I bought this parka last spring when it was on sale in the black. After reading the reviews, I figured for sure I’d need a size up and bought a medium. Imma have to be the contrary one and say I actually think this runs small. I exchanged it for a small and, honestly, I probably could have gotten an x-small. Small works b/c I can wear the currently-rad bell sleeve shirt under this coat w/o the sleeves bunching in my armpits like every other coat I own (and also wear layers if need be).
The pockets have one side fleece (I wish it was all fleece in there) but have zippers and are nice and deep so you can jam a lot of used tissues in there and forget about them. The main zipper has two zippers so I can zip up to my neck and then unzip around my legs so I don’t feel like I really am wearing a sleeping bag.
I think it’s fabulously warm but maybe some people should take what I’m saying w/ a grain of salt. I generally run hot and like it cold so I don’t break this out until it’s well under 32F. I live in Philadelphia and I see women rocking down parkas at 60F and I think some of these reviews may be written by these people. If you’re always super cold, you’ll have to layer. If you’re more like me and hate being overly hot, you probs won’t until it’s below zero.
It’s comfy, to the point where I worry I’m too comfy to look good but let me tell ya, it’s a chic coat. I can wear it to the office and still look professional. It’s also fitted and I think the quilted design helps w/ the figure-flatteringness of it all. My one complaint (ok, my second, the half fleece pockets are a bummer) is that after my first 1.5 weeks of wearing this (in a normal boring way, not doing jumping jacks or waving my arms excessively) almost every day, I started to see some feathers escaping from my back arm/armpit area. It was only a couple but I’ve got my eyes peeled b/c losing down would be no bueno indeed.
Over all, I’m a fan. It’s comfy and cute and warm. I think the cons are so minor and the pros so good that it’s worth it. Get it, girrrrrl.