I found this gorgeous wool duffle coat with fur hood in a Zara store a few weeks ago, however at the time didn't do anything about it as I had a feeling my purse would be facing total annihilation on my upcoming city break in Barcelona. Little did I know that whilst shopping at Barcelona's La Rambla, I would encounter the buckled coat again whilst wandering around the gloriously massive Zara store there and so this time, welcomed the stylish coat to my collection without a moment's thought as to whether it would fit inside my suitcase (thankfully, it did)! This wasn't the only coat I excitably purchased whilst exploring one of Barcelona's Zara stores, as I also fell in love with a grey fur coat that somehow managed to squeeze it's way into my suitcase - I'll be sure to share that with you as well sometime in the near future!
I have always seen Autumn as the opportunity to find the most interesting coats and jackets as I possibly can, for it would be far too easy to fall into the mistake of opting for 'plain' options that do little more than cover your clothing and suit the season's colour palette. Buttons, buckles, fur, embellishment.. you name it, I search for it! Although the wool duffle coat is available in black and oatmeal as well, I chose to invest in the khaki option as the brown and gold buckle detailing really stood out against the colour - and besides, I have enough black coats to clothe a small country by now!
As far as fur-trimmed hoods, this Zara example (that I've just noticed was featured in The Times magazine) is the cream of the crop. Is there so much fur that it's near impossible to keep it up on your head without holding it? Possibly. Does this bother me? Not in the slightest! There's nothing more disappointing than a beautiful coat that is accompanied by a measly fur-trim that resembles a furry centipede wrapped around the circumference of the hood.. so thank you Zara, for constantly providing us coat-enthusiasts with a mass of beautiful fur to wrap around our heads and pretend we're in a Christmas music video's winter wonderland. Whilst walking through this array of beautiful rust-coloured leaves and surrounded by the bright green tunnel of trees, I couldn't help but appreciate all that Autumn has to offer and wonder why I've spent so much time disliking the season in recent years! Once you look past how it replaces Summer and drowns us in ten tons of rainwater, it's not all that bad - it'll be providing me with the opportunity to dress up like a cat whilst eating a tub of ghost-shaped jellies in a little over a week's time, after all! Oh, and not forgetting the chance to buy more coats under the umbrella of 'new season, new coat'!
I hope that you're all enjoying Autumn as much as I am and from what I've been reading on your blogs, it certainly looks as though that's the case! So, three cheers for Autumn.. and fingers crossed for an even more beautiful white winter (and Christmas)!