Hi everyone! Just wanted to share the newest piece in my winter weather arsenal - my J.Crew petite long belted puffer jacket! It's my new jacket that I ordered on Cyber Monday and I received it just in time for temperatures to drop drastically here in Boston. So thankful that I decided to buy this jacket and really happy about how warm it has kept me the past few days that I've worn it! Keep reading to see how I feel about the fit and everything I like and dislike about the jacket - it's on major sale right now at J.Crew Factory so hopefully this post will help you decide whether to pick it up or not!
I'm not a puffer coat person at all, but I am allergic to the cold and am also really bad at retaining heat so Gerome was very adamant that I get myself a puffer coat this winter. I needed a coat that would actually keep me warm while also keeping me from looking like an overstuffed marshmallow. I hate the look most puffer coats give me since I'm short, but this one from J.Crew was actually tolerable when I saw it on the rack for the first time. Putting it on, I liked the long length and how it came in petites sizing - it helps me maintain my body proportions since a regular length coat would probably be too far down my body. Long coats are the best for aggressive Boston winters so I was happy to find one that suited my height well.
I ordered my puffer jacket in a petites size XS. In store, I had tried on an XXS since that's my usual size in most other J.Crew pieces (or petites 00) but it ended up being too snug around my chest and arms. I usually wear an XS in other coats like my Burberry quilted coat, I would suggest that you also get your usual outerwear size if you decide on getting this coat. Even if it ends up being a little less snug than a smaller size that you may be in J.Crew clothing, it doesn't hurt to have more room to layer inside a winter coat. I was wearing a thick sweater in these photos and I probably could have worn more layers and felt comfortable.
There's a belt around the waist of the jacket which you can use to cinch your waist in and it also has a zipper and button clasps to secure warmth inside the jacket. The clasps go all the way down but the zipper ends right where your knees would be so you can walk easily if you have it zipped. The coat is filled with a down/poly blend and it kept me pretty warm for the past few days, when temperatures were anywhere from the low 40s all the way down to the low 20s.
I really thought it was a comfortable jacket to wear - it kept me warm when I was outside but I didn't feel too hot or stifled whenever I was inside heated stores or anything. The sleeves have sweater-knit cuffs that can be pulled out and have a thumb hole, which are nice if your hands are cold and you don't have gloves and they also can help keep snow out of your coat. It is a little pesky though if you want your hands free and have to remove them from your thumbs. I have kind of short-ish arms and the arm length fit perfectly - the thumb hole hits just where it's supposed to. The two pockets are fleece-lined and I enjoy how soft it they feel inside. There are also flaps with clasps so you can secure your pockets easily.
There's a removable hood on the jacket which I like because it's equally as plush as the rest of the jacket. Some jackets have thin hoods which don't really feel like they'll keep your head warm. If you forget your hat and only have this jacket's hood to work with, this one should keep you warm and protected from snow. I haven't worn this jacket in snow yet so I'll update you guys (probably on one of my social media channels) whether it holds up well under snowfall! It stays on my head pretty well in the wind, which for some reason is always a problem with me and hoods. The only minor issue I have is that I wish the hood had a fur trim for more warmth (and just because fur trims are cute). Overall, I'm really liking this jacket! I was really hesitant about getting it and initially preferred the J.Crew Vail parka, but I've come to like the look of the jacket and warmth it's been providing me. Thank you Gerome for pushing me toward getting me a puffer jacket LOL. If I had stuck to my usual coat preferences I probably would be cold AF this winter.
That's it for my J.Crew petite long belted puffer jacket review! Let me know in the comments if you're going to be picking this coat up or what suggestions you may have for petite-sized winter outerwear. I'm always on the hunt for more petite-friendly clothing that keeps me warm without making me look like a giant lump. Please give this post a like if you enjoyed it or found it helpful! I love reviewing pieces for my fellow petite girls out there. If you haven't already, please make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so you can stay up to date on my blog posts and anything interesting in my life! Thanks for reading this post - see you in a few days for the next one!