Originally Posted by greatfire
It's really hard to quantify what makes any piece great.
Mainly, IMO, the main attribute is the cut. The silhouette is the most important thing. How it interacts with your body to enhance the better features while disguising the lesser, and yet strike its own shape, are paramount. If the silhouette and style speaks to a function and yet is aesthetically pleasing, that's even better. Great materials are a plus, but not essential - luckily, some of the best materials are also very functional (good shearling, cashmere, wool, etc.) But a well cut coat of cheap fabric will look
better than a bag made of vicuna.
If your priority is function first, however, this changes things somewhat.
And personally, I don't like that shearling much, but if it fit well, it might be a different story.