It is no secret that I love J.Crew. A few years ago Matt and I were at the mall when I saw this parka in the window display. It was the first year J.Crew had it and I remember getting ALL the feels when I saw it. I don’t think I had ever wanted a coat more than I wanted this one. Unfortunately, at the time it was full price at a whopping $365 and we just couldn’t justify that price tag. We were getting married and had a strict budget, and when you live in Charlotte, it really just does not get cold enough to warrant an investment piece like this. Over the next couple years, this coat would taunt me whenever I opened the J.Crew catalogue and I kept gently reminding Matt that I longed to have it one day.
It was a couple years later when Matt got the job in Cleveland that the reality set in for both of us that we were very ill equipped for a REAL winter and had no heavy winter coats or clothing for that matter. A couple weeks before he moved to Cleveland (remember that he moved a year before I did), we went to the mall to buy him some cold weather gear where he surprised me by purchasing the coat for me.
Talk about mixed feelings! I had wanted this coat for so long, but to have to move to Cleveland to justify getting it? It is funny how life works out.
I wore this coat as my go-to coat, my entire first year of living in Cleveland. The stadium cloth, and detachable hood has kept me so warm. I love that it has a zipper, AND buttons for extra warmth. It also has deep pockets for when I need to stuff my hat or gloves when I go into a store. It has a beautiful Italian silk lining, and is flattering on every body shape. I also love how warm it is when I am outside, but when I am inside and unzip it, I never feel overheated or overly bulky. I honestly cannot say enough positive things about this coat. I have owned it for almost 3 years now and it still looks like it is in impeccable shape.
It is currently full price for $365 and comes in 4 colors. However, after YEARS of working at J.Crew, I know that the coats always go on major sale after the holidays so keep an eye out if you want this. I will also keep checking and will update you all when the price drops
I hope everyone has a restful and Merry Christmas!