After I came back from DC, I made good on my promise to hunt for good warm outerwear. I checked for coats over the Black Friday weekend, but there wasn’t anything in my size. I decided to bite the bullet on some coats at Lands End in the petite section. In the past I’ve had decent luck with Lands End shirts; it had good shoulder and arm length fit. I ordered two coats, the Boiled Wool Walker Coat and the Luxe Wool Walker Coat in 10P.
Here’s the Boiled Wool Walker Coat on me. It fits well, and has enough room in the arms and torso to layer a sweater. The length is a few inches above the knee, which allows for movement. The lining inside is decent and I love the side entry pockets to keep my hands in. It’s a nice, light wool coat and I believe this will do well for a typical Southern California winter, which usually doesn’t dip past the low 50’s. It isn’t a snuggly-soft wool coat though; the boiled wool texture is a little rougher than I’d like, but it doesn’t make me itch and it’s warm, so that’s ok by me.
And here’s the Luxe Wool Walker Coat. I’ve actually been wearing this coat a little more than the Boiled Wool, because we’re currently having a cold snap and the stand collar is really helpful at keeping the chill off my neck. This wool coat is a lot softer than the Boiled Wool; it’s also thicker and heavier. I think this will be my travel coat when I go back to the East Coast, it’s warmer and it has an internal breast pocket for valuables.
Perhaps it’s a bit much to have two wool coats, but I got them for $245 shipped. A single coat from another company is about that much. I’m very happy with my purchases, though the design is very simple and unremarkable, I’m already thankful I bought it. This week the temperatures have dropped to the high 30’s at night, which is unheard of. I’m hoping that the construction will last and that I get a lot of use out of them in the long run; in the meantime, I tentatively recommend these as an affordable, easy option for wool outerwear.