Last Winter I searched unsuccessfully to find a winter coat that I really liked – there were plenty that were ok/nice but not one that I really wanted to buy, so I left it and persevered with my trusty old Regatta long padded coat.
However, on a recent shopping trip to Marks and Spencers, I spotted this Per Una metallic zipped parka coat I’d seen last year (they’d sold out of my size back then) and found that not only did it have my size but it looked even better this season as they’d changed the fur hood from grey/white to black, which in my opinion looked so much better.
Plus for such a stylish, warm and waterproof coat – it was a bargain at £89.00.
So although it was late October and the sun was still shining, I bought the coat there and then as I didn’t want to miss out again this year.
Online this coat is described as metallic, which I do agree with but it is very subtle. To me it is a charcoal grey shade with a slight metallic sheen to it. That’s why I think that the black fur hood and black cuffs blend in really well with the rest of the coat.
There are many hidden secrets attached to this gorgeous coat which I love and these include from top to bottom, the usual oversized hood with the soft black fur surround, it has a double front fastening, consisting of a double sided zip and press stud closure for extra protection against the wet and windy weather.
It has two zipped breast pocket, which I never use as there’s enough going on in that region without any extra padding needed 😉 and then you have the hidden side pockets which are fleece lined for extra warmth and deep press stud pockets for storage whilst the warm sleeve cuffs ensure further warmth from the winter elements.
Talking of warmth, the coat is fleece lined around the top half, with a subtle animal print polyester lining around the lower part of the coat, which makes this parka the perfect winter coat.
This parka also has the Marks and Spencer trademarked Stormwear technology which as M&S tweeted is “Our clever water repellent Stormwear™ technology means garments protect the wearer from wind and rain, and keep the wearer dry”.
This fab coat also features a drawstring adjustable waist, to gives your shape some definition and is completed by the dipped hem at the back to protect the derrière. So it ticks all the right boxes for me.
The sizing of the coat is pretty accurate, as I’m usually a size 14 on top, and there is enough room for me to wear a chunky jumper underneath without my size 14 coat feeling clingy or tight.
Only downside to this jacket is that you can only wear it when it’s really cold because it really feels like a warm duvet when you wear it, so I say “Bring it on Winter! I’m ready for you”!
And I’ve worn this parka coat to many a game of football, standing on the sidelines whilst my 10 year old daughter plays a weekend full of football whatever the weather! Have to admit, this is one of the best parka coats I’ve ever worn.