“Still Raining, Still Dreaming” (of the perfect coat).

Here, for quite a chunk of the year, the need for a coat is a given. Our stormy North Sea coastline with its icy blast can bring tears to my eyes.

Hence, as winter is now upon us, it’s without doubt a time to embrace the cold and not ‘catch your death’. I’m unveiling my old winter favourites, bringing them out of storage, bit by bit. I do try to organise my wardrobe at the end of every season, to be more prepared.

I love the colours, fabrics and textures that winter brings. A great winter coat is an essential item, which can give a dramatic and interesting look, as well as keeping us warm. It can also stylishly cover up bits that we don’t find flattering. I love styling my coats with a beautiful woollen shawl, scarf or accessories. This look can make a chic, classic impact.

Winter coats can provide the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, while ticking a few boxes – warm, versatile, practical and the ability to dress up or down. Not much to ask then….

To me, a coat is a prized investment. If you make the right choice, it will stay with you for years to come. I do like to have a good selection. This is because, if a coat is worn ‘on repeat’, it will certainly lose its mojo.

Over the years, I’ve been building a variety of coats, which are suitable for various phases of the winter months. I love to add to the collection and, this year, I have my eye on a few – but I’m waiting until the price is right.

On today’s post, I’ve shown you two of my favourite coats and how I’ve styled them, while giving you some ideas which may inspire you. I enjoy wearing these coats, every year.

The first of my two coats is my faux fur grey coat which my husband surprised me with one Christmas morning, over ten years ago. It’s from Marks and Spencer. We were doing some last-minute food shopping one Christmas Eve, and being the coat addict I am, I quickly tried it on, then rushed off. So, it was a lovely surprise from him, receiving it, the following morning.

My second coat is this winter white, wool coat from French Connection. Again, I can’t remember how old it is exactly. Probably around the eight to ten-year-old mark. I never thought this coat would be reduced, but there it was in the sale with quite a substantial reduction on it. All these years later and I still love wearing this coat.

Both coats have brought me so much pleasure. I have found some similar coats below which you may like.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.



This is not a sponsored post – all items are my own.


  1. You were lucky to find that beautiful French Connection coat on sale! It’s fun to hear about a coat being bought at a good value and worn for so many years with many years of wear still ahead!

    • I couldn’t believe it myself Suzana, as it was a little on the
      expensive side – full price. It’s definitely a ‘forever’ coat.
      Alison xx

  2. I no longer live where there is much need for a heavy winter coat, but I have in the past. In true wintry conditions, having the right coat both in terms of warmth and style is imperative. Both of your coats are lovely!


    • Thank you, Michelle and Happy Thanksgiving. So true when you live in
      a cooler climate it’s a necessity. Sounds lovely living in a
      warmer climate.
      Alison xx

  3. I love coats too, but I am in the South. I have 3 or 4, and really could do with 1, but I do enjoy wearing them. I used to live in PA, which was a place you wanted and needed a good coat, come Winter. My favorite is a tesal long coat and my Boden pink coat. Yours are so lovely! I love the winter white, so classy and with the fur collar a special detail. The grey faux fur is so pretty too! Nice of hubby and you can wear with anything!
    thanks for llinkg!
    jesss xx

    • Our climate in the North East of England can get very cold – hence from October
      onwards coats are a necessity. Since starting this blog and doing Instagram it
      has made me reassess my clothes, especially the coats. I have gathered
      a few over the years. xx

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    They are both such lovely coats on you and I really like the grey faux fur one, so cosy looking! What a nice gift 🙂

    I don’t have that many coats in my wardrobe – it’s warmer most of the year here so I don’t need many, but it would be nice to have more variety!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup previously ! A new link up is live on my blog now, I’d love you to join again!

    • Thank you, Mica. Coats are a necessity from October – hence I’ve collected
      a few over the years. xx

  5. Oh wow, you have some beautiful coats. Love them both. They will keep you nice and warm whilst looking very stylish too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Link Up.

    • Thank you, Claire. They certainly are old favourites which no doubt will
      continue to come out at this time of year. xx

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        Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂 Hope you can join us again tomorrow for The Wednesday Link-up.

