Considering coats...

First, the sickbed report.  My doctor says it is just a nasty virus, and I should stay in bed. I suspect enterovirus. Today it is hard to breathe. But they ruled out pneumonia (at least for now). It's watch and wait. 

They did not say I had to stop planning my wardrobe.  :) 

I have not had a chance to add my coat tally to the recent thread about coats. But for winter coats, I currently own 3. 

1. Dark blue-grey (slate) puffer coat with removable hood/ faux fur by Lole. It is an extremely well made and warm coat but it does have a slight "gear" vibe to it. Which makes sense, because it's made by a gear company.  (Going into its 4th season). I love this coat, but the grey (while flattering) can weigh on me after a few months of frequent wear. I live in a grey place. 

2. Wool blend military style colourblock peacoat by Vince Camuto. Got this on a steal from Winners a few years ago and wear it a LOT. It has only a thin poly lining so is not as warm as my other coats. And it is quite fitted. But it does layer over a leather jacket or blazer and is a great travel coat. You may not be able to tell from the photos but it is ink up top and black on the bottom. (Going into its 3rd season). 

3. Hilary Radley coat in cranberry red wool/ alpaca. This is my dressiest coat and also my most luxurious. I love it. It was my first major purchase on joining YLF. I am sorry this photo is so horrid. It's not quite knee length but is my best coat for skirts/ dresses. The neckline can be worn up, like a funnel neck; folded over (I am not sure what that neckline is called); or open for an exaggerated collar look. I love this variety. (Going into its 4th season). 

I would like to add another coat to my collection. I am considering a cocoon shape to accommodate bulkier knits. I am also considering another puffer coat. 

If I get a new puffer I would strongly prefer a colour or white/ cream. If anyone has any leads, please let me know. Sadly, I'm sized out at LLBean. And usually  (though not always) sized out at Land's End. 

I was also hoping for colour in a new wool coat, if I get one. Coats are among my statement items, I wear them a lot, and the colour makes me happy. 

Problem? I haven't found many coloured coats that could work for me this year. Alas. 

Here are the J. Crew cocoon coats I have been mulling about. The first one is a lovely colour for me (I think) but reads so much more casual to my eye. 

The second is elegant and sophisticated, and as a neutral, probably more versatile. But would that be soul-sucking beige on my complexion? I can wear oatmeal and taupe and a pink-beige very well -- but a yellowy beige makes me look as bad as I can possibly look. 

Also, can anyone tell me the difference between double cloth and stadium cloth? 

Sizing is a whole other issue. Ugh. Can't try on where I live. Have to guess. Will have to pay big time for shipping back if there are any mistakes. 

Thank you for your thoughts!! :)

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  • cinnamon fern replied 5 years ago

    Suz, how about this white puffer?  I tried it the other day and really liked it - the color, the washability (crucial with a white coat and three dogs), the big collar, the shaping at the waist, the low price.  It's not ultra-light down but a real Canadian winter coat (which is why it didn't come home with me).|/women/outerwear/jacke|

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ooh!  I like it. And the price is really right!  Sadly, they don't ship to Canada. They're sold out of XS but maybe S would work....if I could get. I am off to look again -- thank you! 

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    CF, thanks for posting that. I really like it -- and the price. It's going on my maybe Christmas list.

    Suz, I really like the cocoon coat and I know Angie is a big fan of it. She's put several clients in it. I like that it's a different shape from what you have. I currently have the Factory version (waiting for some other coats to arrive before I take the tags off) -- it is not as nice as the retail one.

    I love stadium cloth. It's what my peacoat is. It has a bit of texture and is super warm. I think double cloth may be smoother? More formal? Don't quote me on that, though.

    As for color, I love the blue but that one feels more casual to me too. The neutral would be a great addition to your lineup but I would hate for it to be the wrong neutral for you. Ugh. So hard!!!

  • replied 5 years ago

    I've always liked North Face.  Nice winter white one below, and reasonably priced.  And what about this one from MEC?  It doesn't come in off white, but I could really see you in this gorgeous blue.  Look at how sexy it looks from the back too !  (I bet you've never heard the words "sexy" and "puffer" used together :)  )

    I also saw a new version of my plaid CM coat yesterday that you might like.  It's got full-length sleeves and is in a super luxe looking mohair blend.  Awesome, but not likely dead-of-winter warm. But then, we have sexy puffer coat for that:)

  • Joyce B replied 5 years ago

    Get well soon, Suz.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Oh, wow -- Lisa, those are brilliant. You are the COAT lady!! I am off to check them out now. 

