As soon as I clicked onto the Lighthouse website – this beautiful parka was staring me in the face. Being tall I often find coats and jackets come up a bit short so the longer style really appealed to me. Aside from just looking better, it’s also means I won’t suffer from a wet bum when I get caught in a typically British downpour!
I must admit that I was tempted to go with the fail-safe navy but after some encouragement from Anna I braved the green! I’ve been trying (and mostly failing) to add more colour to my wardrobe for quite some time! I know what colours I’m looking for thanks to a fantastic style consultation with Anna Mewes – unfortunately I’m struggling to find those colours in the shops!
When the coat arrived I was surprised at just how light-weight it was, it feels as if there’s nothing too it. Of course this makes it perfect for the summer when you don’t want to be wearing a heavy coat but have no desire to be soaked to the skin either. This was tested perfectly at Just So Festival over the weekend when it was really warm but just wouldn’t stop raining!
The bright green is fairly true to the website and I love that it stands out, making it easy for the kids to spot me when we’re out and about. It has also picked up lots of compliments on instagram over the weekend which just shows that it really is “my colour”.
The casual styling of the coat makes it ideal for chucking on over my standard festival attire – leggings, Joules stripe wellies etc. And for being folded up into my bag if the sun comes out! But it’s also smart enough for the school run or a quick dash into town – it’s a gorgeous, stylish waterproof that doesn’t look like I’m about to climb a mountain or go hiking across the moors! Waterproofs are rarely so nice to look at!
The stripe lining is a cute detail especially as you can see it in the hood and also looks great if you fold the sleeves up! I also found that the drawstring waist is great for my shape – coats are so often unflattering and boxy on me so this just nips everything in a bit.
I can be a right old fuss pot when it comes to coats and jackets and have been known to get through whole winters with a big cardigan and an umberella rather than have to wear a bulky or restrictive coat – however this one is super comfy, looks great and does the job of keeping me warm and dry too! It’s an all round win and I know I’m going to loads of wear out of it through the warmer months!
Thanks to Lighthouse for sending me the coat free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.