I wrote this a while back...July in fact.. Finally taken pictures of the coats mentioned..
I'm thinking about how I used to care, if I wore a certain skirt that I could only wear a certain coat ( I have many - or used to have many coats all different lengths/shapes) say if it complimented the shape or length of the said skirt. It used to be such a defining mindset of mine: the statement coat. Now all I think is, where are they all?? Stored away? In a different house? Moth eaten? That is certainly true of one of my most beautifully treasured coats, it is so old now. Bought for twenty-eight quid, a 1960's royal blue, double jersey, wool trench coat, with big cream and blue buttons, lined and with its original spare button attached. It already had a few moth holes, but recently I pulled it out of the downstairs wardrobe, only to find it ravaged by moth babies, and covered in holes. Gutted. I'm having to dry clean everything silk and wool in the wardrobe, shake it and bring it out into the daylight to bleach the baby moth things. I put my lack of wearing good coats, down to the fact, apart from a few, most are high street and are really quite ropey looking by now after rigorous use. I still have a Miss Marple-esque tweed trench from Miss Selfridge which I bought when I was 16/17. I still love it, and I've never found a coat to beat it, durability wise, and its simple tailored style.
High street coats on the whole, don't fit me or most people in general. Going back to my tiny frame and height; the body is usually too long, shoulders too wide, the arms are too long, they either fit my bust but are otherwise too big, or I have buttons bursting at the bust but it actually fits body wise. I would consider tailoring/adjusting an already bought coat, or getting made one myself, but good outwear fabric is hard to come by cheaply or for the home sewer in general, and all the alterations you'd have to make to a high street coat, you might as well buy a designer one or make one anyway. Its frustrating, being tiny, yet with a large bust (30G).. But it just reiterates my point, because I don't buy coats anymore, I wear the same lovely ones that sort of fit me over and over again, but eventually stop wearing them as the stand out piece of clothing. I just don't carry a good coat like I used to.
EDIT: Of course I did manage to find something to wear for winter, simply because I was in a dire need for a wearable tough coat. I can't separate myself from my big oversized blanket of my Asos coat, and the velvet frock coat, even though is totally redundant in warmth terms, now winter has arrived, it has restored my love for wearing an outfit, when the coat says it all.