Check out Elle's super informative review here. I won't repeat her info but wanted to give the perspective from a slightly different body type (aka short with a semi-small frame plus a tummy from my recent pregnancy).
For other petite J. Crew outerwear reviews, check out Jean of Extra Petite (2010 Lady Day Coat), Ping of All About Fashion Stuff (Lady Day Coat and Metro Coat) and Annie of Really Petite (2010 Lady Day Coat). If I missed anyone's review, please let me know and I'll post it here.
On to the reviews! I'm wearing a button down shirt + sweater to simulate my typical winter outfit. The sleeves on the button down represent my preferred sleeve length (ends right before my thumb begins).
Lady Day Coat w/ Thinsulate in Heather Majestic Purple, sz 2P, item 52606, (buy here)
The color is absolutely stunning and is more of deep, royal blue than a purple. I knew the Lady Day Coat had a nipped waist so rather than order a 0 or 0P, I ordered 2P. The coat fits nicely in the torso - no gaping / no bulges and easily hides a tummy pouch. The Thinsulate lives up to its name - the layer is so thin that I don't even notice it. I haven't tested it in cold weather yet but I'm looking forward to seeing how it does!
It gives an overall slim silhouette (major plus!). The only drawback for me is the sleeve length. It's not necessarily a deal breaker but it's not optimal.
Plaza Coat in Natural, sz 00R, item 49715, (buy here)
The pictures don't do it justice, but the color is a nice, creamy beige for a great, light-colored neutral. Fits nicely with ample room in the sleeve and torso for winter wear.
The sleeve length is perfect for me and the straight up and down shape also masks a tummy.
Plaza Coat in Heather Dusk, sz 0P, item 50707, (buy here)
Same coat, different color and size.
Compared to 00R, the 0P is a tiny bit more snug in both the torso and sleeve. Sleeve length is also shorter. Still hides a tummy :)
If I could build my ideal coat, I'd have the fit of the 00R Plaza Coat and the color of the Lady Day Coat. I feel like the straight lines of the Plaza Coat are more me.
Which coat do you like best? Do you prefer a feminine, nipped waist like the Lady Day Coat or the straight lines of the Plaza Coat?
Hope everyone had a wonderful X-mas! It's time to hit those After X-mas sales!