Coats That Won’t Break the Bank

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Coats That Won’t Break the Bank with DressLily

Quote of the day: “Failure is an event — it is not a person.” Zig Ziglar

Why did I choose this quote for such a post? I thought it could be appropriate if you’ve ever tried to find a fun and interesting coat without spending a ton of money. Coats are definitely one item that I have spent more money on in the past, because they will be worn daily during colder weather. And they also tend to last many years without getting too worn out or out of style. But there are times that it’s nice to get some more coats without breaking the bank.

There’s another reason I chose this quote. Because I am working with the company DressLily for this post, and if you’ve ever searched through some of these lesser expensive websites, then you know how much work it can be to find what you want and make sure you get the right size.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: Now DressLily has tons of options for clothing, jewelry, shoes and even menswear, but I’m going to concentrate on the coats we received for this post.

First and foremost, I will caution you to look at the sizing for each product and measure yourself against it. DO NOT only go by the sizing of small, medium, etc.  I’ll have you know that this coat I originally ordered for Nancy, but it fit me better. When you order coats with DressLily, you need to take the measurement with your other clothing on, and use that measurement. I know I don’t always explain this properly, but the measurements they give you are the EXACT measurements for the item. Therefore, if your bust is 35 inches, you need to order up so there is some leeway for movement. Or put some clothing on, like what you would be wearing normally, and then take your bust measurement. Then order that corresponding size.

Colder weather is right around the corner for most of us, so I thought it’d be interesting to see what kind of outerwear I could find for my readers from DressLily.

Trust me when I say the options can almost be overwhelming. The site has over twenty pages of outerwear available, but part of that is because they include sweatshirts in that category. Right now, in fact, they have quite a few items for the upcoming Halloween season, so this could skew the search results for almost any item you are looking for.

coats for the fall

So my best advice if you are looking through any of these sites, is to be specific in the search field. Of course this is only helpful if you have something specific in mind for what you want to buy. If you happen to be browsing,  then make sure you have plenty of time to look around.

Coats from the back

Let’s start with this coat I’m wearing for example. When I initially looked at the website and ordered it, I thought I’d be getting a purplish coat. However, it arrived, and I would definitely describe it as charcoal grey. I think the grey is much more versatile, but if you were counting on a purple coat, you might be disappointed. Unfortunately I can see no color description on DressLily’s site for their coats, so you might need to be flexible in that regard.

What I did love was the shaping in the back of this coat. Many winter jackets can make you appear bigger because they are so bulky, however this one is quite fitted and flattering.

coats worn by women 50+

Coat: (here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Now let me give you a couple of other details about purchasing from a company like DressLily.

Your purchase usually takes quite a while to get shipped to you. Now if you’re not in a hurry, then this is not an issue. But beware because it can take up to a month from when you order until when it arrives. Along with that is the fact that the items have been smashed in that package for a long time. I want you to know that I did steam all of our coats before we wore them, but obviously, they could have used a heavy hand with the iron also.

Women over 60 wearing coats

Luckily for this coat, there were no big surprises. I think when you’re evaluating items from these websites, it’s good to take into the account the style of the coat. This kind of wrap style is relatively safe, because there aren’t buttons or zippers. Because it’s only a sash to close the coat, it’s much more flexible on the sizing.

Now let’s discuss the material of these coats.

I’m sure you realize that if you’re going to get an item for such a great deal, then the material is going to be polyester. Now when I say polyester, that’s what the labels say on all of our jackets. I would call them a fleece material which is perfect for the colder months.

This black and grey longer jacket is a one thickness fleece, and is perfect for these chilly months, but maybe not heavy enough for the really cold days. The shorter jacket that I’m wearing above has more of a sheepskin fleece on the inside of it. This extra thickness is only in the body portion though, not the sleeves.

Coats for the colder months

And this coat that Nancy is wearing did come with the self belt. We turned the belt to have the grey side showing, but there is also a black side to it.

In these photos, Nancy did turn up the sleeves about an inch, and I will be shortening them for her. Of course, this is not unusual, because I shorten most of her long sleeve items. If you’re wondering about my coat above, I also turned under the sleeves about the same amount. I haven’t gotten around to it, but I plan to shorten them too!

