Reasons NOT To Buy This Amazing M&S Winter Coat

Marks and Spencer black and white check coat 2013

Do you ever get a bit obsessed with an item of clothing that you convince yourself you HAVE to own? I do. All the time. And the latest object of my obsession is a Marks and Spencer winter coat. I first spotted it back in May when I went to the M&S A/W press day (see my Instagram below from that day) and now that the coat is in store, my obsession has only grown.


Alison Perry's favourite things from Marks and Spencer AW/13 press day


But look at it! It’s wool (therefore it’s warm and will last), it’s monochrome (so it’ll go with lots of different colours) and the large check print is very on-trend. But the best bit? You can dress this winter coat up (a la the picture at the top) or dress it down. This coat isn’t too dressy for a weekend walk in the park with my daughter on her scooter. I could totally wear it with my skinny jeans, t-shirt and Converse weekend uniform. But it’d also look fab with smart trousers and heels for work.



But I need to convince myself NOT to buy it. Why? I just don’t need it.

Here are 3 reasons I shouldn’t buy my dream winter coat:

1. It’s £139. I know that might not seem like a lot of money for a winter coat to some, but it’s a lot of money when I don’t really NEED need a new coat.

2. It won’t really go with the many (and I mean many) striped t-shirts I own. I see the check print working more with a block colour or a non-geometric print like floral.

3. It’s got a lot of white on it. Am I just going to end up with Petit Filous and Ella’s Kitchen fruit pouch contents shmooshed into the wool fabric? That would make me cry a bit.


What do you think? Should I buy it….?




  1. Hellootsgemma
    October 2, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    What Mostly said .

  2. Lizz Akin
    October 2, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Of course you should buy it! Treat yourself! Why not?

  3. October 2, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    You love it don’t you? What’s life without a new winter coat… I mean life without love… BUY IT

  4. October 3, 2013 / 12:46 am

    It is stunning – it caught my eye too even though their website styling is rubbish. I ordered it here in Atlanta and it arrived in 3 days – impressive! So thrilled I ordered it – this will sell out fast – and I love it for all the reasons you mentioned! Get it!:)

  5. October 3, 2013 / 7:40 am

    Oh, great. Now I have to convince myself I don’t need that coat in MY life too!

  6. October 5, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Like the coat but love the bag in the top pic more. “I do not need a new bag… I do not need a new bag…” Then I can convince myself I need the coat instead 😉

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  7. October 5, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    I think you’re asking the wrong audience of people if you want us to tell you NOT to buy it… and anyway, it’s not about need is it?!?! Who cares if you need it or not… BUY IT!

  8. October 7, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    I think if you are going to spend a lot on a coat you want a classic colour that will go with most of your wardrobe. But then I’m thrifty!

  9. October 7, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    Do you know what, I wasn’t sure looking at the pic on the model, then I saw your pic, it looks fab, really great quality as you would expect from M and S. And warm and it covers your bum. My mum’s rules of thumb covered!

  10. October 8, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Have you bought it yet? You know you’re going too…

    • notanothermummyblog
      October 8, 2013 / 6:21 pm

      Do you know what? I tried it on last week and it was a bit itchy and scratchy. I forgot that wool does that to me. I’m a bit relieved!!

  11. October 21, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Buy it buy it buy it!

  12. October 21, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Buy it now. Wear it at home for a week, get credit card statement. Wince. Return coat. Job done.

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