Hijack -- JONESY! Hi hi hi! Nice to see you post! Hope you are well. I've missed your posts and amazing style.

Thus I find it just a little too long for flats. quality cut fit and style all beautifull on you, Suz, I would keep it especially if didn't find one in 3 yrs. Can it be shortened a few inches? I too love a dramatic collar, so that part is really the best to my eyes. And, not to speak about the color. Navy is hard to get and is your best color! It may worth the money!:-)

Gorgeous coat, and I know the Forum can be enabling. IMHO, the coat is not a *10* on you which you can ascertain by the comments. I would say it is an 8 or 9. To my eye, the back belt is way too low -- but of course YOU wouldn't generally see it. The buttons also sit a bit low, so the general impression augmented by the statement collar and the length is that it is a little overwhelming. A little, not a lot. Sit with it; think about it. After all, you would be the one wearing and paying for it.

Do you ever have to descend steep stairs? My longer hems remind me of the meaning of *sweeping* skirts. Ugh!

OK, now that I’ve read your clarifications and responses, I’ll channel my inner Mr. G and just give you a thumbs up as I walk by.

While it’s not a coat some would consider for themselves, that really isn’t the point. If it’s a Suz coat (and you can afford it without resorting to a food bank) then go for it. And, like Angie, if something is right for me, I don’t wait for possible sales; if you will only consider it once the price drops, I’d be more likely to think it’s maybe not the coat you really want.

I’m all for dramatic coats which make heads turn and put a strut in my walk—and this is that kind of coat. Jonesy is dead right, as usual, that this kind of look is subjective—and I’m for smoking, not safe, these days.

Donna, you have an excellent eye. I will definitely try on again and see if you're right about button placement/ back detail. It was a bit hard for me to tell that myself because of the angles and also trying to take photos. We might get truer impressions if I had someone else take the shots.

I often have to compromise a bit on that -- it's because I'm on the border of petite. I guess I could look for a petite coat -- but chances are it wouldn't fit right either.

Gaylene, thanks for the thumbs up. I've found it for cheaper on the Mackage site -- still pricey but more affordable. So I will continue to think on it.

Have you seen this dark blue coat? It’s a lot more, but 100 percent wool. It is knee length on the model, but she’s probably six feet tall. Its color is midnight. It is four inches shorter than the Mackage. This collar looks pretty dramatic to me.


ETA: the red Avec Les Filles red coat is available in XS and S, and it’s on sale.


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JAileen-- that Fleurette looks beautiful -- more classic but it might work. I am hesitant because I can't try it on in person. Vancouver store doesn't have Fleurette coats on the floor. If it is as wide at the bottom as it looks in the photo I'm not sure I'd like it as well. But I know they are super high quality coats.

The Avec les Filles is a lovely coat and I'm still tempted by it. It wouldn't get as much wear in my closet as the blue, I don't think. But I know I'd enjoy it. Last I looked it wasn't there in xs (size I need) but you're right -- it is available now. Although it's on sale the price in Canada is a lot more than that due to duty and taxes. It would end up being around $500 for me. The Mackage is $850 here.

The Mackage fabric is gorgeous. Don't be fooled by that fraction of polyester -- it's there to prevent the cashmere from wearing too fast. This is the composition: Shell (Woven): 70% Wool , 20% Polyamide , 10% Cashmere

I don't have a problem with a really high quality blend. This one has softness and strength as well as wool's breathability/ durability.

I looked on Mackage website and the blend is described as including polyamide, not polyester as Nordstrom’s website says. Angie thinks I’m unfairly prejudiced against polyester. My experience is that polyester isn’t quality. Maybe it’s better now, though. Polyamide is nylon, I think. I’m okay with nylon. It is strong!

ETA: I want to state this on the record: I am a huge fan of statement collars in general, and always absolutely love them on you, Suz. They were made for you and your gorgeous short 'do. So if this one makes you happy (I'm feeling happy just looking at all your other coats with their stunning collars - *waving at my lilac coat twin* ;-), then I say go for it!!

Gorgeous coat, Suz! And, you obviously love it. The only thing that gives me pause is the length.....I find it a bit overwhelming. But, looking at the stock photo, it has a very long vent at the back and I'm fairly certain it could be shortened a bit while still maintaining a maxi length for you.

I'm certain when Angie gets back she'll get you sorted with her thoughts.

I will not buy another coat
I do not need another coat
I can appreciate this coat on others

But it’s blue! And wool! And long! And... and...

Just added to my santa list for post Christmas sales.

Pssst Suz, buy the coat! YLF!

