J.Crew Lady Day Coat – 2011 vs 2010 sizing & quality

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Coat: J.Crew Lady Day sz 00P in “oasis green” (extra 30% off w/ MUSTHAVE) Clutch: H&M;  
Booties: Adrienne Vittadini  Tights: Target girls  Earmuffs: Burberry  Gloves: no brand from Mom

I know this is a belated “review” as it’s already 2012, but I just wanted to share some of my observations now that this coat is on final sale. Elle did a thorough review after the epic promo (or pricing error) during which these were available for an amazing price. She was so kind to sell me an extra in the color I’ve been eying all along – this beautiful, preppy, “oasis green.” 

I did a review and video on this coat in 2010, during which I picked up a 0P in olive (subsequently sold and replaced with cobblestone gray). 0P was the smallest size available that year. I was very excited to see a 00P available in 2011, but had my suspicions that sizing wouldn’t be that much smaller. Lo and behold…

I laid the coats one on top of the other, and they were exactly the same measurements-wise. I didn’t expect much difference, but I also didn’t expect the two sizes to be identical in every aspect. Actually, unless my eyes were playing tricks on me, the 2010 0P might have even looked a smidge smaller than the 2010 00P.
I am disappointed because this is yet another sign of J.Crew’s vanity sizing. This lady day coat is one of the few, few items that fit me from this brand with no alterations necessary. Their pants, skirts, and other petite-sized offerings are still much too roomy. If I were a 0P in this coat last year and a 00P this year, does that mean other longtime J.Crew customers also had to go one size down?
Measurements of 2011 00P / 2010 0P: 14.25″ across the shoulders, 36″ total length, 14.5″ across the waist, 22″ sleeve length, 19″ across the bottom, 17″ across the armpit.

The outer wool content is the same both years, but one notable difference is an obvious slip in interior quality. The 2010 cobblestone gray is beautifully lined with some double-cloth wool pieces on the inside, interior waistband, satin ribbon piping, and a small chest pocket. The 2011 has none of that, but I did note the welcome addition of a small chain for hanging. Perhaps such “shortcuts” in workmanship are a result of having to do more frequent and steeper discounts this year to keep up with competitor pricing.

Another look at the green:


Readers – What did you think of the sizing & quality of this year’s coats?

87 thoughts on “J.Crew Lady Day Coat – 2011 vs 2010 sizing & quality

  • Reply Jamie January 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    This year I was ecstatic that J Crew actually came out with 00P. However I was sorely disappointed. It fit JUST as bad as last year's size 0P. Never again J CREW. They just have NO coats small enough for me. :'( They make me sick.
    Thanks for your review, this explains why. >_

  • Reply Shoppingisfun January 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I love this coat on you! It looks like you could maybe have it taken in a bit, although coats are not supposed to be tight, so maybe not. Anyway, wow, what a great color!

  • Reply nanajosianne January 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    You look adorable as always. I tried remixing and counterfeiting your style but it just doesn't come as naturally to me. Did you ever have those "moments" when you looked at your outfit choices and seriously doubted your own fashion taste? Because I've been going through this uninspired dry phase that's messing up my head..LOl. I would really appreciate some fashion counseling!! <3

  • Reply Shortstack January 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    There's a J.Crew opening in Vancouver, maybe by spring or sooner. There's already a coming soon sign in the window of the space they're taking. They are set to open in West Edmonton Mall by summer 2012 too.

  • Reply Erin Marie January 19, 2012 at 1:29 am

    You are just beautiful in every way! I wish I looked good in everything like you do!


  • Reply BKDolceVita January 19, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Your style is flawless!

  • Reply S~ January 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

    After seeing how gorgeous the coat looked on you, I jumped at the chance to buy a Lady Day coat myself (since I was looking for a new, more work appropriate peacoat), but when I finally received it and tried it on, I felt the sizing was really weird on me! On me, it's really loose and kind of baggy on the upper half around the shoulders! I'll try it on a couple more times before deciding whether I should keep it, but I have to admit, I was pretty disappointed with the fit! 🙁
    But I love the green colour, and I was thinking of it too at first, but I ended up going for standard black! I'll do a blog post soon on my review of the coat!


