I Even Surprised Myself

I wrote last week about how I had purchased a new winter coat as I had lost some weight a my old coat was a couple of sized to big. I like to have a smart and casual winter coat so that I can dress for the right occasion in the cold weather.

I usually go for a black or dark colour as my smart winter coat and then perhaps something a little brighter for my casual coat.

This year I browsed online for a coat and came across this one in Next that I liked: This was exactly what I was looking for; a smart winter coat in a slightly lighter/brighter colour that I usually picked.


When we went back to the Midlands, I went to Next in the local shopping centre. I picked up the coat and made my way to the fitting room. On the way passing the exact same coat in bright red. I plucked up some courage and took both coats to try on. To my surprise the camel coloured coat made me look washed out. I tried the red coat on…..To my surprise, I fell in love. We had quite a few things to take back to Wales and with the weather still being very mild there was no way of getting a bulky winter coat home. I put them both back on the rails and left.


This was a couple of weeks ago now and with the weather suddenly getting a lot cooler I need to buy a new coat quickly. I went down to Aberystwyth and in to the next store there. To my horror they didn’t have this lovely coat I had fallen love with in either the camel or the lovely red. A lively member of staff said she could order it in for me for next day delivery. When we were going through the catologe to find the coat I spotted the petite and also the tall version. I was unaware that Next did taller versions for ladies 5ft 10 and over. That was all I needed. Sold.

I’d been a little upset when I tried it on originally as I hoped it was slightly longer. Something living me the sea I knew I would benefit from.

Next day my lovely new red coat arrived.   Just a shame the bitter winter wind had arrived and caused havoc with us taking photographs!


I really did surprise myself for choosing a bright red coat instead of my usual boring black colour.


  1. 23rd November 2015 / 9:19 am

    I like that you chose to wear a bright colour I think it really suits your skin tone and you can never go wrong with a classic red. Is black your favourite colour?

  2. Helena
    23rd November 2015 / 9:22 am

    Love the colour on you. Fab x

  3. 23rd November 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Red suits you. I think it looks great and cosy too.

  4. 23rd November 2015 / 3:00 pm

    It’s gorgeous and it looks lovely on you. I have also been in situations where I see a coat and thinking this would look good on me, I try it and I looked washed out but try a different one and it’s a hit.

  5. 23rd November 2015 / 3:14 pm

    I love that – bright winter coats always cheer me up during the winter, and I find I wear them a lot more even if black might be more practical. Camel can so easily make me look tired too. I think I might have to check out my local Next as well…

  6. 23rd November 2015 / 3:59 pm

    It looks lovely! Well done on being brave and breaking out of your comfort zone. I know it isnt easy! #picknmix

  7. 23rd November 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I really love the red colour and it looks fantastic on. I always think its nice to go for a bright colour for when those days are gloomy, great they did it in a taller size, I often have the opposite issue and I have always found next range of petite really good. xx

  8. 23rd November 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Good ffor you, I am always telling myself to choose more colors but fail!

  9. 23rd November 2015 / 8:20 pm

    That’s a gorgeous coat and looks so good with your skin tone. Isn’t colour funny, I really do think there’s something in wearing your “colours” even though that sounds very 1980s 🙂

  10. 23rd November 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Ah I think this is wonderful that you have stepped out of your comfort zone. You look great in it x

  11. 23rd November 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Great choice on coat! The red looks fab on you! I too always buy black & I went for an orangey/red coat this year! Must be something in the air 🙂 It’s lovely for a change & it stands out among all of the black & brown coats 🙂

  12. 23rd November 2015 / 10:39 pm

    What a great coat, it really suits you – sometimes it’s nice to do surprising things, and you definitely made the right choice!

  13. 25th November 2015 / 7:57 pm

    A lovely coat and a great colour. It suits you 🙂

  14. 26th November 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Lovely coat, I have a red coat and it’s so nice to wear around Christmas time. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

  15. 26th November 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I love that colour on you, it really suits you and it’s a lovely coat! I am always getting tempted by new coats but I own 3 already so better resist the temptation 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

  16. 28th November 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Such a lovely coat and the beautiful red colour really suits you! Enjoy wearing it 🙂

  17. 21st March 2016 / 1:13 pm

    It was definitely a blessing in disguise that it wasn’t in stock so that you could get it fitting even more perfectly x

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