I want to add another voice that doesn't think it's "too much." I love the dramatic collar and also think it looks great with the big scarf wrapped around. It is pricey, though, so it has to be perfect. Do you think it's perfect?

Your post put me right back in the Mackage showroom that I visited last winter. Gosh they make gorgeous outerwear. I tried on so many of their styles hoping one would work for me.

The coat is so stylish. And I love you in a broad collar like that (why don't more coats come with that kind of collar by the way?) and Navy!

But I agree with DonnaF about the torso length. The belt looks low (see photo 9) and the buttons too. That said I'm on the petite side of things so I get it, but for me, at that price point, the coat would have to be perfect, or in such a way that the tailor could make it perfect.

I love it on you. Classic, dramatic, tailored and interesting in the most perfect colour.

I once had a long red double breasted wool coat that was a perfect fit, I wore it so much that eventually it got shabby and worn out after many years of wear. I have not found anything close to as good as that coat - I now have a number of woollen 3/4 coats in my wardrobe, but nothing compares to "Big Red". Yes, I even had a pet name for my coat. If this is "The One" you will know it and given where you live, it will be a great purchase.

For an item such as this cost should not come into it too much because it really is a $ per wear issue. If you are happy to have one gorgeous coat rather than 3 less beautiful coats that would provide more variety - then I say go for one expensive coat. When I had Big Red in my wardrobe, I never looked to buy other coats because nothing compared.

Yes, I love it. I think it looks fab on you and am wondering why this length looks good on you but oddly long on me. Any who, if you love it and will wear it, I'd get it.
And Jones--helloooooo! SO great to see you here. I've missed you!!!

See, Kelly -- I actually LOVED that coat on you!!

But it may have felt off because it was plaid so a lot of pattern?

Exactly, Suz. I think it just had a lot going on! I really love the plaid with that fun color though. Too bad. Alas, kind of glad I don't live in a climate where I need a long coat like that. I hardly walk anywhere where I live...seems like too much fabric for car commuter like me.

I absolutely love it on you! Your beautiful face and hair are suited to this kind of drama, IMO. It looks to me like the back belt just conforms to your body shape.
We live in a very expensive economy, you have to judge if the expense is worth it. There is much to be appreciated in a well constructed, quality fabric garment.
You will easily get 10 years of wear out of it. I have a much cheaper long black coat that I’ve had for that long. I keep it for ‘Sunday’ wear so it’s not an every day coat. I still love it and think it is beautiful! I do find it a bit heavy on my body though. How does this one feel on you?

Tina, that's an excellent question. I once had an all wool maxi coat (with lining) and when I eventually let it go there were 3 reasons:

1. It was super heavy.
2. It constantly got filthy from cars splashing slush all over it or from subway steps (the hems).
3. It had a tied waist, which drove me nuts in a wool coat where the tie wouldn't stay done up. (The style was a trench, but a classic one with the belt.)

I would need to re-evaluate this one on that basis. It's heavy, for sure, but felt a lot lighter than my old coat because it doesn't have a thinsulate lining (just a regular lining). That of course would mean it is less warm, but I don't need a super warm coat in my current climate.

And you have time! The sales people for these types of garments must understand the need for their customers to carefully consider their purchase. You have done so incredibly well with building your wardrobe (I remember when you joined:-)), you will know what to do if you give yourself time.

Suz, the more we discuss this, the more I think you must go back and try it on! If you're excited about the collar (which I get: short hair!) and ok with the length, it's lovely on you.

There have been a lot of mentions of "perfect" above, but I for one don't believe in perfect, when it comes to garments or anything else!

ETA: It would also be possible to get it shortened, of course. That would add to the price, as well, and could be risky. So there is that.

I'm in no rush to decide. As I mentioned, it's a lot cheaper in Canada from Mackage and other places. I can get it with free delivery here and free returns if I want. So. Much to ponder over the holiday.

Suz, I think you are wise - if it's still calling to you over the holidays, that's a good sign that this coat is for you! Even though shortening could be a risk, having it as an option also mitigates the risk of you finding the coat too big ... which is a major plus.

Jonesy ?!? Come back!
Sorry , I do like it on you, and do think it is a bit too long possibly. But you are wearing it with flats and you often wear a mid-heel boot. Anyway, feels kind of after the fact at this point.


Angie, you are hilarious.

Wasn't it great that Jonesy piped up?

All right, Boss. Off to consult my bankbook.

Haha, that answer from Angie was what I expected.

Suz, make sure you like the coat UNBUTTONED too.

THANK YOU for weighing in, Angie, especially at this time -- so kind of you -- and YES. It needs at least one more try-on and consideration.