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The warmest wool coat you’ll ever purchase: My J.Crew Cocoon coat review

Nov 12, 2018

J.Crew Cocoon Coat

Coat: J.Crew (on sale for 30% off for the rest of today only!) See below for more details! // Jeans: American Eagle Jeggings–run small, size up! See them also styled in my Fall Weekend Capsule Wardrobe! They are SO SOFT and you can’t beat the price! Boots: Everlane Day Boots c/o–run TTS–they are SO COMFORTABLE. I’m wearing them in Portugal as we speak! The other pair of boots I brought with me are these Chelsea boots from & Other Stories and I love them as well–but honestly, the Everlane boots are comfier even with a heel!

Turtleneck: J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck (30% off the rest of today only!)–I also have the camel striped version as well as several solid colors! They run true to size–I’m wearing XS here. Beret: Halogen but I also have quite a few of Urban Outfitters’ berets as well! (see four ways to wear a beret here!) Bag: Patricia Nash c/o

Hi guys!

Coming at you from Porto, Portugal! If you missed it, I’m here for a few days on a work trip with Noken–the coolest travel app that makes your trip planning the easiest it’s EVER been–its launching this week! (Seriously, you guys are going to be obsessed!) They are launching with three countries–Portugal, Iceland, and Japan–but they’ll be adding lot’s of new cities in 2019. Definitely hop on over to their website and sign up for their email list so you’re the first to know when they launch! We got in from Lisbon this afternoon so we’re grabbing lunch and getting some work done before we hit the ground running exploring!

I’m traveling with my good friend and incredibly talented photographer, Cassandra–we’re having a blast snapping up a storm and will have lottttsss of photos and reccos to share soon 🙂 Definitely follow her on Instagram if you haven’t yet–her stories are basically just the really beautiful version of all of my haphazard videos ?

J.Crew Cocoon Coat

I’ve been getting SO many questions on my favorite wool coat–the J.Crew cocoon coat, so I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to diving into an in-depth review. (Plus, you know, I’ll spill the details on everything else I’m wearing too!)

I owe my love of the J.Crew Cocoon coat (and many other things) to Kelly. I borrowed her grey cocoon coat many many years ago and was SHOCKED at how warm it was. Before then, I thought all non puffer coats were just for looks and not for warmth–luckily, this one is actually for both!

We shot these photos in Lincoln Park last week, and I got to hang and play with Emma a little bit afterwords before heading to Eataly to check out their latest restaurant, BAITA, and take a Gnocchi cooking class! They are one of my FAVORITE partners to work with! (Also, make sure you enter my instagram giveaway–I’m giving away two tickets to their Gnocchi making class!)

Emma is getting SO big. She has such a big personality and she refers to me as “Uncle Jess” ? which is my favorite thing ever. She had just woken up from her nap and gave me the biggest hug. My heart!

Anyway, okay, the coat. That’s what we’re talking about today. (Did I mention that Emma has her own Cocoon coat?!)

So–let’s jump in with some facts and FAQ’s 

Why this J.Crew Cocoon Coat rocks:

  1. It’s actually warm. It’s made of J.Crew’s special “stadium cloth” fabric which is very efficient at blocking the wind, keeping the cold out and locking warmth in. I think a lot of this also has to do with the coats design, which is, quite literally, a cocoon! Seriously, it’s the warmest wool coat you will buy. Their Lady Day coat is also very warm, but I think this one is by far the warmest!
  2. It’s actually CUTE. It comes in lot’s of colors and it’s one of the only coats that will keep you looking good and warm at the same time.

What size should you order? 

The J.Crew Cocoon coat does run big–I would suggest sizing down. I’m usually a 0 or 2 in coats and I ordered a size 0 and I still have room to layer underneath it.

Will it replace your puffer coat?

You’re funny ? No, sadly, it will not. You will not wear this coat when there is snow on the ground in February and you need to walk to work. HOWEVER, it’s definitely warm enough to wear in probabblyyy 30 degrees and above–and you’ll always wear it out at night all winter long (as long as you’re not walking–it’s a great coat when you want to look nice, warm, and you’re pretty much going from your door into an Uber).

Does it pill? 

Pilling is caused by friction and rubbing of material–which is why you’ll often find that coats pill under arms (because you swing your arms when you walk). I have not personally had problem with pilling but I have heard from others who have. Honestly, this is something that happens with most coats–just buy a de-piller and you’re fine! (You can also use an old razor, but I don’t think it works as well!)

How I styled it here: 

Tissue Turtleneck: Duh. When am I not wearing one of these? They are the BEST. They are super thin (like a very thin t-shirt!) and I love that they’re form-fitting (not chunky) turtlenecks. My favorites are the striped versions ?? I own them in both Small and XS–the one I’m wearing here is XS. I would say it runs true to size, I always order either XS or Small depending on how I want it to fit. if you want it snug like this, go with the smaller size. If you want it a bit looser, go with the larger size!

Black skinny jeans: These jeans are from American Eagle ?? You first saw me style them in my Fall Weekend Capsule Wardrobe–if you don’t want to spend a lot but want some super soft, stretchy skinny jeans–these are AMAZING. They run small though, so size up from your normal size!

Everlane Day Boots: O-M-G-you guys. These freaking boots. You know how much I love Everlane’s Day Heels–well, these are the boot version, and they are TO DIE for. They are so, so soft–made of super soft buttery leather, and so comfortable–yes, they have heels, but I can seriously wear them all day and they won’t hurt!

Beret: You KNOW my love of berets! I snagged this cute red one from Nordstrom–it’s so affordable and couldn’t be cuter!

J.Crew Cocoon Coat Boots: Everlane Day Boots c/o–run TTS–they are SO COMFORTABLE. Boots: Everlane Day Boots c/o–run TTS–they are SO COMFORTABLE. Turtleneck: J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck Turtleneck: J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck

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