Saturday, October 22, 2005

Here comes my new coat

As you could tell from the last article, I was quite frustrated by my coat-searching this winter. When I was wandering in Louis Boston on this rainy Saturday, surprisingly, I found my new coat.

First of all, I was totally impressed by Louis Boston's winter collection this year. The buyer seemed to be more aggressive to me as collections by new designers such as Doo. Ri and Bon & Ging were featured on floor. I also found a couple of coats in my size, which rarely happened to me. As my last effort to find a new coat, I tried on a Bon & Ging coat, three Balenciaga coats, a Roland Mouret coat, and a Doo. Ri coat.

The Bon & Ging coat was loose on me and the material seemed limp. As much as I respect the new design duo, the quality of the coat does not justify the $1,000 + price tag.

While the entire Balenciaga coat collection is breathtaking, only a few people are able to pull it off. The problem for all the military style coats is that they are all boxy. The boxy shape looked cool on runway, but it totally covers the curves women are proud of.

The details on the Roland Mouret coat give it a distinctive couture look. An extra piece on the back drapes from the collar and elongates the entire silhouette. The smallest size available was a British size 8 (American size 2), but the shoulders were too wide on me; the draped piece was also so heavy that it pulled me down. Although that coat was not suitable for me, I highly recommend it to anybody who is above 5'10" because of the tailored body and the fine material.

Compared with all the above coats, the Doo. Ri coat got everything right. The size 2 is true to size, the belt defines my waist, the pure wool material is tightly knitted, and the signature Doo. Ri cape provides extra dimension to the coat and keeps me warm. The sleeves were a little long on me, but Louis Boston offers free tailoring service. The retail price is $1,125, which is quite reasonable for such a nicely made coat. At the moment when I almost gave up my coat search, here came my perfect coat.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The coat looks realy nice and COOL. I am trying to imagine what you will look like in it. I got my Theory suit today. Only $140 after the double coupon. This is almost the best deal I got. It is made of 95% wool. The jacket fits me very well. But the waist of the pants is a little bit loose. I am too curvy and I always compromise between waist and bottom. ---ayxblue

Jing said...

congrats on the great finds Ayxblue. It was indeed a great deal. where did you get the double coupon? I only knew one;) Did the sale start already?
I believe that a good tailor will take care of the waist, so it's going to fit on you perfectly:-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, congratulations on finding your perfect coat. I also like the white military coat. It looks so cool!

Jing said...

Thanks. I like that military coat, too. I saw the black version...it just doesn't give me curves but you are right, it is cool and cute in certain ways. I am open to get one more coat this winter though ^_^

Anonymous said...

Your new coat looks so nice.Hope to see the picture with you in it.
I also like the military coat.But I don't think it covers up your curves.Most of them are well defined on shoulders and waists.In some way,it is strict on people though.I think only women who are at least 5'3" with long limbs and shapely can wear it well.It can really bring out the handsome side of a woman.

Anonymous said...

I got my Theory suit in Off fifth. I combined a Off Fifth 30% off coupon with the Saks 20% off one together. I also got a big washed leather Cynthia Rowley handbag for $90. It can hold my 12' laptop. I didn't expect that Off fifth could allow me to combine the coupons. I should have bought a couple of turtleneck cashmere sweaters.
There is some markdown in store but I don't think the sale already started.

Jing said...

My anonymous friend, I'll probably grab that Balenciaga coat if it is still available when it's on sale. It's currently more than $3k, and I have better places to spend the $3k I think:-) platform shoes?
I hear you. Thanks for the ideas. I happen to be a tiny little taller than 5'3" (or you knew how tall I am ? ;) ). It's a lovely coat and I will not forget about it:)

Best,

Jing

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