Finding the Perfect Pink Coat + Style With a Smile Link Up

Finding the perfect pink coat

A couple of years ago I had my heart set on finding the perfect pink coat. When I say perfect, I mean that it had to be pale pink, a simple design and not expensive. Despite searching online and trawling eBay to the point of obsessiveness I could not fine “the one”. Eventually I got sidetracked and ended up buying a couple of fuschia pink coats – both very nice and fantastic bargains, but not precisely what I wanted. I broke one of my cardinal rules: I settled for a “nearly but not quite”. Well, two to be precise.

It just shows what amazing bargains you can stumble upon in charity shops. Finding the perfect pink coat took a while but it was definitely worth the wait!

Fast forward a couple of years and pale pink is suddenly the colour of the moment again – and I still wanted that coat I’d seen on Pinterest/magazines/fashion blogs. As fate would have it, I’d taken my watch to the jewellers to have the battery replaced and had some time to kill. On a whim I popped in to a nearby charity shop…and…ta-daa! To my delight, there was the exact coat I’d been looking for all this time. I tried it on and quickly snapped it up for the bargain price of £9.99. I took it straight to the dry cleaner’s and a couple of days later it was as good as new. It’s from Great Plains so it’s a good quality coat, and probably hardly worn. It just shows what amazing bargains you can stumble upon in charity shops. Finding the perfect pink coat took a while but it was definitely worth the wait!

Olive and khaki are also very popular shades this season and they happen to pair well with pale pink.

For its first appearance on the blog (and I’m sure there’ll be many others) I’m keeping it casual with boyfriend jeans and a silk top from All Saints. Olive and khaki are also very popular shades this season and they happen to pair well with pale pink. To create a contrast to the relaxed fit of the jeans and top I chose these pretty pink block heel shoes with bead embellishment and a bird print chain handle bag that I bought in Abu Dhabi. To finish the look I’m wearing my fab Autumn Tale Winkwood sunglasses and beaded jewellery that I made myself.

Have you ever waited a long time to find the perfect coat, or any other item of clothing? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up what you’re wearing this week!

Finding the Perfect Pink Coat










Great Plains coat (charity shop, similar here and here) | All Saints top (similar) | Gap jeans | Asos shoes (similar) | Winkwood sunglasses c/o | Iconic bag | handmade jewellery






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  1. April 11, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    That coat is gorgeous and such a great find! I love this pretty color combo!

    Doused In Pink

  2. April 11, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    What a stroke of luck that you found THE ONE! It is gorgeous so I can understand why you wanted it so much, and I can imagine that it’ll go perfectly with so many other items in your wardrobe. I shall look forward to seeing how else you style it.
    LOVE the handbag and shoes too – utterly gorgeous!
    Suzy xx

    • April 22, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thank you Suzy! It really was lucky! I love looking in charity shops because you never know what gems you’ll find!

  3. April 11, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    It really is the perfect pink coat, Emma! I love pale pink with olive, too. Such a pretty color combination. And then those shoes are so fabulous! And all the little bird motifs in your bag and jewelry. What a wonderful spring look! I love the amazing things you can find in a second hand store!


    • April 22, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you Shelbee! I love a good rummage in charity shops 🙂

  4. April 11, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    You remember “the” pink coat at M&S a couple of years ago? The one that had all the hype? I was ruthless in tracking it down the moment it landed, but I didn’t like the cocoon shape on me, or the colour as it turned out — a deeper fuchsia or rose pink is better on me. I am still trying to find that elusive coat in a fitted style….Your coat looks lovely, and how exciting it must have been to find it at last.

    • April 22, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      I do remember it Gail! In fact that may well have been what started me off looking for a pink coat in the first place. I seem to remember pink being a huge trend when I was about 30 too – I bought pink bags and shoes – only to go right off the colour for years. Everything comes back again though – that’s why I’m a terrible hoarder!

  5. April 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    First of all, I NEED these sunglasses! They are too gorgeous. I’m so happy you waited to find the perfect coat! I LOVE it on you!

  6. April 11, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Love the story! That would be something I might do if I kept trying to find the one! So glad you found it on a whim! Perfect soft pink shade and love it with your pretty pink shoes and floral bag. I looked for a pink coat myself a couple of years ago, then I saw my Boden one on another blogger and went, Yes! I wish it was the price you found yours 🙂 It looks great on you.
    jess xx

    • April 22, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks Jess! Yes, I was very happy with the price 🙂

    • April 22, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline! It’s always worth a quick browse when passing a charity shop – and to think…I almost didn’t bother that day!

  7. April 11, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Talking about an bargain! Wow! And it s a very stylish one too! The color is perfect with the top!

  8. April 11, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    This is a beautiful and classic pale pink coat. So glad you found what you were looking for at a second hand shop! I am swooning over your adorable shoes.

    • April 24, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thanks Jennie! Asos has so many gorgeous shoes…and they keep popping up in my Facebook feed to tempt me!

  9. April 12, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Oh gorgeous coat, super colour for Spring. You’ve styled the whole look perfectly – well done Emma. Cute bag on point! Jacqui

  10. April 12, 2017 / 12:43 am

    Such an adorable blush coat and I’m also in love with that darling floral bag!


    • April 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you Mahryska! Your blog is fab!

  11. April 13, 2017 / 1:49 am

    Such a pretty look for Spring. Love the bag!

  12. April 13, 2017 / 5:02 am

    You look amazing in this pink coat. Great luck to find it fot this price in a charity shop. 🙂

  13. Liz
    April 13, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    This looks so pretty on you! Pink coats go with everything 🙂

  14. Melanie Freeman
    April 19, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Lovely Coat! I’m a sucker for great coats and had a pink one in my wean out pile….may have to rethink that one

    • April 24, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks Melanie! Yes a pale pink coat goes with so many outfits 🙂

  15. May 5, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Love your whole look! Pink and gray always go together so well! That’s crazy that you found what you was looking for in a charity shop of all places, but you never know what you’ll find in those! Thanks for linking up in our Wearable Wednesdays!

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