I have a couple of winter coats and jackets, as well as a couple of raincoats, but I didn’t really have anything that would keep me warm and snug, at the same time as being waterproof. Now that I’m doing the school run twice a day, and this is of course England where it gets very rainy and cold, I really needed something that I could wrap up in and stop me and my clothes from getting soaked through.
So I was very happy when Lighthouse Clothing asked me if I would like to (stop) collaborate (and listen) with them on their brand new Autumn/Winter range. I chose the gorgeous Reva Waterproof Parka Coat in Plum (I think I would normally have chosen the blue ‘Nightshade’ colour but I decided to be different, plus I already have a navy raincoat).
The Reva Coat From Lighthouse Clothing
The Reva is a long length parka coat, with a waterproof padded outer and soft, comfy shearling lining. It has tortoiseshell buttons and antique brass hardware to add a rustic edge, and comes in two dark berry shades to fit in perfectly with colours of winter; Nightshade and Plum.
It’s a really lovely cosy coat that is perfect for throwing on over whatever I have on for school runs. It’s long enough that it protects you from the wind and thick but not too thick, so that you can wear it over a thick jumper and be super toasty when it’s freezing outside. We have a family house in Whitby and so go there quite often, particularly around Christmastime, and I’m usually the one that’s there in bracing temperatures on the windswept beach in rather impractical clothing, or freezing my ass off in my leather jacket. This coat is PERFECT for those kind of trips and is exactly what I’ve needed for a long while.
It’s certainly not a cheap coat at £94.50, but it is amazing quality and I’m sure it will last me a really long time, so if you can afford it, I think it’s worth the investment. It is made of highly breathable (5000gsm which equals 5 metres of waterproofness, which is very impressive apparently!) material, is windproof and has a 100% cotton outer fabric with Teflon coating, a Shearling fleece and quilted lining. It also features; an adjustable, integral hood, 2-way front zip, 2 front pockets and an internal pocket, a concealed adjustable waist drawcord, snap fastened rear vent, and is machine washable – which is brilliant.
I didn’t know this before reading up about Lighthouse Clothing’s coats, but a jacket like the Reva being breathable means that it will be more comfortable to wear, and will keep you warmer as condensation doesn’t have a chance to build up! The coat also has fully taped seams – the stitching of a garment is normally a weak point of the clothing, as the wind and water can seep through the tiny holes. Lighthouse use a heat-shrunk taping on their stitched seams, in order to eliminate leakage. Seriously I wasn’t going to include any of this ‘boring’ stuff, but it really shows the quality and attention to detail that has gone into these coats.
I love the internal pocket – it’s a small thing, but it fits my iPhone 6s in perfectly which means it can be on me and easy to grab to take photos, but protected from the rain. It’s the little things that make it so much more practical, and the coat that you choose to grab as you’re leaving the house, and really make it worth the money.
The women’s waterproof coats from Lighthouse Clothing are made with special attention to detail, from the nautical style drawcords to the antique brass tone toggles and buttons. All of their prints are hand drawn, and designed in Belfast, and great care has been taken with the quality and fit of every garment.
Lighthouse Clothing launched in March 2016 with their great range of outerwear for ladies, men and kids. Their philosophy is about inspiring our inner adventurer of the simple everyday, through woodland wanderings or a breezy coastal walk. Their parent company, Target Dry, has over 30 years specialised experience in crafting quality, waterproof and durable clothing.
The Lighthouse AW16 collection has just launched, and features lots of beautiful and stylish coats, jackets and sweatshirts to keep you warm. I particularly love the yellow (Sunrise) Lana raincoat, and the Alyssa Hooded Jacket – both really stylish and cool, and the printed jackets are lovely – it would be great to see some of the other styles in some different prints and all of them in a wider variety of colours and prints.
I love that Lighthouse clothing has designed clothing that not only looks really good, but is also functional and practical for our lovely English winters. They do some lovely items for kids too and I’d love to get the very similar striped sweatshirts for Ava and I. I think it’s a really lovely brand.
I was sent the Reva Coat to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.