review of recent j.crew purchase

Happy Saturday to you! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Well, it’s starting to feel like the holidays with the recent temperature drop–yikes. I needed a warm winter coat (the red duffle coat didn’t work out for me) and J.Crew came to the rescue with their Nordic parka. Take a look below for my pictures and reviews. If you’re interested, J.Crew is currently running yet another discount promotion with code GIFTNOW, where select items are 40% off and the remaining merchandise is 30% off (some exclusions apply).


J.Crew parka in navy; Madewell cropped jeans (sold out, similar); Vans grey perforated leather sneaker.

This purchase was prompted by reading a great detailed review from Dress Like an Engineer. I needed a heavy-duty winter coat that had a real hood that wouldn’t blow off my head when the gusts of wind are vigorous. It’s a really well made coat with a ton of thoughtful details such as pockets galore (I counted a total of 8), a thick lined hood, thumbholes for the sleeve inserts, fleece-lined pockets, etc. I ordered a XS and it is true to size. The parka fits me perfectly (the sleeves were long enough and the generous hood accounted for my longer neck). There is lots of room for layers underneath and there’s an interior drawstring cord at the waist to customize the fit. The coat is heavy but the weight is there to keep you warm and insulated. Online reviews don’t like the zipper (they say it’s difficult to zip), but I didn’t have an issue. It’s a thick double zipper (another great feature so when you’re seated, you can unzip it from the bottom to allow for some breathing room), so just be sure you have both zipper parts aligned when you zip it up. It’s 30% off with the GIFTNOW code.


J.Crew striped boatneck top; Madewell cropped jeans (sold out, similar); Vans grey perforated leather sneaker.

My love for stripes is strong and the multicolored stripes are super jaunty in the red and blue. I ordered a XS and it’s true to size for me. However, I would not risk shrinking it since the shoulders hit exactly where they should now and I don’t want the sleeves to get shorter, so this will be a hang dry item. It’s 40% off with the promo code.


J.Crew bulldog socks in heather pewter.

These bulldog socks are the best, look at the black tuxedo tie that the bulldog is wearing! I should have ordered a back-up pair since it sold out in a flash.

12/24/15 update: the bulldog socks are back in stock!


J.Crew parka in navy & striped boatneck top; Madewell cropped jeans (sold out, similar); Vans grey perforated leather sneaker.

I wanted to mention the Vans slip-on sneakers too since they were a recent purchase at Nordstrom. I bought a navy pair this past summer and they have become a quick favorite. When I saw these in grey (I love all things grey, especially for accessories) and on sale at Nordstrom, it was a no-brainer. Comfy and true to size.

Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Hope you’re now able to relax and take in the holiday season in stride! xx

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lera
    Dec 19, 2015 @ 21:17:30

    Very nice urban look, love JCrew!


  2. Elle
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 13:57:03

    Love your park, it looks like the perfect winter coat! Also love the boat neck stripe and very cool socks!
    xx, Elle


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