I reviewed the grey girl’s bow front coat in this old post (from 2014) but I can’t remember why I no longer have the coat in the grey color. I think I sold it during a closet edit since I went with a smaller size (size 12) in the past and then the sleeves were too short. I still have the bow front coats in chartreuse which I got in 2012 (as seen here) and navy which I got in 2017 (last seen here).
I ended up ordering this year’s coat in grey when it was on sale for $65.25 during Thanksgiving weekend (it was $60.25 after I used $5 in rewards). I like that this version has a full zipper closure and longer sleeves which aren’t bracelet length on me. The zipper pull had a hot pink ribbon which I cut off since I thought that was an unnecessary detail. The coat is available in grey, red and black this season but various sizes and colors pop in and out of stock online as people make returns.
For size reference I’m 5′ 2.5″ and I’m currently 115 pounds. I usually wear size 00/XXS regular in J.Crew outerwear. The measurements of the coat in girl’s size 14 is as follows: 15″ shoulders, 38″ bust (measurements taken with coat zipped), 23.5″ sleeves, 13″ upper arm circumference, 10″ end of sleeve circumference, 44″ along the bottom hem
and 33″ total length. The material for the outer shell is 45% wool, 45% polyester, 10% other fibers and the lining is 100% polyester.
J.Crew Factory Girl’s Wool-Blend Bow Coat, size 14 | LOFT Turtleneck Poncho Sweater, size XXS regular (review here) | Horse Leather Bag Charm | Banana Republic Factory Leather Tote (sold out online, item #7761250010000, review here) | Sam Edelman Loraine Loafer (review here) | 3’x5′ Safavieh Tulum Collection Moroccan Boho Accent Rug in ivory/grey ( TUL268A) | Click here (zipped), here and here (unzipped) and here (back view) to view the clips from my try-on
I wore the jacket out this past weekend since we were just coming and going so I didn’t need a heavy coat. My husband wanted to wear his new grey sweater and sneakers (both true to size) so I decided to match him. Ralphie even has his own little grey doggy polo shirt (he took size M and he’s a 15-16 pound Shih Tzu). We took the above mirror selfie at Banana Republic and the sales associate tried to sell us on the matching pet sweaters for my husband and Ralphie.
I finally found a long puffer coat that I like and it’s kept me warm with recent temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s here in New England. The material is water resistant and windproof and I like that it’s not too bulky. It looks similar to the Banana Republic Factory version I recently reviewed here which I ended up returning but the snap buttons on this Orolay coat are easier to fasten and unfasten and the zipper is smooth. The pockets are deep and lined and the hood also provides good coverage when I don’t want to wear a separate beret or beanie. (If you’re looking for a new beanie I recommend the ones by Turtle Fur since many styles are lined and you can find them for less via Sierra. You can see the one I got last year in this post and this is a similar style on their direct website.)
The measurements of the long puffer coat in size XS are as follows: 16″ shoulders, 24.5″ sleeve length, 38″ bust, 40″ hips, 48″ along the bottom hem, 36″ total length in the front and 38″ total length in the back.
Last year I got the Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket in size XXS which I reviewed here. I recently ordered this Orolay coat to try in the neutral color since I liked how looked more fitted at the waist but the removable faux fur trim was so awful and cheap looking that I sent it right back without trying it on. They buttons show if you remove the faux fur trim so that wasn’t an option. The hood is removable but I prefer coats with a hood so the quality of the faux fur trim was a deal breaker for me.
I’ve been looking for new narrow calf boots since my favorite boots (from 2014) are getting worn in the back heel. I ordered the Madewell boots to try because the online reviews mentioned that they run narrow. The smooth leather is really nice quality but they were not narrow enough for my preference. The measurements of the boots (measured from US size 7) are as follows: 14″ circumference, 15″ shaft height, 11.25″ ankles and 2.5″ heels. I have 13″ calves at the widest measurement taken mid-calf and the upper part of my legs directly below the knee caps are 12″ which is why there’s a noticeable gap as seen here. The Madewell boots are a comparable fit and style as these Hunter Original refined rain boots (review and measurements here) as seen on me here (I tried the Madewell boots on one foot and the Hunter boots on the other so you can better see the fit side by side).
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