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Topshop which always mean lots of ££££ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This coat was my first 'investment coat', my first large Topshop purchase, and probably the reason why I continue to shop in Topshop. If you haven't guessed already it can be purchased from Topshop. I bought this last Winter (2011) however I have checked and it is actually available to still buy online and it retails for £89; I think however I 'may' have paid £98 or £100. Despite me not being able to 100% remember, the bottom line is either way it's expensive and was definitely a splurge to say the least. The coat last year was available in a 'red riding hood' style red, and navy (which is mine); I think they did black too but I can't remember. It appears that this year they have launched it again but in a khaki colour (which looks very nice too); personally I prefer parka coats to be green khaki in colour and am glad I got this coat in the Navy. I'll point also that if you are considering the coat but the price is off putting, I annoyingly' saw the coat in sale after Christmas. There seemed to be a lot of the red ones in stock (as though they hadn't sold as many), either way you could also check the sales to see if you can grab one of the colours at a cheaper rate maybe too. Style ~~~~ The style of the coat is what originally drew my attention to it, as it looks very classy and stylish, yet modern at the same time. I personally would say this was a 'duffle' style coat; and again 'I think' this is how it was advertised last year. It fastens with 5 press studs going all the way up to the neck, and then it has an additional 2 button and button hole fastenings which appear to be built into a 'tunnel/turtle' neck style. I have often buttoned these buttons up also, as it really does prevent any cold from getting to you. Note though that due to these buttons being around the neck/collar section, it becomes very snug up top and the buttons kind of end up around your mouth; it really does come that high up. The coat also comes complete with a detachable hood; personally even if I didn't use the hood I would still keep it attached, as I personally like the look and style with it resting at the back. There are 2 side chest pockets (which personally are no good for storing anything other than your hands) if you haven't got gloves these pockets are ideal hand warmers. There are an additional 2 'normal' pockets also at either side of the coat, these are a nice size, ideal for phone, camera, purse ect. In my opinion I wouldn't over fill these though at it would look too bulky and may spoil the pretty look of the coat. These pockets can be fastened with a toggle; this toggle feature follows through to the centre panel of the coat too. It's a wooden toggle held in place with a pretty rope style effect; and the coat could actually be fastened solely with these, however it may move open when walking, and therefore would be more secure with the press studs. Finally in this section, the coat I have is in navy; however it has contrasting fabric inside, which looks very pretty. The fabric inside and also the inside of the hood is a red and navy tartan; the navy inside thus really helps to blend into the outer exterior of the coat too. Comfort ~~~~~~ The coat sits just underneath the bum around mid thigh, which is a great length for the type of coat this is. The coat is 80%wool and 20%nylon and personally this really comes through in the product. It would be pointless to have this in a cropped style as it's that warm you want to cover all your back and waist to get the benefit from it. I find it's very warm indeed and therefore would only need to be worn with something thin underneath. I read the previous review and they stated it was thin, I disagree with this completely. The coat oozes warmth and quality for that matter, and considering you're paying around the £100 mark I should hope it did do the job intended also. The coat is over ¾ wool and this shows through in the quality also. Not only just by looking at the coat can you tell it's a very nice 'pricey' product but also in the weight. I can only describe this as being a 'heavy' coat; obviously due to the wool; with it being heavy this proves my above claim of it being very warm also. Now although the wool is the key part to the item which makes it warm, and costly I presume it does cause some slight discomfort. I personally felt a little 'itch' internally on the sleeve arms. This isn't something that necessarily stopped me wearing this, but it is noticeable when your first put it on. Another pointer is that the coat in my opinion is not designed to be worn if expecting rain. Due to the wool I presume the rain just 'sinks/sits' on the coat, making it then very damp and takes a long time to dry out. Even though I don't think the rain would seep through, I still think that if you was caught short and it was chucking it down, I don't think this would feel comfortable to wear. Sizing ~~~~~ Topshop tends to often have problems with their sizes, either being too small, or coming up too big; this coat definitely is an odd one. Coats normally I buy either my correct size or a size (due to taking into account wearing a jumper/t-shirt underneath) and I wouldn't want the coat to be too tight. I'm normally a 10 comfortably sometimes an 8, then again sometimes a 12 (Primark for example). I remember picking the 10 up and just starring at it on the hanger as it looked very big, I picked an 8 up out of curiosity and this too was big. I was a little stumped at this point as even contemplating the 8 was odd, particularly for a coat; but when I tried it on, this was still quite big. I was very confused at this point and threw caution to the wind and looked for a 6; (personally I thought this was ludicrous as I own nothing a size 6) so the prospect of buying a coat seemed bonkers. I tried it on and it fit fine, I went back and forth with this and the 8, just to convince myself I had fit into this and sure enough the 6 was the right size. Maybe it's because this was a duffle style, or maybe it's the fact it's predominantly made from wool; I genuinely don't know. A colleague tried this on and she is a wee little bit smaller than me, and has a slight smaller build (so in my opinion the 6 would be too big for her also.) To conclude basically you need to try this on first, or if buying online, just plunge straight into the smaller size. Pointers ~~~~~~ * Pricey, but worth it for a quality warm product * Very warm so only need to wear something thin underneath * Made over ¾ of wool, so doesn't board well in the rain * Dry cleaning recommended Overall opinion ~~~~~~~~~~ Personally this is definitely worth the money, it's a product which has been hung up for a few months, but will be making an appearance pretty soon, this weekend in fact. It's had a total of 4.9 out of 5 star ratings (so it's doing pretty well, to say the least). I would recommend you try it on first and 'think' why you are buying it; it will no doubt keep you exceptionally warm when in the cold, but if you get a lot of rain (it's not going to work for you)
I've been on the lookout for a good duffle coat for years. Having previously some very oddly coloured, too short or rough to the touch duffle coats I was pleased to discover this in Topshop the year before last! At first, admittedly, I was a little put off by the price since it is retailed at a hefty £80- not something a student can necessarily afford. But after being convinced by a friend that it was clearly of good quality and I could cash in on my student discount to soften the blow to my bank account, I was convinced. Whilst trying on sizes, I found that whilst generally being a size 10 and preferring to buy size 12 coats to allow for layering on particularly cold days, this coat seemed even too large at a 10 and I ended up buying the 8. So I was very glad that I could try it on before I bought it. It's not very true to size to beware when buying online- I'd buy one to two sizes smaller than usual. The material is very durable and reasonably waterproof. The winter that I bought this coat was a particularly wet and snowy winter in Scotland and I never experienced any problems, it kept me dry all winter. I quite often find with coats that the hood can be too small, especially when layering up with a scarf since this takes up room but this was not the case with this Topshop duffle coat. The hood was a great size, falling down a little at the front to protect my face from the joint wind and rain. The coat itself is a little thin really and layering was quite often required to ensure I was warm enough but this was easily done. The fastenings are very effective, with poppers underneath and stylish toggles on top. A month or so after I bought this coat, I realised I was far from being the only one! My university is a small one and there were scores of girls with the same coat- some in a cream colour and mine was navy. It has lasted me two winters now without too much wear and through some pretty harsh conditions. The price is not all that equal with the quality of the coat, I would have liked something higher quality when paying £72 for an item of clothing. But it has definitely done its basic job, and done so stylishly. I would definitely suggest wearing extra layers underneath this coat but there is no denying it is durable!
