Soia & Kyo Coat + Some Recent Alterations

Soia & Kyo Bergi coat after alterations (dressy)

Soia & Kyo Bergi coat in sz XS (with alterations by All Fit Tailoring)
Dressed up with my Louboutin Simple 100 pumps as seen in my 11/7 OOTD


Soia & Kyo Bergi coat after alterations (casual)

Worn casually with Hunter 0rain boots as seen in my 11/08 OOTD

Yesterday marked the first snow day in Boston and luckily I was prepared. I had the foresight to bring in my Soia & Kyo Bergi coat for some alterations by my tailor and it was ready for pickup last weekend. This coat was one of my Christmas presents from my fiance last year but pre-alterations I only found a chance to wear it once to a company dinner party. (After the New Year you can expect markdowns on the coats and we ended up getting a price adjustment.)

In my opinion, Soia & Kyo is very petite friendly and figure flattering in their smaller sizes (they carry size XXS but I went up a size to XS so I could layer with comfort). They usually have a few items that catch my eye (although I wouldn’t mind having a Mackage coat too). The Bergi coat originally had a more pronounced tulip hem that you may or may not be able to discern from the stock photos and the sleeves were on the longer side. To make the coat more wearable (instead of being a special occasion coat) I had it hemmed and I also shortened the sleeves. The end result is a classic cream coat that looks great for casual wear or dressed up with pumps.

I also brought in my khaki Theory trench coat for some alterations. I loved this trench with its classic lines and details and I actually wore it as is for a few years but I was always bothered by the size of the lapel. I have a smaller chest and the lighter color makes the lapel seem more pronounced. This year I decided to do something about it and I had the lapel reduced after finding a tailor I trust.

Theory trench, after alterationsTheory khaki trench after alterations (similar here)

I admittedly forgot to take before and after pictures of the khaki trench but I have the same trench in black. You can see the original lapel (including button holes) in the picture below.

Theoy trench before (black trench) and after (khaki trench)Original lapel on left (black trench) and altered lapel on right (khaki trench)
The original lapel actually looks okay in the black version so I’ve opted to leave it alone for now.

I don’t plan on buying any new coats this season because I splurged on two Burberry coats last year (see them here and here or buy them here and here). We’ll see if I hold out. hehe I also purposely altered the Soia & Kyo coat so I’d get more wear out of it. One of my favorite things about winter are all the pretty coats (and cozy scarves… don’t get me started on scarves) but if you invest in classic/quality coats then they should least you at least a few years.What about you, are you planning on buying any new coats this season or altering an existing one?



  1. lisacng @
    November 9, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    The Soia & Kyo coat is lovely in white! Love the collar! I just bought a red short trench that is part-wool. I had to size up because my shoulders and upper arms seemed cramped but now I'm self conscious that it's too big. Maybe I should have gotten the "regular" and then had the sleeves altered. But it wasn't a magnificent coat to begin with, so I didn't want to spend the money on alterations. Anyways, I want to take some photos and see how it looks. I hope it's not as bad as I think and it's all in my head. Sorry for the long rant. LOVE the way your coat fits on you!

  2. Sheila
    November 9, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    I need to find a trench coat like yours!! It's hard to find one that fits me… probably need alterations as well. And I love peacoats.. can't get enough of them for the cold weather! :)xo – Sheila

  3. Jess L
    November 10, 2012 / 5:04 am

    Yay! So glad this comment came through. :)They have a similar one this year called Belinda I think. The style I have is available via but not in the color I bought last year. Definitely get your coat on sale if you plan to do alterations. This one would have cost me $75 in alterations but they gave me 15% off so it was $63.75. Pricey I know but I hope to love it and wear it for many more years as long as I don't get it dirty/stained.

  4. Jess L
    November 10, 2012 / 5:07 am

    Thanks so much, Lisa!! Photos never lie. Sometimes a fit pic I like one day will be a photo that I take a second look at a few days or much later. It can be so easy to fall in love with something that may not really suit you. Definitely take your time making sure it is a keeper. 🙂

  5. Stylish Petite
    November 11, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    The post lapel alterations made a huge difference! I adore the white coat on you 🙂

  6. Jess
    November 13, 2012 / 2:56 am

    love that winter white coat! i've been debating whether or not i should buy one these days. you look beyond elegant in the first pic with your LV bag and CL heels <3

  7. Jess L
    November 13, 2012 / 4:37 am

    Aww… thanks Jess! I caved and bought a Burberry jacket to 'try on' or so I tell myself.I adore coats so it's always nice to stay stylish and warm.

  8. Jess L
    November 13, 2012 / 4:38 am

    Thanks so much Annie! <3

  9. Jenny @
    November 26, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Drooling! I've been looking for an inexpensive trench coat but I haven't found one I'm pleased with yet. The Burberry trench is at the top of my wishlist. Expensive, but long-lasting. Yours look amazing!

  10. Jess L
    November 27, 2012 / 5:45 am

    Thanks Jenny! I want a Burberry trench too! I love the fabrics they use for their trench coats. My Theory is a little thin so I can only wear it if I layer underneath in the winter.

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