What I Wore To Work: 50 Shades of Grey with my oversize Zara coat

There’s no denying it. It’s official. We are fully IN Coat Weather now.  Shivers are in the air and Christmas stuff is already hitting the shelves. Autumn/Winter is here.

It’s no longer enough to wear just a jacket outside – my blazer, cardigan, shirt combo will no longer cut it. Without a coat, I quiver like a shaken jelly once the sun goes down. And that my friends, is naht a good look.

Given that I’ve spent the past couple of weeks grasping onto the last of summer, I thought it was only sensible that I get a proper winter coat. You know the kind – thick, warm, heavy and comforting. A sensible coat for the winter weather.

And in a classic colour too, so that it can be worn every year. I’ve got an electric blue coat which I loved to pieces last year, but I’m all for casual, non-committal coat relationships and have gotten a bit bored of now. Soz blue coat. It now lives in the cupboard in the hall, crying for attention every time I get the hoover out. (which incidentally, is very rare.)

So I spent the past few weeks going from shop to shop looking for ‘the perfect coat’. It’s surprisingly really easy to shop when you only need one thing – this MUST be how men feel!?!

 And enter the results of my coat searching. This lovely blue/grey oversize coat from Zara. HIYA.

Winter Coat: Zara £85
Slim Black Trousers: Zara £39.99
Leather Heeled Boots: H&M last year £59.99
Jumper: Uniqlo Mens £14.90
Necklace: Swarovski *gift

This Zara Coat has a wonderfully dramatic, oversize collar which can either be worn down, around your shoulders like a shawl, or you can bunch it up to create a funnel neck. I like choices in a coat.

How do I wear it?

I prefer to roll it up, for many reasons. 

Mainly because it makes me feel like I’m some sort of mafia don, but also because it makes it much warmer and snugger – it’s like having a scarf on!!

And, if you really need it, the collar can be brought over the head for a makeshift hood. But you will definitely look like the Scottish Widow. (who apparently is coming back to TV next year!)

It’s a faux-double breasted coat, which normally are a bit too wide for me, but the oversize cut means that it’s not meant to look like it fits. Ideal.

And yes, that little glimmer of sparkle amongst the winter colours is THIS little beauty. Given to me for my birthday, this adorable Swarovski cupcake and spoon charm is amazing! I hope I never, ever break it!

 Have you brought your coat out from the cupboard yet? 

 What do you think of the oversized look? Would you wear this collar rolled up or down? 

 And do you ever freak out about wearing your nicest things in case you break them? Or is it just me…?  


ps – Sorry for that photos aren’t that sharp – I’m currently using a point and shoot camera balanced on the tallest stack of DVDs ever…

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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Charlotte Thomas
    October 6, 2013 / 10:50 am

    You just look so damn perf all the damn time! (it's not just you, Some of my favourite things feature only in pictures and then come straight off and go straight back into their bubble wrap lines boxes….)Charlotte – http://www.blotandreapply.com xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      October 6, 2013 / 4:34 pm

      Miff, you cutie! And yes to protecting our precious things!! Must invest in more bubble wrap…. xx