Having recently sold a number of surplus-to-requirements coats* I have nonetheless since addressed a shortfall in the collection: a short-ish, smart-ish lightweight one for spring-ish weather (we can but hope). I do have a rather nice tweedy bracelet-sleeved short coat, which I wore quite a bit last autumn, but quite fancied a bit of camel: this collarless one (brand-new, some sort of stock-surplus donation) was £5 from the Shelter charity shop on St James St, Brighton. It has the added bonus, unlike that tweed and the other camel coat I bought earlier this month, of good front-fastening for wearing when cycling, as well as a distinctly ’60s feel with its cloak-like shape and wide sleeves.
*Goodbye to the very heavy teddy-bear fur, which was a bit too big and shapeless; the lovely Aquascutum herringbone tweed trenchcoat which looked great, but continually annoyed me with its lack of belt loops and reminded me a bit too much of my mother in the ’80s; the abovementioned open-fronted camel; the (smelly) old-ladyish tweed I picked up in Oxfam a few weeks back; and the cropped-off-to-a-jacket Aquascutum tweed with brilliant collars (again too bulky, and a bit too short). Am now putting together more superfluous things – including victims of the one-in-one-out policy – for a second car boot sale at Brighton Marina, since my first one of the year proved successful and fruitful.