The evening coat

A couple of months ago, I wasn’t really into coats. They were a bit of an after thought, I’d just grab the last one I threw onto a chair and hope it vaguely went with what I was wearing. Oh how foolish was I, I’ve seen the error of my ways after one or two faux pas. My black trench is never going to look good with denim cut offs and scuffed flat boots and my cape isn’t the best thing to wear with a super voluminous dress. Over the last month or so, I’ve learnt that a coat wasn’t a necessary evil which obscures a fabulous outfit, it’s like the frosting on a cupcake. The cape really comes into it’s own when paired with skinny jeans to accentuate it’s shape for example. 

One type of coat that I hadn’t really though about was an evening coat, I relied on my smarter day coats to cope with my infrequent dressed up moments. However, the lovely guys at House of Fraser recently sent me this absolutely stunning Biba coat and it was love at first sight. The simple swing shape is perked up with beautiful brocade fabric and a fur trim, making it a subtle statement coat. I particularly liked the bracelet length sleeves, perfect for showcasing our wrist adornments in all of their glory. For me, the Christmas party season started last month and the Biba coat has kept me toasty at every single event, though I must admit it’s quite thin so no suitable for the freezing temperatures we’ve experienced over the last couple of days. It’s easy to dress the coat up, so I decided to dress it down with an Urban Outfitters tee, ASOS skirt and M&S boots to show it can be dressed down. 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Susie
    December 8, 2011 / 9:22 am

    OMG! I love that coat – it is so beautiful and it looks like it was made for you!

  2. SammyKins
    December 8, 2011 / 11:29 am

    That coat and them shoes are the perfect match! on my wish list at the moment are the cosmic litas by jeffery campbell. Ahh if only!Loving the blog!! keep updated :)Love Sammy Bx

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