Cold Weekend - Cosy Coat

Do you remember this last post where I featured the Vila Effie down coat from Room 31 in black? Well in true Jackie O style, I bought it in both colours and the cold weather this weekend has given me the perfect excuse to wear the caramel colour.
On a Saturday morning, my girls go to Girls' Brigade. Now, I'm not really sure what GB is but it's held in a church near where we live and the girls LOVE it so that's enough for me.  And the gorgeous church provided a nice backdrop for today's photos..
I'm loving this colour in the Effie coat. It's perfect for wearing with greys and browns so today I wore it with my TK Maxx silk top I picked up a few weeks ago, French Connection grey skinny trousers (last seen here), Marco Polo ankle boots (last seen here) and a neutral H&M scarf.
Unfortunately, all colours in the Effie coat are sold out but as always, I've got some alternatives. Firstly, Zalando have the newer version of this coat in a few colours:

Vila Joela Down Filled Jacket £75-80 from Zalando
Uniqlo Down Coat
Esprit - available in several colours
and finally a Tommy Hilfiger one in a gorgeous shade of brown. I've got a cream TH one like this that I picked up in the sales a couple of years ago and it's excellent - so cosy though difficult to keep clean. I should point out that all of these coats are washable. Check out this post from Sharron over at Style At Every Age regarding caring for your down coat. Tennis balls and Tumble Driers are key! 
Tommy Hilfiger (also available in Black & Navy)
With down coats, just a few other pointers:

  • Always look for proper down filling - the synthetic stuff won't keep you warm!
  • Look for belted or waisted options to give you a figure within the down
  • Buy neat fitting to maximise warmth and minimise michelin man effect
  • Remove faux fur on hood before wearing and place in the bin :)

Please share any other great buys in the comments below and have a great weekend x


  1. I have my eye on a similar coat from Zara.

  2. I love this coat, it looks great in the beige colour way as well. Bet it's really warm too! Love all the colours in the outfit xxx

  3. Anonymous13:48

    Love your coat!
    Liking the blue Vila Joela. But the trouble online is the sizing!

  4. Really like the colour of that coat. But you've ruined all coats for me now Avril ... all I want is that Merrell:)

  5. Love the color on you - such a great neutral. Wish it was cold enough to wear one here it looks so snuggly:)

  6. Love the color on you - such a great neutral. Wish it was cold enough to wear one here it looks so snuggly:)

  7. Anonymous17:28

    i love this blog cos its down to earth and you wear a variety of clothing - everyday there's something different - its lovely to see a blog not just showing pages and pages of skinny jeans and big scarves. Also, the prices are reasonable for those of us without an unlimited budget!!

  8. Love the coat but unfortunately the colour not for me but nice on you. I always find the waist on coat is never at my waist it always higher and it makes it uncomfortable. Bought myself a wee coat in H&M last week and that will do the trick!
    Nice post

  9. Anonymous18:28

    Nice coats but throw away the fur trim ?! I *love* the fur trim...makes me feel like a snow bunny :-)

    (alway faux fur of course)

  10. You look lovely and snuggly in your coat, can't beat a puffa and the church makes a gorgeous back drop!

  11. Think I'm going to have to invest in one of these coats after a cold weekend in Donegal. Your camel one looks just the ticket, pity it's sold out. Any excuse for new clothes eh!

    That stone is totally gorgeous by the way.


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