This Topshop duffle coat was very popular in their last winter range, they have edited it for this years winter range by putting toggles on the pockets and probably a couple of other differences. However this duffle coat is from the Alexa range this range is very cutsey and not one I'd usually buy from but this coat comes in black, navy and a bright red. This looks a lot better in black, I'm not keen on the red one but I actually have the navy one. This is a really dark blue and isn't far from black so I don't mind about it clashing with any of my clothes. This will comes in sizes 6 - 16 and I think this might be in an 18 as well. This is a long coat, I'm quite small measuring only 5ft 3" tall and this will come down to around mid thigh length so this doesn't make me look too much of a midget, it also allows me to wear wellies or boots and it not look weird. The coat fastens up with 3 spaced out press studs with three roped wooden toggles to keep the coat close together. There is another couple of press studs further up the collar of the coat and if you do this up this will be right up to your chin and sometimes a little over, this has two buttons on as well for detail and to do it up extra. The hood is really large and will often over hang my face unless I put it in a certain place, this has seems in it so you know whether it is on straight also it makes nice detail. On the sleeves there are cuffs which are done up with toggles, this is just for detail. There are four pockets altogether, one underneath each boobs these aren't very deep but they are enough to slot your phone in with a little extra room, right underneath that are two deep pockets one on each side of the coat in each of these deep pockets is also a tiny pocket. This gorgeous duffle coat is 80% wool and 20% nylon. I can only assume that the lining on the inside of the coat, hood and pockets is Nylon, this is a dark navy blue as well and is a little cool against the skin. The wool is very thin and lightweight when wearing, this is fine in light rain but it no good in heavy rain or even if your caught in a storm you'll find yourself weighed down by the soggy wool. This coat is specifically dry clean only I can only guess because of how delicate the wool is and you don't want it bobbling or shrinking from the hot water and spinning in a normal washing machine, I wouldn't risk putting this on a wool or delicate wash either. When this came out it was £80 but since the latest version of this, this can't be bought from the website but can be seen all over ebay and I picked mine up for £55 brand new with tags having a quick look now most of them are on bid so you can probably get this for a little cheaper now. Putting the coat on, the feel is great it's very lightweight compared to how heavy it seems when just holding the coat, the arms are very spacious, the seems from the shoulder and arm fits just past my shoulder which doesn't make it seem to big but gives me enough room to be comfortable as well, the lining is really cool but warms up quickly but I always make a note of wearing a cardigan underneath so I don't get cold and to keep me extra warm. Doing this up is fine and this looks super cute done up with the toggles as well. This coat has lots of room, mine is a size 8 and one might say it is baggy, but it looks great, it isn't particularly flattering to any part of the body but it just overall looks great. I usually only do 3 of the press studs up but on really cold day I'll do all 4 and the buttons, this is really awkward with my hair though as it tends to either flick out and look silly or get caught underneath the coat and actually pulling my hair which is mildly annoying. The coat is very cosy with the hood up although it does slip down my head and I have to keep putting it back in place. The material isn't irritating like some wool items are, this is fine although it is very thin and at times isn't the bets of coats for keeping you warm, most of the time I wear it because it looks good and not because it keeps me warm. I've only had to wash this once but I dared to hand wash it myself in luke-warm water in the bath, although I was afraid to soak it in the actual bath I got a hard scrubbing brush and dipped it in the cleaning solution and hand scrubbed the coat sat on the bathroom floor, this was very effective but took around 3 days to air dry. Overall, I am disappointed with this coat, I feel at a retailing price of £80 (even though I paid £55) that people have paid more for the name than the actual coat which is very unfair, this is absolutely gorgeous and will go with almost anything, I can't fault it's looks but it doesn't do what a coat should do and that's keep you warm, even with layers on underneath you can feel the wind blowing through it, perhaps if they have made the wool thicker it would be fine, this also attracts any hair and you need to get a hard brush and sit there scrubbing each hair off which is very old, it's even worse if you have your own pets. I love this coat and wouldn't give it up for the world, but I will think twice about buying another topshop coat.