It’s no secret that I have a minor obsession with J. Crew coats. I love their classic styles, shapes, and subtle details, and they’re also incredibly well made which means they stand up to Chicago winters. I’ve never been a giant puffy coat person so it’s nice to have an alternative that feels a little sleeker. My first foray into the world of J. Crew coats was actually via J. Crew Outlet (or, now, J. Crew Mercantile). I was driving home from taking my occupational therapy boards and in a state of (unnecessary) despair. I needed something to dull the pain of (not actually) failing, and, lo and behold, the cocoon coat was on sale.
I’ve now owned that same cocoon coat for 5 years, and it shows no signs of stopping. It doesn’t even contain J. Crew’s patented thinsulate material since it’s the Factory version, and, yet, I still feel like it keeps me warm in the winter. I love the neckline, and it layers perfectly with scarves. This past March, I found the bright pink version during an end-of-season sale for less than $80, and my brightly colored coat collection grew. I will be honest that I find the cocoon style to be a little bulkier due to its structure. However, I do like that it’s a zipper closure as I find those more functional than button closures. I typically run a 14-16 in tops, and I wear this coat in a size 14.
I recently added this coat to my collection, and it feels way more sophisticated than any other coat I’ve owned. It’s very simple and designed like, well, a topcoat. I wouldn’t say it’s built for the snow or deep cold, but I think it’s the perfect coat for fall or going out. The wool is actually really soft so I don’t foresee it being itchy or uncomfortable. I decided to go down one size to a 12 in this coat as it has a bit of stretch to it. That being said, I don’t see myself buttoning it very often since I’d rather layer it with sweaters and scarves.
I’m about to make a very bold statement- I think this may be my favorite purchase of all time. Like, I think I love it even more than my wedding dress. I had never spent this much on a coat (or any other item, for that matter), and I went back-and-forth about it for years. However, I was hooked as soon as they released the bright red. The winters can be so dull and dreary, and I personally love having a bright coat to combat the winter blues. Everything about this coat is perfection- the weight, the structure, the detailing, the detachable fur. I also love the subtle A-line shape and think it’s flattering on everyone. Last year, J. Crew didn’t release the red version, but I saw that it’s back this year! I also love the green color they just released. Thanks to the thinsulate layer I can honestly say I’ve never been cold while wearing this coat. It runs large so I bought the 12, and I can easily layer sweaters underneath while zipping no problem. J. Crew Factory also makes a version!
This obviously isn’t a winter coat, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth spring, summer, and fall. I honestly don’t think I’ve owned a true raincoat since I was a kid, but I bought this one at my mom’s recommendation. I knew it would be smart to have something in Italy, and I love how the details on this one make it look a little chicer. There’s also an adjustable band that allows you to cinch in the waist a bit so you don’t look like you’re wearing a garbage bag. I went with a large in this coat, and I have plenty of room to layer. It’s also genuinely waterproof! If anything, you’ll just get a little sweaty since moisture isn’t really going out either.
How to Buy
J. Crew coats aren’t cheap, but you don’t have to resign yourself to paying full price. This year is actually the first time I’ve seen J. Crew include the popular cocoon, topcoat, and chateau parka in their fall sales so take advantage! I’ve also found the Factory/Mercantile versions hold up incredibly well if you aren’t ready to commit to the regular store version.
Winter coats are no joke around here, and I feel like J. Crew carries an array of choices that can work for almost any weather or style. What’s your preferred coat aesthetic? Puffer? Peacoat? Fleece? Let me know which styles I’ve missed!