Coat off! (ETA: Decision made and a few more pics).

Last of my NAS posts (for now, anyway!). 

Presenting the Open Edit oversized pea coat in navy! 

EDITED: Keeping the XS -- a few clearer pictures added. Sleeve turned up (maybe too much but it is hard to be accurate with that.) I will take it to Nordstrom's in Vancouver for alterations. 

First, let me say, this is a lovely quality for the price, which even in CAD is more than reasonable for coat of this kind. The fabric is soft and lightweight but does not seem prone to pills. In my opinion, it would not work for Ontario/ Quebec/ Prairie winters unless layered over sweaters and jackets -- or, at least it would not work for someone spending much time outdoors. As a car coat, it could do well, and it would also work well in the late fall (November), early winter/ very early spring temperatures there. 

For my climate (PNW) it could work throughout much of the cold season, layered in the colder temps.

As I mentioned before, I have never met a pea coat I did not like and I've worn different iterations of them for decades, from strictly tailored to vastly oversized. 

This one is in between -- a somewhat oversized cut. I got it in two sizes to try and I'm undecided. Alas, it's going to be really hard for you to see the differences in these photos (I did my best to lighten them) so I'll also try to describe the pluses and minuses as I see them. I'm wearing it with my light Zella sweater here, but both jackets would go over heavier sweaters if I wanted to wear them that way.  

ETA: The jackets are exactly the same measured length. The Xs is wider in the body and longer in the sleeve only. BOTH also layer over a blazerl. 

PICS 1-3.  In the XXS, it fits less oversized. I could almost get away without shortening the sleeves, I think (though I would probably shorten). My concern -- it just fits on the hip. At the moment, the vent is sewn shut which makes it snugger than it would be when properly opened, but I also worry it might not have quite enough room on the bum area (a common issue for me). Also, it may not be achieving its full architectural effect in this size. The flap pockets seem more noticeable (because it is snugger in that area). So, I don't know. 

PICS 4-7. In the XS it is much larger and I would definitely need to alter the sleeves. It is a lot looser in the front body (to the point where a lot of air might get in) and it's looser also in the hip area, but even there, you can see in the side view that with the vent sewn shut there is a wee bump out. I do think that would settle if I snipped the thread. In person, it definitely reads as oversized, but maybe even verges on "too big." 

PICS 8-9.  My existing navy pea coat -- a consignment find by Canadian firm Judith and Charles. This is a super high quality boiled wool coat that is going into its fifth year in my closet; who knows how long it lived in its previous owner's!  It's a more classic cut than the Open Edit, with a different style of collar. It's also size up from my usual coat size and you can see, a little, that the shoulder line is a bit extended on me as a result; in practice that hasn't bothered me because it is very forgiving for layering and also, because of the fabric, it tends to relax down when it is off the hanger and on the warm body. :) I love wearing this coat because the wool is so lightweight and warm and it repels light rain. NOTE: it looks black in my photo but it also an ink navy, almost identical to the Open Edit in colour. 

At the moment, I am torn! I really like the Open Edit but wonder if it is sufficiently different from the other coat and/or if it is fitting well enough in either size to justify the purchase when I already have a somewhat similar coat in the closet. The price of the Open Edit is very reasonable but I would likely have to add the cost of altering the sleeves, although perhaps I could take it to Nordstrom's in Vancouver to have that job done. 

Would love thoughts and opinions and ideas. Thank you! 

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24 Comments

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    The Open Edit does look quite different than your Judith and Charles. Does the Open Edit close all the way up in the front, or not? That's a big difference in the style right there, and suggests that they fill different niches. If the Open Edit does not button up to the top, I would think whatever you're wearing underneath, or the scarf that you choose to put with it, will be part of the look, whereas the Judith & Charles is the show itself.
    So if you like one of the sizes well enough, I think it's worth keeping. From what I can see, I'm kind of leaning toward the larger one. But it's really hard to tell, even with your effort on lightening the photos.

  • nemosmom replied 2 months ago

    I see a slight difference between old and new, but I see what you are concerned about. Are there any other differentiators between the two, besides the cut? Does one have more room for layering? Would one be better in wetter conditions? Do you want to baby the old one a bit longer?

    Between the two new ones, I like the larger one better because of the length. But I should note my eye is drawn more to an oversized fit these days, so my opinion may be biased ;)

  • Vildy replied 2 months ago

    I want to say that I immediately saw a difference between the new coat and the existing coat.  The existing one lends to a jaunty popped collar. 
    The new one, a different neckline.  I'm not using "different" to mean less desirable, just that it's two different effects.

  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    Suz, can you lighten the photos at all? Thanks for showing us! 

    I prefer the larger XS! It’s suppose to be roomy. That does take getting use to when you’re used to tailored coats! (At least, I had to get used to that). And the Japanese-esque architectural fit comes through better in the larger size. I know people can’t see that too well in the dark pics. I know the coat though, and I’ve dressed you. So FWIW, that’s my 2 cents :) - But you need to shorten the sleeves for structure. Tuck them under to get a better idea of silhouette.