    • Thank you, Mireille. They have both lasted well – must be over ten
      years old now. xx

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    I love coats but haven’t bought one for a while. The problem is, I’ve got around 6 and they take up a lot of room! Love the winter white coat. What a lovely surprise. Thanks for linking at #WowOnWednesday.

    • Coats are my weakness. I’ve seen a few from this season I love – I’m hoping they’re not ridiculously reduced
      in the sale so I won’t be tempted. Yes, totally agree about the space! xx

  7. That first coat is so glamorous! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up with The Style Six today!

    • Thank you so much Kellyann. It’s definitely an old favourite – was such a great price too. xx

  8. Oh what a cute coat, perfect colour that will go with everything. Jacqui
    Thanks for sharing on the #linkup

    • You’re so welcome Jacqui. They are both staples which come out at this time of year. xx

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    Both coats are very beautiful. I always have a hard time finding a perfect one that is warm enough.

    • Thank you Nancy. I know what you mean, sometimes you don’t know how warm a coat will be until worn. Can br tricky. Hope
      you find the right one.xx

  10. Both are beautiful, timeless styles, Alison. The faux fur is quite striking! I bet you receive compliments every time you wear it.

    • I do love the faux fur and really enjoy wearing it. It’s getting quite old now and keeping its condition because I don’t wear
      it a lot I think. Reason being it has diamanté buttons which makes it quite seasonal and festive. xx

  11. That first coat is just perfect for the holidays!! And it looks nice and warm! I also love the design of that second coat! Now you’re making me want a new coat! lol!


    • Thank you so much Carrie. I think the reason the faux fur coat has lasted so well is because I only wear it at this time of
      year. Hope you find a lovely one if you decide to go for it. xx

  12. jodie filogomo

    I’m with you Alison. A coat is something worn ALL the time in the winter. And it’s the first thing people see, so I love the fun ones.

    • Me too Jodie. Probably one of the things I love about this time of year is the lovely coats on offer. xx

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    I’ve been toying with the idea of a winter white coat. Not sure about the cleaning bill though! I love the fur one too xx

    • The white coat has probably lasted so well because I’m careful when I wear it so it doesn’t get marked. Mistakes happen though! xx

    • Thank you so much. They’re both very versatile and can be worn with a lot of outfits.xx

  14. These are both such beautiful coats! I live where we have incredibly long and cold winters so building a coat wardrobe has been necessary! My favorite coat of all time is over 20 years old and I still wear it every winter. I love a winter white coat and recently scored a beautiful fuzzy ivory one from the local second hand shop with the tags still on it. I cannot wait to wear it! Thanks for sharing your favorite outerwear and linking up with me.


    • Sounds like the temperatures get very low where you are Shelbee. What a great find – your coat sounds great and lovely that you have wearing it to look forward to. xx

  15. The furry coat is so fun and looks so pretty with the floral dress. You certainly need a collection of coats for your weather!

    • Thank you Kimberly. It is lovely to wear at this time of year. It has diamanté buttons so very festive. xx

  16. I’m missing a white Christmas, but I don’t miss a cold. The good coat is the only thing which saves you at this time. You have a very nice collection. I like the white coat. There are too many black and brown coats in the winter, it is nice to see some bright colors too. Even they are not so practical.o)


    • Thank you Anna.. Must admit the white coat is lasting well as I’m careful where I wear it as it would show any mark and I can be on the clumsy side. I’m starting to yearn for some sunshine and warmth now I must admit. x

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    In Texas we really don’t have a ton of use for coats but I’m always drawn to them! I love the furry one and it looks so cozy and soft.

    • Thank you Shelly. I think the passion for coats must be because of the climate I live in. I’ve had the furry coat for over ten years now – but I alternate between coats then they’re packed away, this is probably why they’re lasting well. Texas sounds wonderful! xx

    • So true! I must admit to having a little collection of them and didn’t realise until I started to show them and write about here. They do take up some space that’s the only thing. Can’t part with them yet. xx

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