The arrival of winter, with its piercing cold winds and gloomy days has led me to do some online shopping for some of the favourite categories in my wardrobe. Coats and blazers are in my opinion some of the best essentials to own and style. They add substance and structure to any cold weather outfit, often being the only item visible. For the past year, my wardrobe has shifted more towards basic items in classic designs and the two items that are currently lacking are a nice trench inspired coat and a structured black blazer.
After some lengthy shopping, digging through the pages of some of my favourite online retailers I landed upon two items that seemed to fill those gaps nicely. The & Other Stories Belted Canvas Coat and the Weekday Teagan Blazer. Today I am going to chat about why on of these items turned out to be perfect and one less than.
OTHER STORIES BELTED CANVAS COAT
The & Other Stories Belted Canvas Coat is the winner of the haul. With a beautiful stiff, 100% cotton construction, this coat is just what I was looking for. It is of very high quality, as I have come to expect from & Other Stories and with its classic beige colouring and structured body this coat will last the test of time both in design and quality.
It is a relaxed, oversized fit, perfect for wearing knitwear underneath without any restriction. Its details include a spread collar, button placket, belted waist and side pockets. It has a classic, somewhat vintage inspired look that will fit into my wardrobe perfectly. An amazing purchase for a decent price. This coat is available in Australia via ASOS here, with the RRP at AU$240, currently on sale for AU$192.
WEEKDAY TEAGAN BLAZER
The Teagan Blazer from Weekday was a huge disappointment. Truthfully, with the composition as Viscose 48%, Polyester 36% and Polyamide 16%, I should not have been surprised, however the photos on the website are quite deceiving. In theory, this seemed like the perfect blazer for what I am looking for. Boxy and structured, with a clean cut, however the fabric is of poor quality and does not hold any shape. It is much thinner than expected and quite ill fitting, especially around the shoulders. This will be a return from me and a good lesson to never ignore my own rules of purchasing natural fibers. A blazer with a wool blend and thicker fabric will hold its shape better achieving that structure I am after.