Friday, January 18, 2013

Nordic Blue

What is your favorite winter coat? Do you own many, or do you wear just one or two all winter long? 

I am somewhere in between and although I don;t have a collection I do like to alternate between 3 or 4 coats. Last year the winter was very mild and I wore my Majesty peacoat (seen HERE) the most. On colder days I would swap it for Boulevard trench coat  (seen HERE). When the temperture dropped even further I would wear my Wintress puffer, which I think never happenned last year. All these coats are in basic colors, navy, beige and charcoal. I wear quite a lot of black in general but I don't like black coats, or maybe I just did not find one that does not attract lint like crazy and does not seem so funeral appropriate.   

The Elements coat that I bought last year was not something I really needed but I thought it would be fun to have something more colorful and more casual. This coat fulfilled that need perfectly and I have worn it a lot. It looks great with pants but not so bad with a pencil skirt either. I really like the Nordic Blue color and even the hood does not look too bad and stays on your head when you put it up.


This coat is  similar to this year's stadium cloth duffle coat (currently on sale). I like last year's version better because it has buttons and loops in addition to the zipper. To me, it makes a big difference because I hate fussing with zippers and find the buttons easier. I suppose it should be the opposite but that's the way I roll.


I have mentioned before that blue with yellow always manages to cheer me up. Underneath I was wering a gray perfect fit v-neck and  therefore could sport another favorite of mine, ochre with yellow.



This coat is made of stadium cloth fabric, which is the warmest from J.Crew coat fabric and the only one I buy. Due to the dense weave it is surprisingly warm and soft without being bulky and heavy.  Most of the time the double cloth fabric feels very artificial to me, even if wool content is similar and the cashmere blends seem too thin and fuzzy so I stick to stadium cloth. Although I have to say that I liked the double cloth fabric on the slim trench, especially in pink.

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That's all folks!

Did you buy the coat this year or are you waiting for a deeper markdowns after the Holidays?

What is your favorite J.Crew coat or do you stick to different brands?

Please share, It would be no fum without you!!!




25 comments:

  1. Ouuu I'm definitely waiting for the cocoon coat in green to go on sale/popback <3 hope it makes it!

    Tasia

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    1. I am pretty sure you will get it on sale pretty soon :) I liked the color and the wool on that coat a lot.

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  2. Like that blue on you very much. I've been going through a coat thing, I just did a big edit. I mostly wear my Brora coats, both tweed, one oatmeal and one pale green. I do think JCrew makes a nice coat and I bought a dark tweed one on sale this week, I was going to wait for fall and hope that Brora made a darker tweed but decided to pounce. The Brora coats are very expensive full price and I wanted one I could wear the rest of this year and in the fall.
    Coats are so important in cold climates after all!
    I like the green coats that J Crew did this year as well, such pretty colours are a big cheer-up.
    Have a great weekend ajc!
    xo!

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    1. Those Brora coats are great but yes, pricey. But if you can wear them for years they are worth it. I think I am not so much into coats because I don't walk much in the winter but it makes perfect sense in your case.

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  3. Since winter is soooo long here, and it's usually all anyone sees on me, coats are my favorite things. I love J.Crew's coats, and have a lovely array to choose from, and they never fail to cheer me up. Love that nordic blue!

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    1. I know you love the coats M and you wear the brights so well, I loved the pink one you bought this year!

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  5. I have this same coat, it's a favorite. I saw one just like it at the Factory store last year in a tan color and I bought it too thinking that was ridiculous to have the same coat in two different colors, but the price was too good to pass up (and the Factory one is lined in acetate, odd!). Now I alternate these two coats and my Factory puffer the most in winter, so they were a good buy for me. I love the Nordic Blue. I'm starting to work the charcoal Stadium-Cloth Boulevard Trench into rotation too. Still on the fence about whether to keep the light pink Stadium-Cloth Duffel Coat I bought. It is a much heavier coat than my elements coats, and like you said it has no buttons. I really love J. Crew coats!

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    1. That is funny that they use the acetate on factory but a good thing. I also heard that factory puffers are great. I love the Boulevard trench and charcoal is a great color, I am sure you will wear it a lot.

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  6. I bought the double-cloth "majestic purple" (really more of a blue-purple) funnel coat from J Crew this month with the additional 30% off of final sale items for a very good price. I had never bought a J Crew coat before but really wanted something bright and colorful. Until this year I had 2 winter coats -- camel and black, both excellent, both in perfect condition and several years old, but there is definitely something spirits-lifting about a bright color. I am really enjoying having the options to choose from now and so far am quite pleased with the double-cloth funnel coat.

