I find winter coats very, very tricky. Having a disproportionately large bosom, along with a tiny back means it is almost impossible to find a coat small enough across the shoulders and yet with enough fabric to stretch over my chest. Experience tells me I need narrow revers, a single breasted cut, and buttons placed slightly lower down the front than is normal.
I rely on my vast collection of vintage coats, but they can look tatty very quickly if you wear them too often, so I’m always on the lookout for well-cut modern overcoats.
Just before London Fashion Week opened, I hopped in a car to Westfield London first thing in the morning to see their shiny new and very chic (heavenly Danish inspired wooden fittings) Whistles store open its doors for the first time, and to meet its CEO, the retail visionary who previously gave Topshop a shot in the arm, Jane Shepherdson.
Whilst we were talking, she pointed out the Celeste overcoat in camel, which she had already placed firmly in her own wardrobe. And, yes, dear reader, I left the store with the same coat in my possession. (Gifted, lucky me.)
For the next week, I kept spotting my new coat on the backs of some of London’s most stylish editors. Jane had told me she was wearing it to some of the shows and the morning of the Erdem show I guessed this wasn’t the day to wear mine – and sure enough there was Jane in the front row in hers.
I think it’s the perfect coat – Jane has a completely different body shape to me, far slighter, and looks devastatingly chic in hers, and yet it still fits me perfectly. As well, as the above mentioned specifics, it also has a slightly built shoulder, and an inverted pleat where a yoke might be across the back, which gives an almost 1950’s feel as it hangs away from the body.
It’s the Celeste overcoat in camel (it also comes in navy.) £225 (20% off this weekend!)
This was me in my coat, & Chloe, my oldest & dearest fashion friend (we started out at the bottom of the fashion cupboards on two magazines based on the same corridor at British Conde Nast), at the GAP SS01 presentation a few weeks back, (above), as shot by the lovely Anders Christian Madsen for DANSK magazine.
And here’s me wearing it last week over a D&G frock (thank you Harvey Nichols), for a lunch at the Four Seasons, followed by a little light shopping at Loehmann’s in Manhattan.
And it’s not just me that loves their outerwear. My sister bought two coats, a fabulous classic trench, and this Long Military Great Coat £275 (Hers is the khaki).
And look! 20% off for you my darlings over this weekend. Just print off the coupon and fill it in to use in-store, or use the code at checkout.Just use code WHFF10 www.whistles.co.uk
Oh and Whistles have one of the best value delivery policies. A fiver in the UK, £6 for next day, and they now ship to Europe for £8 and to Australia and the US for just £10.
And keep an eye out for their advent calendar, which will have different prizes every day in the run up to Christmas, including a trolley dash round a store and a supply of Whistles clothes for a year…