Coats for any event

Coat: (here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: The last coat we received from DressLily was this cape that my mom is wearing.

Just like I described for Nancy’s and my jackets, the cape is a fleece material. It is the same one layer fleece and therefore, perfect for this somewhat mild fall weather we are having at the moment.

I had originally ordered this cape for myself since my mom already has a brown one in her possession. However, when I had to switch things around due to the sizing, mom said she would love this one in addition to her other one. Especially since her original cape is brown and much heavier.

Coats for Women over 70

One of the best things about ordering a cape from an online store like this, is you can pretty well be sure it’s going to fit. Since it’s a one size fits all, and not fitted, your chances for success are good. And considering a cape is one of those items you may not wear for 20 years, it could be smart to get it from a company that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg.

Women 70+ wearing coats

My mom is wearing a scarf over her cape so you can’t see the neckline that well in these photos.

However, if you look back up at the photo of the 3 of us together, you can see that it has a round neckline. There’s also a hook and eye at the very top to keep it together. The last couple of coats that we’ve gotten for my mom, have all had this neckline, and she’s not a hundred percent sure she loves it. She always feels like she wants her neck covered, and that’s why we added the scarf.

But we all know that styles change, and this is how manufacturers are making a lot of the jackets right now.

Coats and capes for women

As for the arms or sleeves of this cape, they are only slits. There is nothing that actually wraps around your arm when you are wearing this piece. The advantage to that is if you happen to be wearing an item with sleeves that are voluminous or have bat wings.  I have such a top, and I have a hard time wearing a fitted jacket over it. Which is exactly why I wanted to order this cape for myself, LOL. I guess I’ll just have to go borrow it when I need it. Right, mom?

Coats to keep the chill off

Coat: (here)

Coats for older women

P.S. And I apologize in using this photo with my mom’s eyes closed. But isn’t she so cute anyways? I had to laugh at the expression on her face!

We were gifted these coats from DressLily, and compensated for this post. I hope by now that you would realize that I only work with companies that I would personally buy items from. I actually turn down quite a few proposals every week, and I want to give you the truth about the service and quality of anything I get.

At first I was wondering why I would want a less expensive coat if they are normally an item I would pay more for. But the day I wore this around the park and it got dirty, I thought it might be nice to have a fashionable, yet easy to take care of jacket. Then if it did get ruined, I wouldn’t be as upset! And just so you know, I threw my coat in the washer, and it came out perfect! Now that’s a true advantage of the polyester.

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

The Facts

Even if you wouldn’t consider purchasing your clothing online, it can be helpful to look through my links to see what is available! It certainly doesn’t hurt my feelings, if you click on them but don’t like them. Just so you know, one of the ways I make money from this blog is through these linked items.

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  • Mackenzie Glanville

    I particularly love your mums grey cape, looks gorgeous, thank you for linking up #ablogginggoodtime

    • Thanks so much Mackenzie!!
      My mom will love to hear that!!
      🙂

  • Fabulous post as usual Jodie!
    In fact i loved it so much I have featured it you as my chosen blogger for the Ashley and laurie link up this week Publishes tomorrow!
    best wishes to you all!!
    Ashley xxx

    • Thanks so much Ashely!! That news just made my day!!!
      XOXO

  • Cute coats! I really like Nancy’s. I also like her poses 🙂 She’s as cute as the coat she’s wearing. #teamlovinlife

    • Isn’t she a doll, Leanne??
      Thanks for the positive words!!!
      XOXO

  • I love all the coats here Jodie. We live in a very warm tropical climate and one of the things I do miss is being able to wear a smart coat such as these ones 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • It’s funny, because we talk about the idea of moving to a warmer climate when we get really cold here! However, as a knitter, I’m not sure I could totally give it up, along with the variety with my boots and coats!!!
      Thanks!!!!
      XOXO

  • Lovely coats ladies. My favorite would be that oversized coat. Love the silver booties too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Great post, Jodie! I didn’t know about this company and I really appreciate all the detail you gave. These are all great jackets, though I think yours is my favorite. I love the shaping. As you said, so often jackets make you look bulky or boxy and that has almost a peplum affect…really cute. And the way you styled it is fabulous! Love those boots!

