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.



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.



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!




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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