On finding the perfect winter coat

isabel marant etoile peacoat winter

image source – Andreea Diaconu in Isabel Marant Etoile, photographed by Karim Sadli

Winter. Always the perfect excuse for a new coat (not that you needed one, of course). As if the shorter days and glistening layer of frost covering the grass every morning weren’t enough of a cue, it helps that the winter chill is really starting to bite, so much so that I’ve finally succumbed to the daily ritual of throwing on a coat (or a jacket at least!) before leaving the house.

With the only coat left in my wardrobe going on three years old, now seems as good a time as any to look at supplementing it with a new coat. Or perhaps, the coat. The kind of coat which is timeless, unassuming, and lacks pretension, enveloping you whole as it forms a barrier against the wind – a seamless combination of form and function.

Rather than chasing after the latest fancy, be it an ankle-grazing duster coat or a powder pink cocooned jacket, my heart is set on something a little more… understated. A classic peacoat, double breasted with oversized buttons, large pockets, and a sleeve that falls just to the wrist. It’s not quite ladylike, yet not quite gamine either, sitting comfortably somewhere in between.

Perhaps it’s for that very reason that, without a doubt, I’m turning to Isabel Marant in my search. Her signature peacoat, arguably overdone following her H&M collaboration, ticks all the boxes. And when something is that good, does it really matter how ‘popular’ it is?

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  1. mycatssaymeow May 7, 2014 / 12:43 am

    Have you seen the IM pre-fall collection? I’m saving my pennies!

    • jamie-lee May 10, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      I have! I think I’ll probably hunt down a past season one though – I’ve got my eye on one on ebay 😉

  2. Mandi / Find Me A Muse May 7, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    I really agree with your way of thinking and going for something more classic. I’m a huge fan of the IM pre-fall pieces. I’m sure there are many coats in there that will tick all the boxes. Definitely great to be going for a classic piece over the latest ‘it’ seasonal piece. I’ve got a few IM past season classic pieces and I have to say they are worth every cent.

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