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My perfect rain coat

I have just posted this on the workwear edit, but I thought some of our lovely AllWornOut readers might be looking for a rain coat, too.  My apologies for the duplication, if you read both blogs!

I loathe being wet, and decided I needed a rain coat, and that it needed to be:

  • black;
  • smart (ie not overly “practical” looking);
  • affordable; and
  • waterproof.  There are lots of terms used like “shower proof”, “storm proof”, “water resistant” and “water repellent”.  I still don’t know exactly what they mean, but I feel they must offer lesser protection than a “water proof” coat.

So, after hours of shopping online and, even, a little, in stores this is the perfect rain coat for me: TRESPASS | Manhattan rain coat in black | £39.43 (size S).  Here are the website photos:

Here’s how it looks on me (please excuse poor photos – Santa is bringing me a camera for Christmas, once I decide on one…):

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VERDICT: This Trespass Manhattan coat is the rain coat for me, as it ticks all my boxes, including having a hood that doesn’t engulf my face.  Its not too thick and its not too thin (its lightly padded).  While its a performance coat, and has a little of that look, I think its smart enough that I could wear it most places.  However, the key deciding factor for me was that I liked wearing it when I put it on, and felt like I could brave a storm and be dry, while still being able to comfortably move around in it.  Now that I have found my rain coat, naturally, the weather has since been mostly dry [sardonic smile].

The rain coats that I tried on and returned were:

– MARKS & SPENCER | M&S Collection Faux Fur Hooded Parka with Stormwear™ | £79 (in size S): This was too thick and bulky.  Also it is water repellent | storm proof, and the sales assistants at M&S couldn’t clarify what that actually meant ie how long and in what sort of rain would I stay dry;

– AIGLE | Rainylong waterproof jacket | £70 (in size S): This was too lightweight: I would have been able to feel heavy rain through it, and I just didn’t love the shape on me; and

– TRESPASS | Alissa Waterproof Outdoor Jacket | £50 (in size S): I ordered this with the Manhattan, and expected to keep the Alissa and return the Manhattan.  However, despite how it looks in the website photos, the Alissa is quite unflattering on me as it really flared out from my waist, giving me an odd shape.

Sunday lunch w friends

A quick outfit post from me of what I wore yesterday to our friends’ house for lunch. I’m especially loving my new H&M burgundy cashmere scarf. As in, I wear it most days, either when out or at home (the Bolters get too hot when the heating is on. Brrr).

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My new grey Warehouse furling

I turn 40 soon, and have been thinking of a suitably significant item to buy. I was thinking of a grey Joseph shearling, but, aside from the price, I was put off by how “warm” they are. A lady I know who also lives in London, and has the Anais coat, said it’s rarely cold enough for her to wear it. Also, they can’t get wet, and I would only leave it in a cloak room. A cloak room I was sitting next to. So, I’ve parked that idea, although perhaps a gilet might be more practical for me.

In the meantime, I chanced upon this grey faux fur coat in Warehouse which is £85, less 25% off, w 25GRAZIA. The fur is long (ie not short or sheared), and the coat is “stroller” length. Both of which make it quite a bulky item for me. However, the colour is lush, it will keep me beautifully warm, and is both affordable and (hopefully) durable enough not for me to have to fuss over it.

I was shopping with my Eldest, who loves stroking it, so that settled it. It’s in a bag next to me, right now, just waiting to be worn. A pretty good compromise to my Joseph shearling conundrum, I think.

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Another simple Sunday outfit

It’s another simple Sunday outfit for the park:
– Jacket: H&M khaki cotton jacket
– Blouse: Massimo Dutti white embroidered blouse
– Jeans: New Look black coated skinnies
Boots: Marks & Spencer pewter leather ankle boots

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I thought it looked nice enough, although my photos are so bad you can never really see what the Sam Hill I am wearing. Anyway, it was woefully inadequate for the weather. I stepped outside and immediately returned and changed into my grey wool coat. So now I look a bit more like this:

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I’m posting from the park where it’s getting chilly. The Bolters are oblivious and are bolting around in cotton cardis, which I’ve had to beg them to keep on. I’m getting cold just watching them.

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend