The Warmest – But Still Stylish – Winter Coat #iwillwearwhatilike

A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Something I haven’t had till now was a really warm winter coat that was still stylish. And when I say warm, I mean REALLY warm…!

I have a big, thick khaki parka with a furry hood, but I generally reserve that coat for dog walks only – it’s a bit on the scruffy side. And it doesn’t have much in the way of insulation round the neck (despite its furry hood), so I decided to check out the sales for puffer coats.

What I was looking for is exactly what I have here: A mid-length padded coat (that’s not black or khaki) with a furry hood and a stand-up collar inside the hood. Oh, and it had to be belted.

In other words, I wanted something light, not sombre, that’s super warm for the winter and negated the need for a scarf, had a touch of faux fur glam and a bit of shape. That wasn’t too much to ask… was it?!




So after a bit of sale shopping I found this grey padded coat from Wallis – a bargain now it’s reduced to just £68… I was more than happy to pay that! Mine is a size Small and I usually wear a 10 – I did get the Medium to begin with but that was WAY too big.

A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style


What I love so much about this coat is the fact that you can wear just a light sweater or sweatshirt underneath and that’s it – no scarf is needed because of the furry stand-up collar within the hood, and the belt keeps all your warmth in as well as giving you some shape.

As we were just walking Riley and it was SUPER muddy I just wore my fantastically comfy Lotus boots (I think I’ve worn them Every. Single. Day. since getting them) and jeans. The orange aviators (similar) added a touch of colour and because you can still see my eyes it’s quite nice for chatting to other dog walkers – I don’t feel like such a diva and can make eye contact with them… does that make sense to anyone else? I tend to be a squinter even on grey days so always want to wear sunnies, but it’s nice to see other people’s eyes when having a chat.

This was the last shoot we did before my operation a week ago today – thank you SO much for all the well wishes, I’ve been completely overwhelmed by how much love was sent my way (you can read all about how the operation went here). I’m feeling okay-ish, a bit delicate around my tummy but I’ll get there. As soon as I’ve finished writing this post I’m off to Netflix and Chill for the rest of the day 🙂

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A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style
A Warm and Stylish Winter Coat - Grey Puffer With Faux Fur Hood | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

Coat: Wallis (on sale!)

Jeans: Asos (I like these)

Boots: Lotus c/o

Sunglasses: Asos (similar)

Gloves: Topshop (I like these)




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  1. Rachel
    January 27, 2018 / 9:19 am

    So ad you are on the mend and taking it steady.

    I had exactly the same criteria for a coat a. Outlet of years back plus I also wanted down. I scored the perfect on in uniqlo half price.

    Now if I could secure the ultimate parka (like woolrich but much more affordable) I’d be a happy bunny

    • catherine
      January 29, 2018 / 11:52 pm

      Rachel thank you for the well wishes!! It’s so satisfying when you’re looking for something very specific then actually find it, isn’t it…?!

  2. January 25, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    This coat is fabulous on you! I know what you mean about a puffer coat needing some shape with a belt. I feel exactly the same way. This one is beautiful. I bet you are the glammest and most happening babe out there amongst the dog walking set!

    The shot of you, with the hood up, closeup, with the sunnies on is GOOOOOOOORGEOUS! Love how floofy Riley’s coat is xxxxx

    • catherine
      January 26, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thank you Lisa my lovely!! Riley’s been booked in twice for a haircut but twice they’ve cancelled the appointment… he may look lovely and floofy but BOY does he need a trim!! x

  3. January 25, 2018 / 12:16 am

    What a fabulous coat! I love the feminine but looks so cozy.


    • catherine
      January 25, 2018 / 3:20 pm

      It’s definitely cozy, Janise…!! thank you hon x

  4. January 23, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I love it when all the checklist points come together at a great price. Good buy. Being warm is a top priority for me too. This coat seems to do the job well and with great style. And I love how you went for a lighter colour. Our streets are crawling with dark colour. Thanks for the linkup. Continuing wishes for a full recovery soon.

