours hunting around the high street looking for the ultimate bargain winter coat (to last me for the next few years) and my shortlist is from New Look, H&M and Matalan.

Please let me know what you think – where are you getting your winter coat from? what style do you prefer? do you update your winter wear every year?


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

7 thoughts on “The ultimate winter wardrobe staple – your winter coat

  1. A good Winter Coat is definitely a staple in the colder weather. I just bought a new coat from Burlington Coat Factory and I love it. I saved about $50 on a style I loved and it is really warm.

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