    As for the two coats. Your older one is a beautiful tailored classic! The new one has an avant-garde edge. Both defy trends to my eye. They are much different. Whether you feel it’s enough of a difference is key. AND they are both navy.  Sleep on it!

  • JAileen replied 2 months ago


    I have to agree with Vildy - your old coat is jaunty and looks so good on you.  Are you concerned that it is wearing out?  I just love boiled wool, in all incarnations.  Plus the men’s nautical styling is very appealing.

  • Irina replied 2 months ago

    For me, new and older coats are different enough in style. But the color looks very similar and you’d have to think if you want more variety of colors in your winter wardrobe or not. 

    As for the size, you know me, bigger looks better to my eye. :)

  • merwoman replied 2 months ago

    Suz, agree with the group, size wise, the larger size (xs) is the way to go.
    I would suggest snipping those threads at the back so that you can see  how it will lie, then give us some pics please.



  • merwoman replied 2 months ago

    Oh and just to add that my ( like I own it :) )Nordstrom’s is doing sleeve alterations at no charge . Generally they don’t alter sales merchandise at no charge, but exception is anniversary sale.

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Thank you all -- this is helpful. I will try on for Mr. Suz and get his opinion, too. I lightened those pictures as much as possible. It's my dratted mirror/ light situation -- not ideal at all. And of course black/ navy don't photograph particularly well in the first place. It's so much easier to see the details of the Open Edit coat in brown! 

    Merwoman, that's really good news about the alterations; I'll check with the Vancouver store to see if they will do it for me. 

    Angie, those sleeves (in some of the photos) were tucked under some but they wouldn't stay too well for the photos and also I did not show an arm down tucked sleeve pic, which was silly of me. Will try to snap one later. 

  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    Suz, I know! Black and dark blue do not photograph well, unfortunately :( ....but we get a good enough idea. Or at least I do, because I know the coat.

    Glad you make-shift shortened the sleeves to get a better idea of silhouette. I did the same. It made a big difference! 

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 months ago

    Well Suz I often feel clueless on this forum despite thinking I know more about fashion than most of my acquaintances, and this is yet another time. Looking at the photos one after another I had no immediate thought that 8/9 were a different coat style.
    Those who know more than me say they can see a definite style difference? Just FWIW, I can’t.
    I am thus not sure it is worth getting a coat so similar to one you already own.

  • Vildy replied 2 months ago

    I get what Angie's saying about the larger size coat.  Less warmth points but more style points because of letting the larger one be maximally architectural.  And you can afford that in your present milder climate. 

  • Bijou replied 2 months ago

    Navy is a signature colour for you and you need coats for much of the year, so another navy coat makes sense, I can imagine that to be without a navy pea coat would be a massive wardrobe hole for you. I like the architectural cut of the jacket and would go for the XS to embrace that, if you want to keep this coat.

    For me, I am preferring wearing single breasted coats at the moment, especially when items are oversized, because with the double breasted styles, it feels like too much bulk and material. I would not buy this jacket for that reason, but it does look good on you.

  • Kathie replied 2 months ago

    Being completely honest, I like your J&C coat much better on you. The Open Edit is fine, and a keeper, if you didn’t have the other one. But, it does seem to hang a bit oddly through the back. Do you feel comfortable clipping the threads that hold the vent closed? I think I’d want to see how it relaxes before committing.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 months ago

    I think it is sufficiently different from your other coat. Do you love it? It sounds a wee bit like you are talking yourself into it. Like Kathie, I think your existing coat is superior. But that’s my preference. I like a classic style in coats for longevity (my climate is not as cold as yours). If you love it, I would take Angie’s advice on the right fit.

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Keeping the XS and taking it for sleeve alterations. A few better pics: 

  • Irina replied 2 months ago

    I think it looks beautiful on you, Suz. This style of jacket suits you very well. Definitely, a keeper. 

  • merwoman replied 2 months ago

    Yes! Looks fantastic!!

  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    WOOOHOOO! 

    *waving at my coat twin*

    (I can't wait to fetch my alterations this week!)

    The extra lighter pics make a big difference, Suz. Now you can see the architectural fit better, and especially from the side! 

    I predict we will be wearing this yummy beauty a lot :)

  • Joy replied 2 months ago

    Great coats.  I agree with Bijou that you have should have both...the old one and the new XS as this is a signature color and year round wearable.  Other wise I would just keep the old one.  It's a great looking coat.

  • Indigoprint replied 2 months ago

    It looks fab on you. To my eye it is not a traditional Pea. So a different coat suitable for different occasions to wear a little dressier but still looking good with jeans.
    Such a good review regarding how it will stand up to cold...which for is cold weather folks is a significant consideration.

  • slim cat replied 2 months ago

    Looks great! Love the texture ;) .

  • Jaime replied 2 months ago

    I think that coat is one of the surprise hits of the NAS for me (from my position as a spectator). Glad you were able to decide the sizing!

  • kellygirl replied 2 months ago

    I learn so much from these threads! I love the slightly oversized fit as well. Amazing coat on you!

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