Feeding My New Orange Obsession | Animal Print Coat and Lace Ups

Orange animal print coat, grey roll neck | Not Dressed As Lamb

Getting hold of this coat was like a game of patience and self restraint: I first saw it in July when I worked on a campaign for Marks & Spencer at their London head office. Myself and the other girls all went a little gaga over the orange animal print – it’s an absolute thing of beauty…! 

Following that little preview in the summer I kept my eye on the M&S website for it, then we had a super-mild run up to Christmas and I sort of forgot about it. That was, until I started delving into my winter coat collection when the cold weather kicked in. I checked their website again (fully expecting them to all be sold out) and found out that not only was it still available, but it was reduced by nearly 70% to just £38.


If you ever shop at M&S, you probably know that you can’t hang around because stuff goes out of stock very quickly (I think it may have sold out already), so how I managed to pull my finger out and get one I have no idea. When it arrived I soon realised that it was the perfect colour to go with my new(ish) orange lace-ups from Asos, and then it hit me.

Since when do I like orange?! It’s the one colour I’ve always avoided. The last time I bought anything orange was the 90s when I bought a tangerine-coloured cardigan and thought it’d be a good idea to wear it with lime green. Nice…!


Maybe it’s because I’ve got into peach lately (which came about because I love coral), and that obsession has just progressed to orange. Who knows. I do know that when I wore this outfit to London last week, we noticed that amongst a sea of black, brown and navy I was one of only two people wearing colour in the whole of Paddington station. (Top marks to the lady in the bright red coat.)

So to go with the orange lace-ups, I thought I’d ditch the lime green in favour of a couple of neutrals by way of a grey roll neck and classic navy trousers, plus my “Catherine” bag from Yosa proved once again it goes with anything. Orange and navy – now you’re talking.

Are there any colours that you actively avoid? Or have you surprised yourself by buying something that you wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing a short while ago? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Orange animal print coat, grey roll neck | Not Dressed As Lamb
Orange animal print coat with navy | Not Dressed As Lamb
Orange animal print coat | Not Dressed As Lamb
Orange animal print coat with navy | Not Dressed As Lamb
Orange animal print coat, navy trousers, orange lace-up flats| Not Dressed As Lamb
Coat: Marks & Spencer | Roll neck: ASOS | Trousers: ASOS | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: c/o Yosa (similar)




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  1. 16 February 2016 / 1:50 pm

    This coat really is a thing of beauty! I adore it and you look gorgeous in it! x

    • 16 February 2016 / 3:16 pm

      I have to agree with you about the coat, Nadine – M&S really did get it spot-on with the colour and pattern! Thank you so much my lovely xx

  2. 3 February 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I adore this coat. Would love it myself, but I already have a bright solid orange coat. Also nice (on my blog in one and a half week).

    • 3 February 2016 / 6:51 pm

      Isn't orange great, Greetje – I can't understand how/why I now love it! Do let me know when you've posted yours, tag me in on Twitter or Facebook perhaps…? And thank you! xx

  3. 1 February 2016 / 10:47 pm

    Kinda dying over that coat! It's amazing!

    • 2 February 2016 / 9:50 am

      Aww thanks ladies – I'm rather in love with it too…!! x

  4. 29 January 2016 / 11:05 am

    That coat is awesome! and those shoes! My room in high school was actually painted about that same color orange. I'm not sure why I went through that phase. Haha. It was a pretty color but a bit loud for a bedroom.


    • 31 January 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Wow you're right, Catherine – it IS a loud colour for a bedroom, haha!! Thank you, glad you liked the coat too x

  5. 27 January 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Yay!!! Your search was successful! I remember you trying to get your mitts on it. It looks FABULOUS! I really really adore it.

    • 31 January 2016 / 7:57 pm

      It WAS, Lisa – I was so pleased!! Thank you my lovely xx

  6. 27 January 2016 / 4:55 am

    Love that coat!! It looks great on you!

    • 31 January 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you Lynn, so glad you think so! x

    • 31 January 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Isn't it funny how we suddenly change our minds about things, Selina – what fickle creatures we are…!!!!

  7. 25 January 2016 / 3:50 pm

    This outfit just screams fun to me 🙂 I guess orange is one of those happy colors that I should wear more often 😉


    • 31 January 2016 / 7:55 pm

      I agree, Monica – probably one of the happiest!!!! Thank you x

  8. 25 January 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Orange is one of those hugely underrated colors that has such a KILLER impact. This coat looks stunning with your auburn locks and adds such a necessary punch of vibrancy for winter.