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 11:14 pm

      I agree about the streets crawling with dark colour, Melanie – weird, isn’t it?! I can’t think of anything worse than dressing in dark colours when I’m already feeling cold and blue…!! Thanks sweetie x

  5. January 23, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    That coat is so cute! Your dog is so cute!!!

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks Stephanie 😉 x

  6. January 23, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    I love it when your doggie makes an appearance in your posts! 🙂 Glad you are staying warm in that cozy-looking coat, and glad that you’re recovering well from your surgery!
    Cheryl Shops |

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 11:12 pm

      Hehe he ALWAYS knows when the camera is being pointed at me Cheryl – he wanders straight over to me to get into the shot every time!! Thank you x

  7. January 23, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    A warm and stylish wintercoat is a challenge indeed. I can add one more: cycle-friendly on top of that! That’s why I stick to anoraks over coats: much better for cycling. Having at coat or anorak in a light colour for winter is not only good for your mood, you’re also far more visible, which I think is an important aspect too. So, you can imagine I love your choice here. Love, Lieske

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      OMG Lieske my brother is a cyclist (as in racing) and I have NO idea how he copes with so little on when racing. I know you work up a sweat and get warm but all that cold air blowing onto me in the winter would make my hands go to blocks of ice… HOW do you do it?!!!!!

      Oh and I totally agree about the visibility thing and the mood-enhancing thing… I think that’s why I avoid black. I feel so depressed wearing it!! x

  8. January 23, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Your coat is beautiful! I love the color and the belt. YES, I have a similar coat but in a grayish/black. They are absolutely necessary in my frigid northern climate.

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      The belt makes all the difference, doesn’t it Amy…?! x

  9. Margie from Toronto
    January 23, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    It’s a lovely coat and I’m sure it’s more than warm enough for an English winter but I’m afraid that you’d freeze to death over here with the winter we’ve been having. My down filled parka is good to minus -45F and I’ve still been cold some days. If you look around a typical morning commute on the subway everyone is buried in layers of mostly black & navy – and that’s because of all the snow and then slush we have to deal with – never mind the sand and salt poured onto the streets – a lovely grey/white coat like yours would have to be washed weekly!

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Margie I used to live in Canada when I was little so I know EXACTLY what super cold Canadian winters are like, and no we don’t get them anywhere near that cold over here in the UK!! I don’t even want to live in the north of England because it’s colder up north than it is compared to down south, and that’s only a couple of hundred miles away. But here you still get blokes wearing shorts and t-shirts when it’s around zero and I’m bundled up like this. Kids too. So my idea of really cold is a lot milder than what many people think of as cold… I am NOT a cold weather person – give me +30C any day!!!!!

  10. January 23, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Oh your doge is so adorable, I wanna hug it! <3
    I love the new parka you are sporting here, I don't have a puffy jacket that can withstand the Bulgarian cold winters, I recently bought one online, will see how it is when it arrived.
    I love the booties as well, overall the whole outfit is super comfy and looks great with your amazing hair <3

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Keit… he’s a right scruffbag at the moment – we keep trying to book him in for a haircut but they keep cancelling on us for various reasons… he’s in desperate need of a trim!!!! And you won’t regret getting a puffer, I guarantee it x

  11. January 23, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I love that coat!! It would be perfect for our weather here!

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you Pam x

  12. January 23, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Oh it’s a great puffer coat, Catherine! You look adorable and very cozy and warm. I had been opposed to puffer coats for so long then finally last year, I caved in a got one. It is very similar to yours in style and length but in a really cool deep slate blue color. And it is perfect for the bitter cold that I experience where we live. I am so glad I have it! I am glad that you are recovering well, my friend!


    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      We definitely don’t get the sort of cold much of the US experiences, Shelbee – not very often, anyway. We tend to get cold from wind chill a lot and I’m not a very good cold weather person!! thanks my lovely x

  13. January 23, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Such a cute coat Catherine. And being a dog owner myself I really appreciate not having to live in really worn down outerwear literally ALL winter 🙂 Get well soon. xo Sabina

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      It’s the “occasion” you end up dressing for the most, isn’t it Sabina?!! Thank you hon x

