J.Crew Petite Coats Review: Colletta vs. Lady Day Double Cloth

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:


J.Crew Colletta Double Cloth Coat in 0P, Torch Orange
Forever 21 $3.50 tights in gray one-size (buy here)
Tory Burch Reptile Reva Flats sz 5

And here shown with the collar folded down:

J.Crew Colletta Double Cloth Coat in 0P (left) vs. Lady Day Double Cloth Coat in 0P (right)

Immediately you will notice that the Colletta is shorter than the Lady Day. I thought that a shorter length would be more flattering on a short gal (for new readers, I am just under 5 feet tall), but the photos above say otherwise. The Colletta almost feels like a child’s coat on me – short and wide and flared.

J.Crew Colletta Double Cloth Coat in 0P (left) vs. Lady Day Double Cloth Coat in 0P (right)

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:


J.Crew Colletta Double Cloth Coat in 0P (left) vs. Lady Day Double Cloth Coat in 0P (right)

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.

Readers – did any of you purchase either jacket above? If so, please share your experiences and post a link if you took photos.
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  1. Toi et Moi wrote:

    Hi Jean! I am so excited that you left me a comment 🙂 I thought the sleeves were a tad bit short but they don't bother me much – my gloves make up for the missing inch or so.

    Posted 1.12.11 Reply
  2. deborah wrote:

    As I was commuting to work, I saw a thin petite woman (about 5'3 probably wearing a 00)wearing the Lady Coat in the orange. It looked so good and more red than I thought it would. I instantly regretted by Olive Green choice. But by the time I went to the JCrew website, 0P had sold out in every sale color. 🙁 Her's looked ultra-feminine. Mine looks quite military. I also noticed that hers fit her much more slim, and hit higher on the knee that I was wildly jealous of her petite, but not super petite size. At just an inch shorter than you, I was surprised at how different it fit me. The coat hit me at my knee cap (I must have uber short legs), and I thought the waist was just a little low, the bust a bit big, and a bit annoyed that the coat didn't have a back vent. However, after wearing the thinsulate coat it in 30-ish degree weather and it having the perfect sleeve length, without alterations, it wins the seal of approval since I've been on the hunt for a coat this whole season and have come up empty. Thinking about getting it hemmed, but it doesn't seem worth it. Too bad there isn't a 00P.

    Also, I think if you had gotten the lady coat in orange, and the Coletta in Olive, both would have looked nicer. The Colletta's stand up collar would have worked well in Olive and look less kid-like, while the orange in the lady coat would give some personality to an otherwise plain coat.

    Posted 1.12.11 Reply
  3. PetiteXXS wrote:

    Hmm your Colletta pics aren't loading right now for some reason, but I remember taking a peek at the post before and thinking that it does look child-like and exactly like how my previous coats from the kids department used to look on me. Even though the Lady Day didn't work well for me, I think I'd still stick with it over Colletta.

    Posted 1.7.11 Reply
  4. @Anonymous Several ladies who mentioned the lady day was too boxy on them said the Colletta fits nicely! I'm curious to see!

    @olyvia Thank you, Olyvia! Though I have to say this is probably the last coat review from me this year lol : ) I don't even have others on my list to consider trying so far, that are relatively inexpensive, small fitting, plus easy to return if needs be. Hopefully other petites will offer up more reviews!

    @R.L. Hi R.L.! YES I have seen that coat and thought what the heck. It's one of their whimsical pieces like that sequined tank that was $600 or so. I can't picture that looking good on anyone but a model. And I am sorry to hear the Colletta didn't work out for you either…but I think we have similar body types (based purely off your comments) so yes, it wasn't too flattering.

    @Petite Mom It really is a bummer! I've heard so many complaints from fellow petites about the sleeves. Maybe I should write them and complain lol, but so far they've ignored me emails : ) I had written them asking to add 00P/xxs to the sale search and so far no response!

    @Gjee Lol, why yes dear Gjee! I never broke them in and they are quite painful *wince* And to your point on seeing someone in the RIGHT clothes, I'd love to see someone with a different body type showing how the Lady Day just does NOT work out but the Colletta is more flattering.

