After my last successful experience with the J.Crew Lady Day coat, I became infinitely more interested in their Colletta coat. On the model, Colletta looks more feminine and flattering, with a shirred waistband and flouncier skirt. When the Thinsulate in orange went on sale for $130, I jumped at the chance to try it on:
An issue I have with both coats is the high placement of the “waistband.” It is nearing empire waist territory which I try to avoid for the youthful n’ pregnant effect. The Lady Day (right) drapes closer to the body, but the shirred waist on the Colletta (left) exacerbates the empire effect.
From the back, the Colletta waistband looks lower-placed, but that is an illusion created by my longer hair and the shorter overall coat length:
In my rush to return the Colletta I forgot to take measurements, but the Lady Day in a 0P measures: 14.5″ across the shoulders, 17″ across the armpits, 14″ across the waist band, 33″ total length, and 21″ sleeve length. The Colletta has the same exact shoulders/sleeves/chest measurements, but is wider and shorter starting under the bust and below.
Verdict: The Colletta may be better suited for women with curvier hips to fill out the shirred, flouncy skirt. On shorter women, the Lady Day may have a more elongating and slimming effect. The waistband placement on both jackets is high, so petites with longer torsos may want to opt for the regular sizing.