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    I'm glad to hear you went to see the doctor, Suz. Do take it very easy and stay in bed until that nasty virus disappears. And excellent that wardrobe planning is not hindered in the meantime;-)

    I noticed this Zara puffer online earlier today. (fur is removable). I especially like the defined waist and the hem detailing. No idea how warm it is though.

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Oooh Lisa, now I want that blue puffer. What a stunning colour!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Alas, Inge, it does not seem to be available in that colour in Canada. But sometimes it will show up a little later. I think they time their releases differently for different places. Either that or this one may not be deemed warm enough for a real Canadian winter! ;)   

    I am a MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) member (it is like REI in the US) so don't know why I didn't check it out before. Now I am besotted by the plaid coat but wondering if the scale will be too large for me...decisions, decisions.....

  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    I am at work so can not write a lot on my phone, but wanted to add the puffr I ordered yesterday and am waiting for to arrive. It is a very light silver grey.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I was going to suggest these puffers. I think the North Face puffer Lisa linked to is actually a dapple grey, and the LS Tanya linked to is grey too. Both fab if light grey is also in the running. 

    I also think you REALLY need a wool cocoon coat or man coat from J.Crew.

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    oh, i LOVE the uniqlo puffer....any idea how the sizing runs?

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thank you, Angie! I'm really tempted by the Uniglo if I can manage to get it shipped -- maybe they will ship to my US address. 

    Do you have an opinion on the beige J. Crew for me? I wish I could see in person. They also have it in a soft grey, but I am tired of grey. 

    There are some from last year on ebay in nice colours, also, but I like the pocket style better on this year's coat. Not a fan of the flap pockets. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Of course I have an opinion.  *smiling*

    I have seen the beige cocoon in stores many times. Almost bought it. I fear the tone is too warm for you, Suz. The light grey and blue are better for you. Sending healing thoughts. xo

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Oh Suz, this really sucks! Please get a lot of rest and get better at last!
    I got my cream puffer from Costco of all places and for $90 it served me really well for 4 years. You may want to check your Costco as well, I think the brand is Utex.
    As for JCrew: you can call them and get detailed measurements for the coats you consider, then measure your current coats to determine the right fit. This may reduce a possibility of a bad fit for you. I have not seen any of them in person so I cannot comment on quality of the fabric but I would take Angie's word for it :-)

  • replied 5 years ago

    I wasn't going to comment on the J Crew coats - but I now will seeing Angie's comment.  That beige would be deadly, in my mind, but the blue is a knockout colour. I happen to love that coat too and keep looking at it on-line. I'd personally go for one of the brighter coral (whatever it's called)  colours because I don't need it to be a basic wear-everyday-coat.

    Speaking of J Crew: I'm glad they are so hard to order from for us, or I'd be doing it all the time.  They have Canadian stores now, is there no option for shipping and returning here in Canada?  This seems a bit crazy.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Lisa, I think if I called a store and they happened to have my size of an item in stock in the colour I wanted, they would ship it (at a cost). But you have to call a store directly. And they almost never carry my size of coats in the stores. 

    I do like the blue coat for sure. Alas, sold out in my probable size. 

    So for now, I'm just going to wait. I am not going to die without a new coat right this minute. Maybe in the after Christmas sales I can get an amazing deal on one or two -- and if I wait long enough, this year's version of the cocoon will become available on ebay. Or maybe the J. Crew cocoon will come back in stock in my probable size in the blue. 

    Angie, thanks for weighing in. I fear you are right about that colour, alas. But the blue would be a slam dunk and it is bright enough not to feel too similar to navy. Maybe it will come back into stock in my size. 

  • UmmLila replied 5 years ago

    I've been looking at light colors, too. J Crew has a parka that is not white but more like a pinky cream. I don't think I like the hood, though, it looks like it might look too bulky on the shoulders so will probably pass.

    I also like the silver Patagonia scamper jacket for dog walk occasions (I have it on order.)

