Angelica’s New Coat (If Wizards Wore Puffers)

GAP puffer down coat

Angelica picked this new coat herself. She liked the sparkly stars (we call it her wizard coat) and I liked the furry trim around the hood, which does seem to do quite a good job of shielding her little face when it’s cold and breezy outside. GAP had 30% off full-priced items (when don’t they have some sort of voucher code running?!) and so I took advantage of the discount and nipped in to stock up on some winter essentials.

GAP puffer down coat

I bought a brilliant cardigan and trousers for Ted, but I haven’t photographed them yet so I’ll be back with another post. For the moment, here’s Angelica having a babbled, nonsensical conversation with a fibreglass model of a Gruffalo. (We went to Westonbirt Arboretum, which is a huge collection of lovely trees. In fact I think that it’s the UK’s largest collection of lovely trees. You’d think that a collection of trees would be called a wood, or a forest, but I have a feeling that an arboretum is something a bit more special and different – rare or particularly beautiful trees. And shrubs. Anyway, I’m no expert on arboretums – or trees – but the whole place was gorgeous, with the rich autumn colours and the smell of fallen leaves.)

GAP puffer down coat

Back to the point of this post: Angelica’s Wizard Puffer. I have it on good authority (hers) that it’s toasty warm, but it also happens to be incredibly lightweight, which is important when you’re trying to get a toddler to wear anything remotely practical. She has a heavier woollen coat, but I think finds it a little restrictive. (Possibly because it’s size 18 months, I’ve just realised! Oops.)

The Wizard Coat* is water repellent (good enough for a bit of a drizzly day, at least) and the fur on the hood is detachable. I like the length of the coat, which means that her bottom and tummy are covered even if she has her arms stretched up into the air. A shorter coat style is no good for the park, where she likes to hang from things and generally cause a rumpus.

The down puffers at GAP are £54.95, but I paid £38 with the discount. Still quite pricey, but it’s robust and well-finished, so it’s probably the only coat I’ll need for her this winter. I can see that there’s currently another discount event going on with a 30% code, so a good time to grab any more expensive clothing bits and pieces if you need to!

Down Puffer Parka Coat*

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  1. Chelsea
    November 15, 2017 / 4:31 am

    So do they have this in adult sizes? Asking for… me. I want it. I don’t care who know.

  2. November 15, 2017 / 7:27 am

    It is very important to do the arms in the air test with toddlers. The amount of time they just stand upright is so small, it basically doesn´t Count.

  3. Emma
    November 15, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    HI Ruth,

    An arboretum is where a collection of trees are planted specifically for display. I suppose it is a wood too, but they normally plant groups together for visual effect, rather than growing alongside species that would perhaps normally be found together as in a native wood. (*landscape architect out*)

    The coat looks gorgeous and warm. I actually bought a similar-ish style coat for my little boy the other day from Matalan and hes had lots of compliments about it. Probably not as good quality as the Gap one, but showerproof with a nice hood. And only £18 you cant go wrong because they grow so fast!!

  4. Johanna
    November 26, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I love this coat, I think Angelica has a very nice taste already! 😉 On another note: Since I know you, Ruth, are such a grammar-nerd, I am sure you forgive me for letting you know that the plural of ‘arboretum’ is ‘arboreta’. Sorry, the classicist in me can’t help but notice. Anyway, have a lovely weekend!

  5. Una T. Tuna
    November 29, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    What’s a Gruffalo?? And, may I hire Angelica as my Personal Shopper?

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