  • Reply Anonymous January 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hi I'm in Australia and I have to say I HATE vanity sizing. I used to be a size 8 (I think that must be a US size 1 or 2?), and then after a few years I became a size 6 and then now I'm a size 4. A size 4 is like, maybe a US size 00. My dress size has been decreasing despite the fact that over the past few years I've gained so much weight that my old clothes are too small for me to wear. Yet I can't find clothes in the stores that fit me because the smallest clothes in the stores (that cater to adult women) are always a little too roomy. This year, I've noticed that the size 4 pants from my favourite store does not fit as well as last year's size 4 pants, they are cutting everything slightly bigger each year. Sooner or later, petites will be sized out of existence. The fashion industry is stupid. They acknowledge that larger models are needed to walk down their runways but they don't actually make clothes to fit real people, large or small (especially if you're short).

  • Reply shirley January 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Most of my coats are from Jcrew petite since they fit me so perfectly. The quality and craftmanship are just great. I don't have much complaints. Though one thing I notice from Jcrew coat is that their lining is very weak. After a year of wearing, I started to see signs of wear and tear inside the lining already.

    How do you keep you lining intact? Any tips???

  • Reply Debra January 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hi!! I'm petite too & love your blog!! I find your information here really helpful & so I posted about Extra Petite on my own fashion blog…stylewisebydebra.blogspot.com. I would love for you to visit. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with everyone.


  • Reply Lynn January 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Agree, the quality of their coats and clothes in general have gone down. I had a Jcrew Coat that I got in winter 2008 that lasted me through till this season. I got a Nello Gori black plain peacoat this season (on sale) and it's already getting worn down through half a season of a mild winter. Sad.

  • Reply R.L. January 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    What a huge disappointment in regards to the inner lining for the 2011 version. I have a 2010 lady day that I love but I now realize is a size too big for me. I was planning on selling and buying a 2011 00P, but for now I think I'll hang onto it and see if I can find a good tailor. Who knows what the 2012 00P will look like and how it'll fit.

  • Reply Lien January 20, 2012 at 1:14 am

    The earmuffs are absolutely darling on you! I've thought about purchasing a pair (my ears get so cold sometimes!) but I realized it was a little silly considering where I live.

  • Reply PixieLuv January 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I have those same earmuffs and was wondering how you recommend cleaning them. I tore off the label by accident when I first got them but I think its mentioned dry cleaning but I'm not sure. Anyway, any suggestions will be great. Thanks!

  • Reply Lisa January 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hi there – love the blog and your outfits! I wanted to let you know I found a blouse very similar to your black and white one from H&M; and Express – http://www.express.com/long-sleeve-mock-pocket-shirt-43118-721/control/page/5/show/3/index.pro?relatedItem=true&showBreadcrumb;=true#jsLink

    Just wanted to send that your way since it made me think of you! Happy Friday! 🙂

  • Reply Wyfy January 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I really want that coat in my life, but 1st, I'm living outside US, 2nd – it's too expensive for me :(((

  • Reply my soul is the sky January 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I absolutely love that you did this review. I have noticed some of these differences in j.crew sizing. I normally wear a small in their sweaters and when I received two they swallowed me up so I had to go down to an xs. I love that you figured their little trick out 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Jean –

    I was just introduced to your blog, which I love. Keep up the great work. I think you have great taste, which is a trait that cannot be learned! You must be born with it. 😛

    I don't think I am as slender as you, but I am shorter with smaller feet and maybe smaller hands.

    Anyway, my question to you is…what is your solution/suggestion for leather gloves for extra petite hands? I found a boutique just for gloves on Madison Avenue in NYC that sells a size 5.5 (it is the smallest size I have seen anywhere). It does fit when they are new, but after some use, it tends to stretch. I've looked for leather gloves for girls, but I find that leather gloves seem to be limited to the adults section. Have you come across any leather gloves for girls? If so, please share.


