Several weeks ago I visited Watts Gallery in Surrey (which will appear soon in another post). It was a very cold, damp and foggy day, so the perfect weather to show off my new coat from Heyday. I was super lucky to nab one of these coats, as they were made in a very limited run and sold out quickly. Apparently they proved popular enough that there will be more colours coming out next winter; it is going to be hard resisting another!
The coat is in a late 40s/early 50s style, with a nipped waist, flared skirt, and huge collar which can be worn open (as I have it here) or buttoned up to the neck in a princess style. The wide sleeves means it fits very comfortable over knitwear (often I find coats too tight at the arms), and the turned up cuffs add extra cosiness in blocking out the cold air. It is also made of a brushed felt, which feels wonderful to snuggle into. The part I love the most is the fitted waist and flared skirt – coats so often feel like nothing more than a kind of sausage casing, simply keeping all the woollies underneath from bursting out. But this actually gives me a shape; in fact I plan on moving the buttons in even further to accentuate the waist.
Other outfit details include my trusty Leather Satchel Co bag, leather gloves from Aspinal of London, orange beanie from Topshop, orange jumper from Benetton (by way of charity shop), lace-up boots from Clarks, and a sweet dog brooch made from felt which I found in a little gift store on my recent visit to the village of Shere. It was attached to a bag of mints which had been marked down after Christmas – I cared nothing for the mints, but fell in love with the little spotty dog. Woof!