Warm material; a generous hood; a nice bold pattern; no bows or frills; a darkish colour; a decent length; large enough to last until she’s two; a reasonable price; oh, and two little mittens securely attached.
Needless to say, it was an exhaustive search that took me from Mothercare to H&M, from Vertbaudet to Jojo Maman Bebe, from Polarno Pyret to BHS and finally to the great British stalwart, Marks & Spencer.
Specifically to the M&S in the middle of Oxford Street which I’m lucky enough to work near and which has a very good baby and toddler section and rows and rows of tiny shoes, but that’s another shopping saga.
Anyway – here’s the result. Bought just in time to counter the plunging temperatures which were starting to penetrate Scrip’s layers of cardigans and fleecey tops. And I’m very happy with it. And despite the fact that the mittens took her a while to get used to, she now seems to like the coat too, and even asks to put the mittens on when she’s on the swing (they make a great noise when she claps).
It’s a shame M&S’ sales aren’t doing too well – they certainly delivered what I couldn’t find elsewhere to keep my little leading lady toasty this winter (hopefully all the way through until spring).