Awhile back, I had mentioned I was waiting for this coat to go on sale, as all J. Crew things do eventually: Well, they surprised me by opening up their sale before Christmas (is this a trend?). It's down to $150 from $300. Also, "4444" at checkout got me $20 off. I checked out the coat in-store a couple weeks ago. It's a wool blend, I think like 80 wool/20 nylon or something, so it's not the most excellent fabric. The cut is very nice, and I really liked the way a size large fit me - they don't have numerical sizes - I'm generally a 42R. I'm not sure how well it would function over a suit, as it fit me in the shoulders only a tad looser than a suitjacket. The coat is a subtle black/charcoal herringbone, the overall effect is charcoal. It's a perfect replacement for the BR black coat I had a few years ago, but I'm not sure how great it would be as an overcoat. If someone wants to jump in and define overcoat vs. topcoat, and explain why this item is neither, feel free. I also called the local bricks and mortar J Crew, and they said they do not honor website prices in store. This also means that I won't be watching the cotton Victoria Grantham coat on ebay from eDealstyle. It's listed as a 44, but the measurements sound like they'd fit smaller.
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12/23/04 at 4:26pm