J. Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat Review (Petite)

January 7, 2014 in J. Crew Reviews

I went a little purchase crazy during J. Crew’s pre-holiday sales. I hate when all of their sale items turn into final sale after the holidays, so I buy everything I’m even remotely interested in before this happens. The stadium-cloth cocoon coat is an item I’ve been interested in trying for a while. I tried on last years version and it was too over-sized, so this year I grabbed the petite version.

J. Crew Petite Coat Review 2013

Sizing: I’m wearing a 0P, and I think this is my ideal size. The sizing is mostly based on shoulder width because the body of the jacket is so forgiving (I measured the bust at 18″). In the 0P I have full range of motion in my arms without feeling constricted at all. I think the 00P would have been too snug across the shoulders. So if you’re much smaller than I am, you’ll be sized out of this one.

Fit: The fit is tricky, especially for petites like myself. The cut is obviously boxy, but pretty slim overall. It hits at mid thigh, about 29″ in length. The length is long enough to keep you warm, but short enough so that the coat doesn’t swallow you whole. The sleeves in the petite version are on the shorter side, which actually looks cute with the style of the coat (I usually hate shorter sleeves). I measure mine at about 16″ from the underarm to cuff.

fit pics review

Fabric Content: This year’s stadium-cloth fabric is different than last year’s. Its still composed of 79% wool 21% nylon, but last year’s version was an extremely smooth, fuzz-free tight knit.  This years version is still a tight knit, but the finish of the fabric is fuzzier and softer. I actually prefer this year’s fabric, its so thick and warm! Not warm enough for -20F temps (+ windchill!), but definitely warm enough for the majority of winter weather.

Colors: J. Crew’s seasonal outerwear color pallets are hit or miss for me. This year is definitely a hit. I got the navy (on sale). My favorites from this year are the midnight green and gossamer peach! Stunning and saturated. I wonder when the rest of the colors will go to sale?

Quality vs. Price: J. Crew’s outerwear is typically of decent quality. Paying $350 is quite steep for this coat, as the style is pretty basic. But $200-$250 is reasonable. The fabric is nice and substantial. The zipper is hefty and appears un-damagable. The inside is lined with polyester, but has cute little trim details that give it something special. Overall, I think J. Crew did well with this coat this year.

More pictures to come!

J. Crew Military Parka Review

November 14, 2013 in J. Crew Reviews

In this post I will review J. Crew’s Military Parka, item 06823. It has a factory version called the Factory Hooded Parka, item 03492. And there’s also a cozy Woolrich John Rich & Bros. version too, called the Arctic Parka, item 17621.

J. Crew Military Parka Fit Pics

Sizing: I’m wearing an xxs regular in this coat. I’m wearing some thin layers under it fits comfortably. Not too tight and not too loose (well, maybe a little too loose). If you’re between sizes definitely size down. Ladies that are smaller than I am should consider the petite version. It also comes in tall. The length is good for me in the body in this regular version, but might be shorter than desired for those over 5’3″!

Fit: The fit isn’t the most feminine, but that’s intentional for this style. It is a slim cut overall with a cord that can be cinched at the waist to give the coat a little shape. Its not fitted, but also isn’t overwhelmingly puffy. A good balance for those that need a functional coat!

Warmth: This coat would provide adequate warmth in most climates, I think. Probably not below 20 F for me. Its made of a wind resistant thicker nylon. It has a huge insulated hood to really help keep the heat in. And it has a cozy quilted liner.

Colors: I got the green color, which I find really pretty. Its neutral enough to wear with any casual outfits. The navy would be pretty too, I’m sure.

Quality: I like the quality of the parka, but I think its overpriced for what you get. There aren’t any amazing features or materials for this parka. Its pretty basic. I like some of the details like the removable fur trim and double closure in front, but these don’t justify the price. I’m surprised it hasn’t made it to sale yet!

Review: J. Crew Wintress Puffer

November 6, 2013 in J. Crew Reviews

In this post I will review J. Crew’s Wintress Puffer, 52362 (will  also review the Factory version, the Long Belted Puffer Jacket, 19471, in a future post).

I’ve been in the mood to buy some new outerwear! I’d love to splurge on a classic Moncler coat, like this beauty, but unfortunately I don’t have the means to do so. So I’m trying to find the next best thing. I’ve been loving the comfort that puffers provide, so I decided to give J. Crew’s Wintress Puffer a shot! I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this coat.

J. Crew Wintress Puffer Fit Pics

Sizing: I’m wearing an xxs (not petite) in this coat. I’m wearing some thin layers under it and its slightly too snug in the shoulder region. I think I would have to size up to an xs for comfort with layering. Otherwise it fits very well. Not overly snug in any one region. The length is good for me in the body and sleeves (but note that I’m only 5’3″)!

Fit: This is quite a flattering cut for a puffer. As a petite, I can easily get lost in winter outerwear. But not this one. I think the proportions are perfect. The quilting of the down is well done. The belt is in a great spot, too, which is important.

Warmth: This coat would provide adequate warmth in most climates. Its thick and puffy, obviously! Its filled with down, which you can’t go wrong with. Its made out of a polyester fabric, which would be fine unless there was a really strong, frigid wind (not totally wind-proof). There are snaps and a zipper closure to prevent wind from seeping in through the gaps, though, which is nice. The hood also is nice and big and would be perfect worn by itself or great for layering over a hat.

Colors: I got the black color because I’m boring, but if this coat goes on sale in the crimson, that’s the color that I would snatch up. Its beautiful!

Quality: I’m happy with the overall quality of this puffer! There weren’t any flaws or things I could be disappointed in. There were even a few extra things I wasn’t expecting, like fuzzy pocket interiors! I still wouldn’t pay full price for this, but I’ll keep my eye on it for sale time ;)