I don’t know about you but I am starting to really dread the twice daily school runs. We have been so spoilt this year with long sunny days, that this sudden drop in temperature and the addition of rain and wind is not impressing me much. For me, it doesn’t help that I mostly work from home as I wrap myself up in lots of layers, sneak an hour or two with the heating on and that makes it even harder to head out into the cold.
And as another mum pointed out to me today. It isn’t even really that cold yet.
The change of seasons is always a challenge for me as I am not the biggest fan of coats. I do love wearing coats but I am a layers girl. I love jumpers and cardigans, the bigger the better. Add a coat to the layers I am already wearing makes me feel like the Michelin woman and it can be quite restrictive.
For me, a coat has to be a number of things. I’m hopeless with umbrellas ( I have lost count of the number I have lost over the years), so I need one which is quite long, waterproof and it needs a hood. Because of my love of layers, I need something quite lightweight. It also needs to look nice and feel comfortable to wear.
The answer, I have discovered thanks to Blacks, is a women’s waterproof jacket. This has been my solution in years gone by. I have bought a few jackets from Blacks over the years and I have always been really happy with the selection, price and quality of jackets I have bought from there.
Blacks have a brilliant selection to choose from with popular and leading outdoor brands such as Berghaus, The North Face and Peter Storm to name just a few.
This winter I will be proudly wearing a Women’s Berghaus waterproof jacket as I have found the ideal jacket to fit all of my requirements. The Women’s Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket is fully waterproof with a hood, it is clean and sleek looking and not too thick, so you can wear it over the top of jumpers and cardigans without it being too hot. I chose black as it is such a practical colour, but it is also available in two other colours.
It is also light enough to pop into a bag, if there was a sudden change in weather and you needed to take a coat just in case. I am confident that this coat will see me through the winter and into Spring, next year. Blacks also have a really useful feature if you are buying online. Using their Fit Finder, you answer a few quick questions and they will recommend the right size for you. I used Fit Finder and the size I received is perfect.
While you are choosing your new coat for the winter season, you might also want to snap up one of the fab Children in Need hats. These gorgeous hats are from Blacks in partnership with Children in Need and they come in Pudsey Bear yellow (which is very in this year). This chunky knit bobble hat is perfect for keeping out the cold and are such a great price at just £7. Fifty per cent of the cost is sent to Children in Need and they are part of the Countryfile and Children in Need campaign to get people out rambling. They are perfect for everyone. My daughter has been proudly wearing hers and she loves it.
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