Part Deux / Introducing the Lorenza Coat in Black.
So the wonderful folks at IGIGI asked me to review some pieces from their Urban Jungle and Avant Garden Collections for Fall/Winter 2014 and of course I said yes! I've loved their designs for years, so as a fan myself, I'm thrilled to show you the second piece in my two-part review.
As I said in my last post, I'm usually somewhere between a 24-28 depending on the garment, so I ordered a 22/24 in this coat. I found it to be quite oversized without the belt and a bit too large in the shoulders and arms. However, I think the 18/20 might have been too small with winter layers on underneath.
Coats are always trial and error since they usually don't have stretch!
The outer material and belt is 70% wool, 20% polyester and 10% rayon. The contrast trim on the collar, lapel and pockets is 100% polyester and the lining is a thin acetate. The collar stays up very nicely and shows off the trim on the inside, which made me want to show it off with my hair up!
You can see just how oversized the coat is when unbelted, but the standing collar, large lapel and trim make it a truly modern menswear piece. The belt makes it very versatile and adds the perfect waist cinch to pull the coat together in the classic hourglass shape.
I decided to go casual-chic with this style, pairing it with simple Torrid ankle jeans*, an oversized grey Old Navy tee and my most beautiful (but most unwearable) booties by Seychelles from last year, which mirrored the trim design! For accessories, I borrowed some intricate black and gold earrings, as well as a Kate Spade watch and hot pink tote.
*NOTE: These jeans are actually ankle length because I ordered them in extra short. Skinny jeans are always too tight in the calves, so I thought if I ordered a almost straight leg style in short, I might get a good fit, which I did. However, I am hesitant to recommend Torrid's jeans, as I've had to replace zippers in both pairs I own and am now patching the inner thigh after only 4 months because of the thin material.
For makeup, I used the freakishly easy to use Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, a red lip pencil and some bronzed contouring to sculpt my very chubby and very pale cheeks.
When I first put on this coat, I did NOT realize it came with a belt, and was very worried it was going to be just too large. With the right style though, this coat can go from work to high-fashion with just a change of accessories. It is roomy enough to do some serious winter-weather layering, which is good, because the polar vortex seems to never end! The only criticism I have is with the $278 price tag, I wish there was a better liner than just the acetate and that the trim was leather.
If you're looking to make a cold-weather statement, definitely go with the IGIGI Lorenza Coat!
Happy fall from me and my puppy nephew Oliver! xoxo