Good old Marks & Sparks.
I haven’t bought much from them in years but this year I’m feeling the love. They're definitely having a moment.
They came out with a rather gorgeous looking camel coloured coat last month. Poof. All sizes gone just like that. Took me ages to track one down and when I did, I didn’t buy it only because one side didn’t fit as nicely as the other. But who’s to say another size 8 wouldn’t have been just perfect? Or maybe I’m a little wonky? And even Grazia gave it a mention. Means it was fashion worthy. Let’s move on.
I also saw a rather fetching leopard print coat which I also had to track down in my size but track down I did. I walked round the store with it before I put that back too. Why? It looked good, it fitted well but leopard is leopard and leopard coats aren’t really me - believe me I’ve tried. However, this is actually a great coat for anyone who wants to do leopard print without the bulk of a furry one (been there, tried it on, scared myself, put it back). So a good coat but not as good as the camel one - Grazia hasn’t mentioned it ... yet.
But don’t feel sorry for me - I came out a winner. I saw a lovely navy coat just as I was hanging back the camel coloured one.
M&S Navy Coat (keeps selling out online so no link)
I tried it on and Ben who was with me at the time nodded his approval. I'm not saying that I take fashion direction from a 7 year old boy all that seriously but approval is approval and I don't need much encouragement. If I’m being honest, I did think it was probably going to wing its way to the returns desk the following week but when I got home, every time I tried it on, it just felt right. Right enough to take the tags off and to get the sleeves altered. And guess what else? Grazia are loving the M&S navy peacoats too. Yusss!
Now this is going to be of no help to man or mouse but I can't provide you a link online as it seems to have just sold out but there are usually some floating around instore. I've learnt from experince speaking as a small person - when you find something that fits - go for it because you'll kick yourself by the time you've made your mind up and it's gone. You have less chance of finding something which fits you perfectly than someone who is an average Joe of 5ft 4 and above, so snap it up and make your mind up at home. I've had this coat in my possession for around 3 weeks now and it's no longer available online, just like the camel one and the leopard one is rapidly dwindling in stock. Get going!
I have to say the M&S coat is a much more comfortable and flattering fit on a small person than any of the Zara offerings which are currently out there. I loved last year's Zara military inspired coats and they have done a similar one this year which I had to try on to see if I fared any better with this year's model. However, just like last year, the arms were quite tight and the buttons are placed wrong for anyone lacking in the height department. So no good for fat armed shorties.
Also, see where the coat ends on the model just below the bum and still a good way above her knees? That coat finishes just above my knee so where the buttons fasten is mid thigh and throws the whole look of the coat out. I just look like I nicked my dad's old coat. And see where the buttons sit on the M&S coat on me to give a more flattering fit? Across my middle so it looks like I actually have some legs. Granted that the styling is slightly different for both coats but both have a nod to the "peacoat" in their design - you've just got to find the one that works for you .... believe me it's not always the one you have in mind which works. You need to think about proportions and go for what flatters even it's a little girlier or a little less detailed or even from somewhere where you don't normally shop.
Primark Jumper, H&M jeans, M&S Boots
Anyway, have a nosey in Marks when you're next walking by. You might surprise yourself with what you find there.
Last note :
- I sized down to an 8 so the shoulders sit nicely. But I think taller girls could take their normal size and wear a thicker jumper quite comfortably in this. The code is T49/1247 if anyone is interested. If you decide to try, let me know how you get on.
- I also spotted this gorgeous number. Oh to be a foot taller!
- Told you I was stocking up for winter. And we're not even out of August yet.