Sunday, 23 September 2012
Autumn Coats and Jackets Review, Plus a Giveaway [Closed]
Although I'm a summer girl through and through, there is something I relish about getting my coats out again when Autumn rolls around, and I love looking at what new coats are on offer each year.
Joules Clothing is a British company selling traditional pieces with a twist, and they have the most gorgeous selection of women's coats this season. Now they are quite pricey, but I do think you get what you pay for where quality's concerned with coats and jackets, and as they are such classic pieces I know it would be money well spent.
The clothing line is inspired by the eccentricities of the English countryside (where I happen to live!), and although I do like my quirky clothing, I still love owning a few classic pieces to dress up and pair with more on-trend items. Joules Clothing have asked me to pick my favourite coats and jackets for review - I hope you like my choices!
Left: Duchess Coat in Sand, £240 Right: Duchess Coat in Navy, £240
The Duchess is a classic long riding coat, and I can't decide whether I like the brown or navy one better (though I think the brown would look great with my red hair). It has a detachable half back belt that gives it a nipped-in waist, and it has that lovely country gent look to it - I'd feel like I was about to go horse riding in a Jane Austen novel wearing this. Joules coats are made with beautiful floral linings - what is it about a gorgeous lining that is so appealing? I don't think traditional country coats can get more classic and well-cut than this.
Left: Toggle Duffle Coat in Navy, £159 Right: Fairhurst Quilted Jacket in Black, £119
Neither of the two coats above are styles that I would normally go for; however, I am often drawn to buying/wearing things that I feel are out of my comfort zone. I usually consider duffle coats too bulky, too schoolgirlish - but it's the type of coat I then see on other people and think it looks great. Maybe I should just try one on one day and see; it's hardly going to date by next winter, is it?!
I've picked the quilted jacket - a style I would normally steer clear of - because the three-quarter length and fitted shape swayed me. It's a great update to what is often considered a coat worn by farmers' wives and country bumpkins, but I think paired with on-trend pieces like floral jeans and a fabulous thick knitted snood, this would be so retro-countryside-cool. It would also be extremely practical for the cold; I reckon you'd be the most stylish dog walker on the planet wearing one of these. I'd personally avoid wearing a silk headscarf knotted under my chin with it - I love the royal family but I don't want to look like the Queen walking round Balmoral estate...!
Left: Hartfield Tweed Coat in Navy, £179 Right: Stowford Tweed Coat in Green, £179
I am a huge fan of blazers and I love both these styles. What you can't see from the pics above is the gorgeous detailing; they both have assorted decorative buttons (including a fox's face! I love that!) with lovely velvet panels or collars and a floral lining. The Hartfield is definitely my no.1 pick of the bunch - it would be perfect with jeans, chinos or tailored trousers, and would be so versatile in navy with the bright colours that I wear.
As mentioned before, these coats are pricey, but if I were considering getting one of these styles as an investment piece, this is the sort of quality I'd want to save up for. It's the details that make the difference: buttons, linings and trimmings are what make coats and jackets feel more special and ooze quality. And would you believe it... since I started writing this post, I've now decided I honestly think I would get the Fairhurst quilted jacket if I were to buy one, even though it was the last one to be added to my shortlist for review. I like the idea of taking a very traditional design - something that's almost considered old-fashioned - and wearing it with quirky pieces that bring it right up to date, rather than what they're traditionally worn with. Funny how you can talk yourself round where fashion's concerned, isn't it...?
So now you want to know about the giveaway, don't you?
The very generous people from Joules have given me TEN of their gorgeous A5 floral notebook journals to give away to ten of you lovely readers - just right for jotting down those blog post ideas or random scribblings!
All you have to do to enter is the following:
1. Follow Not Dressed As Lamb on GFC and Bloglovin
2. Decide which coat/jacket you like the best and what occasion you'd wear it to
3. Leave a comment with your name and email address saying you have done the above and where you'd wear your fave coat.
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The giveaway ends on Sunday 30 September at 21:00 BST and the ten winners will be chosen at random, contacted by email and announced in a separate post. Although you can enter up to five times, please note there is a maximum of one notebook per person. It's also an international giveaway so everyone is welcome to enter :)
This is a sponsored post and Joules Clothing have compensated me for reviewing my own choices of coats and jackets. All opinions are my own, and 100% honest, however.