UK Investments

No, this post is not about putting your pennies into a cash ISA.  If you want to make a wise wardrobe investment in the UK, a decent raincoat and umbrella is a sure bet for a good return.

 

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Double-breasted trench by Jaeger

From a purely functional point of view the most weather appropriate attire for a typical British spring is probably a set of traditional oilskins and a Souw’ester, but they honestly don’t do petites any favours, so I’ve decided to go with the slightly less practical, but way more stylish short mac and fancy brolly!

I’d fancied a Jaeger mac for a long time but never even bothered to look as I assumed that they would 1) have nothing to fit me and 2) be way out of my budget.  It turns out I was wrong on both counts.  This lovely little double breasted trench coat from Jaeger goes all the way down to a size 6!  Alas, they don’t do a petite range but the size 8 is a good fit for me, not too wide on the shoulders or long in the arms and as it is such a short style (the Jaeger website description is mid length, but I think it looks quite short on the 5′ 9″ model), it finishes just above mid thigh on me.

I waited a while to see if it would go on sale but I think it is one of those classics that crosses seasons and is rarely discounted, so I took the plunge and spent more than I would normally on a coat.  I can honestly say that it has been money well spent.  For a start it’s really versatile as it’s reasonably thick with a cotton lining and so it’s been warm enough to wear on most days through this year’s fairly mild winter and it will easily take me through spring and warmer weather.

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The lapels are not massive (another petite problem) and it is beautifully made with strong stitching and some lovely finishes lik the little curb chain hanging strap and, something I am (childishly!) thrilled about – an inside pocket!

 

 

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Secret inside pocket – exciting!

My beautiful umbrella is from the Bloomsbury-2 range by Fulton.

 

Note: This post was originally published on 22nd February 2016, but the post date, sadly along with reader comments, was lost in the move from Blogger to WordPress.

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