Time for a new old coat!
Unless I see something absolutely incredible from a small firm, I’m not sure I’ll bother buying a new coat ever again. The last time I bought brand-new was about four years ago, when I got a gorgeous long green velvet coat with black satin and lace cuffs, plus a black woollen ‘bustle jacket’ from The Dark Angel. I love those coats, though the green velvet doesn’t make it out of the cupboard much. Those are actually my only two flamboyant coats; I tend to favour quite classic coat styles, and it seems silly to pay loads for them when they’re so easy to get secondhand. By now pretty much every charity shop should have its Autumn/Winter stock in, so if you’re likely to need a ‘new’ coat, you’ll have the best choice if you go now.
If you go on a coat hunt, don’t forget to keep an eye open for some super woollen skirts while you’re there. (I’m probably preaching to the choir here; I always whizz quickly through my size garments on all the racks when I’m in a charity shop and you no doubt do the same.)
Age UK is my happy hunting ground for winter skirts – I got the one I’m wearing in their £1.49 sale over the summer and it’s already a real favourite. I can’t wait to finish knitting my navy cardigan as I think it will work brilliantly with the navy/beige/olive/rust fabric of that skirt.
One note on the Neosens shoes: I bought two pairs, these and a black pair with nothing ‘over the foot’. I’m a 5.5, and while these are fine to wear, the black ones fall off when I walk! Even heel grips haven’t helped. So if you’re a half-size and considering buying Neosens shoes, so down in size, not up! My black pair has a piercing detail down the sides, so I’m trying to decide whether to thread ribbon through them to keep them on, see if a steamy friend can attach leather straps, or just find them a new home with someone with bigger feet. I’m reluctant to take the latter option immediately, so will probably try the ribbons to star with.
Coat - Dannimac, from Scope
Jumper - me-made, pattern is 'Jersey With a Soft Bow' from A Stitch In Time vol 1 and the yarn is Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply (Note: I made mine too long in the body!)
Skirt - label just says ‘Edinburgh’, Age UK
Shoes - Neosens, from Sarenza
Handbag - Norvic, from British Heart Foundation