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13 Oct 2012

Sandro meet Zara: The search for a winter coat

I haven't bought a winter coat in years. I used to buy one (or three) every year, but it soon got ridiculous and I had more coats than cold days - hard to imagine when living in London, right?

I gave the coats a break and spent my sheckles on other things.

Now, the time has come when a new winter coat is in order [insert choir of shopping angels here].

I tried a few on in good ol' H&M (or as I like to call it - Hennes. Y'know, its proper name!), Topshop, and the usual high street haunts, but nothing was screaming 'BUY ME!'. I feared I had lost my coat shopping mojo. Woe is me. Think of the cold!

However, on a trip to NYC, I saw it. The One. The Sandro Michigan Bis coat hanging resplendently in Bloomingdales (or as I like to call it - Bloomies). I mean just look at it...

Did I buy it? NO! Unfortunately, its $810 price tag was a bit to hefty for my wallet, so I had to walk away. I may have shed a tear but I don't think anyone saw.

I tried to forget about Sandro, but I couldn't. Images of outfits that could have been played on my mind. Oh the adventures we could have had. Alas.

Then whilst walking past Zara one day, staring back at me was my coat. It looked like the Sandro, but obviously was not. Next thing I know, I was at the till buying it. Oh the joy it brought me. Screw you buyers remorse, you're not welcome here!

I've since seen loads of other retailers doing 'Sandro-esque' coats but I love my Zara one. I think it's the best 'inspired' version - obviously. God bless the high street!

Here we are after a day out together (ignore my awkward face)...

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