It’s time to wrap up!

It’s that time of year again. Fffreezing in the mornings, mild by lunchtime, and back to cold again by dusk.

When I’m working from home, I feel pretty lucky to be able to layer up and down as the day progresses, to counteract the fluctuating temperatures. My daily uniform at the moment tends to be: scarf and warm coat for the morning school run, light jacket for any running around between 10 and 5pm, and back to scarf and warm coat for the evening.

However, a trip up to London for a personal shopping day or if I’m really lucky, a day out doing my own shopping, is far trickier. I’m not mad on the idea of stashing endless scarves, cardigans, umbrellas, sunglasses, gloves, thick socks etc. into my handbag, just in case of a weather change. Trying to cover all bases in one coat is what I’m going to address in today’s blog.

I’ve written about layering before, (read it here in case you need a quick reminder) but finding the right kind of coat to see you through an autumn day is vital. Go too heavy and you’ll be sweating by lunchtime. Too light and you’ll suffer first thing.

Luckily for us there is a fabulous array of suitable coats in the shops this season, so I’ve selected my faves for you to ponder over.

WAREHOUSE BONDED SWING COAT £89– Also available in light grey

WAREHOUSE BONDED SWING COAT £89– Also available in light grey

This shape of coat is particularly flattering for anyone without a waist as it skims over the middle section. If you do have lovely curves, and you still want it, add a belt.

& OTHER STORIES WOOL TRENCH COAT £165 – Also available in black

& OTHER STORIES WOOL TRENCH COAT £165 – Also available in black

& Other Stories always do something a little different or quirky with their coats. This trench coat has a hook fastener at the collar rather than the traditional trench coat open neckline and concealed buttons.

M&S COLLECTION PEA COAT JACKET £55 – Available in 5 colours 

M&S COLLECTION PEA COAT JACKET £55 – Available in 5 colours

Double breasted styles are particularly flattering for pear shaped women. Best avoided if you are heavier on top.

FOUR SEASONS Collarless Animal Print Coat, Black/Brown £99 Reduced from £199 Lots of sizes left at the time of writing! (Available in John Lewis)

FOUR SEASONS Collarless Animal Print Coat, Black/Brown £99 Reduced from £199 Lots of sizes left at the time of writing! (Available in John Lewis)

I couldn’t resist including some animal print. There are loads to choose from this year but this is SUCH a bargain with £100 off – at the time of writing there are all sizes left except XL. Otherwise, check out M&S (although sold out online, it is available in some stores) and Top Shop has a good one.

M&S COLLECTION PETITE REVERSE DOUBLE FACE BLANKET COAT £89

M&S COLLECTION PETITE REVERSE DOUBLE FACE BLANKET COAT £89

A great option for petites. This style is designed to be worn loose. No sleeve adjustments needed!

BELLONA WATERFALL COAT £80 (REDUCED FROM £110). Available in 7 colours. I may have to treat myself to another this year…

BELLONA WATERFALL COAT £80 (REDUCED FROM £110). Available in 7 colours. I may have to treat myself to another this year…

The coatigan option has exploded on the high street this year. I bought this one in black 2 (or maybe even 3) years ago and have worn it endlessly in lieu of a coat.

Let me know how you get on. Leave me a comment. And keep warm!

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