Oversized black and white topper coat

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**Black & white coat c/o, vintage skirt from Savers, H&M; blouse (old)
Parentesi purse (older style), pearls from a friend (similar), Nordstrom Rack heels (similar)

**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.
black white coat2In 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.
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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.
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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.
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35 thoughts on “Oversized black and white topper coat

  • Sue December 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Very cute coat. I wouldn't mind seeing some pictures showing how the back looks though–is it roomy or slimming from the back?

  • Ann December 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Pretty! But I think the lack of buttons makes the coat a bit impractical for windy east coast weather. But you pulled it off very well, especially with that chic outfit!

  • tangi December 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    is there literally one button to close the coat?

  • Dressed with soul December 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Wow, I´m impressed for this price the coat is indeed great! Now I have to think about to buy another coat although I bought already a few new coats in the last weeks 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  • Anonymous December 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    love the coat, jean! could you please share what the hair cream product is called?

  • Alina December 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love how the tweed plays off of the maroon skirt. Beautiful.



  • Le monde des petites December 30, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Lovely outfit!!!!
    You are stunning!
    Your coat is just perfect!


    Le monde des petites

  • Happiness at Mid LIfe December 30, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I ordered a vest from Sheinside and was not impressed with their customer service at all. It was too small and I wanted to return it and could not find instructions online (probably my bad). I did see that I had a year to return and item and when I tried using the online chat – it was never available. I also sent several emails and never heard from them. I will never order from them again.


  • bluepolkadotpjs December 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I am into topper coats these days and made several purchases on some classic colors(black, navy) this year. I even bought one J crew lady day coat which fit me great. For the price, I think it is a good choice. What kind of tights (hosiery) are you wearing? I have a few winter skirts, but I never wear it, since I haven't found any good winter tights. Can you make some recommendations on your summer and winter tights (light weight and thick )? Maybe you already posted a few links on the website, but I missed it. Since I'm a pants girl(if this makes sense), I always end up reaching for the pants. Maybe if I find the right hosiery, I will get more use out of the skirts and dresses I have. Lovely outfit as always! =)

  • A.P December 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Cute look; as always. I read in one of your comments to a reader the other day that you actually don't wear heels all the time — generally in transit you go with a flatter shoe. I'd like to see some of those looks and some of your more practical but chic takes on winter footgear for people who live where it's cooold! Cheers!

  • Jane December 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I love the fact that their website shows many different people wearing the coat in many different ways. I wish other sites did that.

  • Vanessa December 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Jean, that's a really cute coat. I almost purchased something from Sheinside after seeing some items on another blog. However, I did some searches on the company and found a lot of really bad reviews (similar to the one above) regarding returns and customer service. After reading everything I decided I didn't want to risk it.

  • Anonymous December 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Jean! Been an ardent reader of yours for years! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This is totally unrelated, but as you know, interview season is here. Was wondering what would your recommend for a first day interview sort of outfit? I tried scoring in youtube but the options just seem too dressy in my opinion for a finance – particularly banking and accounting firm. And my usual suit with french blue button down shirts always make me wish I won't look so stuffy every time I stare at myself in the mirror. Please help!

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    Petite and fashionable 🙂
    I want your closet !!!

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  • Vanessa December 31, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I love the blouse! I've been looking for one that looks like that for a while now but can never find one that's within my budget.


  • pumpkinmommy December 31, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Stylish and polished, as always! I have a question about the material of the coat. On the Sheinside website, it says "wooly polyester." Do they mean wool/ poly blend, or a polyester fiber that looks a little wooly? (It's always kind of hard to tell the fiber composition on these Chinese/ Korean shopping sites…)

  • Anonymous December 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    jean – i dont have a twitter account but wanted to ask which dress you picked up from loft for 60% off! if it's something I'd like i'd love to snag the deal too. you have excellent taste. thanks in advance!

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Hi there – I actually got this dress http://www.loft.com/petite-loft-scuba-pleated-skirt-dress/325477?colorExplode=true&skuId;=14881237&catid;=catl000036&productPageType;=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor;=1668 which I posted fitting room photos of back in this post in red: http://www.extrapetite.com/2013/12/metallic-tweed-cardigan-and-slouchy.html I didn't realize it came in navy, which is a color I'm looking for. The dress is $28 in-stores after the 60% off. As mentioned previously the waist is a little high though so won't work on all body types.

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    The downside of Asian brands is they don't have material content labels (or reliable ones, at least) : / I can't tell what the material is but based on feel and the price point, presume its a polyester blend that looks a little wooly. I wouldn't recommend anyone with fabric or wool allergies to order from these sites because you don't know the specific material composition.

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hi there! Happy holidays to you too! It means a lot to me that you've been stopping by for years : ) For finance and accounting I really wouldn't overthink the interview outfit – as you already know a grey or navy suit is safe, but instead of the french blue button down shirts why not try a silk or silky polyester blouse plus pearl or faceted stone necklace to look less stuffy? I like these options from Ann Taylor, as long as the neckline of the first one isn't too low:

    Good luck at your interviews!

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    To be honest I have been wearing my Aquitalia boots nearly every day when commuting so it would just be all of these outfits I have shown but with those boots – not too much variety, plus I remove them once I get to my destination.Thank you for your feedback though and I will try to show some outfits with winter practical footwear. Happy new year!

