I hate puffer jackets! OK, OK…I don’t like puffer jackets. I often try to teach my 6-year-old to say “I don’t like” instead of “I hate”. Hate is such a strong word, and sometimes it can bite you in the ass. So yeah, let’s just say I don’t like puffer jackets.
You guys know I’m from Bogotá, and though it’s a cold city for Colombia, it’s nothing compared to winters here in NY. ( I talk more about what to wear when traveling to Colombia, here). I like elegant, tailored coats, and blazers and leather jackets, but puffy jackets? Eeek, no.
But what do you do when you have to get used to the weather changes and extreme temperatures? You adapt!
My Favorite Classy Coats At J. Crew
My favorite place for stylish-yet-warm coats has become J.Crew. The quality never lets me down and the styles are timeless. Here are four coats I love from J.Crew. Some I already own, while others I ordered to try on — I have a feeling I’ll be adding a few to my closet this season.
Ready? Let’s start!
1. J.Crew Chateau Puffer Jacket
Puffer jacket? Lol, I know…but as I said, sometimes words bite you in the bum. I actually like this jacket. The style is chic, and the color options are amazing. Black jackets aren’t my thing, I can’t help but feel like I’m blending in with all of NY…but I still needed something neutral so went for this olive.
TME Why: – Sustainable! It’s filled with recycled PrimaLoft, a great replacement to down that’s usually made with new plastic (not this time — this one keeps 15 plastic bottles out of the ocean). It’s lightweight YET very warm. I’ve heard and even read in the comments that it can withstand Michigan winters. My favorite part? The drawstring. I’m petite with a small waist. Shapeless coats do nothing for me, and I usually feel like I’m swimming in them. Should I add that it doesn’t have a visible logo? I don’t like visible logos on my clothes. Anyone like me?
Sizing: TTS. I ordered a petite XS and it’s perfect.
I love this so so much! Many more colors, so don’t ignore it because of my choice of color.
TME Why: This is J.Crew’s double-cloth, wool-lined with Thinsulate, which makes it very warm. Polished silhouette. It’s chic and elegant, but at the same time very easy to dress up and down. I’ve worn it with jeans and leggings, but also for more dressy occasions. Worth every penny.
This is the newer version that comes in amber (the one I have), black, and bright cherry. But the classic version, which basically doesn’t have the button tabs at the waist, comes in eight more colors. Same fit and silhouette.
Sizing: I went for a size 4 petite. I’m usually XS in tops, so I’d say it runs slightly small depending on what you want to layer underneath. I plan on pairing with thicker sweaters so sized up. It still looks tailored and not big at all.
I’ve had this coat for two years now, and it’s been a favorite every fall and winter since. Even though my exact color is not available anymore, they make it in new colors every year.
TME Why: 100% wool. Boiled means it’s tightly woven for major warmth without the bulk. It’s unlined, which I find easier to layer more things underneath. I’ve even layered my biker leather jacket under as pictured above.
Sizing: I have the size 0 regular length because the petite was sold out when I bought it two years ago — but it’s fine. I’d say is TTS.
Favorite teddy coat I’ve ever tried on. Saw it at the store and fell in love right away. I’m waiting for my size to get here so I can try it on and get more pics.
TME Why: The fit is perfect. Not too oversized like many teddy or faux fur coats. All the colors are beautiful and more importantly, it’s really warm. Check out the dried rose color! It’s gorgeous.
Sizing: I’m wearing an XXS because my size wasn’t at the store, and it’s a bit snug. I’d say it runs TTS. Some reviews say the sleeves are short, so keep that in mind and size up if you have longer arms.
Shop Warm & Stylish Coats At J. Crew
I still need to try the Lodge coat which is slightly tailored and seems like a great option for a not-too-long coat that makes you look taller. I also want to try the Chateau Parka that has a beautiful A-line and is a great everyday option. I linked all of the jackets I’ve tried plus a few more I’m eyeing up below!
Which was your favorite?
To see which ones I chose and how I’ll wear them this cold season, find me over on IG (@julietatorresd). You’ll also find all the high-rise jeans, and a raw and vulnerable take on motherhood. Social media shouldn’t be for the good things only. See you there!