I was given the opportunity to review a cute coat from Very.co.uk and I took it, I'm a coat girl and you can never have too many. Some people have a closet overflowing with shoes, my thing is coats and jackets. (My husband pointed out the other day that not only can he not slide his wardrobe door fully open because my side is so stuffed but that I also have my own wardrobe in the study filled with my outerwear. I believe that was in response to me declaring "I don't have that much stuff compared to some people!" Point taken. It's all relative.)
My little addiction to coats stems from their magical powers of transformation. You can get away with dressing not so chic underneath (school run, anyone?) but if you've got a great coat to throw over it you can look as if you carefully contemplated your outfit before you left the house. Having said that, I'm not sure it's a good thing to appear as if you spend a lot of time thinking about your clothes - effortless over try hard - but it always astonishes me how some people haven't figured out that it takes the same amount of time to put on a bummy coat than a fabulous one! If you have the right pieces, the work is already done.
That's why I like this jacquard coat from Love Label (despite looking miserable in the photo, sadly this was the best of the lot!). First, the shape. Ladyline and A-line (admittedly I'm filling out the 'A' bit more than I'd like at the moment) is a flattering cut that looks great over anything, especially dresses and skirts. Instant loveliness. The coral colour appeals to my love of the happy hues and the details are pretty: the sleeves and back have a split that adds a bit of stylised volume and each is finished with a little bow that adds just enough sweetness. The cotton has a subtle jacquard pattern and the lining is a polka-dot printed coral acetate. And the fit is good, no too-small armholes or weird proportions. For £49 I'd say this is really great value - worth pushing all of my other coats and jackets over to squeeze into the overpacked wardrobe!