The perfect winter coat

We’ll gloss over the fact it’s been fairly warm the last few days, and look forward to the rest of the chilly winter and the best thing about that…new coats. For December and January I want something cosy, something that I can dress up or down, and that goes with everything.

I’ve now found it. My perfect winter coat. For me, this is the Astrakhan coat by Ann Harvey*.

Pre-Plus North this year, I’d not even given Ann Harvey a second thought as a brand. They’d always seemed to be aimed at a more mature plus sized market, and just weren’t my style. But, they’ve had a bit of a revamp by all accounts, some of the outfits on the catwalk at Plus North looked great. 

Their range for BonMarche includes this lovely coat, which I am completely over the moon with.

The coat has an almost faux-fur feel – really soft and luxurious.  The grey and black textured pattern makes it really easy to dress up. I wore this to our Leeds Bloggers Christmas lunch, with a silver lurex t-shirt, black pencil skirt and suede ankle boots. 

But let’s face it, sadly, not every day brings a dressing-up occasion so this is why I think this coat is perfect for winter, it works ever so well taken down a notch. The luxe style juxtaposed with slightly grungy pieces (see photo below) is completely on point for me.

the ann harvey astrakhan faux fur style coat

Sorry for the slightly poor quality photos. I was out having a pre-Christmas catch up with Jenna (from Hepcat Blogs) – we were getting her a top for the day, and then pottering round Leeds’ Trinity Centre before dinner, looking at all the lovely lights in there. It seemed like a good time to take some snaps.
Here I paired the Ann Harvey Astrakhan coat here with a tie-dye pencil skirt from H&M, fitted black short-sleeved jumper from Evans, opaque tights and my fleece lined Dr Martens. I think it works quite well.

faux fur astrakhan coat by ann harvey for bon marche

The best bit is, this coat was £90 but is now in the BonMarche sale for £45 (correct at time of publishing – 24.12.14). Get it while you can!

*I was kindly sent the coat for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own.

What makes the perfect winter coat for you?