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Hi there – most of my tights are from Forever 21 because of their large color selection, H&M;, and Talbots. Talbots tights are pricey but if you go to the pantyhose section, esp during 40% off sales, I've gotten several pairs at a good price and like their classic navy and brown colors. Those are more light in weight, versus you can get various "den" / density/ opacity tights at H&M;/F21 which increase in warmth for colder days. F21 also makes fleece lined tights for the super cold days!

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    It's called "it's a 10 miracle leave in product" – have never seen it before, but my hair stylist gave it to me after seeing my lion mane on a particularly staticy day!

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Yes – I think this coat looks better worn open though (also as shown in the various other styling photos) so not suited for very cold climates.

  • Jean December 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Sue – next time I wear this for a post I will remember to take back photos. It's straight cut and not fitted, so the view would be similar as to the side photo posted above.

  • bluepolkadotpjs December 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks, Jean. I never would have thought to buy tights at H&M; and F21. Thank you so much for your reply. Happy new years! =)

  • pumpkinmommy December 31, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Add my vote to more outfits with lower heels. I can never seem to grasp the right balance for lower heeled shoes…

  • Maggie Adofo January 2, 2014 at 3:20 am

    The jacket looks amazing already as is. Can't wait to see what plans you have for it.

    Maggie A

  • Sabina Rana January 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I love the outfit. In fact I love your every outfits 🙂
    I have been eyeing on this coat for ages. I literally see this coat everywhere in Chinese shopping websites, and every time I try to buy, I always keep holding myself into cuz of size issues and dilemmas :/ .
    As you are have a great knowledge in terms of fittings I would like to have some of your advice so that I could make up my mind to choose the right size and fit.

    – First of all I am UK size 6, I have bust of around 88cm. Can you tell me what size you bought? And what bust does that coat of yours have?

    – I am always suspicious about measurements provided by Chinese websites (like aliexpress.com) as I think they're not accurate enough or don't collaborate to the measurements in real. So whatever size you bought, did the real measurements (mainly the bust measurement) collaborate with the measurement provided by the seller?

    – In Sheinside website, I am thinking to go with size Small of bust 90cm, however some reviewers are saying the coat is extremely small. Some are advicing to go one size up, but some are saying to go two size up. So another dilemma there, sigh.

    I think all the other measurements are fine with me, its just the bust measurement I need to look into in order to get the right fit on my body. I would really appreciate if you could give me advice on choosing the coat that has the right sized bust for me 🙂


    Here's the link of the coat for you to look at the measurements. I like the type of loose fit that you have in the pictures so I want to have that too. I'm confused in either Small (bust – 90cm) or Medium (bust – 94cm) although I'm not sure if those measurements are accurate though.

  • Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I love your blog and ordered this jacket after this blog post!

    I'm about your size but I ended up not liking how oversized it was, so I'm selling it

  • Anonymous February 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hi there,
    I love your blog and ordered this jacket right after reading this post. However, I'm so disappointed with Sheinside. I ordered the jacket in size S but received it in size M instead. Size M is far too big for me so I tried to contact them for the exchange or refund. I have sent them several live chat messages and emails and the only reply I got was the link to check their return policy. I have also provided them with all purchase details and images according to their policy but still no reply. I'm so disappointed providing this is my first order with the website and none of that was my fault. I will not recommend this website to anyone and will not order anything from them again. Sorry for my rage Jean but I just think this is not a fair trading and I don't want anyone to have such an annoying experience like mine. Personally I still like your blog and admire your stylish style as usual 🙂 – Michelle

  • Jean February 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Sabina, I think the S corresponds similarly to an H&M; sz S/EUR 34 but can be a snug, "shrunken" fit on someone 1 size up. The bust measurement of the S I have is about 85 cm around, so it sounds like slightly smaller than what Sheinside listed.

  • Jean February 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Michelle – I am super disappointed to hear that. I feel responsible for having featured gifted product from a company with such bad customer service, as I know how frustrating that can be, and certainly don't want any of my readers to be ripped off by bad business practices. As of last month I no longer accept any items from them, and if I feature either of the two pieces I already own again, I will make sure to share your comment to give other shoppers fair warning. I apologize for your bad experience and will make sure to better screen companies I accept items from in the future.

  • Anonymous February 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Hi Jean – Thank you for your reply and more than that your prompt response to this matter. I'm really appreciated that. There is no need for you to apologise. The intention of my post was merely to share my terrible experience in here so that others become aware of poor-after sale service of this website. I've never thought it was your fault. Put it this way, if you had not featured their piece in your blog, other readers nor myself wouldn't have posted our terrible experience with them in here either 🙂 ..Just an update, finally I received an email from the website this morning (Sydney time). They asked me to pay them additional USD 20 so that they will send me size S jacket and I can also keep size M jacket. It makes no sense to me so I just pass the deal..Thanks again for your prompt response and please keep up the good work! – Michelle

  • Anonymous March 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Sadly, I have the same issue as Michelle. Things were promising with Sheinside when I received a partial shipment and was able to successfully return the items for a refund. However, I am still disputing the request to refund the remainder of the order. I made 3 requests for the return label and refund, and it was not until the 3rd request that Sheinside responded and DENIED that I was allowed to return the item for a refund saying that it was now 30 days after the delivery date (I made my initial request for return/refund 28 days after delivery). I opened a dispute with my credit card company and hope to have this end in my favor.

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