Baby it’s cold outside, actually it’s freezing. Good old blighty… Incase you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the storms and snow that has ravaged the east coast. Annoyingly the snow decided to fall and instantly disappear on a work day, so I couldn’t get any shots of me in the snow in my trusty Regatta Women’s Schima Jacket for this post. So you’ll just have to use your imagination! #bloggerproblems. There’s a little bit a of a story with this post, so cosy up, grab and coffee and scroll on!
Once upon a time there was a little girl called Shelley. She would permanently wear practical clothes to keep her warm and dry. It probably made sense as she was (and still is) cold all the time. Little Shelley hated it though, she would daydream about having pretty, fashionable coat like a lot of the other girls. She always had this image in her head of the girl she wanted to be – one of those cool girls that read fashion magazines and wore skyscraper heels. (Think Parisian ladies at fashion week.) Strangely enough, none of that involved brightly coloured practical outdoor clothing . Weren’t umbrellas invented to keep you dry?
Fast forward a good few years, little Shelley wasn’t so little anymore. In fact she was at university in a ‘big city’ which meant she could shop whenever and practically wherever she wanted. Her coat collection grew and grew until it was borderline ridiculous. There wasn’t a hideous practical, waterproof coat in sight. She still hadn’t reached Parisian chic but she learnt that it wasn’t to be her style.
Fast forward a few more years and Shelley had her own place. Living in the city made owning a car pointless. Her two legs were her preferred method of transport. Come rain or shine she would walk the thirty minute walk to work in one of her pretty and impractical coats. She was never to far from an umbrella, in fact she went through hundreds a year. Towards the end of 2016 something clicked in her brain. She was fed up of peeling her clothes off of her after a rainy walk home from work. She hopped online to do some research, it would be her mission to find a pretty, yet practical coat to snap up in the New Year sales.
After spending far too long on the internet she had narrowed it down to a few different styles and daydreamed about the options. Eventually she settled on the Regatta Women’s Schima Jacket, a pretty parka style jacket that she knew would suit her. But in a waterproof style, with clever insulation so she would be toasty and dry. There ends that little tale.
You can probably tell that I’m pretty smitten with my new coat. It is comfy, cosy, practical and pretty. It doesn’t look like one of those horrible, practical coats from my childhood, it looks like a regular jacket. If the fashion girls can pull off puffer jackets or Canada Goose coats I can certainly rock this one. It turns out if you throw it on with a cool scarf and bag or hat when it’s cold, it just looks like you’re wearing a coat, not preparing to climb a mountain.
You may be wondering how I came to my decision… or not, but humour me. Here are my tips for finding a practical, yet pretty coat.
1 – Research, research, research – I imagine Pinterest is useful for this kind of thing. Find images of people you admire, or street style shots of girls that fit your aesthetic in a practical winter coat.
2 – Find the common denominator – You’ll have probably pinned or saved a few of the same styles. Take note of these.
3 – Compare – Compare your pinned style against the types of coat in your wardrobe. I was drawn towards Canada Goose parkas, short puffer jackets, fisherman rain coats and long puffer jackets. When I compared that to my coat collection I decided that longer would be better and I remembered how much I loved my old ASOS parka.
4 – Head to the shops – This is MUCH easier to do online. Google the style of jacket and explore the options. You could start on your favourite retailers sites, but that got me nowhere!
5 – Think before you buy – I spend a while deciding between a cute rain jacket, a Joules coat and the Regatta Women’s Schima Jacket. After a while I decided that Joules just wasn’t for me. Part of me wanted to branch out a bit but the other half knew I wouldn’t wear something I was unsure on. I then discounted the rain jacket as it was pretty but not as practical as the Regatta jacket and I wasn’t sure it was my style.
6 – Hit order, try it on with different outfits and decide if you’re keeping it. This was a no brainer for me, as the jacket looked good with a range of outfits and it was snuggly thanks to the quilted lining.
The Regatta Women’s Schima Jacket was a bargain at £30 in the go outdoors sale too!
Do you go practical or pretty with your winter coat choices?