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The hunt for a winter coat

Like everyone else, the change from summer to autumn (which seems to have happened almost at the flick of a switch?) brings mixed emotions.  On the one hand I adored the wonderful sunshine, barbecues, cold glasses of wine in the garden and days at the beach, on the other, well, insert stereotypical blogger list of Autumn loves here - cinnamon candles, forest walks, muddy wellies, slippers, lazy Sundays - and so on. The one thing I do love about Autumn is being able to become ensconded in cosy layers - no more worrying about wobbly bikini belly and instead long-live thick cardigans and coats - unkempt hair hidden under beanies, unshaven legs hidden under trousers, 'tis an excuse to be indulgently low maintenance!

The hunt for the perfect winter coat is of course a tale of courage and woe - sort of like a quest to slay a legendary fire-breathing dragon but more costly on the wallet and likely to involve intense periods of browsing ASOS late at night.  The latter brought me to these two beauties who both became instant contenders for 'winter coat 2013', or at least 'one of the many winter coats I will buy in 2013 in the hunt for winter coat 2013'.  I intended to put these photos up and ask you to help me choose but it turns out that I can't do without two lots of £85 missing from my bank account at a time so I had to make a quick decision and send one back.  Sadly now, looking at these photos, I feel I may have made the wrong decision, but time was not on my side!

Coat: Noisy May at ASOS, £85 // Trousers: H&M [old]
Tan court shoes: New Look [old], similar by Ted Baker

Coat: ASOS, £90

In the end I decided that the collar on the Noisy May coat was a little too fussy on me, and the ASOS parka was super comfy (hello shearling lined hood!) Looking at the photos now I am rather fond of the shape of it, I sort of feel like jogging back to my local Premier and snatching it back off the Collect+ pile but I am trying to be reserved and remember that it is only September and I really ought to space out my inevitable further winter coat buying at least a little bit.... Right?

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27 comments

  1. I do love the first coat! but to be honest they both look gorgeous on you so it doesn't matter which one you chose ;)

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  2. They're both lovely :) I bought about five last year so really can't justify another one this year!

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  3. I love the Noisy May coat, but they're both awesome! I'm looking for that perfect autumn coat at the moment too! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I think you made the right choice, the collar is a bit big imo. I think our last winter was 7/8 months long (!) so you have plenty of time to shop around for another one in a few months time. I just bought a leopard print coat from Topshop, and then dug out my winter clothes and found 4 good coats I'd forgotten about, so im feeling a little guilty for getting a new one.

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  5. I love the first one because of the texture :) I'm on a hunt for a coat myself

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  6. The top one is my fave! With a chunky knit scarf in between tooo! xo

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  8. Aww I love coat shopping, it's like the ultimate fashion challenge! Must be comfy and cozy but must look good and go with a lot of things you wear. I like both of these really, but brown's a much more versatile colour :)

    Bella . BELLAETC

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  9. Love both the coats - the colour of the first one is gorgeous! :)
    www.theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I love both of these, but I think the second one has my vote so you made the right choice! I think it would work well with more outfits - although the top coat is a bit different from the norm. I'm still in love with last years winter coat, and haven't yet thought about buying a new one. Then again, I'm yet to actually wear a coat this year! x

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  11. looove the first one, it´s lovely!

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  12. They are both lovely but I adore the second one, very wearable.... It'll go with everything! x

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  13. Ive been eyeing up the sherling lined parka on ASOS. Not sure I can part with the £90 though! It was a coat that I saw and instantly though 'i need this!'

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  14. I love them both! But a coat with a hood is definitely a sensible option :) xo

    alice-lily.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. They're both gorgeous. The collar on the first coat is amazing! But the parka does look incredible cosy - both such classic designs. When I was little, I thought wearing a coat was sooo un-cool, but now I am a huge coat person... I'd much rather be coat-clad and warm :) x

    janesjumbles.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. The first one was definitely my fave, I really liked the fit and colour! I don't think you could've made a bad decision because the second one looks really snuggly and it's a classic style. I suddenly need to go coat shopping... ;)

    Tara xo

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  17. I like both but the first one in my favourite. I need to buy a winter coat this year and I can't bring myself to, I don't want to watch the money fade out of my bank, regardless of how truly necessary it is hah!

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  18. Aww yeah I must admit I like the first one with the weird hood a lot, but I'm sure you wouldn't miss it in the snowy months when that shearling is keeping you toasty! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  19. Hehehe I love the cute feeeeet! ;) I'm mixed with autumn too, I went out in a massive winter coat cause it was freezing, and I ended up sweating, argh! Make your mind up weather! x

    S xx
    Fridayisforeverblog.com

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  20. Hey Rosie. I've been falling behind in the blog world once again. Last I knew you were talking about how you use to never wear makeup and then you were wearing a lot all the time. Well I have to say I love the makeup in this photo. U think you finally found the balance. And that coat looks amazing on you.

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  22. I think you've made a right decision. I love them both, but the second one looks very comfy and suits you best!

    Seasonal cleaning

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  23. I won't lie - I'm secretly pleased you didn't plump for the Noisy May - now I can buy it! ;)

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  24. I love both coats on you! Finding a winter coat is extra hard for me because I'm petite and feel like I'm being swallowed by a whale.

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  25. Hi, I found this very spooky! I've been searching for winter coats for a good few days and finally settled on three favourite... Unfortunately one of them was sold out so I started looking through google search wether there's anyone else out there who sells it... and that's how I came across your blog! I live in Christchurch so not only you're local to me but also out of a million coats and jackets out there you chose the two I wanted to order! Ha ;) I've been checking on asos regularly for the faux leather collar coat just in case they added more of it or someone returned it and... there was one in just one size (mine!) so I've now ordered it :D I now have a dilemma which one to keep - I secretly want them all but that would just be naughty, oh dear ;) I had a quick look through your blog as well and watched your recent video - you seem like a fun person with a distance to yourself and a fab style. I wish all people around were like that! I always say to my partner when I purchase something different that I might wear in in London, etc, as I don't think Bournemouth is quite ready for it yet, haha ;) Blue x

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  26. Hello,
    The above shown long coat is looking too nice and gives a smart look.This style blog is the ultimate.Whatever the jackets are shown above are just awesome.These are perfect to wear.Thank you for this nice post.
    Coolequestrian Website

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