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OUTFIT | Collectif ‘Marlene’ shower proof trench coat

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Collectif Marlene shower proof trench coat in forest green

Well, it’s March already, which means I’m totally going to start pretending its spring already, even although it’s nowhere near spring, and why yes, it IS still a bit too cold for trench coats, now that you come to mention it! In my defence, and because I know you all worry about me:

1. As well as being shower proof (essential in Scotland), this coat also has a padded lining, which makes it a bit warmer than your average trench coat (also essential in Scotland).

2. I wasn’t actually outdoors in it for very long.

3. It’s completely awesome. Oh, come ON, you wear your newest coat the first chance you get too, don’t you?

I’ve had my eye on this coat for months now – for as long as I’ve known it existed, in fact. When it first crossed my radar, however, it was £95 full-price, and I just couldn’t justify buying YET ANOTHER COAT, especially back at the start of winter, when I knew I wouldn’t get much use out of it. When it went down to half-price in the Christmas sales, I STILL couldn’t justify buying it – er, mostly because that was when I decided to buy its sister coat, ‘Annabelle’, instead. (And honestly, I have no regrets: I LOVE that coat…)

Bravely, I told myself I had more than enough coats (I mean, AS IF you can ever have enough coats!) and put ‘Marlene’ to the back of my mind. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I spotted Roisin wearing the beige version. Well, that was it, really. There was no possible way I could avoid buying a coat so perfectly shaped, so I immediately headed over to the Collectif website, and, of course, it was totally sold out. Because OF COURSE it was.

All was not lost, though. Collectif, you see, just so happen to have an eBay store, where they sell off items that haven’t sold in their stores or on their website, or things that are maybe slightly imperfect, or damaged in some way. I make a habit of checking this store fairly often, because you just never know what you might find, and this time my luck was in. There was the coat. In forest green. In my size. And it was £22. Twenty. Two. Pounds.

I figured there had to be something wrong with it, and I was right: according to the listing, the belt was missing. Hmm. I mulled it over for a while. On the one hand, a missing belt could be a bit of a nuisance, because it’s not like I’m always stumbling across forest green, shower proof belts that I could use instead. On the other hand, though… it was £22. And there was only one left in my size.

Well, as you can see, I decided just to go for it. And as you can ALSO see, the belt arrived too, much to my delight. I do think this particular coat is a second – you can probably see that there’s a slight issue with the stitching at the hem, but for what I paid, I think I can live with that, thanks very much. In these photos, it’s still pretty creased from the shipping bag, and from me sitting in the car in it: I promise it wasn’t laziness that stopped me giving it a quick iron, but pure fear. I iron a lot, but I don’t have a great track record with the thing, and was terrified I’d end up burning the fabric, so I did the old “hang it in the bathroom while the shower’s running” trick instead, and yeah, that totally didn’t work. (And actually, now I come to think of it, has never worked, any time I’ve tried it. WHY?)

Anyway, I’ll iron it soon. Or steam it, or something. I think whatever I do, the most important thing is that I stop talking about it, because I’m starting to bore myself now, seriously. I’ll stop now.

dark green trench coat and nude high heels with red soles
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WEARING: Collectif ‘Marlene’ shower proof trench coat / Christian Louboutin shoes / Accessorize tights / Lindybop ‘Marla’ dress (seen here)

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  • Tess
    March 2, 2015

    I’ve the urge to buy the same trench coat but we only have Summer here. Off to their eBay store now.

  • Rose
    March 2, 2015

    Ing I have that and the Anabel too- alas my belt didn’t arrive. Not finding the Anabel very warm though 🙁

  • Myra
    March 2, 2015

    I’ve noticed that your nude Shoes match so many outfits, and this coat especially 🙂

  • Anca
    March 2, 2015

    It looks great on you and it was a bargain! I’ll have a look at their ebay shop later.

  • CiCi Marie
    March 2, 2015

    Ohhhh it’s so beautiful! I love Collectif’s trench-coats… who am I kidding, I love Collectif’s EVERYTHING. In fact, I just finally gave in and bought a t-shirt with their logo on it – that’s how much of a fangirl I am. And you are proving me entirely right in this little get-up. And I totally also just snagged a Collectif coat bargain – one of their capes for £30… down from £120! I’m yet to see if it fits as it’s not arrived yet but oh, I am so excited! Their outerwear is really something special the last couple of years.

  • Leah
    March 2, 2015

    Damnit, I just bought it and followed them on eBay. I may as well just sign over my salary now. I can’t regret it, as a fellow ginger I know that coat is going to look amazing.
    I also bought one of their dresses and wore it last weekend for a girls weekend. There may have been a lot of wiggle walking (nothing to do with the gin and champagne cocktails)

  • Selina
    March 2, 2015

    I got a coat without a belt once and actually I had fun finding different coloured and patterned cloth belts to rein it in

  • Julia
    March 2, 2015

    That trench is really nice. That attitude on your face and your steps make you look like Audrey Hepburn.

  • Wild Tea Party
    March 2, 2015

    Amen – you can never have too many coats. That’s not a thing. I live in Australia, we don’t even get snow in Sydney, and I have coats galore. They need to match the colours and shapes of your outfits, after all? And different weights too. I love this trench, it’s beautiful! I recently splashed out on the Dita Von Teese trench coat 🙂

  • Joyce
    March 3, 2015

    Look so gorgeous.

  • Media
    March 3, 2015

    OHMYGOOODD I went to the ebay store right away, but I guess you snatched the last size 6 T.T

  • Josune
    March 3, 2015

    Hi! This looks amzing on you, the whole outfit looks beautifull!
    x Josune, Your Beauty Script
    Ps: I would for you to check out my new blog if you like 😉


  • Steph
    March 3, 2015

    Love this! It’s a great length, I have a trench that I love and have worn to death, but being from Topshop it’s a little on the short side so I can only wear it with certain things. This looks like it would work just fine with midi skirts and frocks!

  • Rachel
    March 5, 2015

    My Great Grandma instilled in both my mum and I that you can never have too many coats….and shoes 🙂 I really want the Dita Von Teese trench coat from Tatyana but I really really cannot afford nevermind justify a £400 coat! Yet. Maybe one day. I’d say I own too much Collectif but if my Great Grandma was alive today I’m sure she’d tell me you could never have too much Collectif 🙂

  • Erika
    March 8, 2015

    I saw Roisin’s coat also and it made have second thoughts on trench coats altogether. I’ve never liked them, but they are looking a little nicer to me now. Maybe living somewhere where it rains often has something to do with it. Anyway, this is a nice looking coat. I especially like that color. Great choice!

  • Kayla
    March 22, 2015

    You look amazing in this coat and have convinced me that I need it, I have been after a vintage style raincoat and I love Collectif!! I am usually a size UK8, I’m just curious if it has nice bit of room in the shoulders and arms for comfort. I think UK10 might be too big. xx

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OUTFIT | Collectif ‘Marlene’ shower proof trench coat