Rated 5 out of 5 by canadianlovesllbean Awesome
I read every review over and over again because they seemed so mixed. I decided to order this coat and decide for myself. Nothing I write will change some people's mind's but I got the best coat ever. Thank you to the sales rep who took the time and told me every measurement, including the arm hole size.
I am so pleased that I decided to buy this coat. It fits perfect, absolutely perfect. Yes the hood is large but I don't plan on using it, since I will wear a hat and scarf. The pockets, which was a huge concern for me since I always leave my glasses and keys in my pockets and some reviews had the pockets on the small size. My goodness, my whole hand and wrist fit in the pocket, nothing going to fall out of them.
Decided for yourself and take the time with the sales rep who can tell you all the different measurements. This coat fits like it was tailored made for me. Now I have a nice dress up coat.
Thank you LLBean.
October 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Outdoorshop beautiful coat, hope it stands up to the cold
I bought this coat in plum in a size 10 (I'm usually a size 8 in dresses and a 10 in pants). It's beautiful. It's longer than I expected so I'm happy I sized up one size so that it will comfortably zip over my hips. Have not yet worn it in cold weather, so I hope it holds up in the winter weather.
September 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Elizabeth60 tight on bottom
A little tight on bottom. Also had a little difficulty with the zipper. Nice material. Not as heavy as the last coat I bought from LLBean with a similar style.
August 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CelloCurry Lovely Coat
I love the smooth, soft wool on the exterior of the coat, its lightweight Thinsulate lining as well as the detailing of the toggles. Overall, it is a very attractive, classy coat. I owned two - a navy one and a camel colored one when I was a kid - and loved them. I went to prep school in the 60s-70s, when this style was very popular. It has definitely stood the test of time, as the saying goes, because this coat remains both a stylish and practical choice for New England winters.
August 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MountainDesert Fitted and Warm
The cut of this coat is flattering for an hour glass figure. I haven't had any issues with the zipper. I like that I can still wear a cute fitted knit hat for warmth under this hood. The hood is large, but it offers greater wind protection so I am pleased with the size. I ordered the purple and it is a deep purple, very pretty. The coat fits well without being tight around the shoulders or arms, I still have good range of movement.
August 8, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous1125 I wanted this to work so bad!
I ordered this coat months ago in Navy and just received it in July. I am 5' 4" and 128 lbs. I usually wear a 4 in jackets but this was just so big on me. I felt like a linebacker in it - the should pads looked a little funny. Wish it was available in a 2!
July 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by asblover One for the records
Ok, so this is the 3rd review I've written about this coat, but this last one is one for the records.
Background: I spilled a milkshake all over the front of my beautiful teal duffel coat. Horrified, I immediately cleaned it up as much as possible and the next day took it to the dry cleaners, making sure to explain what had happened. Three days later, I picked the coat up from the cleaners and was speechless: they had ruined it! The soft wool nap was all matted down and rough looking. Where the stains had been looked scrubbed and there were still outlines of the stains in some area. What to do? The coat was sold out in my size and it was still bitter cold winter here in Maine. I sure in heck wasn't going to take it back to the dry cleaners to finish the job. So, resigning myself to its loss, I brushed the coat thoroughly with a clothes brush to loosen and restore what I could of the wool nap. When I was done, although the coat looked better, it was still only a poor facsimile of its original self.
Early in the spring, the thought of washing the coat came to mind. After all, it got wet all of the time from the snow, right? And if it shrunk to the size of a postage stamp, it didn't really matter as it was already ruined and slotted for discard. To make a long story short, last week I finally got up my nerve to do the deed. I washed the coat in a front loader machine on the gentle/delicate cycle using COLD water and Ecos washing detergent. When it was done, I took it out and evaluated it. The condition of the wool was definitely much improved, but it was tight and thick; it also had noticeably shrunk. For the 1st day when it was heaviest with water weight, I zipped it up, fastened the toggles, snapped the neck snap and then draped it over the banister to air dry. The next day, I hung it on a hanger, being sure to use one with enough slant in the shoulders that it wouldn't leave the coat's shoulders misshapen. I continued to air dry it for 3 more days. To minimize wrinkling, each day I checked to be sure that it was still hanging straight on the hanger and rearranged the hood as needed. As it dried, the wool got softer and fluffier, and it relaxed. When it was thoroughly dry, I made my final evaluation: it had come out beautiful!! And while it did shrink, it was only a VERY little and still fits fine. The wool is clean and soft again and it does not even need pressing as it is completely wrinkle-free. It also smells better than a garment from the dry cleaners.
Please note: I definitely do NOT recommend that anyone do this to their coat unless they are willing to risk losing it altogether, which I was. But, for me, it was a last resort that paid off and I DON'T HAVE TO BUY A NEW COAT NEXT WINTER. What a GOOD coat!!!
(Some may think it would have shortened the drying time to spin it out dryer in the washer, but that would have caused much shrinkage and wrinkling.)
May 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by asblover In defense of "that hood"
There has been a lot of negative feedback, including from me, on this coat's oversized hood. Now that I have worn the coat during the last 3 month of this extra-snowy winter, I would like to update my original feed back.
The hood design is quite longer than most and it is also deeper, so it comes more forward from the sides. This has proven a HUGH benefit this year for, no matter how cold it was or how much the wind blew, I was NEVER cold because the hood provided such great coverage and protection from the winter weather. Unless I was going to be outside for a while, some of the time I even got away with not wearing a hat under it!
Of course, I didn't initially credit the hood for this. But the light finally came on when I was back wearing my Bean parka while my duffle coat was doing time at the dry cleaners. My face was cold, I HAD To wear a hat under the parka's hood, and I felt I couldn't get away from the wind. I will tell you I was NOT happy to go outside for any reason.
So while it is not the most attractive image, "that hood" IS highly effective and I'm glad it's what it is. I still think it is too long, but not as much as I initially thought.
Note: I found that if I tied a scarf around my neck over the coat, it help to keep the hood in place better.
March 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GreenMoth happy with this coat
I'm 5 ft 2 inches, and short-waisted (my back dress measurement is about 14.5 inches from neckline seam to waist line), currently weigh about 138lbs, bust is around 39 inches.
The coat in size Petite 10 works pretty well (I had tried a Regular size 10, that was too long in the waist. It looked messy).
Ideally, the petite-size should be a little bit shorter neck-waist, but, it is loose enough to make it ok that the waist is a little bit too low. The coat fits comfortably over normal winter clothes.
I wanted a casual coat that would keep me warm and look pretty, without the puffiness of down and without the need for multiple fleece layers underneath.
ALSO ... I wanted a wool coat WITH insulation in the sleeves (yes!),
and with a hood (to prevent drafts down my neck).
This is it!!
Very soft wool; zipper can open from the bottom when needed (for sitting in a car); hood has enough room to be pulled up over a hat without being too snug but is not floppy if pulled up without a hat.
Kept me warm on a 15 degree day with only a winter-wear ribby sweater (no fleece layer).
I wear it with a soft silky neck scarf to stop any drafts at the neck, but it?s not essential.
I Like this coat.
March 5, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by LLBeanAH2015 Defective Zipper
I ordered this coat to replace another LL Bean coat with a broken zipper. Unfortunately, this coat came with a defective zipper. It took me a dozen tries to get the zipper to work for the first time. Even after that, the zipper would work only a portion of the time. I never took off the tags or wore it- not worth it. A coat without a working zipper is useless.
February 27, 2015