Ladies, can you please help me find a new coat?
Hello! Now, I do appreciate that this post is going to be of limited appeal. It’s aimed squarely at the ladies among my acquaintance – and I know that there are at least a few of you out there – who love coats and dresses as much as I do. Apologies to everyone else.
In short, I need your help. While it’s fair to say that no one strictly ‘needs’ a new coat, I am in the pleasant position of having been told to go and get myself one for a new TV series, and I hope for your recommendations.
Here’s the brief: needs to be a plain bright colour (not red, because that’s what I had last time) and you can see that I like funny collars, big buttons, vaguely vintage-y-looking styles. Oh, and it must be available on the UK high street and cost no more than £250. Do let me know if you spot anything suitable!
While I’m on the subject, I’m quite often asked where I got my other coats from, so let me introduce you to some old friends …
1. My red coat from ‘Harlots, Heroines and Housewives’, which came from Jaeger. (This one only just sneaked into the affordability range because luckily it was in the sale!)
2. What colour do you call this? Blue? Green? Turquoise? A matter of endless debate. Anyway, this good and trusty friend from ‘If Walls Could Talk‘ and ‘Antiques Uncovered‘ came from Hoss Intropia. It has been dry-cleaned many, many times because it kept getting stinky with woodsmoke at The Weald and Downland Museum during filming.
3. My purple coat is in fact my favourite. I wore it in ‘Elegance and Decadence, The Age of the Regency’ and it came from LK Bennett (though had to be extensively cut down at the tailor’s, because LK Bennett make clothes for goddesses, not gnomes like me.) You can’t see it in this view, but it has a kind of cocoon shape with a very clever pleat down the back.
4. And my ‘Dorothy Hartley‘ coat, from Damsel In A Dress, which had to be short enough for bicycling. I’m proud to say that I took six inches off the bottom BY MYSELF, with the aid of my colleague Joanna’s sewing box and some magical hemming tape.