    Posted 1.6.11 Reply
  5. @白琳 Oh I'm soo glad to hear! I know it didn't work out for everyone who tried it on as many found it to be too boxy. I hope you get a lot of use out of it!

    @Toi et Moi Oh welcome to my world..I've literally stopped reading one of my fave blogs (ChloeConspiracy) for a while because I'd want to buy everything she shows, plus she always has great deals! I'm glad you were able to get the Lady Day in green…were the sleeves not too short on you? And interesting point about the Thinsulate. I've never noticed whether or not it includes the sleeves because I'm always wearing a long sweater underneath. But OVERALL, the jacket may not be warm enough for many during 30 degree weather. I wish the thinsulate did a little more for warmth overall!

    @TinyinTX Wha? You did? Show us on your blog! : )

    @Anonymous Another Colletta fan! I can picture the Colletta being nice on your body type. ANd yes, it's an overall issue I'm seeing across the board that we're finding the petite coat sleeves too short! Even me, who has really short arms. Why, J.Crew??

    @Anonymous I'm not sure if you're the author of the blog post I stumbled upon the other day showing the 00 and 0P Colletta, but if so I agree the 00 regular looked great on you.

    @Irene No no and no…not comfy for even an hour lol.

    Posted 1.6.11 Reply
  6. Seems like many of you guys agree Lady Day is the winner for a short, scrawny body type! Though I see much disagreement about the orange color lol.

    I'd love the see the Colletta on someone curvier though. I bet it could look pretty cute on the right body type.

    @CynthiaC I wore our coat the entire time in Cali and at times was still coat! With layers it's okay in the Northeast winter. The version without thinsulate must be really light/thin!

    @littlenashua Wow great find! I was gonna say…didn't think that location carried petites. I know which exactly coat you are talking about.

    @Erica Lol! When I look at the two frontal photos…I myself do look shorter in the left photo. It must be the angle…I'm scratching my head too!

    @Allie That's great news, but also unusual! I heard from several readers who describe themselves with "hips" and they said they felt rectangular in the Lady Day. I'm very glad it worked out for her. You're right, I can see Colletta better on someone taller because that'd balance out the width.

    @Anonymous The lady day in black is a classic! Good buy! I didn't even consider it because it was still full price : )

    @Anonymous I purchased online because they don't carry 0P (nor 00 regular) in stores. It wasn't final sale at the time. Even now, if the sale says everything is "final sale," add the item to your cart, and then upon checkout it will show which items REALLY are final sale. Not all of them will be, which is nice. I bought several sweaters that were allegedly "final sale" but then they were returnable.

    @Christina Great eye! Yes I was an I was going to offer to let you gals try it on in case anyone was shopping for a coat…but I didn't think any SoCal'ers would be interested lol. Maybe something will turn up for you during the post-holiday clearance!

    Posted 1.6.11 Reply
  7. Gjee wrote:

    its always surprising to see how much of an affect clothes can have on someone! especially the RIGHT clothes. when I first saw the colletta, i thought it looked darling but it looked a little ridiculous next to the Lady Day coat! lol the Lady Day coat even made you look much taller!

    love the reptile flats. are they the ones you got at Bloomingdales during the Friends and Family sale? i'm such a devoted reader, haha!

    Posted 1.6.11 Reply
  8. Petite Mom wrote:

    Thanks for the review! The Lady Day coat is much much better than the Colletta coat. It's hard to believe they're the same size since they fit you so differently. I'm really bummed that the sleeves are still too short for me. The more I see you in the olive coat, the more I want it!


    Posted 1.5.11 Reply
  9. R.L. wrote:

    Great review, Jean! (As always.) The flared bottom on the Colletta coat is what kept me from buying it, especially since I tend to wear lots of layers. I could tell I would "pumpkin out" in it. And from the side view, I didn't even think J. Crew's tall and thin model looked good in it.

    In theory, the flared bottom seems like a unique idea for a coat. But some things that look good for a dress just don't translate well on coats. Have you seen J. Crew's
    Rideau cashmere coat?


    I like tulip dresses and skirts, but I'm not sure about it on a coat.

