Miss Candyfloss always theme their ranges and for 2022’s Autumn/Winter line their inspiration was America’s comedy queen, Lucille Ball. A stunning range, as always, it features items designed with Lucille’s classic style in mind, all designed through Miss Candyfloss’s unique lens. A lookbook for the line has been released to grant us a glimpse of what beauties await us, and one of the items which immediately caught my eye was this incredible Lucinda-Merigold coat. Water-repellent and with a removable hood, it couldn’t be any better suited to life in England, chilly, rainy and blustery land that it is–and in this stunning mustard yellow, it couldn’t be any better suited to life in my wardrobe, where all mustards are welcomed with equal vigour.
There are so many aspects of this coat that make it clear its design was thought through with practicality at front of mind. As silly as it sounds, one of those details is the hood being big enough to properly cover one’s head. You would think that was a given, I’m sure, but I’ve definitely had coats in the past where the hood didn’t have extra depth allotted in the peak, meaning that any large movements of one’s head or, god forbid, a hairstyle such as a bun or ponytail, would pull the hood back enough to reveal one’s face to raindrops. No, this hood falls clearly past my forehead, providing appropriate shelter and warmth. It’s detachable by way of a zip which can be found hidden under a small flap running under the collar, making it easy to remove but secure when attached.
Another lovely aspect of this coat is the fact that it’s water-repellent, something I love because I’ve always been loathe to finish off a glamorous vintage outfit with a modern waterproof jacket. Before now, I’d rather just get a pretty coat damp instead, but that will no longer be necessary with this beauty. Truly, you can throw a glass of water at it and it will just slide right off! Add that to the fact that it’s a swing coat cut to accommodate full-skirted dresses and the petticoats we wear to maximise them, and never again will a decision need to be made placing sensible concerns about the weather over the most fabulous way to complete your outfit in winter.
The front pockets are easy to use–how hard are side seam pockets to use? I hear some of you wondering. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve sometimes found side seam pockets on a swing coat hard to access quickly, especially if I’m in public and carrying too many things. Suddenly I’m sliding my hands down the side of my coat at every possible angle, desperate to hook a finger into the pocket’s opening, certain they were never that far back/far forward, growing increasingly convinced everyone is going to notice The Overdressed Woman Who Is Having Way Too Much Trouble Finding Her Own Pocket, Er, Is She Okay? Much like tripping on a flat surface for absolutely no reason and immediately wanting to assure everyone ‘I swear I do know how to walk,’ sometimes pockets betray me and there is literally no way these roomy, front-located babies can force me into that awkward public patting routine.
The bodice of this coat is double-breasted before the buttons narrow into a single line through the skirt. The highest pair of buttons and the collar both ensure your entire décolletage and the base of your throat will be covered, kept well protected from the elements. Lucinda comes with a wide matching grommet belt, so you can give your waist an extra cinch for effect, or leave it off entirely–or, you can pull one of my favourite moves, as demonstrated above, which is to leave the coat open but use the belt to cinch it almost closed so that your outfit is partially on show. When it’s too chilly to go without a coat but not wet or freezing, this is my favourite way to ramp my outfit up a level, especially for full day out in autumn, like when I meet up with friends in London and spend the day milling about, shopping and wandering together. Keeps me warm enough, but still flaunts my dress and the way my coat elevates it!
In Miss Candyfloss pieces I’m either a 2X or 3X depending upon the fabric and cut of the item. When I wear a 3X I’m often only half an inch above the maximum measurement for the 2X, so that can sometimes fit roomy on me, but the measurements for the Lucinda-Marigold on the product page put me into the 2X and it’s a great fit. That’s thrilling for me, because coats can often be an item of clothing that I have to size up in if a brand hasn’t adequately graded up their sleeves through the plus sizes–a mistake I have never once experienced with Miss Candyfloss! The sleeves are perfectly comfortable all the way through, with room for winter layers, and the buttons do up comfortably all the way up to the top, without compressing my 46 inch bust. I won’t flat measure my coat to confirm the size chart here for you because I always worry about doing it wrong with a coat, but I can confirm the fit feels in line with my other 2X Miss C pieces and there’s no pinching or straining anywhere. This coat is lined in black satin, for an easy on-and-off glide over layers worn beneath. As with all Miss C items, the Lucinda-Merigold is made in Europe to a level of excellent quality.
The Lucinda-Merigold coat is available in XS-5XL. Miss Candyfloss ship worldwide and have select stockists across the world, both in-store and online.
Disclaimer: The coat featured in this review was gifted to me by Miss Candyfloss in exchange for a post on my social media pages. The dress featured as part of this outfit was also gifted to me by Miss Candyfloss in exchange for a past review. Items marked with an asterix* are items I bought myself from companies that have previously gifted me other items for review. All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken alone and safely in a secluded outdoors area with no other individuals present, practising responsible social distancing to help limit the spread of Covid-19.