Macs might have a seedy image, but there is nothing seedy about this one. It is the perfect lightweight coat for spring (when it comes) and is from Racing Green which has established a reputation for providing stylish, reasonably priced fashion (and this season's sizes now go up to size 18 in various styles). It's water-repellent, single-breasted, has two flap pockets and looks rather beatnik. Available in red, cream or admiral blue it features a cute checked lining. When you're not sure whether to wear a coat or not, this is what to wear. AB

Racing Green mac, pounds 89, style no BK 471 (92% cotton, 8% polyurethane) available in sizes 8-18, tel: 0345 331177