    Posted 1.5.11 Reply
  10. olyvia wrote:

    I am liking your detailed coat reviews lately. I had never thought about the higher waist placement being more child-like. That's a great observation! I'm hoping to invest in a good coat this year, one that makes me look more grownup and classy. I hope you do more videos and review on how to find coats for petites or what to look for and what is needed for a good tailoring if needed 🙂

    Posted 1.5.11 Reply
  11. periwinky wrote:

    Great comparison – I bought both of them and ended up sticking with the Lady Day because the fit was just so much better. It's so interesting how the different cuts could make such a difference!

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  12. The color of the coat is awesome!!

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  13. I see that arm length is similar with boat coats. Only thing keeping me from buying.

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Definitely the Lady Day coat! To be honest, I don't think the Coletta would look good on anyone. The shirring on the high waistline to give the preggy effect is not flattering on anyone and on any apparel for that matter. I'll be glad when that trend is over. If you can't get away with the Coletta coat, I don't know how others can:)

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  15. Irene wrote:

    Ooooh, I actually love those Sz 5 flats on you! I wonder if they are comfortable for all-day wear as I find sometimes flats end up hurting like heck because there is significantly less support.

    The Coletta sounds so cute and feminine – and you still rocked it despite your misgivings about it!

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  16. Annapurna wrote:

    Happy New Year! Don't have anything to say that hasn't already been said except I wish the Lady Day came in orange – the only saving grace of the Coletta (on you). And there's a new Forever 21 on Newbury St! I may have to pop over there today…

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    hi! i find that a lot of j. crew petite stuff can be cut short and boxy. i actually ordered the colletta in 0P and 00, and i liked the cut of the 00 a lot more because it was a lot more slimming. i agree with you that the 0P was cut with the waistband too high!

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    I prefer the Lady Day coat on you—it's a great color and so flattering! On myself, I like the Colletta because the Lady Day made me look rectangular. I am 5'3, 110 lbs (32C, 24, 34) and the 2 regular fits surprisingly well (though a 0 may have worked even better). All the petite coats I've tried from J.Crew this year had sleeves that were too short for me.

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  19. I agree with you. The ladder has a slimming effect. Honestly I like it better on you. And the Forrest green color looks very sophisticated.

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  20. TinyinTX wrote:

    The lady day looks so much better!! I ordered it in the same torch orange and I really love it. It almost looks like a coral color to me, which I am very happy with. It's disappointing that the coletta was so much wider because the design is so cute!

    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  21. kileen wrote:

    i love the Lady Day coat on you and agree it's much more slimming and elegant. great pick and the olive color is great for the wintertime! thanks for the comparison pics!


    Posted 1.4.11 Reply
  22. Toi et Moi wrote:

    Hi! I started reading your blog about a month ago and I LOVE it. The only "bad" thing is that I often buy stuff that I see on here LOL.
    I purchased the Lady Day in the same color and size that you did, and it's pretty fitted on me (I am 5'2) so I can only wear fitted yet somewhat thick sweaters underneath. After wearing the Lady Day twice during 30-something degree weather I feel like maybe the thinsulate doesn't cover the sleeves? Or maybe it's just me? My arms felt cold while the rest of me was warm.
    I haven't tried on the Colletta but I love the orange color you bought. The Lady Day looks much better on you though. 🙂

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  23. I really like the Forever 21 tights, I am going to buy them in all colors=)

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  24. Hamster wrote:

    I actually have both coats and I love the Colletta! But you're def right, it's all about body shape. I'm 5'4 and 115 with most of the weight on my hips so the colletta is great, love the girly flares and pleats while the Lady day is more boxy on me.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  25. Kate Gene wrote:

    I love the Lady Day jacket. Both of them are pretty, but you can't go wrong with that fit!

    That said, the Coletta looks very pretty from the back. I like the pleating. The neckline looks nice, too. (I love wearing turtlenecks, so naturally, I'm drawn to jackets with high necks!)

    Happy New Year! 🙂

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  26. 白琳 wrote:

    i had actually ordered the lady day after seeing you post such a raving review about it, and i am so in love with the jacket. it fits like a glove. that being said, i feel that the orange jacket is less slimming. i agree with the idea that it may look more flattering on someone who has more curves, though.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  27. I get so excited when a garment from a particular brand works out well and always hope that other items from that brand would be the same. Very disappointing that the Colletta didn't meet expectations – thanks for the review!

