BTW, i received my (first) Qlomaire order today...
For info : I am 1m75 (5,8¨) , 66 kg (145 ibs), normal / average silouette (not skinny, not athletic nor fat), between size 36 /38 in jackets and 30-31 in trousers
First impression : The "oversize" debate is irrelevant imho, people are overestimating the oversize thing. If you know the Lemaire silhouette and wanna achieve it, I'd say, go TTS straight up. I'm in betwwen sizes (S/M) and I actually bought all items in M ... And they fit nicely (again, for a Lemaire silhouette - slight oversized and not slim-fitting))
BUT... If you have short arms like me, you may need alterations. The sleeves are prettey long That's my only beef sizing wise
I bought :
- The shawl collar coat in greem (size M)
- The shawl collar blazer in green (size M)
- The pleated wool/cashmere trousers (size M)
- The shawl collar textured cardigan with asymetric buttoning (size M)
(yeah i love shwal collars.. lol)
The shawl collar green coat - Well, the color is actually a mix of olive green / brown / grey. definitly different from the "military" khaki green I was expecting. The fabric is thin as others have already mentionned, and it's not lined (besides the sleeve). I know many complained about the thinness of the material, but I actually thinks it's good that way.. the 10% of cashmere may help bring more warmth, and the lightweight gives a good drapey aesthetic. AND last, bit not least, there's not pictures of it closed up to the neck (with the "hidden" button hidden on the collar), but it looks fantastic that way. and another good point is the boxy cut. It allows people to wear thicker sweaters below (I have many chunky sweaters I can't wear in winter because of the slim cut of my other coats)... I keep this one .
(that's not the real sleeves length, I did a "reversed" cuff... will def get them altered. Note the seams line aligned with my shoulders: it is indeed TTS)
The shawl collar blazer in green (size M) - The campaign photos make it look brownish and describe it as "feeling/looking like felt". Both are incorrect. the color is more like a mix of dark grey and olive green, again, neither khaki nor brown and it doesnt feel of look like felt at all. It's actually the worst, quality-wise, of the items l bought; as someone mentionned earlier it indeed does look like it will pill quite quickly. The material is cheap and that ugly wool mix... "only" 70% wool"... However, the cut is very good, straight cut, not boxy nor slim fitting. The lower chest pocket add a nice touch, definitly asian vibes, especially with the collar buttoned-up to the neck. The sleeves are a little too long for my arms, and the material thinner than the coat but still warm enough for fall. Not sure If I'm gonna keep it yet. On the fence ...
(not the real sleeves length too... will get them shortened as well)
The pleated wool/cashemere pants in black (size M) - Listed in the women section on the french uniqlo online shop lol ... not sure why. and a week later they still haven't worked it out. I usually wear Uniqlo jeans in size 30 and took a M hoping I'll get a loose effect. But it actually fits like 30 trousers to me (and there's a cord if you need to adjust). Unlike the blazer, the materail actually feels and looks like felt. Thick cashemere/wool blend, good for cold winters :) it actually matches my Lemaire mainline wool/cashemere pants quality-wise. but it looks like it catches dust pretty easily.. oh it pretty long too... must be 36 inches or something, and even with cuffs it s still insanely long on me.. Will give it to my GF to shorten a little. My (slight) disappointment is that is a little too slim fit to my taste,(especially towards the ankle.. Strong taper). Would have been a 10/10 if slighly larger, especially in the thigh area. Will keep it though
(notice the exaggerated cuff.. just shows you how long those trousers are... AND I'm wearing them high on the waist!)
The shawl collar textured cardigan with asymetric buttong in black (size M) - Nothing special here. I don't like how the buttong is so low the upper part of the chest is uncovered, ruinning the main purpose (protection against the cold)... And yeah as mentionned before, even if a size M the sleeves are pretty snug, and not very comfortable, especially in the armpit area (and I'm not even muscular!)... The thumbhole is nice feature though... But if not used, you can roll the cuff back for it 'regular" cardigan look (the sleeves would be a little too long otherwise). Not sure if i'm gonna keep it, didn't have high hopes about this one anyway
(yeah, the sleeves are a bit too long... Again, I have weird arms)
Accompanying clothing items - (vintage) Helmut Lang wool khaki sweater, Raf by Raf Simons derbies, H&M wide-brimmed wool hat and wool blend roll neck)
Overall, I'm pretty satisfied, just disappointed with the blazer:(
Now wiating for the flat front wool/cashmre pants.
Edited by Moonchild - 10/10/15 at 8:55am