It’s no secret that I love a bit of navy but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s probably not the best choice for my kids’ coats! Ben, Chloe and Amy all had beautiful navy coats last year – they were super smart and really practical (by which I mean they don’t show the dirt!) but when it comes to spotting them in the school playground they are a nightmare! Believe me, when you’re trying to keep your eye on three kids running in different directions, navy coats are not the one. I decided that in the future, I would make sure I bought them much brighter winter coats (even though I know I’m going to end up washing them far more often – grubby cuffs are guaranteed!)
As as result, when I was browsing the Polarn O. Pyret website I was immediately drawn to a beautiful bright yellow shell jacket for Amy. (As well as swooning over a whole array of navy striped items – I know, I know, I can’t help myself!)
In true Mum style, I ordered Amy’s coat in age 3-4 with the hope that it would be just nicely too big to get plenty of wear out of it and to make sure it would fit over big jumpers and cardigans as the colder months approach.
I’m pleased to say that it fits exactly as I hoped – there’s plenty of room in it for extra layers (in fact it is designed to work with a Polarn O. Pyret fleece jacket underneath for year round wearability!) and the adjustable hem and cuffs means she doesn’t look like she’s drowning in it, nor will her coat get in the way of her adventures!
Aside from the beautiful bright yellow being really easy to spot in a crowd, the coat features discreet reflective strips for increased visibility which is fantastic for those dreary autumnal school runs – and I know my Grandad would certainly have approved!
Although at first glance I thought this lightweight, waterproof coat was probably more suited to the heavy showers of the autumn and spring, I’m increasingly convinced that it’s going to see Amy right through the winter. The warm windpoof fabric is breathable and flexible for comfort but also extra durable so I know it’s going to last her for as long as it fits (and still be in great condition for passing on to my friend’s twins!)
The hood is detachable and features an adjustable tab at the back to allow for the perfect fit, there’s nothing worse than a hood which gets in the way of you being able to see properly. The small peak and lightly elasticated sides means it’s also less likely to fall down when you’re running home from school in the rain! (I can’t be the only one who has raced home from school holding hoods to children’s heads!)
I guess the only downside is that whilst the coat is machine washable, the yellow is going to show the muck on a major scale – on balance though I think this is a small price to pay in comparison to her being super visible!
We were sent this coat free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain our own