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What I'm Wearing: Lands' End Chevron Down Coat

Recently Lands' End sent me a complimentary Chevron Down Coat in Spice Brown ($149.50) to review and the timing could not have been more perfect: Temperatures began to drop below freezing about two weeks ago, and I've been wearing my coat ever since. It's proven it can withstand the cold and keep me cozy when walking my dog or running errands. It's almost too warm for things like shopping; each time I pop into a store for more than 5 minutes at a time, I have to take it off because I start sweating! Now that's a good coat.

Highlights with this particular down coat include fleece lined pockets and cuffs, which keep hands warm and keep cold air out. The zipper is fussy sometimes but not a dealbreaker by any means. The removable hood is really warm and I like the look of the faux fur trim. The hood limits your peripheral vision, but at least it stays on in strong winds, unlike some hoods I've had in the past. I know this will come in handy once we get our first snowstorm.

Here, I'm wearing a size XS because I wanted a more fitted look, and the coat fits great even over chunky sweaters. I love how the chevron stitching gives the coat some shape and makes me look less like the Michelin man. The zipper and length of the coat is just right as you can do things like sit and drive without having to unzip the bottom, but if you need extra protection from the cold, you can close the coat all the way thanks to a few snap buttons.

My only complaints would be that I've lost a few feathers, which is usually inevitable with down coats, but I wouldn't have expected the coat to start shedding just yet. Tip: Never pull a lose feather out, try to push it back in if possible, as you'll only pull out more feathers in the process.

For the price, I think this coat is an excellent value. If you're looking for a seriously warm coat with style to boot, check out all the down coat offerings at Only time will tell, but early signs suggest Lands' End is returning to their pre-Sears-buyout quality - good news for shoppers!
love the coat! what brand of riding boots are you wearing? they are adorable!
#1 michelle on 2010-12-08 16:03 (Reply)
Boots are from - review for those to come!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-12-08 16:53 (Reply)
Oh, I can't wait to read the review on the boots!! I need small calf boots and these look like they might fit the bill. Thank you in advance!
#1.1.1 Betsy on 2010-12-09 10:51 (Reply)
Oh my gosh, lady, we're TWINS!
#2 Sally McGraw (Homepage) on 2010-12-08 16:18 (Reply)
I LOVE it! You look amazing. Black was sold out when I chose mine but I'm really loving the desaturated brown that I ended up with for a change (I wear sooo much black, you're better with color).

And I can't believe it's warmer than North Face! That is so good to know :-)
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-12-08 16:52 (Reply)
I just got that coat as an early Christmas gift!! ...wasn't supposed to get it til xmas, but then Central NY got hit with 100 hours straight of snow...and still going strong, so got the jacket early as it was extremely necessary!! It's really warm and I like the length, as it keeps my pant legs relatively dry on my 3 block trek from the parking garage to work.
#3 Nic on 2010-12-08 18:50 (Reply)
Nice! Can't wait to wear mine in the snow, bring it on...
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-12-08 19:41 (Reply)
Did you get a Regular XS? I am about 5'3" and under 100 lbs. Would you recommend a Regular XS or Petite SM?

I also want a fitted look, but the ability to wear the jacket over layers and chunky sweaters.

Thanks, BB!
#4 J on 2010-12-08 19:25 (Reply)
I got a regular XS and I'm 5'8". I was browsing through the reader reviews and found two comments from people who seem to be your size and they were happy with the petite S. Double check the size chart, that helped me make my decision. Good luck!
#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-12-08 19:39 (Reply)
Now that is a nice looking puffer. I checked that one out too but ended up getting a soia and kyo parka from winner's.
lookin good!
#4.1.1 Lisa Inglis (Homepage) on 2010-12-08 20:24 (Reply)
I'm 5'1"; 113 lbs and wear the petite XS; it's just right - not constrictive; but not like a bell either. I can still slip a chunky sweater/cardigan on underneath with room to spare. Your height is kind of on the edge of petite, maybe the regular XS if you want the length to be right? I'm sure the petite XS would fit you too since you sound pretty slender.
#4.2 sobriquet on 2010-12-09 12:36 (Reply)
If you contact customer service they can give you the actual garment measurements, so you can see how it will fit. I am similar in size and find their items to run too big for me.
#4.3 Cara on 2010-12-09 15:08 (Reply)
I can't tell if it's because of your sweater underneath or not but are the sleeves on the jacket a little short? It seems as if they don't quite reach your wrist.
#5 Jen on 2010-12-08 20:02 (Reply)
Great observation - I was just noticing that too. You beat me to it.
I looove that coat on you with those boots!! I wouldn't mind being the owner of one, but yeah, the sleeves look short. Being 6' and wearing small sizes I always end up having the problem of too-short sleeves. :/
#5.1 Jackie on 2010-12-08 21:51 (Reply)
OMG I just looked it up on the site - Aubergine is my fave color! Ughh torture!!! I want!
#5.1.1 Jackie on 2010-12-08 21:54 (Reply)
@Jen and @Jackie: I wish the sleeves were about 1 to 2 inches longer, than it would be ideal! Also, my fingerless gloves are kinda bunched up around my wrists which may account for the awkward length in the photo.
# The Budget Babe on 2010-12-09 15:20 (Reply)
I kind of love this coat. I would never think to even look at Land's End but I may have to re-think this.
#6 rachelle (Homepage) on 2010-12-08 21:50 (Reply)
I'd like to vouch for this coat; I'm in college and I bought this for a lightweight down coat that would keep me warm while walking on the 22 miles of sidewalk on our campus. It keeps me warm in the -8 degree wind chill we've had lately AND I can ball it up fairly small to sit on during class when I'm in an auditorium style room. I also like how their petite sizing is actually petite. I tried an LL Bean coat first and even the XSP was extranneously oversized. Feathers will fly out but I have yet to find a down coat that doesn't experience feather loss.
#7 sobriquet on 2010-12-09 12:41 (Reply)
Cute coat but I love your sweater and boots most of all!
#8 Adjua (Homepage) on 2010-12-09 22:28 (Reply)
I am so bummed! This coat is no longer available in the longest version for Regular-sized, Mediums or Larges.

I would have loved this coat.
#9 Lu Ann on 2010-12-23 01:54 (Reply)
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