  • Reply Josie January 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    You look stunning! I don't really know much about J.Crew so I can't comment on it. But I do you know it suits you quite well.

  • Reply The life after January 21, 2012 at 5:02 am

    You look great in green! Love the coat!

    The Life After

  • Reply what the shoe January 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I love the colour of your coat, that colour is everywhere right now. I love your blog, I passed on the versatile blogger award to you 🙂


  • Reply Tang January 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I would have never considered a green coat EVER, until I saw this one! Jean, I love your blog, but you're horrible for my wallet! 🙂

  • Reply dagmara January 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I bought the metro coat in the same color and I love wearing it. People stop me all the time to tell me how much they love the color. I prefer the Metro style on me.

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I love the brown clutch/booties/tights with the black gloves mix "I always match gloves,boots,bags,scarves either all black or all brown" and all combined very well with the green coat,I never thought of wearing green with burberry "check pattern" accessories..I love the combination all together!

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    ooh now looking back I think your gloves are brown,are they brown or black?


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  • Reply Karen (littlepiecefnb) January 26, 2012 at 1:16 am

    The green looks beautiful on you, Jean! Unfortunately, haven't had any experience with J. Crew coats but they look like they fit really nicely on petite frames. I think the petite sleeve lengths might be a bit too short for me. haha

  • Reply 5foot2eyesofBlue January 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    A question for those that commented they have the metro coat – how does it fit? True to size, or is it also vanity sized? It is final sale, so I really want to get it right. Thanks for any help any of you can offer.

  • Reply Anonymous January 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    The metro coat runs big, sorry! I'm 5'4" and 105 lbs. Got the 00 and I was swimming in it. I expect coats to be a bit big because i have very small shoulders, but this was even bigger than most other j.crew coats. I would order at least one size down, probably two sizes if you tend to be between sizes. FYI, it's also pretty thin and not too warm (in case you live somewhere really cold like I do — NYC).

  • Reply Vivien January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Jean! Could you please recommend some tights? I tried H&M; and they're extremely fragile and too long (bunches up) for me (I'm 5'1"). I tried some other brands and could barely breath! I just bought a package from BR yesterday but haven't tried them yet. Which ones do you find are the best for sheer and opaque? Thanks – LOVE your blog 🙂

  • Reply Alice@yireservation.com January 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Jean, I came across your blog when I was looking for tips in Asian eye make ups. I really am enjoying your blog. Great job! I too bought a j.crew lady day coat during the sale this year. I got an purple eggplant color. I was really disappointed by the quality. The so called 94% wool felt so much crappier than my 2010 76% wool j.crew coat. I had to return it because i didn't think it's worth the money. I understand absolutely why you are questioning the company's production strategies. Thanks for sharing !

  • Reply sears online coupons January 31, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I love this dress in every way you have worn it!

  • Reply *Glam Chameleon* January 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Splendid coat, fantastic color, love all about it!! U styled it very good with the rest!:)


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  • Reply Michelle February 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Ugh! I hate, hate JCrew's vanity sizing. In 2002, I was 95lbs and was a size 00P or 0P. Now 12lbs heavier after I had a baby, I am still just size 0P. I mean…really????

  • Reply Simone February 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I have had the same problem with J. Crew's sizing. I used to fit nicely into a 0P pant before 2010. Once they changed their sizing, the 0P now falls off my butt. I can never find a 00P, and when I do, it's never on sale. J. Crew should either make the 00P more available or get rid of the vanity sizing.

  • Reply Anonymous November 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Dear Jean, you look great on this coat. I am in love with Talbots coat but they do not make it in 0P, only 2P smallest size. i am often wear PP in blouse and sweater, and can not go to store to check. i am 1,54m, 48kg so could you pls give me advice if I can wear this in 2P:
    Thank you so much.

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