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    1. I was also always a neutral coat buyer but I think having one coat in the bright color that you love is a great idea and definitely something that can cheer you up on a gloomy winter day :)

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  7. Love this colour on you! As you know, I added 3(!) coats this fall - two peacoats from Lands End that were priced amazingly and have loved wearing, and my Cinza Rocca grey coat I got for Christmas. The latter is really more of an elegant coat, which was missing in my wardrobe.

    I so love the blue/yellow combo! Makes me so happy, too. For some reason, it feels dutch to me - why would that be?

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    1. I remember all those coats you bought this year and I loved all three of them, especially the one you got for Christmas.
      There is something about the blue with yellow, maybe it is about the sky and the sun?

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  8. Beautiful coat! I have several of the J. Crew double cloth coats (Lady and Metro) with thinsulate in basic colors like black, dark brown, tan but also green, flame and, most recently, golden sun! Love them all. I might bite on the retro jade metro if it gets marked down to 179 plus 30% off. I live in a very cold climate so I rock these coats from early November through the end of March at least. The bright colors help add a little fun to long winters and I always get compliments on them.

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    1. I agree, if you live in a cold climate it is smart to have more choices, the cost per wear end up being very little anyway. And whatever lifts your spirit is a great investment :)

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  9. When I moved to Canada I started buying coats like there was no tomorrow. I prefer some variety since we are in coats for several months of the year so I do have quite a collection, although there are definitely favorites that see more wear.

    I used to buy a J.Crew coat every year but stopped after my Nordic blue peacoat became a pilly mess with cracked and loose buttons. It was such a disappointment as I paid full price and love the color. Looks like yours has held up well though, nicely paired with the ochre skirt.

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    1. I remember you had a problem with your coat, it was horrible and it almost scared me from buying J.Crew coats but this one seems to be OK, fingers crossed...

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  10. I have a coat problem and have many coats. I have several J Crew coats and just bought the pink symphony coat for less than I can buy it at the Lynchburg outlet. I have a black Metro coat that I bought at the sale in Lynchburg for 60 or 70 dollars. I have worn it the most. I have an old white lady day coat that I bought for $40 but it gets too dirty. I also have a green (olive) coat from J Crew that I bought at the outlet for not a lot of money. I also have a down coat that is long and black that I wear a lot. It is very warm and lightweight. I don't like short coats other than ski jackets. I like the J Crew coats but they don't work well over a lot of clothes. I was tempted to buy one in Retro Jade but I stopped myself. There are some great deals right now on the web site so the shopping is right if you need a new coat.

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    1. Wow those are great prices you got on those coats! It is hard to resist sometimes but I told myself I have enough. I prefer shorter coats for driving but longer coats are more elegant and a must imo with a dress.

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  11. I LOVE this coat!! I love J. Crew but have never bought a coat there. Maybe I need to now! :) I love your blog! Your my favorite I have come across lately!
    -Bridgette
    http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Brigette, I think J.Crew coats are still very decent quality for a price, especially on sale. I tried few coats this year and I did not think the quality has declined and some even seem better than previous years models, like the Cocoon and Majesty.

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  12. hmm, I think I have a coat problem. Right now, depending n weather, the favorites are: Burberry black wool-cashmere slim funnelneck, it's long, single-breasted, belted; and Ralph Lauren navy pea jacket, heavy wool. I bought a navy JC wool-cashmere trench this winter, that's getting a lot of wear also.

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    1. Your coats sound very pretty, no wonder they are favorites. I like the shape of the JC cashmere trench and I was tempted by the burgundy one.

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  13. I used to have only two coats (basically a Moncler puffer and a wool coat) for many years but in the last few years I have been buying two each season (I am in denial but it is true). Last year was the year of the navy Elements and the Wintress puffer (to replace my Moncler), this year I bought the Loft peacoat (cheap but still) and the the greatcoat. I think I am at saturation point since I don't have excuse of the colors (I cannot do bright coats) and I have now two in every neutral (two camel, two black, two navy and one greyish). My favorite is probably the Script coat, I always get compliments on it (I have the antique stone and black in two different sizes and they look like two different coats, the black one looks more sporty because it is a 0 and much shorter than the 2. In fact, now that I think about it I don't have a really elegant black evening coat.)
    You look lovely in those colors!

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    1. hi Ema, I remember you saying that the coats don;t tempt you as much, it is funny that you succumbed to their charm, I can definitely empathize :)
      I loved the script coat on you, it is still more unusual than most. I tried it but it did not work on me because it was tight in the chest.

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