“ Brand: Topshop / Type: Womens Jacket „
Until very recently, I was the type of person who would do anything to avoid wearing a coat and would instead layer jumpers and cardi's. My grandma is a real sweetie and she kept pestering me just as it started to head into winter last year to let her treat me to a winter coat. I was quite reluctant as I feel that coats can sometimes be quite 'stiff' rather than comfy, however when I came across this one I fell in love!
This is a boyfriend coat, meaning it has a slightly more relaxed fit, it is slightly tailored but is designed to have a slightly oversized, slouchy look meaning it's incredibly stylish and I think it looks lovely when worn open and layered over a thick, patterned jumper. I love the length of the coat as it covers the top half of my legs up, meaning I don't get warm on my top half and cold on my bottom half - it's so snug! Topshop class it as 'thigh length' but i'm 5'3 (and a bit!) and it is pretty much just above knee length on me. Unlike alot of longer coats it doesn't have that 'slit' down the back which I like as that way it keeps the warmth in much better. The material is extremely good quality and even looks very expensive. It's made up of: 41% acrylic, 31% wool, 16% polyester, 11% nylon and 1% cotton. It looks and feels like tweed which is huge this season. It was a little stiff at first but after a few uses it soon became much more comfier and it's so easy to just slip on over a jumper - it looks amazing.
This reminds me of a big, oversized blazer, it feels as a blazer would but is much warmer. The coat has a few features that make it stand out from the rest; firstly it's got three plastic buttons (Topshop call them football buttons) down the front. I know this doesn't sound very exciting but it looks so simplistic and stylish, and they add a bit of character to the coat while still being subtle. Another feature - my favourite, is the collar. The collar is pretty big and goes right down into a V neck, which I like however it does mean I have to layer well if it's cold else my chest will get a bit chilly. I suppose it will be a downside for some that the buttons can't be done up right to the neck but I personally like that it and it makes the coat have a bit more of a unique style. Another little detail is the black sleeve detailing which I do like but i'm not an enormous fan; I would probably prefer it without, however it's not ugly or uncomfortable.
The inside of the coat is linen I think, it's incredibly smooth and silky and I always feel well insulated and wrapped up when i've got it on, the material is nice and thick and when matched with a nice snood and gloves it looks very fashionable, although the 'plain and simple' look is nice too, it really dresses up a pair of simple jeans and boots and the fit is very smart, despite having a slight relaxed, slouchy edge to it.
Colour wise, this has different shades of grey all over it but the predominant shade is dark grey, a very smart and versatile colour which will suit anyone. It sounds quite plain but I think it has a very vintage, indie edge to it and it definetly looks high end and good quality - it doesn't look or feel like a cheapo Primark coat would and it's in perfect condition after almost 3 months of daily wear. You can't wash this unfortunetly but I have had no issues with it getting stained or holding smells or anything like that.
The coat is available in sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. The sizing in topshop is usually not very generous however I got a size ten and it fits really well. Obviously as I am 8 months pregnant I am not able to button it up at the minute, however the fit is really nice especially on my shoulders; it gives a very smart look even when paired with a simple pair of leggings.
Price wise, there's no doubting that it is slightly expensive at £85, and I doubt I would of bought it if my Grandma hadn't put alot of money towards it, but I do think it is worth it - the lovely, thick material keeps me warm and it looks very smart and fashionable. It's got a feminine edge to it due to the V neck style collar and the two pockets fit plenty in them. The only downside is that it can't be washed, but then again most coats in this style can't be washed so this doesn't effect my overall opinion. I give it 4/5 - I mark it one star down purely because of the price.