    Love love love Catherine!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • 31 January 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Wow that's a lovely description, Ashley – thank you!!! x

  9. 25 January 2016 / 1:00 pm

    That coat was made for you, Catherine! So whimsical and luxe at the same time. FABULOUS. Thanks a million for joining in Fun Fashion Friday! I keep voting for you. Let us know WHEN you win!!

    Dawn Lucy

    • 25 January 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Oh Dawn Lucy thank you – and thank you!! I find out Friday if I've been shortlisted, then the top 10 goes to a panel of judges in April. Fingers crossed for stage one…!! x

  10. 25 January 2016 / 9:32 am

    GREAT coat! I love the shoes, too! The orange looks fantastic on you!

    I think a bright coat is so nice in winter; almost everyone is always in grey, black, or some other neutral. A pop of color can really brighten up your (and others') day!

    • 25 January 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you Andrea – and yes bright coloured winter coats are rarely seen on the streets, I must admit! x

  11. 25 January 2016 / 7:00 am

    I too avoided orange my entire life and have never owned an orange anything until recently. Now I find myself gravitating towards it along with peach. It looks amazing teamed with navy clothing and tan accessories. On paper an 'orange animal print coat' sounds a bit 'eewwww' but of course you show how wonderful it can look.

    • 25 January 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Funny isn't it, RLH, that it tends to be a colour that a lot of people avoid…?! And you like peach too like me (now that IS unusual)!! Thank you for the kind words xx

    • 25 January 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks Abby, I always thought it was a hard colour to wear too – I guess I just had to find the pieces I really loved…!

  12. 24 January 2016 / 6:50 pm

    I love a bit of orange, wear it a lot in summer, but you're right, we do need to brighten up the sea of dark coats so I will look out for something zingy like this! Hope you had a great weekend. x

    • 24 January 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks sweetie, I have to admit I don't notice that I'm wearing bright colours – it was only when it was pointed out to me that I was easy to spot on the platform that I thought "oh yeah, suppose I am…!!" x

  13. 24 January 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I got this when I saw yours on instagram :)) I wore it to the hairdressers last week and got loads of compliments. Sold out online but there are still a few in store at Meadowhall but they are either in a size 8 or 22. Mum went on the hunt for one. Looks great on you xx

    • 24 January 2016 / 4:19 pm

      Ohh you're a lucky girl, Tracey – seems they sold out online really quickly!! Can't wait to see you in yours xx

  14. 24 January 2016 / 12:41 am

    Love this orange look! Great coat find!
    xoxo – katestylepetite.com

    • 24 January 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Aww thanks Kate, I think you can tell just how much I loved it…!!

  15. 23 January 2016 / 10:14 pm

    You look amazing! I love orange clothes and definitely don't wear them enough. I'm loving the sound of your 90's orange/lime combo, too! x


    • 24 January 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Hehe thank you Cat – the orange/lime I wore in the 90s wasn't nice though, it was the worst shades of both…!

  16. 23 January 2016 / 3:59 pm

    It is a beauty.
    I hunted for one too (after your Insta-heads-up) but my size had gone :o(
    I did find a fur one, but that is another story.
    Back to you and this fabulous orange!
    Orange is to you as peach is to me…crazy isn't it?
    I love orange (despite having orangish hair, which looks ever oranger with orange!)
    I can't get enough.
    It is just a happy colour that makes me smile, and we all know crows feet are preferable to jowls.
    This coat has lifted my jowls… especially paired with those gorgeous orange shoes.
    A fabulous look.

    P.S. I remember the orange and lime of the 90's (and the orange and hot pink too). Both combinations I still like, but need to be careful to get a modern shape to pull off these classic combos. Hmmmm…..off hunting again!

    • 24 January 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Oh no what a shame you didn't get one, Samantha – you said you wanted one…!! Though you mentioned a faux fur, will we be seeing a new one of those on you I wonder?! Thank you sweetie x

  17. 23 January 2016 / 2:50 pm

    The coat is wonderful! Especially with your hair.


    • 24 January 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Aww thanks Suzanne – maybe the new hair colour has changed my thoughts on orange without me realising…?!! x

  18. 23 January 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Well done! I often miss out when the sales get big, like this one! Gorgeous coat, shoes and you. xox


    • 24 January 2016 / 4:15 pm

      I usually do, Patti – I often wait and wait for something to be reduced by loads in the sale and when they do they sell out before I get there. Not this time, though, MWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Thank you my lovely x

  19. 23 January 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Wow you landing on your feet finding that coat – what a bargain! Such a beauty!
    A Story of a Girl

    • 24 January 2016 / 4:14 pm

      I do feel very smug about it, Sophie…!! Thank you x

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