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.