  14. January 23, 2018 / 10:11 am

    My hubby and I are a bit obsessed with coats and jackets. Between us, we’ve got LOADS lol. Coats have to look good, don’t they? It’s ok to have one that’s a bit scruffy and warm for walking the dog but otherwise, I want to look stylish, even though it’s cold. I’ve now got a few puffer jackets that look gorgeous too – the last two I bought from Massimo Dutti and I love them.
    I’ve had two while coats before and I swore I’d never choose that colour again because they always seem ti get filthy on me lol. But I LOVE yours – is it more of an off-white? Light grey? It look gorgeous on you. I love that it’s belted (I usually go for belted options too).
    Suzy xx

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Yes a light grey Suzy – I ordered white in the same style too but they didn’t have my size when I realised I needed the Small instead. White was the colour I had in my head that I wanted – but on reflection I think the grey is better! Thanks hon, from one coat obsessee to another 😉

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Isn’t it…?!!!! x

  15. January 23, 2018 / 5:24 am

    I’ve added quite a few coats to my outerwear lineup in the past few years, dearest Catherine…but a genuine parka is one I don’t yet own!! With its silvery colour, fur-trimmed hood, and flattering, waist-cinching belt, yours is probably the most glamorous I’ve seen; you look like a movie star on her way to the Sundance Film Festival…right down to the sunnies and the handsome escort!! P.S. So happy to hear that your recovery is moving along as well as could be hoped!! Keep up the good work!! XOXO

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      I’m not sure about movie star glamorous Monika, but it certainly gives you some shape and I LOVE the furry hood!! Thank you so much darling M xoxo

  16. January 22, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    This coat looks fabulous! Outwear is my downfall in fashion. Ok, so is my hair. lol. Anyway, this proves that knowing what you want and sticking to it is rewarded sooner or later. Btw, I love the shades and boots as well. Thank you for sharing and hosting!

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you Chrissy – I thought I was asking too much in my coat criteria but I found it pretty quickly, lol! thank you x

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      Aww thanks Amy xx

  17. January 22, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    When you have a coat like yours that’s all you need when you are out and about to look stylish. Love it! I hope you are recovering nicely and I’m so glad to hear all is well.

    XO, cherie

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much Cherie my sweet! x

  18. January 22, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    This is a lovely look and what a fabulous coat you found. I’m glad to hear that your recovery is going well and without complications. Thanks for the link up and I hope you have a restful week ahead.


    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Oh Rena thank you so much my lovely xoxo

  19. January 22, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I have a padded ski jacket that I use for casual chilly outings, it’s nowhere near as glam as your coat! You look like you should be on the slopes xx

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Hmm if I were the skiing type then yes it would be, Porcelina… unfortunately skiing just holds zero appeal to me I’m afraid, I’m a hot weather holiday girl all the way! x

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Anna that is so sweet of you, thank you!!! x

  20. January 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Stunning coat – I am deciding whether or not to order it… hesitating because I bought a new coat just last week!

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Oh sorry, Gail!!! 😉 Though seeing another coat (or any other item of clothing I’ve just bought) never stops me, eep x

  21. Susan Fellows
    January 22, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Machine washable too! I love the fact it isn’t filled with down (only need that when it gets to double figures below freezing), also eliminates the need to tumble dry with tennis ball – we made a conscious decision not to buy a tumble dryer.

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      It’s VERY lucky that it’s machine washable Susan, especially being such a light colour!!

  22. jodie filogomo
    January 22, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    What a perfect example of how you can still look stylish while doing our mundane things, Catherine!!
    I hope you are healing fabulously and I’m sending tons of love and prayers!!

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you SO much lovely Jodie!! x

  23. January 22, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    I absolutely love a puffer coat & this one is tre chic C! I think I prefer belted for the shape too although I did have a cocoon shaped one that looked equally as chic. I guess it comes down to the quality in the end, as always. You did blood well getting this so cheap, love your work 😉

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      I do like cocoon ones as well but I knew that a belted one would keep my middle warmer!! Thanks MT xo

  24. January 22, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Lovely snug and cosy coat! I do like a coat that keeps my neck warm and a hood that actually stays on instead of falling off with the first gust of wind!

    Emma xxx

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      Hehe it’s actually SO cosy [the hood] that it comes right over my face when I don’t have a hat on Emma… there’s no chance of this hood getting blown back!! 😉 thank you hon x

    • catherine
      January 23, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you Kate! x

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