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  28. Christina wrote:

    The collar on the lady day coat is more attracting, imo. Ah, weren't you wearing the Lady Day coat at our meetup? I remember you putting on an olive coat, but I wasn't sure! The shoulders of the colletta do not appear to have as much shape. Since we are both so small, a sharper and slimmer shape in the shoulders is much more flattering.

    Thank you for this review! I am still in search of a coat, but I haven't actually gone out to try any! The recent holiday rush scared me away.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    The lady coat looks great on you! I wanted to pick up a long coat, but I am worried it won't fit me – it is final sale online… Did you get it online or in store?

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  30. Stylepint wrote:

    The Colletta's fit seems to be better with the length, but the style is definitely younger looking. I'm still not sold on either coat, they still seem a bit big IRL. But it's great that you like the Lady Coat, it is more sophisticated indeed. =)

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  31. I agree with everyone, the lady coat is obviously a better choice. It fits you way better than the colletta. If I didn't have 2 long coats, I would definitely order the lady coat. Also, the olive color seems to suit you better too. Thanks for doing the review. It is really helpful

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    I have the lady day coat in black. It fits small and I had to go a size up. I like it, it looks classic and goes well with most work and casual clothes.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  33. Leena wrote:

    good decision–the lady day coat is a much better fit!

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  34. Allie wrote:

    My best friend's husband got her the Lady Day coat for Christmas. She is 5'1" and has hips and it looks fantastic on her.

    The Colletta would look better on a taller person and seems to be more casual – better paired with jeans than dresses. It also does look too big for you, especially in comparison to the Lady Day (which is fantastic!). But man, the Colletta… LOVE that color!

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  35. Erica wrote:

    The Lady Day coat is by far the better looking coat on you. It has an elongating and slimming effect, whereas the other one makes you appear shorter. In fact, is it just me or are you *actually* shorter in the left photo? *scratches head*

    The Colletta coat also looks too big on you.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  36. Absolutely love the Lady Day coat! It definitely makes you look taller, even in flats! 🙂

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  37. Tara wrote:

    I absolutley think the lady day coat is more flattering on you. The bottom part of the other coat is definitley too roomy!

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  38. The Lady Day coat is def more fitted and looks better on but I love the bright color of the Colletta, it really brightens up your face, gotta love that!

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  39. Ping wrote:

    oh yeah…i much prefer the lady day coat. it's more fitted and flattering. i don't like how the colleta coat flares out too much. might be good for someone who is even shorter/curvier than you.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  40. I prefer the Lady Day. The orange is too bright/flashy for me! I want the olive one you have though! It'd be perfect for spring!

    xx The Little Dust Princess

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  41. The Lady Day looks slim, chic and sophisticated. But the Colletta, well, you're totally right in that it looks childish. Not to mention, I love orangy-reds, but that color is hurting my eyes! LOL.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  42. I love how the Lady Day coat looks on you. It is more fitted and sophisticated. I love how the Coletta has more feminin details but the length and fit don't suit.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  43. The Lady Day looks much better. In fact, it's not obvious that the waistband is too high. It is definitely more flattering and makes you look taller and like a real adult, whereas the Coletta looks very childlike. The peacoat I made myself last year is looking a little too short and wide for my liking (I swear it wasn't like that when I made it, but now I am not loving it as much). I was considering the Lady Day but I ended up stumbling upon the Long Wool Military Coat from Banana Republic (at Fanueil Hall, of all places!) at an absurdly low price ($74.99 in store, marked down from $250). It has similar lines to the Lady Day and the regular XS (non petite) fits me perfectly, which is rare for a coat.

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  44. Tammy wrote:

    Hmmm I definitely like the Lady Day jacket on you! It's much better fitted 🙂

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply
  45. CynthiaC wrote:

    I definitely agree that the Lady Day is much better than the Coletta (and it's not because I have the exact same coat – LOL! ;)) I also find it much more "classic" looking and great for both work and the weekend (the weather was quite warm in Toronto over the weekend and I was able to wear the Lady Day)

    Posted 1.3.11 Reply

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