Review: Warm Winter Puffer Coats (Eddie Bauer Petite, Ralph Lauren)

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Eddie Bauer coat xs (also in petites), J.Brand jeans 24, Sperry boots 5.5 (also sold here)

I’m usually a wool coat kinda girl, but I know puffers can be a must for more extreme conditions. As promised, I wanted to share a few more parkas that I’ve tried on and would recommend! When shopping, I like to keep an open mind and browse a variety of brands (ranging from those that target teens, to my grandmother!) since you never know where there might be an unexpectedly good “find.” I remember being lugged into Eddie Bauer stores as a kid and dying of boredom from all the outdoor gear, but have to say they make good, functional coats in extended sizes. Most of their outerwear have warmth level ratings, moisture-repellant outers, and are machine washable. They also have a lifetime satisfaction guarantee!

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Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses in matte brown / gold, Stila lipcolor in “patina” (love!)

This coat (comes in 3 colors and regular, petites, tall, or plus sizing!) was one of those unexpected finds, especially because my favorite aspect (the removable, beautiful faux fur trim) is hardly shown or mentioned in the item listing at all! But if you read the other customer reviews, it indeed comes with it. EB styles are mostly on the utilitarian-looking side, but I thought the generous fluffy trim on this makes it a tad more fashion-forward. It also kept me plenty warm and dry for walking in snowy 20 degree F temps.

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Here’s how the coat looks on me when fully zipped up. For a day with heavy snow, I switched into my trusty Hunter boots which I personally wear a lot in the winter, since they’re fully waterproof up to my knees and shield more of my pants from the elements than shorter snow boots do. The unlined rubber can get cold when submerged in snow, so I always wear thick socks or fleece boot liners.

Eddie Bauer Sun Valley down Parka Coat Petite Reivew

Sun Valley Down Parka xs petite (clearance colors are extra 40% off)

Note my white coat above has synthetic insulation, so if you want an actual down-filled coat, I’d recommend their best-selling Yukon coat or Sun Valley Parka. The latter is in their warmest-rated category of coats, and has longer coverage that’s good for covering your pants or skirt while commuting to work. A few colors of this parka are on clearance right now – use code ASCENT for an additional 40% off (applies only to items and colors actually marked “Clearance” and not just sale).

Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Parka Coat Petite Reivew

The outer material on the Sun Valley Parka has a faint pattern on it and the logo is in contrast stitching on the wrist. There is also an interesting soft furry patch lining the inner back. This petite xs in burgundy above was an online return and fit nicely on me (for reference I’m about 5 feet tall), and for comparison, this olive one is in xs regular. There was a slight difference in overall width, total length, and sleeve length.

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Next up is this Laundry by Shelli Segal down puffer coat that I mentioned in a past post. This one has a more feminine “fit and flare shape” and you can cinch the waist further with the drawstring. The faux fur trim is in a winged shape and goes around the outer edge of the hood (not removable).

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LRL down coat xs petite (also in regular sizing), Zella leggings xxs, Sperry boots 5.5

I found a petite xs to try on in this Lauren Ralph Lauren down coat, also mentioned in a previous post. As expected, the petites has smaller proportions including shorter sleeves and overall length, but I didn’t think the regular sizing was huge (esp. for someone an inch or two taller than me). I like the wider, more pillowy rows of puffs on this one. The soft fleecy trim you see goes inside the hood, along the inner neckline and zippered area, and also inside the pockets.

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PS – I know you can’t see the hem of my bottoms in this post, but I wanted to mention that all three pairs worn here are petite-friendly and fit me perfectly with no hemming needed! Both my white and black J.Brand jeans are cropped styles, and my leggings are listed as midi – they all fit me just like regular length bottoms.

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50 thoughts on “Review: Warm Winter Puffer Coats (Eddie Bauer Petite, Ralph Lauren)

  • Pamela Gonzalez January 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    That white puffy jacket is amazing! <3
    Happy weekend!

  • Larah January 29, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Jean, I really loved the look! Can you tell me what is the sunglass you are wearing on the last pictures (with the Hunter boots)?

  • Anonymous January 29, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Oooooh, really love the style, you look beautiful
    xx the frenchy Ness

  • Helena February 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I loved the white coat on you and bought it for myself. But I was disappointed to find that the waist band (or whatever you call the band along the bottom) was not white but more off-white/cream – it looked discolored next to the white of the coat. Was yours like that and the color just isn't showing up in the pic? Thanks

  • Julie Hiller February 1, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for this thorough review of down coats! I have a Mountain Hardwear coat that looks really similar to the burgundy coat you try on in this post. It's real down and fantastic–I've been wearing it in the Chicago winter for years.

    Style by Joules

  • Jean February 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Larah – they are Quay Avalon, I got them a while back unfortunately!

  • Jean February 2, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I just went and looked, and yes, my bands are a little more cream vs. the starker white of the puffer parts. I honestly didn't think much of it otherwise would've said something. I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed! On the plus side EB should have no problem with returns with their satisfaction guarantee.

  • Kat February 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I noticed that mine is off-white as well. And Jean's pictures don't seem to show it! 🙂 I am loving the white so I'm keeping mine–I just may tuck the sleeves or waist in for a puffier look if the color bothers me.

  • Yanmi He March 21, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    The Eddie Bauer jacket is on sale, plus extra 40%. Super GREAT buy!! Bought the white one petite for $54 only.

  • Unknown May 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Jean, I'm moving to Boston soon from San Diego so need to fully revamp wardrobe! You mentioned not wearing a lot of puffers – is the EB jacket sufficient for the coldest of Boston winters? If not, what do you wear when it dips below zero (with significant wind chill)? I've skimmed through older blog posts but wasn't able to find one on wardrobe for extreme winters. Thanks!!

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