Like many pinup girls, I’ve been lusting after the Pearl coat from Collectif for a very long time. I first fell in love with it when I saw it on the Modcloth website a few years ago, and I’ve kept going back and forth on it ever since. This year, I decided that as soon as the coat came back in stock, I was taking the leap.
Of course, that leap turned out to be a much longer one than I thought. My package got lost in international transit limbo; I’m still not sure if it was actually lost or just held up in customs, but it eventually got to me about a month late.
By this time, I was really desperate for this coat, and I was hoping it would live up to all of my expectations. Did it? ….well. Yes and no.
We all know the coat is gorgeous, and it truly is beautiful in person. It’s lush and luxurious and dramatic. Every time I’ve worn it, I’ve gotten compliments on it. People have called me over to ask where I got it. I did size up in it, and it was the right choice – it fits very neatly and snugly.
It’s also warm. The one thing I was most nervous about buying the Pearl coat was how warm it would be; I searched around a lot, but most of the reviews I could find were from people in more moderate climates. But I’m happy to report that it is quite warm; it’s definitely not on par with a ski jacket or anything, but it’s as warm as I’d expect a wool blend coat to be. I’ve worn it in -15 degree weather already this year, and it’s served me well.
But unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and roses. The sleeves are very tight; they are loosening up some as I wear them, but my movement is definitely restricted by how tight they are. Also, as soon as I took the coat out of the package, I discovered that BOTH of the pockets were already splitting open at the bottom. After wearing the coat for just a handful of weeks, one of the buttons has fallen off and the driver’s seat of my car is badly stained from the wine-colored dye. It also somehow managed to stain a light colored top even though I always had a cardigan on while wearing the coat.
Now, these are relatively minor issues, but honestly, I expect a lot higher level of craftsmanship in a coat that’s this expensive. It definitely makes me reluctant to order from Collectif again; the coat is gorgeous, and I’m certainly going to keep wearing it, but the quality of the details is disappointing.
Maybe it’s just me? Has anyone else had issues like this with their Pearl coat? I really am disappointed to have a piece that has such a passionate fanbase and that I’ve wanted for so long to come with all these careless flaws.