I have always struggled to find a winter coat that is both fashionable and warm. I am the kind of person that likes to dress presentably so, the design I choose needs to be practical, yet stylish, colourful without being garish and comfortable yet smart.
When Nomads Clothing asked me if I would be interested in reviewing one of their items from their Autumn/Winter collection, I went straight to the coats and jackets page. And I wasn’t disappointed. Their tailoring looks easy to wear, smart and stylish. The fabrics all look great with beautiful detail and the colours are all great.
Nomads Clothing was started back in the late ’80s by a couple, Duncan and Vicky. They met when backpacking in India and they used the money they had left from their adventures to bring back a range of ethnic clothing. They continued their venture by creating great, original styles with a Bohemian ethnic feel without compromising on comfort. They firmly believe in the fair trade policy and have a strong respect for people and nature.
The coat that really caught my eye was the Esme Floral Coat in Lavender. For an idea on sizing, I ordered a 12. This eye-catching design is slightly corduroy in its feel but very soft. Nomads call it Cotton Needlecord. The background colour is lavender and it is decorated with dark purple flowers which feature some grey. I comes with two spare buttons. Overall, I felt that it was a colour that would lend itself to match a number of different outfits. It is double-breasted and beautifully lined with satin. The buttons have a marble effect and there is a small inside button to allow for the double-breasting to be secured.
My main concern was whether the coat would be warm enough. Many jackets you purchase from the high street have scrimped on fabric so that the warmth has all but disappeared. Not so with this one. I found it really roomy without losing the tailored effect, which means that there is plenty of room for extra layers underneath – something I regularly have an issue with – and, as a result, it keeps in the heat.
I feel stylish when I wear it but it hasn’t lost it’s practicality. The pockets are angled and very deep – no fear of money or your phone dropping out!
It is most definitely comfortable and smart and I have had plenty of compliments since I started wearing it. I can dress is up with a brooch and scarf or simply wear it as is and I find it great for any occasion. I will be reviewing a new scarf from Hotter Shoes soon together with a pair of Moonstone Boots – the coat will go perfectly.
The price tag is certainly more than I would normally spend at £140. I was a bit apprehensive at first. But after feeling the quality of the coat and wearing it a number of times I can see why. It is going to be used a lot for many different occasions and, with that in mind together with the background on what Nomads stand for, I feel that it is a worthwhile cost for something that will last.
If you would like to make an order from Nomads Clothing, then I am pleased to say that readers of this blog will receive 20% off their total with the code BLOG20.
Disclosure: Thank you to Nomad Clothing for providing me with a coat in return for this review. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.