Great Autumn Winter Coat Hunt 2011
It’s that time of year again! The weather’s fickle, there’s talk of an early big freeze, I’ve had to put the heating on a couple of times and summer is definitely over with school, preschool and many a baby and toddler group in full swing – yep it’s time for the Great Autumn Winter Coat Hunt!
There’s a lorra lorra cool coats out there and we’ll be doing a roundup of raincoats, all-in-one’s, snowsuits, cool fleeces, and even big people’s coats plus it’d be rude not to start rounding up on the accessories front too. First up though, it’s time to hail a selection of favourites!
Best on the High Street – Zara
Nowhere on the high street delivers as good coat bang for their buck as Zara Baby and Kids do. While you can always get under the radar staple coats there, it’s the chic, sporty, quirky, and well detailed buys in a broad range of styles to suit most tastes, particularly for under three’s that make it a firm favourite. They currently have 43 coats to choose from – 43! – and that doesn’t include their 2-14 year old range. Coats shown £19.99 – £35.99. Hotness!
The Wen – Still one of the best coats of all time!
Right up there as one of my favourite coats of all time, Mini A Ture’s Wen pullover winter jackets are a seasonal classic that sells out fast. For sizes 2 and under the zip is at the back and for 3 and over it’s at the side. Wind and water proofed, plus lined and ribbed to keep away the most persistent breeze, they wash well and look fantastic on. The fit is really generous so you get a good run out of them and they survive rough and tumble too. From £71.50 in several colours Yellow Lolly and Nordic Kids.
Finger In The Nose Snowscout Jacket £104 Scandinavian Minimall
Have to say, I love this coat so much, I’d squeeze myself into it if I could. Reversible (switch it to loud and proud red), luxe, shiny, and stuffed with French duck feathers, it’s got the retro appeal of 80s puffers but is bang on contemporary. Available in sizes from 12 months to 7 years.
Boden’s bold duffles (£60) with their vibrant linings instantly cool up an outfit, plus I can attest that when your child gets lost in the pumpkin coloured one in John Lewis that they’re easily located… Also available in purple, camel and fuchsia. Also try Marks and Spencer who have purple and pink duffles. Gap’s herringbone duffle (£29.95) hits the right spot for a subtle duffle with a twist, plus both Zara and Boden have their classic staples back in, with Zara’s (£35) in sizes from 9 months also available in camel and navy, and Boden’s (£22 – £24) also available in grey in sizes from birth. Also try John Lewis, Matalan, and Lindex.
A divine buy in ‘calypso coral’, this is a chic puffer with the added coolness of an owl embroidered on the back. Loving the zip, ribbed cuffs, ruching, and button detailing. Oh and fear not – it has a concealed hood. In sizes from 2-5 years. Also available in mulberry purple.
Du Pareil au Meme
For French chic without eye watering prices, Du Pareil au Meme is a must visit with coats ranging from €11-€79 for both babies and kids. There’s quite a broad range of styles and some of my favourites included the military style Avaoffimant coat
, €42.50, the wonderful Scandi influences of the Yorkimant coat
which is also available in purple, €46.50, and the simple ruggedness of the pocket filled Antoncaban
, €43.50. All in sizes from 3+.
A seriously good Swedish shopping hotspot, Lindex has become one of the first sites I nip to when I’m on the lookout for affordable, stylish buys. I’ll be featuring more of their buys in the upcoming rainwear feature but for the quintessential Swedish stripe appeal, their red and white striped coat is hot, hot, hot and also available in navy, €34.95 and for high standout, I love the bubblegum brights of their broad striped padded jacket with its cinched waist and removable hood, €29.95.
Parkas are always cool. Try John Lewis (£36-£38) for a good quality traditional parka or for a bit of added oomph, Zara’s (£39.99) have leather detailing – I’ve been pondering whether I could squeeze into an age 14. Du Pareil au Meme
currently have theirs reduced from €26 – €12 for sizes 6-18 months and I’m seriously hearting the red Lindex parka
which is also available in black, €39.
I’m not lying when I say that until I discovered Danish superbrand Molo’s fleece jackets, anything fleece gave me the heebie jeebies. Available in a dazzling array of colourways and detailing, plus even available as all-in-one suits which go up to 2-3 years, they’re a firm favourite. Little Sunflowers have an entire Molo fleece shop
where prices start from £36.50. They wash well and look fabulous and they go all the way up to age 11. Also try Juicytots
where they also have other Molo jackets.
Here at BG we love a multitasking buy so these divine striped fleece all-in-one suits (£41.50) that can be converted into a cosy stroller bag are the hotness! Available from birth up to 18 months, fear not as the stripes are also available in fleece jackets, £38.50 in sizes up to 5 years.
Mini Rodini Coats
I’m a big fan of Swedish brand Mini Rodini’s coats that have understated cool right down to a tee. Puffa’s are bang on trend this season and I’m loving the broad ‘puffs’ on their petrol puffa, £59 Mash N Gravy
and the divineness that is their double breasted Lancaster coat with its majestic gold buttons, £76 – if you move fast, you can get 30% off until midnight
today 23rd September
Sunday 25th September with our discount code SAVE30
at Sienna Loves Kai.
Organic and deliciously cute with appliqued birds and tree lining, these are more understated for those of you who aren’t all about popping brights and stripes. In sizes from birth up to 18 months.
Bunnies and Bears
Nothing like a coat with some ears on it to add the adorable factor. Boden
have their usual bear coats in brown, pink, and blue, £22 in sizes from birth, while over at Orfeo
they go for sport chic with their utterly fabulous grey fleece by Parisenne brand Talc
, £44 in sizes from 6-18 months, and Mini Rodini
go for offbeat with their black bunny onesie
with bowtie designed by Bea Akerlund, stylist to peeps like Lady Gaga and Madonna, £59.95 at Kidsen
in sizes 4-6 to 9-12 months
Ej sikke lej owls and brights
Featuring their trademark owl motif and some stark contrast, fighting off wind, rain, and snow will be a hoot (yeah yeah) in these gorgeous buys. Available in sizes from 3-4 years, £70 Tootsie and Fudge
, plus there’s all-in-one versions too.
On my travels I’ve spotted some rather fancy buys with a leaning towards military, capes, tweed, fur, and big detailing. If you’d like to paw lustfully at the virtual shop window, get some inspiration, or splurge on a coat, hotspots include Stella McCartney Kids
(military MJ style jacket and reversible cape), Alex and Alexa
(No Added Sugar double breasted grey coat and Marc Jacobs purple fur), Caramel Baby & Child
(grandad style tweed for boys and girls), and Little Fashion Gallery
(Troizenfants very flappy Sissi coat) are your must visit destinations.
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