    • Thanks Ronnie!!
      It’s so fun to have a variety of coats in our closets. Well, at least that’s my philosophy! Especially when I need one every day I leave the house for the next 6 months!!
      Have a great weekend!!
      XOXO

  • I too love the Silver boots Jodie! I reviewed from a similar site last year and the coat that I ordered was nowhere near as good in real life. I had to moan about it in the review, I would normally send it back, but it would have ended up costing me a small fortune! Xx

    • You just can’t really send these back, I’ve found. My husband ordered 2 coats from a site like this a couple of years ago….and they were way too small (they are mine now…ha ha), because of that same issue!! At least I learned about the sizing from that, but sometimes you still get surprised!!
      Thanks Laurie!!
      XOXO

  • Lisa Richardson

    Well don’t y’all just look so cute in your new coats. I’ll tell ya’ though, it sounds like ordering from this company is a whole of effort with all the measuring. I like to know what size I need and hit order…lol. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re so right, Lisa. It does take more work, and it’s not a guarantee. But there are times that the fabulous prices can be worth it….depending on the person!!
      Thanks!!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie,

    I love how all of you styled these coats! But I really like yours with the dress (and OMG your silver boots!). And I’ve always loved capes. Your mom’s is lovely. Nancy’s wrap style looks so comfortable. I’ve never bought anything from DressLily, but I’ll definitely be checking them out now! P.S. Your pictures are beautiful!

    Cathy V.
    http://www.cathyvstyle.com

    • Thanks so much Cathy!!
      I think this cape of my mom’s is going to get a ton of wear—it’ll be perfect with all of the statement sleeve shirts!!
      And I’ve already worn my coat a couple of times because it’s gotten quite cool here!!
      XOXO

  • Julie

    I love all all of your looks!! Thanks for giving such great detail!

  • Those are such beautiful coats!!! Lovely!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Judy Gramith

    Very cute styling on all three of the coats. You three look classic and yet each of yhese coats seems versatile as well. They do look like they’re very light weight, so I’m guessing these are not for cold days but perfect to wear as part of the outfit snd not as an outerwear garment at all!!

    • Thanks Jude!!
      My coat is actually a little heavier than the other two. The sleeves don’t have the fleece in them, but the rest of the body of the coat does—and makes it pretty warm. Not below zero warm, but our normal fall days warm.
      And we were just laughing at how some people don’t even wear coats much because you go from your garage to your car, into a building and back, and hardly are even outside!!
      XOXO

  • Love the coats! My favorite is the cape but I really can’t get over those silver boots! Amazing

    michellespaige.com

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I love these coats! That cape is fabulous!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Thanks Jacqueline!!! Especially with all the statement sleeves, this cape will be in use a ton!!
      Have a great weekend!
      XOXO

  • pennyanddash

    Gorgeous coats and I love the white turtleneck dress!

    http://www.pennyanddash.com

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    These are beautiful coats and wraps, Jodie! Great choices!

    • Thanks Terri!! You probably don’t need many coats–ha ha!! Not that I’m jealous or anything!!
      Have a great weekend!!
      XOXO

  • I like a good coat, but haven’t bought one for years – winters in Sydney weren’t harsh, and winters here in Queensland are non events. These coats are stunning. #TeamLovinLife

    • Well, that’ll save you a ton of money, Jo—ha ha!!!
      We always talk about possibly moving to somewhere warmer, so now that I know this, maybe Australia will be on the list!!
      Thanks and have a great weekend!!
      XOXO

  • Love the grey on you jodie! They look cozy. I love your helpful hints about sizing too.
    Have a great day!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  • I love your coat, Jodie. And especially that it is fitted. I agree that so many coats can add extra pounds to our frame (and who wants that?) but this one doesn’t do that.

