For some ladies, it’s purses. For others, its shoes. But for me, its coats. Living in the Northeast, winters can be long, cold and dreary, which is why I eventually turned to beautiful coats and winter accessories to put a smile on my face. But finding a coat that is beautiful, well-made, and perfectly petite sized can be a difficult and costly journey.
Enter Burberry, the iconic brand known for its timeless trenches and coats. Any retail-priced purchase comes with complimentary alterations done by their nimble tailors, so it’s basically like getting a coat custom-fitted. Granted, pricing is steep, but for those who can afford it, it is well worth the occasional splurge. Also, be sure to sign-up for their seasonal in-store sale mailing list.
Here is my first Burberry purchase from 2006, back when I thought shopping children’s coats were my only option. Let me just say, what a long way I’ve come since then! This is a kids coat, in a little girls size 12, purchased from eBay UK (photo courtesy of another eBay seller since I cannot find a pic of mine pre-alterations). Note the proportions designed obviously for children:
1. wide arms
2. small chest with roomy waist/hip area
3. short and stout overall silhouette
But the texture was rich, the colors were girly, and the lining was TDF, so I saw potential.
Just look at this lining! Gorgeous roses with little “Burberry”s scripted in periwinkle:
Buying on eBay can be tricky, especially since there are usually no returns. I suggest always asking the seller for detailed measurements and comparing to your own items before buying. For this coat, I made sure that 1. the shoulders were the right width (shoulder alterations are $$$ and complex), and 2. the sleeves were long enough since this was a kid’s coat.
Alas, after I started working I ended up reselling this coat to a fellow petite. Since then I have graduated to adult sizing (many more Burberry posts to come…), but frequently think back to this first Burberry and pray that it went to a good home!