J.Crew Petite Icon Trench Coast // Size Petite 000
If I didn’t already have a trench in a similar color, I would have kept this trench coat in a heartbeat! This thing just FITS, and feels nice to wear with it’s thick, heavy cotton construction. I’m always a big fan of classic, traditional details because then an item will live on in your wardrobe as a “classic” vs. become dated or trendy, and this coat hits that classic mark. The one styling fixture missing on this coat versus, say, a Burberry trench, are shoulder epaulettes, which depending on taste or even body type (broad shouldered types may hate the extra bulk epaulettes can bring to a shoulder), this may or may not matter to you.
The color is a little darker and has more yellow it in than the classic Burberry khaki “stone” color, probably being closer to the Burberry “honey” if you’re familiar with the brand. The coat is lined with what I believe to be polyester (I forgot to check the label! Doh!), which has a really soft, smooth hand to it, similar to silk.
For petites, note the shorter length (my Burberry comes down lower on me, close to the top of my knee, which I’ve always though about having shortened by my tailor), nice sleeve length, and waist belt that actually hits…get this…at my waist! It’s nice and slim, so it looks great left open with the belt tied behind the back with minimal extra fabric floppage. I’m almost regretting having already returned it.
All in all, this was my first time trying a J.Crew trench coat and I’m really impressed. I’d recommend this for anyone looking for a classic wardrobe workhorse of a trench, but doesn’t want to pay for Burberry. Like I mentioned above, if I didn’t already have a similar trench, I would have kept this one for sure!
Because it’s running small, think about how much you’d layer under it when determining a size. This fit would work great for mellow California falls and winters, but those in colder climates way prefer a size up for layering over thick sweaters and jackets.
The approximate measurements of size Petite 000 are as follows (laid flat):