**Black & white coat c/o, vintage skirt from Savers, H&M blouse (old)
**This coat is from Sheinside, a company which is not known for having good customer service. I was happy with the products but unfortunately a few readers have mentioned problems with their shipping times, live chat customer service, as well as returning or exchanging items. As a result please note this and order at your own risk.**
It's not often when I come across classic style outerwear for just $36. The quality has room for improvement, so please temper expectations based on the price point. Specifically, please note that the lining is very thin, the pockets are not real (I plan on adding some in), and the outer tweed can get static-y especially with long, dry hair. On the plus side - the style is very versatile, the fit required minimal alterations, and the soft material doesn't wrinkle when traveling. I've been reaching for it quite often, making sure to pack some hair-taming cream in my purse.
In my opinion this coat in size S fits similar to an H&M sz 4 or American sz 0 (I unfortunately forgot to take measurements at home before migrating to warmer land). Please note I slimmed the sleeves about 1 inch on each side (tutorial) as I’m picky about fitted sleeves, and have the sleeve length folded up another inch. The weight is thin to medium for a coat, suitable for ~40 degree and up climates unless you layer underneath.
I’m admittedly wary of “cocoon” style coats for my own body type, but I do love the look of a straight-cut topper thrown over more tailored pieces or skinny bottoms. The shoulders and total length on this coat are a casual fit on someone my size, but not overwhelming. There is a 1-button closure that hits by my hips, which I never use and might just snip off. The listing photos show this coat also looks nice as a shorter, shrunken fit jacket on various other body types and heights.
I've gotten many questions about Sheinside regarding payment, shipping and returns. I received this jacket from the company so unfortunately can’t speak to the shopping process as a regular customer. I know a few of you have heard that both shipping and returns to/from Asia can take a few weeks, thus want to caution those who are considering ordering. I also noticed they do accept Paypal, which I've been using for years to avoid leaving a credit card info trail everywhere I shop. If anyone has personal experience ordering with this company, I'd love to hear about it.