Rated 5 out of 5 by LIRed Better in person
Just received the jacket. I'm 5'4", 135 lbs. I usually take a medium and ordered it. Was in a rush and it said limited supply. Later in the day, after reading the reviews and since it was still available, I decided to order the small. I'm keeping the small. It does run full. The jacket looks so much better on than in the picture. Also, since I'm not as tall as the model, I like the length better on me than where it falls on the model. Got the olive green, love it. It's very stylish. Thanks to all who give reviews. They really help.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenBirdDog Perfect Boiled Wool Jacket
Usually, with a clothing item one enthusiastically rates 5 stars, one could still come up with one or two little improvement hints to pass along to customer service for next year's model.
This jacket is the rare item that I can't think of a thing I'd hope to see added or changed. I hope that Bean continues to offer it in new color choices each year, because it is imminently the kind of flattering, classic wardrobe workhorse that would be useful to own in multiple colors.
The boiled wool is perfect for cool, but not frigid, spring and fall weather. Some reviewers complained that it isn't warm enough, but I don't use it as a winter coat.
I'm in the camp that much prefers it unlined, with its neat taped seams. The boiled wool has a bit of natural stretch, enough to facilitate ease of movement, but perhaps because of the taped seams, including the shaping princess seams, it retains its shape beautifully. (Unlike many sweaters, which can lose shape after several wearings and require washing to reshape them).
The give in the boiled wool makes it easy to wear a sweater underneath in temps where the jacket over a blouse is not enough.
Love the large dual side-entry and flapped top-entry pockets!
The collar looks good open, and sharp buttoned up into a stand collar.
Amazing the way the cut of this jacket flatters very different figures.
I'm tall, used to be average leaning towards slender, but in recent years, getting thicker. The material is light and supple enough to tastefully enhance slender curves with no trace of tight or clingy, yet it also has "give" that accommodates accumulating pounds, and, somehow, still be maximally flattering.
My elderly MIL is barely five feet and apple shaped. She wears hers with print scarves at the neckline and a snazzy hat and looks fabulous.
By the way, the unlined boiled wool is the perfect weight for attaching and supporting a pin. We both often add a pin to the breast.
This jacket is so versatile. Dresses up jeans like a good looking blazer. Wonderful with dress pants and skirts.
LOVE THIS JACKET!
January 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by silia Love most of these jackets
I really love these boiled wool jackets (with a few conditions). I have this in dark brown (coffee?), wine and charcoal heather. I used to own it in darkest green, as well, but I stupidly returned that color because I liked the dark brown better. Now, I think I would have kept that color. The characteristics of boiled wool: warm, tough, and generally water resistant make these ideal for use in the Pacific Northwest. I also appreciate that these have more style than an average rain coat. I would not stand outside for long periods of time in the pouring rain in this coat, but for a typical day in and out of buildings and cars it is perfect. I tried a lined boiled wool coat from a competitor and did not like the effect the lining had on the coat. It restricted the wool's natural stretch and, because the wool had stretch but the lining did not, made it far too easy to tear the lining. While this jacket is also warm enough for a typical day in fall (or mild winter climates), it requires layering to get it warm enough for colder days.
In terms of color, I LOVE the dark brown (coffee) the most. The charcoal heather is curiously lighter in weight and color than what I expected. It feels more like a softer, thinner version of the other jackets. I wish they would bring back the dark brown version and the darkest green. Both terrific colors that are versatile and more interesting than black.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SinNJ I absolutely LOVE this jacket!!!!
I absolutely love this jacket! I purchased it in deep wine. It fits perfectly and is extremely comfortable The jacket is lightweight, yet keeps me warm. It's perfect for a fall day, or a not too cold winter day. Every time I've worn it, I've received complements. I love it so much that I purchased a second one in the same color!
December 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ZenBean Color issues
I like this item. I ordered the red ochre but it is definitely much more ochre (orange) than red.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HaliGirl Very pretty
I have worn this several times as both outerwear and office wear. It is stylish and comfortable. I ordered the wine colour and love it with jeans or grey dress pants. I wore it recently on a sunny 5 degree celcius day and it was quite comfortable with a dress shirt and scarf. It also makes a nice topper for a cool office. I am 5'6" and 140 lbs, athletic not curvy. I bought the medium size and find it roomy, not boxy due to the princess seams. I can definitely wear a sweater under it. If you are more full figured, you will find it perfectly fitted. It is not lined but the seams are bound. I'd love to have one with a light silk lining. I think it would be divine!
December 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by DanieLinda Gray fabric isn't like other Boiled Jackets
I bought 2 of these jackets over the previous 2 years and loved them. I liked that it was fitted and there was room for layering. In WI layering is important as the weather can change daily. I wish there was a lining to help keep the wind out. With that being said I was disappointed with my current purchase. I bought the gray color and it was not soft and you could see light through it. The fit was the same but the fabric was nothing like my previous jackets. I hope that the other colors are like the original jackets I purchased.
December 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by kathmb Boiled Wool jacket
I bought this jacket, it is not only beautiful and functional it is one of the best fitting jackets I have ever owned. It is so light weight you barly know you have it on. I just love it
December 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by jayefromjersey this is not a jacket
This is advertised as a jacket, I would call it a sweater, period. The picture is misleading, but it suits my needs. But that being said, it is overpriced because it is a sweater. I wanted something 100% wool and so I am satisfied with it. I would not recommend anyone to buy it unless they are looking for a winter sweater. Wait until it goes on sale to get the price it really should be. As usual LLbean has great customer service the item arrived withing two days.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by zenlife Love it!!
Beautifully made jacket, I got in plum grape and will be getting in olive.Great deal at the sale prices. Such pretty deep colors. I love the sleek look and the lightweight. Can be worn in 40s and 50s, I had to exchange for a small to get a more snug fit, and the wool stretches and drapes nicely. For colder temperatures, I plan to layer with a sweater or jacket and not invest in the heavy weight lambswool peacoat which I was planning on, as it becomes too constricting with all the man-made insulation. I love the feel of the coarse wool upto my chin when fully buttoned up. I have not washed yet, so not sure about the piling.
November 2, 2014