When it comes to winter fashion, your coat is one of the first parts of an outfit that will be noticed, so it’s definitely worth putting some thought into this important piece of the season! As much as it is easy to pull on a puffa jacket or slip on a hoodie once the temperature drops, having a beautiful statement coat will not only keep you warm, it will also elevate your outfit to the next level in terms of style. I’ve been wearing the same cream coloured knee length wool coat for, oh I don’t know, at least about 12 years (yes 12 YEARS); so I already knew it was time to invest in a new one a few years ago. Whilst my trusty cream coloured knee-length coat remains in excellent condition and I still receive compliments on it after all this time, it wasn’t until this year that I finally bit the bullet and decided to lay out some serious cash on a new wardrobe staple for the cooler months. I can already hear you thinking, “Lauren why did it taken so long for you to buy a new coat?” Well there’s a couple of reasons…!
The coat I had loved for years was the perfect length for my height – I’m not even 5ft 2 in, and this one hit just above my knees. At the time I bought it I spent about $250AUD which at that age and on the salary I was earning, was a LOT of money! That was truly my first ever “investment piece” of my wardrobe, when I started working, so it was a big deal. I felt like a professional “grown-up” wearing it and it stood out amongst other coats. With a large wrap collar that covered my neck and side pockets, it was not only cute & warm but also functional.
Secondly the light colour – commuting into the CBD during winter in Sydney feels like an endless sea of black coats, with a sprinkling of navy, camel and maybe a pop of red for the adventurously minded. As I have a black trench coat from Jigsaw which I use in the transitional months of Autumn & Spring, I knew I wouldn’t want to get a black wool coat. I needed a light neutral coloured coat with pockets and one which at the right length wouldn’t drown my petite frame.
Lastly, winters in Australia are mild – we don’t get snow in Sydney and the coats that are available in the high street here which I saw simply didn’t have the high fabric quality that I was after and wanted to invest in. So although I spent a couple of years looking around the shops, I couldn’t find the one which screamed “buy me”! Wandering around the premium high street shops in Sydney, I’d had my eye on the range of wool coats from Ted Baker since 2017 and really wanted to purchase one in a light-mid grey colour. The problem was their “midi” length coat almost came down to my ankles whilst the shorter style wouldn’t have given me the coverage I was after.
But luckily after having discovered a British label called Reiss late last year, I finally found the perfect coat that ticked all the boxes! I actually found the coat online during autumn-time and after watching my size sell out in the UK, I finally logged on to the site one day and found my size was available again. So ordered it straight away, before the start of winter here, which meant that although I paid full price, I wasn’t going to miss out on it – the search was finally over!
The coat is called the Luna Wool Self Tie Coat in light taupe – it’s a beautiful light neutral colour and has a high neck, which you can wrap around or style in different ways, so the versatility of wear is evident. With deep pockets on each side and a self-tie waist belt, it’s also practical whilst the length was perfect for my height, sitting just below the knees – although it is designed to sit mid-thigh length for those taller than 5ft 2in!
Apart from all these details ticking the boxes, it’s the actual make & quality of the coat which I’ve fallen in love with. Whilst my old coat was a wool, cashmere & nylon blend with polyester lining, compared to my new Reiss one, it wasn’t as warm. My new Reiss Luna coat is snuggly, perfectly suits my “dream coat” vision I had in mind and well worth every single dollar I paid! The only downside to this coat is that the loops which keep the waist belt in place seem a bit thin and flimsy. That being said, with everything else about this investment piece being so beautifully made & appealing, I’m willing to overlook that small detail and just make sure I’m careful when adjusting the belt.
At $880AUD, for me this was an investment piece and I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it for many years (or decades!) to come. At that price as well, this puts this coat as being the most expensive item I’ve purchased yet in terms of clothing. However I don’t regret it at all because I can tell the quality is superior to that which I’d find on the high street. Plus it works back so well with my day-to-day clothes which I wear to my 9-5 as well as on the weekend. Reiss now have this coat on sale, dropping the price from $880AUD to $355AUD in limited sizes now. If you’re interested, you can check out the coat online by clicking the link below:
The finer details:
Wrap front design
Self-tie waist belt
Slanted side pockets
Concealed button front fastening
I hope you enjoyed this review of my new coat from Reiss and let me know if a coat is something you have invested in for Winter?! Which brand do you recommend or love the most for outerwear?