    And, don't know if Reiss is do - able in Canada, and have only tried their other garments, but they have some great pastels this year ... You'd look good in thr light blue or lilac I bet!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Those are beautiful coats, Ummlila! Wow. I have not tried Reiss outerwear and it's not available in Canada. I could guess at my size based on the blazer I bought in Boston, though. 

  • Jenava replied 5 years ago

    FWIW, shipping from US and returning to a Canadian store carries duty implications, so that may be why you can't do it.  sorry, I helped get Nordies set up for business in Canada, so I'm overly familiar with the intricacies.  LOL.

    Suz, I love that blue J. Crew coat for you, and I'm eyeing the white Uniqlo puffer myself!  Good luck, and get well soon...

    FWIW, I've attached coats I've been lusting after (not really considering, since I need another coat like a hole in the head).  Well, the shawl collar one I own already...from NAS.

  • replied 5 years ago

    I absolutely adore that Trina Turk plaid , and would wear that in a heartbeat. Why oh why is it so hard to find in an actual store in Canada (that isn't Holt Renfrew or a high-end boutique) nice, mid priced, gorgeous, fashion forward coats?????   

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Sending good health vibes your way, Suz. Keep resting up. You don't want it to morph into pneumonia, that's nasty.

    Just chiming in to say I love the blue JCrew coat Angie linked. Just love. In fact if I could spend the money on it, or maybe on the navy version, I would.

    Best of luck :)

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    Oh my, those Reiss coats are gorgeous. The colors are too washed out for me, but the cuts look really lovely, and the colors would be great on someone who wears pastels well. 

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    Those Reiss coat are TDF.  (Janet, by the way, I clicked through and that Lilac one also comes in cobalt.  Very tempted to go try it.)

    Hope you rest up and feel better soon, Suz!

  • Carole replied 5 years ago

    Not sure if Eddie Bauer would be available to you in Canada, but I have loved my down puffer from there and it's still going's the first I've owned and I have no idea how I ever lived without one. Your coats are stunners, Suz!

    Good luck!

    Ps hope you are well soon. I've been down this week, too. Vertigo:(

  • kerry replied 5 years ago

    Hope you feel better soon!

    If you're still considering a white puffer, this coat fits beautifully.'s-Cecil-Coat

  • Elly replied 5 years ago

    No help with the coats, but advice on the cold -- it is a 2 weeker, but most people seem to recover withOUT complications. Mucinex seems to help the most. 

  • kerry replied 5 years ago

    If you can excuse the name ... :)


  • replied 5 years ago

    I'm so sorry to hear you have a nasty virus. How wonderful that you feel like playing with your wardrobe, though. Feel better fast!

    I love the idea of a cream puffer for you, but you also need that J.Crew cocoon coat in heather twilight. If that isn't "Suz Blue" then I'm a monkey's uncle. PM me if I can help you track down a size. Coats don't sell out that fast down here. :)

  • Astrid replied 5 years ago

    I agree with Claire, that blue cocoon coat would be stunning on you.

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    These coats are making me wish I lived in a colder climate :) Hope you are on the mend Suz, take care :)

  • claire replied 5 years ago

    Suz, if you can find the coat you're looking for in a Vancouver J Crew store (the Park Royal one is 5 minutes away), I can send it to you, no problem. PM me if I can help!

  • Pree replied 5 years ago

    I love the blue cocoon coat. I have scoping out the jcrew costs as well. The cocoon runs big- so order down a size. The stadium cloth seems like a smooth wool. The double cloth seemed more textured to me. I ordered the double cloth lady day coat in coral- my first bright coat so I hope the blue works out for you. Feel better!

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I've eyed that J.Crew coat several times -- I adore the blue and the modern shape.  Then I sigh, because I'm pretty sure those sleeves won't clear my forearms. And the hips?  What hips can fit in that coat?

    Well, my dear, that means that I get Bean while you get J. Crew.  I suspect that the very cut that doesn't work for me will make you look fab.  My only question would be the shoulder line.  I'm learning that I prefer a natural shoulder to a rounded raglan or dropped shoulder.  I think the stand up collar will give you the structure you need in the shoulder area, and, with a more Regency than Raphaelite bosom, you won't have any bulkiness to worry about.

