EVERYONE NEEDS - A Pink Coat
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).
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.
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).
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.