    • Thanks Lisa!!
      It’s nice to not always look like a huge teddy bear in our winter coats—ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I’m glad you were all able to enjoy the coats, even though you had some sizing issues! That can get me sometimes when I order online. That cape is my absolute fave, I love the color, thickness and cut of it!! Your coat is really cute, too and I love how it is fitted! And, the two tone part of Nancy’s is adorable, too! This makes me want to go coat shopping!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • I know one time, my hubby ordered some coats from a site like this, and they were both way too small (so I got them instead…ha ha). It’s nice to have that option when you are ordering online so they don’t get wasted!!!
      Thanks for all of the nice words, Carrie!!!
      XOXO

  • I am a HUGE coat lover! These are so pretty and I love how affordable they are. All of you ladies look amazing as always!

    Liz
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  • Coats are my biggest weakness…I want to buy them all! And they can be so expensive. It’s great you were able to find some less expensive options! (Good to know about the sizing too!) I love all the ones featured! Your mom’s cape is so fun – it’s a really unique color! 🙂

    • I think I’m the same way….I wonder why, Lindsey?? Except that we do wear them almost daily in the winter, and they seem to last forever!!
      Every time I go to buy another coat, my hubby looks at me and says “do you need another coat?” Ha ha…what’s that mean??
      XOXO

  • The cape is a great idea for getting around the sizing issues! Whenever I order from one of those sites I read the reviews like crazy to find the right size! Your silver booties are so fabulous, btw!
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

    • You’re exactly right, although sometimes their one size is a little funny!!!
      Thanks Roxanne!!
      XOXO

  • Victoria

    The 3 coats are stunning! Well done. I keep coming back to your blog over and over, I absolutely love the concept of 50,60 and 70 fashion. And the photos are lovely!

    • You totally just made my day by saying those wonderful words, Victoria!
      Thank you so, so much!
      OXOX

  • I especially like your coat Jodie – it has shape and looks really stylish. We don’t have a lot of use for coats in Australia – our winters never really get cold enough to warrant spending a lot on them but maybe a cheaper one like you’re suggesting might be an option.

    • I didn’t realize that it doesn’t get real cold in Australia, Leanne!!!
      I may need to move there after all, LOL!!
      Thanks!
      XOXO

  • Kathy Marris

    These look like vey versatile coats and it is great that you have selected 3 completely different ones. We don’t have much need for coats here in Queensland, Australia, but I have purchased them in the past for overseas holidays to cooler climates. I have a favourite anorak that I normally wear in the cooler weather. #TeamLovinLife

    • With all of the traveling that you do Kathy, it probably is smart to have a couple on hand!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • I really love Nancy’s coat as I love big warm coats I can wrap around myself in a comforting kind of way. However I tend to be a sweatshirt / work jacket kind of gal and there’s little in between for me.

    • How funny you say that Deb, because Nancy has this work jacket that just kills me. I’ve been trying to get her to find a more stylish replacement. As long as it’s easy to throw on, fits well, and keeps you warm, why not have it look a little nicer—is what I tell her, LOL!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • I’ve ordered from DressLily before and been happy with my purchases. I definitely agree with the sizing. Go by the exact size they have on there! The cape is really cute and I love your jacket too! The two toned coat is actually really chic and I love the idea of rolling the sleeves actually!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • Thanks Ruth!! It’s nice to find sites where you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for stylish items!
      XOXO

  • writeofthemiddle

    Oh I love every one of those coats! So classy! Lovely! xo #TeamLovinLife

  • Amy K

    Really cute coats! I don’t know which one I like best! I also love your silver boots!

  • Oh how I long for coats…even a jacket now and then! FL is no place for layers and as we “mature” layers are so sassy! Love all your choices today.-Laurel

    • Well feel free to come visit me here, Laurel. I’ll even let you borrow my coats to your hearts content!! In fact, we are supposed to be getting snow tomorrow, so it’s perfect timing!!
      XOXO

  • Oh goodness, y’all look great! Your mom is perfectly lovely in that cape!

    • Thanks so much Carrie! That will just make my mom’s day reading this!!
      XOXO

  • Nikki Gwin

    I love your purple glasses AND your coat! And that picture at the end is adorable.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Thanks Nikki!! My mom said she wasn’t even mad at me for using it. I just thought it was so cute!!!
      XOXO

  • All three of you look so chic! Such darlings! Have a great week!

