What to wear right now: a Duvet Coat
This winter the Duvet Coat has come into its own: Freezing temperatures, another lockdown and escaping outdoors to keep ourselves sane. If you live in the northern hemisphere and already own a super-sized padded coat, it is the best thing to wear right now. Duvet Coats always remind me of winters in New York and visiting Manhattan Brother during a Polar Vortex. The one in the picture was acquired during the winter of 2017/2018 when the UK was assaulted by the Beast From the East. It’s from the small independent label Year One Collective, is super-cosy and comforting and really does feel like being snuggled in a duvet. But it is ginormous. And, if I’m not careful can clear a whole shelf in a small grocery store.
As it’s best not to compress a padded coat, adequate wardrobe space is required. Which is why over the last few years the Duvet Coat has rather conveniently been hanging in the office (where in normal times, I rent a desk from a friend), and I’m happy for its communal use to facilitate trips to the coffee shop on cold, winter days. So when I contacted my pal before Christmas to check it was OK to drop by and collect the coat, she immediately ‘fessed up to borrowing it for socially distanced meet-ups and visits to the park with her young daughters. And who can blame her, it’s a corker. Now that she’s invested in a Uniqlo down jacket and the coat-napping situation has been resolved, the Duvet Coat has squeezed its way into Mr TNMA’s closet. Lucky man.
We all know it’s cool to be kind to the planet and several brands are on-board with more sustainable options. If you’re looking to buy a new Duvet Coat: Save The Duck is the bird-friendly choice (available HERE and HERE). And, more fashion companies, and outdoor clothing brands like North Face have signed up to the Responsible Down Standard, so check before you buy. Meanwhile, Uniqlo is encouraging customers to donate their used clothing, including down jackets, to its Re: Uniqlo initiative. Arket, COS and Everlane all produce padded coats made from recycled polyester. Sustainability pioneer Eileen Fisher has a small selection of coats (and a neat hooded gilet that could fit under a more traditional overcoat) in recycled nylon, while Patagonia uses recycled down taken from bedding not birds.
The jumper, jeans and boots are my own. Shout-out to Solovair who make fantastic footwear in the UK. The zig-zag scarf was loaned for the shoot from Jo Gordon. And the coat is from Year One Collective.
This is based on a feature written for the Daily Telegraph; photos are by Claire Pepper. Hair & makeup: Louise Heywood.
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