  • krishnidoux replied 5 years ago

    Suz, you have a great collection of coats, each playing a part in your wardrobe, and are wise to enlarge it for more specialized uses. I really love your cranberry one. Another cocoon and another puffer would be a good idea too. Make sure you try the cream ones as there are many shades out there, and some enlighten a blond complexion while others don't do any favors. 
    I hope you will get better soon! I am so sorry you feel bad from being sick right now. It sounds horrid. Please rest well. 

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    I'm glad you went to the Dr., and Whew! So glad it's not something that can stop you from planning your wardrobe! I mean, we'd have to take drastic measures in that case...

    I don't really have any suggestions other than to say that I love that Trina Turk plaid coat, and I think a cocoon coat would be very flattering. I tried one on last season and loved the style.

    Rest and get better soon!

  • Glory replied 5 years ago

    Suz I have your solution. Once healed, hop in your car, 1 hour or so Northish over to me. We have a new outlet mall open - Tanger - housing J Crew, Michael Kors and loads of others. It opened one week or so ago.We also have Eddie Bauer, HM, Zara etc at Bayshore mall. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Well that sounds great, Glory! I am very tempted to do just that. :)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Feel better Suz! Shopping for coats at retail stores is sort of out of my ken, but I love the idea of a white puffer and bright wool coat for you. Duh :-)!

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Don't you need an orchid puffer?

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    unfrumped, I'd love an orchid puffer. Haven't seen the right one yet, but I can still keep looking! :)

  • Vicki replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I wish you a speedy recovery from your virus and even when you're not feeling 100%, you still have your delightful sense of humor.

    As for all these pretty coats, I don't have any experience with puffers (why would I here in California!), and I am drawn to the J. Crew Stadium Cocoon Coat in the blue, as Claire mentioned.

    As for your current coats, I love the Vince Camuto ink and black military-style coat, and just wish it had a warmer lining for you.  That style works beautifully on you.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Just chiming in to say I hope you feel better soon. I just recovered from a virus that plagued me for 10 days, so I know how it feels. It seems like it's never going to end.

    As for the coats, I vote for the blue one. Even if you can't get that coat, maybe you can find another one in that same color. That's assuming it's what you're looking for.

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    How are you feeling this morning, Suz?

    Just wanted to add that I had a quick look on the Massimo Dutti and Macy's websites, and found a few coats that might have potential. (The Via Spiga one comes in red, but I could only collect the white version.).

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Oh, and speaking of orchid puffers. Have you seen this short LE puffer coat, Suz? 
    I bought it in the Fuschia Plum Heather colourway because I needed a warm coat for (exercise) walking in cold weather. The colour is slightly less vibrant in real life, and maybe not a true orchid, but a beautiful colour nonetheless. I also love it in Hedgerow Heather and in Nautical Heather.

    The Nautical Heather is also available for the long puffer. A shame that they changed the other colours slightly for the long version (well at least for people who wear cool tones really well).

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Inge, thank you so much! Yes, I have been debating about that puffer jacket and the coat. I was worried that the colours might be a bit washed out but am encouraged by your review. I'll need to check the website again -- I could have sworn that Fuchsia plum was also available in the coat length in N. America but I could be fooling myself and perhaps that is why I didn't pull the trigger -- because I don't want another blue-grey coat and I don't really want a jacket length, either. 

    I am off to follow up on your other links. I suspect the Massimo Dutti coats are not warm enough for my climate, alas....but still worth a look, for sure! You are the link-lady extraordinaire!! :)

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Glory and Suz, not to burst your bubble, but your Tanger JCrew will be an outlet and not a retail JCrew. (I shop at Tanger outlets in Kittery Maine. That is where my JCrew outlet is.)

    For some things the outlet will be fine and even great: flannel pjs, button-down shirts, jeans, jewelry, some blazers, etc. Winter coats (in my experience) are very much a crap shoot. I just returned the outlet cocoon coat I bought a couple of weeks ago. It's several inches shorter than the retail version and it is a very lightweight wool (it wrinkled visibly just by from hanging in my hall closet, which is full but not packed with coats) -- the upshot is the wool is really not very substantial. I am heading to a JCrew retail store tomorrow to try on the retail cocoon coat, and I am expecting it to be quite a different animal.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, Viva. I have never looked at Outlet stuff but I definitely want a decent quality coat.

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