    Xoxo,Khloe
    http://khloelo.com/i-hate-being-stagnant/

  • Lesley Watson

    Thanks for the honest and detailed review of these coats. This is much appreciated. I always read the reviews before buying online. The styles are great and look good on all three of you ladies.

    • I truly think that’s such a fabulous advantage of shopping online. But so many sites don’t offer it or many people don’t go back and write them. But it’s super helpful—always!!
      Thanks Lesley!!
      XOXO

  • All of these coats are so perfect for Fall! I LOVE the photo with all three of you! So fun! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // https://funinthecloset.com/skye-footwear-sneakers/

  • I loved the quote and you’re all so sleek in those coats. My fave is your mom’s cape.

    • Thanks Lorena!!
      I know she’ll get a ton of use from this, because she already wore it twice since we took these photos!!
      XOXO

  • Yes, your mom is adorable, always! I look forward to seeing her take on things each week! She always gets it right! As for the coats, I love the way you’ve styled yours, Jodie! And those silver booties are fab! xoxM

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

    • Thanks Mary!!
      I’ve worn these silver boots quite a bit, but I think some of my friends aren’t as enthralled with them!!!
      XOXO

  • Great coats! Have a lovely day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Laura

    Sizing can be so tricky with these websites, but there are some really great items if you take the time to look and to measure yourself! Love the coats you picked out, especially your mom’s cape!

    • You’re so right, Laura! It’s not like you should just say, “oh i wear a medium”….that’s when you get into trouble. But they have so many items for such a great deal!!
      XOXO

  • ADA

    The photos of the 3 of you together are so precious. Such lovely dames. Love ALL your coats and your mom’s hosiery. I love both pairs of booties you have in these outfits, J. That second dressy look with all the silver is perfect for a Holiday party or Winter Wedding.

    I am interested on a future multi-generational, bridging the gap posts. You can e-mail me more about them, please. =)

    Welcome by on Thursday and join my style linkup, don’t forget. Love your blog, come share it with me and my readers every Thursday. Thanks. =)

    • Thanks for the lovely words, Ada.
      I will put you on the list for the next Bridging the Gap campaign. It will be next February so you won’t get anything about it for awhile.
      Can you reply to this comment with your email address and IG handle too? Then I can just cut and paste them and make sure I have them correct???
      Will be at the party this week!!
      XOOX

  • I sometimes like a less expensive option when I know I will want a change. If I have something expensive I feel like I will have to wear it for years and honestly that sounds kinda boring. I do like a well made item but if I know I’m only going to wear it for one season then that is not the highest priority. Thanks also for making us aware of the time, size and condition they will arrive in. It is shocking sometimes to see a beautiful item all squished and wrinkled in a bag. Honestly, if you know that’s how it’s going to arrive then you expect it. Happy Wednesday ladies!

    • You’re exactly right Julia!! It’s funny how sometimes we talk about how quality is so important, but there are times I really don’t want the pressure to keep something perfect for so long.
      I say that because the pants I’m wearing today have snags in them from my kitty who loves to knead my lap when she’s on it. Luckily they weren’t expensive so it’s no biggie!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • donnaduck

    I love a fleece coat/jacket and last Fall I ordered a black “swing coat” in fleece. I wore that almost the entire winter here in PA! There were some days when I needed to bring out the down coat, but that didn’t happen a lot. The advantage of a swing-type coat is that you can layer a sweater under it, or a heavier top, and it fits fine. I have to say, I think Nancy’s wrap coat looks a bit small on her- did you find these coats to run smaller? I know you said exact measurements were needed, but I find that odd with a coat! Blouses, tops, dresses, yes. But with a coat, you do expect it to be a bit larger to accommodate what you’re wearing underneath it! You did a great service with your honest review, Jodie! I hope people take that advice into consideration before they purchase!

    My niece in Denver said you’ve been having some crazy weather out there lately (50’s one day, 80’s the next!). Good thing you have some cute coats to pull out when you need them! Take care!

