Every single year, J. Crew comes out with the cutest coats. And I never know exactly what size I am or which style would look best, so I always wait until I’m visiting Shana to try them on in-store…and by then most of the colors and/or sizes I want are sold out.
So since there’s no travel in my immediate future right now (wah!), I thought I’d just bite the bullet and order a bunch to try on to see what styles, sizes, and colors were my favorites.
8 J.Crew Jackets & Coats To Consider For Fall & Winter
(I Tried & Reviewed Them All For You)
Most of these coats are perfect for the weather right now, when there’s a little chill in the air, but it’s not snowing like crazy or anything. (But for that kind of weather, I’m eyeing up their Chateau Puffer that has amazing reviews and is available for pre-order right now–on sale!) All but one of these coats come in classic, petite and tall sizes…and all are on sale right now. Take 25-50% off (yup, 50!!) with code DRESSYISH.
1. Chateau Parka in Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool
This was hands-down my favorite. I love pretty much everything about it — from the fit that wasn’t too tight on across the hip or bust area, to the pretty gold detailing to the (removable) faux-fur hood. The stadium-cloth fabric adds warmth without bulk (yay!) and since most of my go-to winter coats are puffers, I am all about that. They have a ton of fun colors, but you know I love my black. I love all the pockets because more and more these days I’m finding I want to be completely hands-free. In classic, petite and tall sizes.
Chateau parka in Italian stadium-cloth wool (2) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
2. Swingy Mockneck Coat in Italian Boiled Wool
I love this coat. It’s perfect for those transitional days when you need a bit more warmth but not a full-on winter jacket (I wish I would have snagged it at the beginning of fall!). The fit is awesome — not too tight across the bust or hips but not huge and oversized either. And while the sleeves are lined, the actual body of the coat isn’t — which makes it really comfortable to wear (more like a coatigan — which I Googled to make sure it was an actual thing). In classic, petite and tall sizes.
Swingy mockneck coat in Italian boiled wool (xs) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
3. Cocoon Coat in Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool
I thought I was going to hate this coat, so I was surprised I like it so much. Typically a cocoon shape isn’t the best for curvier bodies, but this one could work. This one has just a slight cocoon shape to it and is more fitted than I thought. I love the stand-up collar (SO good), the placement of the pockets, and the fact that it’s made from that same stadium-cloth wool that adds heat without bulk. And the colors?? SO good…that heather forest color is beautiful! In classic, petite and tall sizes.
Cocoon coat in Italian stadium-cloth wool (2) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
4. Teddy Sherpa Topcoat
Gah! I wanted this one to work so badly! I love everything about it–wearing it is like being hugged by a teddy bear. It’s not too big and overwhelming like a lot of teddy coats can be–it has a much more flattering cut because of the nipped-in waist. Unfortunately, my booty is too big for the xs (the pockets pulled open when it was closed), so I’ll need to grab that small. In classic and petite sizes.
Teddy sherpa topcoat (xs) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
5. Classic Day Coat in Italian Double-Cloth Wool with Thinsulate
I’ve been eyeing this coat up for forever–I love the classic cut (perfect for highlighting the waist). The reviewers said this one ran small, so I sized up to a 4 (I’m a 6/28 in pants but have found that I’m typically a 2 in J. Crew coats,) and it was still too small because of my booty. I think sizing up to a 6 would be perfect–and still not too big in the shoulders. And the Thinsulate really does make a difference — Shana and I started wearing J.Crew’s Thinsulate peacoats sometime in the ’90s for extra warmth. I would love to wear this coat and channel Kerry Washington in Scandal. (Seriously how good is Olivia Pope’s wardrobe??) In classic, petite and tall sizes.
Classic day coat in Italian double-cloth wool with Thinsulate® (4) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
6. Lady Coat in Italian Boiled Wool
This one is lightweight and unlined — but made from a “super-cozy boiled wool” that’s tightly woven for warmth without bulk (J. Crew’s really good at that whole warmth-without-bulk thing). It comes in great (neutral) colors, but I couldn’t resist trying the pink. It was a bit more vibrant in person–I was expecting more of a softer pink, but it’s definitely hot pink. Also, some reviewers had said it ran HUGE, so I sized down to a 0 and it was too small. My normal coat size would have been perfect. In classic, petite and tall sizes.
Lady coat in Italian boiled wool (0) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
7. Daphne Topcoat in Italian Boiled Wool
This is the exact same fancy tight-woven wool fabric as the Lady Coat above, but in a more generous cut. Because it’s unlined, I find it to be much more comfortable than a typical topcoat…and the colors are awesome. So many good ones to choose from. (And check out the photo of the reviewer who wore it on a trip to New York–SO cute!). In classic, petite and tall sizes.
Daphne topcoat in Italian boiled wool (2) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
8. Blazer-Coat in Italian Wool-Cashmere
This one did not work for me. It was too big in some parts (shoulders) and too small in others (booty), which is pretty typical for me having a pear-shaped body. I did like that collar and the fabric itself is thick and soft and obviously high-quality. I was bummed this one didn’t work because their Going-out blazer is my favorite blazer of all-time. In classic, petite and tall sizes. (Ozzie was “helping” me here.)
Blazer-coat in Italian wool-cashmere (xs) | sweater (s) | jeans (28) | boots (similar, these are a lower heel option)
So there you go! My first try-on from J.Crew’s awesome line of coats. I’m going to be keeping the Chateau Parka for sure, and maybe the Swingy mockneck coat too, depending on how cold our fall gets! I have some more sizes to try, and I’m going to be ordering that Chateau Puffer asap to try as well! Let me know if there are other coats or warm winter items you guys want to see a review of — I’m always happy to try more winter essentials!
PS. This one’s for the Pinners…
This is a very dangerous post for me, Scotti, as I have a coat fetish and a very small front closet!! 🙂 All so adorable!
All so cute!
I have a request – for those of us that live in the snowy states (Maine here), I’d love to see a round-up of cute/warm/waterproof coats for shoveling snow, playing outside…but also cute enough to wear day to day. Same for boots!
Haha Bobbi, same here on the coat closet problem! Also, Scotti, I just KNEW from the main photo that the black coat with the fur would be your favorite. I ordered the Swingy Mockneck coat in the gorgeous olive color… here’s hoping I got the sizing right!
Love this! I am ordering the Chateau Parka in Stadium Wool, camel. I got rid of my coat a couple of years ago and miss it. Life has been so casual I hesitate to get a more formal coat but this looks like it works for a bit more dressed up but trendy. I’m in MN, so need warmth. It says to order a 4P but think that would be too small, of course the 6P is back ordered until mid December, but will call it my Christmas present!
I’m somewhat obsessed with teddy coats right now and this one looks so cute on you! Pretty sure I’m going to be asking Santa to bring it for me! Also, I have a boiled wool coat from J. Crew from last year and it is really good. It’s held up really well and it’s just the right amount of warmth without bulk. I highly recommend them!
I have the chateau parka- it’s six-ish years old and it’s still amazing (my middle kid was in a stroller, time was fuzzy).
I ordered the chateau parka based upon how great Scotti makes it look in this post. However I found that it was very snug in the armholes (and I don’t have wide or athletic shoulders or arms) while being very big in the body in my TTS 8. I may try a 6 if they have one in store but think they snug armholes are a deal breaker for me which is a shame because it is a great looking coat. I tried the Chartreuse which is a color I love but I didn’t like this particular version of it – a bit muddier and not as bright as I would have liked.