I'm trying to be a little cleverer this year by not doing last minute clamoring for winter coats when the mercury dips below 5˚C. Of course, every sane person in the U.K will be doing the very same thing which means EVERY decent winter coat will be sold out EVERYWHERE. Here's a few things I've learned from a list of endless mistakes I'd made.
1) Detachable lining is a major plus. It just means that I get an extra wear out of the coat which should at least cover 2 to 3 seasons instead of 1.
2. Hood. The bigger, the better. It's annoying when your head is dry but your entire face is dripping wet. And when you're wearing glasses....... let's just say, I've walked into lamp posts before cos I could not, for the life of me, see where I was going.
3. Length. Anything that goes past the hips is considered a "proper" coat/jacket. Just cos I like a warm bum.
4. Waterproof/water resistant. Ah...the rain. My brother asked why the grass in a photo I took recently looked so green. Well, dear brother.... that's because it rains a lot here. A LOOOOTT.
Here's my curated list of coats that ticked all the boxes. My friend wore the Barbour parka the other day and boy, did it look good AND practical. I was seriously impressed. One other thing, I was rather surprised how difficult it was to find a trench with a hood and detachable lining. You'd think that's a given seeing that the trench is actually considered a rain coat. Duh! I've narrowed my selections down to either a lined parka or puffer coat. Decisions. Decisions.