INPO Top Ten – Sideline Coat
I would like to start this blog post with a public service announcement if you have little kids or are thinking of getting pregnant, do not order sporty ones. You will never have a lie in. Ever.
Kidding obviously. I may moan about standing on the sidelines of rugby or court side at netball but watching them play fills my heart with pride.
My trusty Roxy coat has finally given up on me after 10 years service. It’s warm like a duvet, kept me dry and had the biggest fluffy faux faux on the hood. So I took to Instagram and asked for help and as usual everyone delivered.
There were brands I had never heard of and some brands I had heard of but never considered.
Here is a round up of what went down in my DMs. I am deciding this week and I may order a few as it has to be right and it has a lot to live up to and I want this one to last a decade too. Although I may be redundant as Sideline Mum in 10 years and oh my days that hurts to think about. Who am I kidding? I will watch these kids when they are playing for VET teams.
There is a whole other blog post for why I think sport is so vital to us as a family but my girls play on the same senior team for netball and I can’t tell you what it is like to see the pair of them out there, together. Instinctively knowing where the other will be coupled with the dirty looks that only sisters can give each other.
My boys play rugby. Tommy is getting stronger and more brilliant with each game. My boy that struggled for breath, my boy who I feared would not be able to run and play with the other kids. My Tommy is quite the legend in my eyes.
Oscar enjoys his rugby, he is forever taking his gum shield out to chat to everyone. His team mates, the opposition, the ref. I have no idea where he gets that.
Anyway enough of my usual waffle you are here for the coats.
Here is the INPO Top Ten (remember INPO stands for In No Particular Order)
So many messages about Seasalt so although I have not seen the coats I have no doubt the quality is excellent. For me this is nearly the one. I just can’t help it – I love a furry trim. Get your minds out the gutter guys!!!! Maybe it is time for a change and I ditch the faux fur for the next decade?
The Ronseal coat. Does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a sleeping bag coat. Although it is not actually a sleeping bag. Just a coat. This one is from a local Hertford boutique, GingerLillie. Only one left but she has more stock arriving soon. It looks the real deal for snuggability and a huge hood. Not sure it is that waterproof but for the price you can splash out on a nice big umbrella. Again though, no furry muffy bit but your own muff bit would be lovely and warm. On a scale of one to snug this rocks. Perfect school run coat, maybe less so for the sidelines?
3. Aigle Long Down Puffa Coat – £310
The lovely @livsalone gave me the headsup on this brand I had not heard of. It is pricey but not Canada Goose pricey which is in all honesty the coat I would like but lets not mention that brand again because I cannot pay that for a coat to stand and watch the kids do sport. Even if it is for 10 years and price per wear would therefore be minimal. I still simply can’t. Also just looked them up and its real fur. So Canada Goose is a no for me. Saved myself a fortune there.
So I give you Aigle and Liv tells me all the posh country folk wear them. Guys, control yourselves, it only has a furry hood. Big tick from me but I like to let it all hang loose on a Sunday. It is my day of rest so I don’t need no belt. I do not want it to show my waist because usually after a curry or something on a Saturday night there is nothing to pull in and anyway in doing so just creates a huge butt. This needs more research. Look at her in this pic showing off with her furry hood and wellies. Wellies and me do not get on. I once got trapped in a pair of Lilac Hunter Boots with only a 3 year old Oscar for assistance. There were tears. The noise when my calves finally released me will haunt me forever, as will Ozzies laughter.
I like this. I like this alot. Will be heading to Go Outdoors to give this one a bash. I would have liked it to be a few inches longer but it ticks all the boxes. Faux Fur on the hood and these are made by people in Iceland. Game changer. I also loved the look of the Ulla but feat however cool the model looks I would simply look like I am wearing a black sack
Another possible winner for me from a brand I thought just delivered a certain floral print and breton. I always end up buying something from Joules when we are in Salcombe. Salcombe makes me a Joules girl then I come home and remember who I really am but this coat makes me think I need to revisit the brand. It comes with a detachable gillet so you could wear that on its own but lets face it unless you are going to muck out some horses this is never a good look. Gillet and #bongoboobies are simply not a great match. Add it to the coat for extra warmth and its a winning combo though. Hit me with your best discount code as I think this one is systems gogo.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this entire look. This is the Mum I want to be on the sidelines. Fresh faced, loose pony, the socks, the boots. This is sideline Mum goals.
Available in four colours up to size 24 and a good price. I was asked by a few people to think about price when researching for the perfect sideline coat but in all honesty I do not think you should buy cheap. You will just end up buying year on year. My last coat saw me through 10 years so it is worth spending out so even though this is £149 I see this as a really reasonable option and I will go and take a look at it (without Mr INPO this time because M&S and Mr INPO simply do not mix – I like to wander. He doesn’t)
Surprising number of messages about these which I would never have considered but many long term sideline parents swear by them. I think I would have to try one on and I am tempted because people were really passionate in their recommendations. Will I look a dickhead? It might be worth it. I would wear jeans and boots though otherwise would look a dickhead for sure. They would also be super handy for my summers surfing in Cornwall. For the record I have had one surfing lesson and obviously I was brilliant. In my head.
This is weird! I am sure I had looked this up before and they didn’t do it but look!!! This is basically my beloved jacket that has served me so well. It is perfect. But now I have found all these others my head does not know whether to stick or go for a change. Oh decisions!!!! At least I know this one will last. Perhaps I just change the colour??! This coat works though ladies. It keeps me incredibly warm meaning I simply have a tee and sweater underneath, I never have to go for thermals. Tempted to stick to what I know and it is actually much cheaper than I remember!
If you want to know what to where on the sidelines look at the stalwarts of the game. The grandmas who have stood there fore generations. They inevitably are wearing some form of wax jacket, usually full length and often with the matching hat. They sweep in with their flasks of coffee (or maybe its gin) and towels for dry off the children after a match and completely show up the novice Mums. I may have been doing this sporty sideline stuff for nearly 10 years but believe me I am still a novice. If I remember my gloves I am winning. So maybe the wax jacket is the way forward? The only thing that puts me off is the length. I do like my legs covered too because rugby pitches tend to always be -10 degrees on every day life with a wind chill factor that makes it feel like the North Pole.
10. Or I could simply get the zip mended but we all know that after all this research that is never going to happen and I feel like after 10 years I deserve a new coat.
Any favourites in amongst these? Which should I go for. I did this blog post because so many people asked me to share the findings but I actually think I have simply made my decision harder!!!
PS No Affilate links (partly because I still have not worked out how to do them) or any partnerships with anyone mentioned. This is simply my thoughts on what is right for me.