    • It’s so interesting how the sizes run differently. I would usually say that they run small, but it really depends on the item.
      The time we learned this was when Rob ordered 2 coats from a site like this. They were both way small on him (I actually wear them now), so we’ve learned that you have to take the measurements as exact. It’s so different than what we are used to….
      A swing coat sounds perfect for anything, Donna!! Besides don’t you feel so glamorous when it swings around you?? That’s how I always feel in my ponchos??
      And Denver weather has been a little bipolar lately. Nancy & I just took photos today because it’s going to be 80, whereas tomorrow (which is when we were scheduled) it’s supposed to snow—-eeek!!
      Thanks Donna!!
      XOXO

  • Rebecca Saffer

    I never order clothing on-line but know it is so convenient for some. I live in NYC so getting to a store is not a problem. You gave honest feedback and tips to ordering that are really helpful when using this type of shopping. Funny photo with your mom’s eyes closed but that beautiful skirt and patterned tights are wonderful. By the way, I saw that fabulous interview you did with Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style. I am a member of her 7Steps to Style group and she is great.

    • I can never decided if online shopping is a good thing or bad thing, Rebecca. Of course living in THE city (that’s what my husband always calls NYC) does make you somewhat spoiled…ha ha!!
      Thanks for the thoughts on the interview! I was so honestly elated when she asked me!!
      XOXO

  • Girl… Those silver booties! And you straightened your hair! Looks great! The cape is my favorite of the three coats. Nice, honest review.

    • Thanks Darlene!! I have been loving these booties–but I laugh because some of my local friends gave me the eyebrow raise when they saw them!!!
      XOXO

  • What lovely coats ladies! I love the fleece lapel on yours Jodie! I have never bought from Dress Lily but might have to check it out now.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  • Great silver booties!

  • I love all your coats! They are so stylish and you all look amazing! Happy Wednesday!

  • Great post. I love all three coat’s style but your coat is my favorite dear! You look so stylish in this grey coat <3

  • Merel van Poorten

    These coats are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!! <3

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • This post is a fun classic. I spent too much time browsing the link. Their jewelry is fascinating, truly something for everyone. Remember Charlotte’s pearl tie? I found two in rhinestones, possibly in 121 pages of jewelry there may be a pearl tie.

    • Don’t they have an amazing selection? It’s almost what I would consider overwhelming.
      But that made me go search for a pearl tie…one didn’t come up, but I saw the rhinestone ones!!
      Thanks Jean!!
      XOXO

  • Coco Cami

    Great post, thanks for sharing! I love these coats and the outfits you put together are so stylish!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • You guys are super cute!! Great coats!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • donnanance

    All the coats/cape all will be perfect for the cooler temps. Love the way you have styled them. Jodie, I definitely think you will need to borrow the cape for your fancy sleeve tops. I admire anyone who can wear a cape beautifully. I look like Yoda… xoxo

    • I doubt that you look like Yoda!! But that did make me laugh!!
      I know I’m used to the shorter jackets for most outfits, but with these statement sleeves that are everywhere, I’m going to need my own cape. I have one that I knit, but it’s not as long as this one. Good thing that mom lives close!! Ha ha!!
      Thanks Donna!!
      XOXO

  • I am in the market for a new winter coat/wrap. It is never very cold here but occasionally we will have a day or two below freezing. I like the idea of maybe a cape or wrap with a belt that would fit easily over my outfit and just add the warmth I need running to and from the car. My daughter bought my last coat several years ago. It is a actually a jacket and would like something a little dressier for work.
    Thank you for introducing this store (new to me) and for the guidance an using their search feature.
    You all look lovely. So svelte in that dress, Jodie! And dynamite little metallic booties. Your smiles warm my heart.

    • Right….you probably don’t need the heavy duty coats where you live, Leslie!! Then these would be perfect. Except my coat—it’s a little heavier than Nancy’s or moms.
      And especially with the fun, statement sleeves that are everywhere now, you almost need more of a cape so you don’t crinkle them!!
      Thanks for the lovely words and your never ending support!!
      OXOX

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    Thanks for more great ideas. Loved your white dress ensemble. Loved Nancy’s photos. She was really getting into the swing of things there. I am Leary of ordering from some of these sites as the clothes run small. I am tall and long in waist ind legs. It is hard to get a good fit.

