As much as I love the sublime end of fashion, sometimes a more practical purchase needs to be made. In my neck of the woods, by the time October comes around a warm and waterproof coat is a necessity. On my quest for a sensible, yet stylish, padded coat in a deep red I came across this Simply Be padded fur trim coat which absolutely ticked all those boxes.
The coat got it’s first outing at The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry. This event is put on every year and a small wooded loch is taken over by bright lights and music every night for a month, a wonderful experience! I believe it is coming to Glasgow later this year too so keep an eye out if you live nearby.
But more about the coat…. it’s padded enough to be very warm but not so much as to be bulky and uncomfortable. The hood is a decent size and the faux fur feels gorgeous; plus the weight of the fur helps keep the hood up when it’s windy. I really like the fact this is knee length on me, very often these style of coats are a little too short to keep my thighs dry in the driving rain.
Also: decent sleeve length alert!! The sleeves on this coat actually come down past my wrists which I’m so happy about.
Now for the downsides; the zip is a little on the flimsy side, and the material from the coat keeps getting caught in the mechanism. I live in fear of the zipper breaking forever, plus it’s a pain to zip up when you’re out and about as the zip starts at knee level. Whilst the length of the coat and the sleeves are great for me at 5’10”, I think if you are under around 5’6″ the dimensions are going to feel a bit too long. But these are minor complaints as I love the coat overall.
For what was initially an unexciting purchase; the oxblood red colour, fur trim, and chevron stitching on this coat has really won me round. It’s now one of my favourite practical winter coats.
Now, with the review formalities for the Simply Be padded fur trim coat out of the way, enjoy a picture of my descent into drunkenness due to the incredibly more-ish mulled berry wine they were selling onsite. Cheers!