Coat column

I wasn't sure whether to link this post to this header, to today's sale items, or to the coat column blog post. This item ticks all the boxes. 

Here's my birthday gift to myself (or part of it -- more to come): A fabulous unplanned wardrobe purchase of the Hobbs Saskia trench in royal blue, bought on sale, worn as a "coat column" of blue. 

The trench is a sort of HEWI -- for years I have wanted a light or bright trench to supplement my two black trenches, acquired a decade ago and still going strong -- but not my favourite coats because they are black. This trench won't replace either of those -- it is a different creature. Heavier weight than either of my others and extremely well made, it's a six-month (or more) coat a year in this climate and will probably last me forever since it's such a classic style. 

It's a perfect tailored fit. I can layer a heavier sweater under it but it's less comfortable that way through the shoulders. I think it would work with a blouse and spring jacket, though (vs. a mid weight knit, which I am wearing here). 

As usual, our weather is grey, so it is hard to get accurate representations of the colour. (Why do you think I need a bright coat, LOL?)  But this gives the idea -- it's somewhere between royal and cobalt. 

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • Gaylene replied 8 months ago

    Gorgeous coat, Suz!  And I’m loving that color on you!  Stellar pick for your birthday!

  • Vildy replied 8 months ago

    Coats just make me smile.  And what an amazing one this is. Great cut! 
    If you don't make this coat look enviably fab I don't know who would. 

  • Christina F. replied 8 months ago

    Stunning! Great that you snagged it on sale! Happy birthday!

  • slim cat replied 8 months ago

    Fabulous on you! Pic #3 as fav - kitty approves  ;) .

  • Suz replied 8 months ago

    Yes, I kept Max in the photo this time -- usually I crop him out. :) But he was curious about what was going on outside the window and he looked so cute there. 

    When I did the outdoor shot, a hummingbird was hovering just behind me -- so beautiful! 

    Thank you for your kind words and birthday wishes. I think this will serve me really well. 

  • Helena replied 8 months ago

    Um, fabulous and major Meghan Markle vibes!!!

    Happy birthday!

  • Cardiff girl replied 8 months ago

    Beautiful coat in a lovely colour,what a nice birthday treat.

  • Mirjana replied 8 months ago

    Gorgeous coat, perfect fit and great color, really winner.
    Happy Birthday!

  • Laurie replied 8 months ago

    Yep this is an excellent coat, and overall outfit. I'm with Max! I love everything you are wearing. Those boots are fab.
    Happiest of birthdays to you, Suz!

  • Janet replied 8 months ago

    Oh happy birthday!

    That trench is beyond gorgeous on you — fantastic find and so serendipitous for your bday!

  • Joy replied 8 months ago

    Fabulous choice to celebrate your birthday.  You can crlebrate again each time you wear it.  The blue looks electric on you.  You will shine in a sea of black coats.  Now you need a blue cap or beanie and gloves.  Your berry colors would also be fun worn as complementary accessories.  You can have fun with this.  

  • MsMaven replied 8 months ago

    Wonderful coat for a gray day. Love it on you. 

  • lozz_oz replied 8 months ago

    Perfect in every way for you - colour, cut, style, quality at a sale price. Excellent purchase and belated birthday wishes!

  • BrieN replied 8 months ago

    wow wow wow wow wow.
    That's a 10/10!
    Happy Birthday!!

  • Runcarla replied 8 months ago

    I get it! And, I just posted on Lisa P’s thread (about her olive puffer) that black outerwear is over rated, and coloured coats can prove much more versatile than one would expect.  

    This bright colour of blue is perfect for you, and I bet it will bring you joy and help you get through the dreariest winter days.

  • JAileen replied 8 months ago

    I just love it!  I saw they had navy, but it can be so similar to black.  

    Happy Birthday!

  • Angie replied 8 months ago

    A KILLER perfect PNW trench coat for the birthday girl! FUN - and right in line with your word for the year :)

    The dark cobalt or royal blue is awesome with your blue eyes and silver hair! It's lovely with navy, grey and white too. 

    (Hi Max!)

    Since I have a navy Hobbs trench coat with white stitching, I know all too well how impeccable and beautiful the weight and quality is. We will have the item forever... ;)

  • Irina replied 8 months ago

    What a gorgeous color for you! Beautiful!

  • replied 8 months ago

    Simply outstanding !

  • Jaime replied 8 months ago

    That is a show stopping coat! I put it in the same category as your fabulous plaid skirt as a defining piece (Brooklyn's wardrobe icon!). The color and cut are perfection on you. And happy birthday! 

  • Aquamarine replied 8 months ago

    Wow, fabulous! LOVE the color.

  • rachylou replied 8 months ago


    … and who’s little head is that I see, looking outside? ;)

  • CarolS replied 8 months ago

    Wow, Suz -- the coat is beautiful, and made more so by the wearer. :-)

    Enjoy the heck out of it!!

  • nuancedream replied 8 months ago

    Happy birthday! You were born to wear that gorgeous coat. Sheer perfection!! :)

  • RobinF replied 8 months ago

    Looks like a gorgeous coat. I love that color for you and you wear so much blue it should go with everything. I know what you mean about a black coat, the one that is my winter go-to is black and I am so over it. Fun idea for a birthday gift, hmmm.....

  • suntiger replied 8 months ago

    Great coat- wow!

  • cat2 replied 8 months ago

    What a great color for you! I have an eggplant Hobbs wool coat and love it. I have been slowly acquiring the complements to make it work; gloves, a scarf, a tote bag (that my husband accidentally donated), a pair of suede shoes, etc.

  • Sal replied 8 months ago

    Happy Birthday! Stunning Suz - what a perfect happy addition.

  • Karie replied 8 months ago

    So gorgeous, I love the color and style of the coat. Happy Birthday!

  • kkards replied 8 months ago

    I love a column of color and this one is fab… yay for finding a blue that brightens up a gloomy day.  

    And happy birthday 

  • nemosmom replied 8 months ago

    Big yes for bright, happy outerwear! Gorgeous!

  • kellygirl replied 8 months ago

    Happy birthday, beautiful Suz! That coat is stunning on you. What a brilliant blue on you!

  • madeline replied 8 months ago

    Beautiful coat and a perfect color on you! Wishing you many happy wears!

  • Jonesy replied 8 months ago

    Happy birthday, and this coat is magically fantastic for you! What a superb addition! I love the color, the silhouette, the details (e.g., epaulets)! You look very chic with your collar flipped and your hair perfectly coifed. I want to hop right into your study/library/workspace--it looks so cozy and charming. 

  • Bijou replied 8 months ago

    Wow - this coat is so gorgeous on you. Perfect colour, fit and the quality is evident. Happy birthday - I can't wait to see what else you got as part of your birthday surprise!

  • Brooklyn replied 8 months ago

    Gorgeous! Blue sure is your colour. Happy birthday!

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 8 months ago

    Happy Belated Birthday, Suz!   You look glorious in the coat!   I especially love the contrast with your hair and eyes.

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