    • Thanks Eileen!!
      That is one aspect that many of the sites don’t address and that’s the length. Which is so annoying. Although it looks like they are shown on these coats.
      I’ve had that issue too, and I’m even short! I try to figure out where it hits on the model, but it’s annoying. I know when I was working with VIPme, I suggested that measurement, and I noticed the other day that it is on most pieces now.
      But it’s always a struggle to find great fit anywhere. That’s why I started learning to alter my clothes, thanks to my mom’s great teaching!!
      🙂

  • It’s always a bit of a risk ordering online, especially from a new site. I’m glad that this order worked out even if there was some swapping around of the coats, haha! I’ve been surprised by the colour of things I ordered online too and received different colours to what I expected, I try to be more careful now and re-read everything, ha!

    Hope you’re having a lovely week so far. Another nice warm spring day here, although they say the rain will be back soon 🙁

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Thanks Mica!!
      I learned that colors can be so different when I started ordering yarn online. I would be expecting blue, and it’d be more green! That’s when I learned to look more at the style & fit because I could deal with any color that came my way!!!
      We are having an Indian summer today but possible snow tomorrow!!
      Enjoy!!
      XOXO

  • These look like they might be okay for transitional weather.

    I’m always wary of ordering online since fabric content is big for me and one of the very first things I look at when thrifting.

    Your modelling skills are great! : ) You all look so much more comfortable in front of the camera now, despite your Mom’s closed eyes.

    Suzanne

    • It certainly isn’t the same ordering online as opposed to in person. I always think of coats for winter times, so I was surprised when I got these. Of course, they are perfect for now.
      Thanks Suzanne (I’m sure I’ll get a what for from mom for using that photo, but there weren’t any that she was smiling and had her eyes open….)
      XOXO

  • This is SUCH a helpful post! The economy of the Dresslily site is appealing, but I am more likely to give it a go knowing your insider secrets. I appreciate your honest assessment of the experience and how to shop with them.

    It’s frustrating to shop some of these sites without the scoop from someone you trust!

    • Yes…because it’s basically impossible to send them back. I know Rob ordered 2 coats a couple of years ago from a similar site—and they were both way too small for him. In fact I wear them now—ha ha. But sending them back would have cost a ton.
      So the sizing is key…and not expecting exactly what you see.
      XOXO

  • I love your mothers tights! And her skirt!😂😂😂😂

    • Thanks Nancy!!
      You’ll see more of it next week!!
      XOXO

  • Karen

    Thank you for such an honest review! These appear to be perfect for fall temperatures, but here where I live, it’s bitter cold for months and I’d freeze in something like that. I have a HIKE in to work from my car also, so I need heavy wool for winter weather. But for fall jackets, I like these a lot, especially the cape. Good advice about the sizing, that can always be tricky when ordering online!

    • I remember in dental school having to walk a ton from where we parked to the school. But the best thing about my practice after that, was the parking lot out front where I hardly even needed a coat. We even laugh now, that we go from car to place and place to car and barely even know what the weather is!!
      But I do have a couple of heavier coats. The funny story is that when I first came out here for college, my mom made me a winter wool coat with this heavy lining because we thought it’d be frigid. And I ended up having her take out the lining after a couple of years because it just wasn’t that cold. I think it’s the fact that we have so much sun—it seems warmer than back home!!!
      Thanks Karen!!
      XOXO

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    What fabulous coats and capes. You’re all looking so chic and ready for teh cooler temps wiht style adn grace!!! LOVE them all!

  • WOW, Jodie, first- you all look awesome! But to be honest, I love Charlotte’s cape the most. It is so elegant, stylish and totally chic. Now I want to get the same cape myself! wishing a wonderful Wednesday to all three of you, ladies.
    XO
    Miri
    https://currentlywearing.com

    • Isn’t the cape so perfect Miri?? And my mom wears it so well!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO