J.Crew Lady Day Coat (Factory Version here. I’m also a HUGE fan of the Cocoon Coat, Factory’s Version of the Cocoon Coat, Chateau Parka, Factory’s Version of the Chateau Parka, and Collarless Coat!) / LOFT Sweater (On sale! I have this one, too, and I LOVE it! I went up a size in both for an oversized look, FYI.) / Hudson Jeans c/o / Sole Society Pumps (Available at Nordstrom, too. And also love this kitten heel pair, available at Nordstrom, too; this bow pair, available at Nordstrom, too; and this pair! Wait: and this pair.) / Tory Burch Earrings / Kate Spade Clutch (Old, similar here, here and here)
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s scary how much hot pink I used to wear all at once. Like, in my 20s. I’m still a big supporter of hot pink, but now I wear it in moderation. A few years ago? I definitely looked like a walking piñata, haha. Please don’t scroll back to my older posts. It’s mortifying. ;)
While I don’t wear as much hot pink as I used to, I still break out my Lady Day Coat, which is also available in the more affordable Factory version. Because A) the bright color brings a little happiness to dreary winter days, and B) STADIUM- AND DOUBLE-CLOTH WOOL IS AMAZING.
I can’t say I know a whole lot about J.Crew’s Stadium- and Double-Cloth wool, except for the fact that it’s made in Italy and it’s inspired by the fabric used in old-school stadium blankets. And that it’s the warmest wool ever. While my coats–I have the Cocoon Coat, too–aren’t as warm as my ridiculously toasty puffer (also available at Tuckernuck), they do a shockingly great job.
I talk about this all the time, but I don’t handle the cold well. (Funny how I ended up in Chicago.) I carry a sweater around with me at all times in the summer just in case, and I typically go from summer attire to heavy coats within the span of a month. (Always struggled with transitional periods!) Yet J.Crew’s Stadium- and Double-Cloth somehow keeps me warm… even in Chicago in the dead of winter.
Now, DON’T go out and replace your puffer with one of these wool coats. (When temperatures are under 20, I usually grab my Canada Goose first.) But they’re a fantastic alternative, in my opinion, for when you’re in need of change, or when you’re dressing up and your marshmallow coat looks a little silly. (I wore mine yesterday in eight-degree weather. And it wasn’t torture.)
Need help with sizing?
Each coat runs a little differently. For sizing purposes, I’m usually somewhere in the 100- to 110-pound range (depending on the season and how bad my cookie intake is), and I wear a size 0 or XS in J.Crew. I also have small shoulders. I have a size 0 in the Lady Day Coat, but it’s tight in the shoulders, especially when I wear a sweater underneath it, and I wish I’d gone with a size 2. The Cocoon Coat and Chateau Parka, however, are far roomier. I have a size 0 in my Cocoon Coat, and I can easily wear bulky sweaters underneath it. I can’t personally speak to the Collarless Coat, but its cut makes me think it would run similarly to the Cocoon and Chateau, so my best advice would be to purchase your regular size.
Anyway, I wore this little number yesterday to run errands and because I had some girlfriends over at night, and was getting tired of my usual LuLuLemon Leggings-and-Sweatshirt look. (Ugh. Anyone else in a winter wardrobe rut?!) Granted, I was only outdoors for about 20 minutes at a time, but my Stadium-Cloth coat, once again, didn’t let me down. ;)
Follow me on Snapchat (@kellyinthecity) to see some of the fun from last night! (Just keep in mind that I’m a Snapchat beginner, and mess up frequently, haha.)
Photos by Jess Keys