Duvet (Coat) Days on Dungeness Beach
Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Superdry
I remember a few years ago I posted a photo of myself wearing my “dog walking jacket” – which was a puffer style, long before puffer coats became fashionable – and someone commented saying I looked like I was wearing a giant duvet. I think the person was trying to be snarky at the time, but honestly, I can think of no greater compliment for a winter coat than to compare it to a duvet – and this one definitely fits that description.
Seriously, though, what better way to make winter bearable than with a coat that makes you feel like you’re being wrapped in a warm hug? This long puffer coat is by Superdry (They have some great men’s coats, too), and as well as being a particularly gorgeous shade of green, it’s also so cosy I was able to spend a large chunk of our half term holiday outdoors – which is almost unheard of for me at this time of year, such is my aversion to the cold.
For this particular half-term, we decided to head down to Kent for the week, to see our family there, and that meant I got to spend Valentine’s Day on Dungeness Beach, where Max found this cute little stone with a heart on it for me:
(Er, you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it’s heart shaped. It is, though, I swear…)
Although we were really lucky with the weather for our week away, with lots of those crisp, sunny winter days we don’t see much off back in Scotland, it was still February, so I was really glad of the extra padding provided by my coat, which is made from recycled plastic bottles, believe it or not. Each coat uses between 5 – 48 bottles, so it’s kind to the environment, as well as to my delicate constitution.
(It also made it much more comfortable to sit on those pebbles, although I’m guessing sitting on pebbles is probably more of a “me” problem than a universal one, really…)
I styled this really simply, with an all-black outfit, using different textures like the wool of the sweater and the sheen on the leggings to make it a little more interesting. With that said, I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m still really enjoying wearing easy, practical outfits these days – ones I can wear all day and know I’ll be warm, comfortable, and able to move around freely in without having to worry about breaking a heel on a pebbled beach or being so cold I just instantly want to hurry indoors.
It’s a far cry from the 1950s-style glamour I used to favor, but honestly, I’m much happier not having to think too much about what I’m going to wear every day, and given how much less thinking time I have right now, there’s something really refreshing to me about keeping things simple and knowing that this jacket will last me for years to come. Because, as I’ve said in the past, life’s just too short to not feel like you’re wrapped in a giant duvet all the time, isn’t it?