Every year, J.Crew comes out with some of the best coats of the season. For fall and winter, this is one of my go-to brands to find a great coat for cold weather. They are always so beautiful, well made, and last me for years. The J.Crew Chateau Parka is a cult favorite.
Year after year, this jacket is back in new colors, and sometimes even updated in new wool options. If you’re thinking about investing in the Chateau Parka this year, read on for my review and sizing guide.
J.Crew Chateau Parka Review
The J.Crew Chateau Parka is a great coat to have in your winter closet. It’s cozy and warm, made of high-quality wool, a beautiful classic fit, and a price point that is fairly reasonable. Here’s what to know before buying this coat.
What Makes The J.Crew Chateau Parka Coat Special?
This coat has an a-line swingy fit to it making it a really flattering jacket. The zipper details add a bit of interest to the coat as well as its function. Plus, the coat has a hood and detachable fur lining on the hood.
How Is The sizing Of The Chateau Parka Coat?
The Chateau Parka runs a tad small and has numeric sizing. I am a size 4 or small in J.Crew typically and find that the 4 fits well. I can still layer a sweater underneath it without a problem. If you are in-between sizes at all, I’d definitely suggest sizing up to your larger size so you can wear your bulky sweaters with ease.
The parka hits at mid-thigh so it’s not super long and isn’t very short. It’s just right allowing some protection to the elements on your legs.
What Materials Is The J.Crew Chateau Parka Made Of And Will It Keep Me Warm?
The coat is made of J.Crew’s exclusive stadium-cloth. This fabric has been created especially for them by Italy’s Nello Gori mill. It’s inspired by old-school stadium blankets. Which means it adds warmth without bulk. These coats feel almost too thin, but once you wear them you’ll see how nice and warm they keep you.
If you live in frigid temps in Chicago or NYC or Boston, you may want to make sure you’re still layering up pretty well. Which you probably are a master at doing! This coat has been to every cold weather destination I’ve gone to and has kept me warm while also feeling very stylish and put together.
While this isn’t formally waterproof or water resistant form what I can tell on the site, I have found it does a decent job of not getting soaked from snow.
Other J.Crew Coat Styles To Try
There are several styles of J.Crew coats that are made with a similar fabric. So if the Chateau Parka isn’t for you, you may like the J.Crew Lady Day Coat that is made of a wool blend as well. This style is a little longer in length and has a more tailored feminine look to it.
You can also try the J.Crew cocoon coat which feels almost identical to the chateau parka but not as a-line and doesn’t have the exposed zippers. It also doesn’t have a hood which some people may or may not appreciate.
Features and Benefits Of The J.Crew Chateau Parka Coat
Stadium Cloth Wool
This is an exclusive fabric made for J.Crew. This coat is made of 80% wool and 20% nylon and will keep you nice and warm in below-zero temperatures.
J.Crew coats are made with high-quality material and craftsmanship. You can tell that this is going to be a coat that will last you years. I have had mine since 2015 and reach for it year after year.
Removable Faux Fur
While the hood is not removable, the faux fur trim on it is.
The Coat Is Lined
This coat doesn’t have any fancy insulation besides the wool stadium cloth. But it is lined which does add a little extra layer of protection from the elements. The stadium-cloth is very warm as it is so don’t worry about staying warm in the elements.
Where Can You Buy The J.Crew Chateau Parka
Every year for fall and winter, this coat becomes available to shop at J.Crew. Whether you want to shop online or in-store, you can always find this coat available. It will come in new fun colors for the season. As well as classics like black, grey and some form of camel or tan.
The coat retails for $385. Oftentimes you can find a sale happening at J.Crew. But the Chateau Parka in Italian stadium cloth is sometimes excluded from the general sales. However, every so often, it is included and that’s when you should snag it.
And honestly, if you really want it, I still think this coat is worth the full price tag. It’s high quality, warm, flattering and a very classic and timeless style you’ll have for years. Because yes, J.Crew coats are worth it.
Outfit Ideas In The J.Crew Chateau Parka
Since I’ve had this coat for so long, there are plenty of outfits I’ve worn it over. From dressed up, to casual, to all black and edgy to more feminine combinations. Here are a few cute outfit ideas that you can pair with your chateau parka.