EVERYONE NEEDS - A Pink Coat

jigsaw-pink-coat-illustration

During my twenties and thirties, there was a long period of time (about 8 years, honestly) when I didn't own a coat. I layered jackets and jumpers and scarves a la Joey from Friends, simply because I just couldn't find one I liked. I hate to waste money, and so I just waited, insisting to everyone that Cupid would strike one day. Friends worried about me, and my boss at the time insisted on lending me the coat she wore when on maternity leave. I finally found 'the one' years later, a midnight blue wool Betty Jackson Collection oversized swing coat. It was truly beautiful. But last winter I realised that after 7 years dutiful service it had seen better days (I've put my arm through the lining about 800 times and moths have somehow found their way in to the pocket too, the bastards).

  This took about 300 takes. If the person who lives opposite this gate is reading this then I can only apologise for my manic walking over a 3 metre strip of land.

This took about 300 takes. If the person who lives opposite this gate is reading this then I can only apologise for my manic walking over a 3 metre strip of land.

And so this year I'm looking for outerwear that can give me butterflies again. Whilst my head says buy black, buy grey or buy navy, my heart is screaming PINK PINK PINK! I've seen them everywhere, from MaxMara to Debenhams to Boden but this one from Jigsaw properly pulled on my heart strings.

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I've styled it a few ways in this post. Once with tones of pink and red, then simply back with black.and then as illustrated above in different sizes and on diverse models. I've seen this coat recently in a great editorial piece on a model and it fell just below the knee. But as you can see on me (5 ft 4) it's pretty long! I like this oversized look though so have played on it further by adding flats.

 Coat by Jigsaw. Bag by Accessorize. Dress by Boden.

Coat by Jigsaw. Bag by Accessorize. Dress by Boden.

This Lux Wool Round Lapel Coat from Jigsaw is £360 and available in size XS - L. I think it's a big shame it doesn't go up to larger sizes (the Jigsaw large is only a 14). Saying that I think due to it's oversized nature you could be OK in a large if you're a 16 or even 18, though there is a chance you won't be able to do the button up (a lot of money to spend on a coat that won't do up...though if you totally love it you could get the button moved over).

  Me proving that I can do the button up...(for now)

Me proving that I can do the button up...(for now)

 Shoes by Asos.

Shoes by Asos.

I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink. Do follow me on Instagram as I'm often found painting on stories.

 Shoes & Jumpsuit by ASOS.

Shoes & Jumpsuit by ASOS.

Thank you to Jigsaw for lending me this coat for the shoot.

Please note this post is not sponsored.

I'd love to know what you think! Please leave a comment below.

Thanks

Niki

All photos by Remco Merbis

Assistant Bea Stoneham