Style on Trial: Black embroidered coat dress from Dorothy Perkins


Lovely coat, isn’t it?

Well, actually, no, it ISN’T a lovely coat: because it ISN’T A COAT at all. It’s a dress. A coat dress. If it was a dress coat, we’d understand it better: as it is, we’re deeply suspicious of it, because doesn’t it just look EXACTLY like a coat? Doesn’t it seem like if you wore it to a party, say, you’d spend the entire evening explaining to people that no, you’re not cold, you’re not just about to leave, and you don’t want to take your coat off, because your coat is a DRESS?

This isn’t the first coat dress we’ve spotted this season, but it IS the first one to take the “coat” part of its name so literally. Well, we guess we’ve had the “underwear as outerwear” trend going on for a while now – maybe it’s time for an “outerwear as underwear” one to replace it?

What do you think of this development, readers? Are you on board with coats passing themselves off as dresses, or is this up there with boots pretending to be shoes? Tell us!


  • October 31, 2009


    I’ve seen some nice coat dresses, but this one is very … um … coatish.
    Not in a good way.

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  • November 2, 2009


    I like it. Providing the fabric is lightweight enough to have some movement, it wouldn’t look too coat-y on. The tailoring would make it a perfect dress for an evening business event where you want to look glamorous but still be taken seriously. ‘Course, if you are at a hotel, you might get mistaken for staff.

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  • January 10, 2010


    I actually think its fabulous,I’ve always been a lover of smart coat dresses,though not always easy to find on the highstreet,you can dress them up or down,and if it is made of a lightweight fabric as mentioned above I dont think it would be really be mistaken for a coat,is this actually for sale at Dorothy Perkins?

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  • August 24, 2012

    Anne Spilling

    Yes, at last but what a shame it is now 2012 and I am looking for a coat-dress,
    it is huge possibilities here. I would like to see wonderful coat-dresses back in fashion. I was born in 1951 and both my mother and grandmother had many of them. They are just the ticket for spring and autumn. Three quarter lengths sleeves with long gloves with a V shape at the back and nice fitting over the shoulders with a large belt to match the handbag and the shoes. Stockings with seem at the back and a beautiful felt hat. Please come back dress-coat all is forgiven:) I am off to a christening wish I had time to make myself one!

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  • March 20, 2013


    I’m also a woman of the 50’s and I love the Coat Dress….Kate Middleton looks wonderful in them and I hope she helps bring them back to this side of the pond!

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