I've been searching for a good all-round winter raincoat for ages, and when I say ages I mean years and years and years.
My daughters, who are 6 and 4 years old respectively, appear to have the pick of some amazing designs; bright colours, waterproof, padded or not... and all with hoods.
And my choice? Restricted to the thickest winter duvet-esque quilted duffel coats with hood, but so enourmous you look like you are one step away from an Icelandic expedition), or a thinner mac style coat that 'pretends' to be a raincoat from a distance, but get up close and you realise it's all a lie; the material isn't waterproof and there isn't a hood in sight.
So I've had thin macs and thicker macs all without hoods, and when it rains I resort to an umbrella which promptly flings itself inside out in defiance at the ridiculous UK weather and never works properly again.
In the winter, for the last three years, I've resorted to borrowing a waterproof jacket in the 'NorthFace' style, and bought a similar jacket from Decathlon. Fashionable and stylish were not the first words to come to mind.. nor the hundredth. They kept me warm, but I wasn't happy. They were practical and oh so boring.
It was with great glee and excitement - so much so that I actually squealed like a girl, when I finally spotted a coat that ticked all my boxes. Warm, but not too warm. Waterproof, but not expedition like. Hooded, but not with a plastic elasticated affair that takes so long to get out of it's pouch you are wet through by the time it's ready. I found MY PERFECT COAT.
It is even shaped... yes, you heard me correctly... shaped! It has zip pockets so even when it snows your mobile doesn't get wet but is easily accessible. It has a divine pattern on the lining. And it is, (I'm sorry, but this is the predictable bit if you know me well, as I am a major fan of this store) from Ted Baker.
And what do you know... I even got it in the sale half price!
No longer available on the Ted Baker website, though there are plenty of other choices for you to peruse - so this particular coat will become a coveted eBay classic. Keep a look out!
This is not an advertising feature. This is a rave review of a gorgeous coat that I absolutely love and I would not rave about it otherwise. I am, however, a massive fan of Ted Baker, as their quality remains fantastic in an era of cheaper and cheaper fabrics and designs, so I therefore act as an affiliate. I will receive a small percentage of any orders made as a result of you clicking into the Ted Baker site via this link. Feel free to browse!