I’ve been a fan of the Queen Mum coat since discovering a 1950s housecoat in a charity shop in Willesden Green in 1996. The Cat Protection League *goes misty-eyed * was full of absolute beauties back then. Black and white, it ended below the knee and I wore that thing day and night.
“Brightly coloured and highly patterned (mostly), they are a brilliant alternative to a) the trench that everyone’s wearing and b) having to don a crappy cardi at a posh do during the daytime”
I once pretended it was Prada and someone believed me, so, no, I can’t bear to get rid of it. Anyway, my point is, I spied lots of Queen Mum coats at the spring/summer 18 shows (Christopher Kane, Marni, Simone Rocha). Brightly coloured and highly patterned (mostly), they are a brilliant alternative to a) the trench that everyone’s wearing and b) having to don a crappy cardi at a posh do during the daytime. Oh, ho, ho, we’ve all been there – spent a small fortune on a lovely frock only to ruin the bugger with a crap piece of knitwear shoved over the top of it because freezing to death is never an option.
The Queen Mum coat is not at all as ‘mother of the bride’ as it sounds. Firstly, the Queen Mum coat is cut loose, so you can either belt it or leave it, um, loose, depending on the occasion. Secondly, the Queen Mum coat is the perfect cover-up at a wedding/summer party because it looks v smart and ‘part of your look’, as opposed to an old bobbly cardi you’ve just shoved on in the hope the champagne will make the pain go away. And, thirdly – and this, in my opinion is THE best bit – the Queen Mum coat looks brilliant with jeans. Now, on the subject of which, I’d wear my Queen Mum coat with rolled-up boyfriend jeans and a pair of geometric-heeled shoes, because I reckon skinny or straight-legged jeans could look a bit Sloane Ranger 80s, but not in a good way.
“The Queen Mum coat: totally versatile, multi-occasion appropriate and you won’t get cold”
I’d also wear a Queen Mum coat over a flowy dress to a summer party. Mismatched and slightly clashing, I could see myself in flats or trainers, but also towering-heels-and-fancy-clutch-bag combinations when totally necessary. The Queen Mum coat: totally versatile, multi-occasion appropriate and you won’t get cold. Seriously, what more could a woman ask for?