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November 29, 2017 1 Comment


November 29, 2017 1 Comment

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m continuing my Tradlands mini-series with the next piece in my line up, the Chore Coat in Natural.

I have been wanting a chore jacket for a while and when I saw that Tradlands was offering one in their Fall collection, I jumped at the chance to add one to my closet. I also had been feeling a lack of creams/white to balance out the dark tones in my closet so the natural color option was an obvious choice. Check out my full product review plus styling tips below!

PS don’t forget that Tradlands is offering Thoughtful Closet readers 15% off their purchase now through 12/11! Just use the code: THETHOUGHTFULCLOSET at checkout. 

Chore Coat: Product Review

This jacket provides a surprising amount of warmth for not feeling thick like a denim jacket. My favorite details on this jacket are the pockets and white buttons. These muted details add so much interest even though they’re a little hard to see. It even has a hidden breast pocket on the inside! I only have two comments on this piece. One is that it does feel fairly stiff since it is 100% cotton and how the material is treated makes it a little stiffer. However, from my past experience with similar fabrics I know it will wear in beautifully! The second is that pet hair does seem to stick to it. This wouldn’t stop me from investing in it or wearing it but more an FYI if you have a bunch of furry friends 🙂

| ITEM | The Chore Coat in Natural (also available in black and moss)

| BRAND | Tradlands

| COST | $265

| FIT | (my measurements: 5’5” chest 34C, waist 27”, hips 40” wearing size small)
This jacket is perfectly oversized so I can wear a nice chunky sweater underneath when the temps drop. The length hits a little below my hips making it super comfortable and not at all awkward like some jackets can be.

| COMFORT | at first this jacket was a little stiff but I’m excited to see how it breaks in as I wear it. The sleeves are a great length (little past my wrist) and I love that there is room to layer!

| CARE | I have not washed this piece yet but the online care instructions say to machine wash cold, line dry. I would probably just spot clean this piece until it was in need of a full wash.

| STYLE | I’m so excited to play around with this coat more. I’m planning on keeping it with me all year round! For winter I’ll wear it over chunky turtlenecks with trousers, socks and sneakers. Spring it will go over baggy boyfriend jeans and sandals and it will make a lovely cover up for summer nights! I also really want to try it fully buttoned up almost as an oversized/thicker button up.

Style Notes

Overall I love this look. I’m probably going to have to throw on some tights under the crop wide leg pants when the temps start to really drop but overall loving it. I like the balance of bright colors and the pop of black. I think this cream jacket will be a wonderful addition to my fall & winter closet!

| MODERN LINES | I really love the modern lines in this outfit. The crisp slightly boxy jacket mixed with the wide leg crop pants make for a very clean and fresh look.

| BASE LAYER | once again I want to start with my base layer. I wanted to keep it sleek so I started with my black fitted turtleneck for a slimming silhouette. Then I tucked that into my wide leg crop pants. This combination helps keep the lines clean. Since the jacket is oversized I want to be conscious of the pieces I pair with it. If I want to wear a baggy sweater under it I’ll look to balance the combination out with a more sliming/structured bottom.

| COLOR | colors are what really drove this outfit. I was excited to play with another cream element and I knew I wanted to stick with my primary fall colors: cream, black and cognac. I love how the jacket is the main focal point but is balanced out with the cognac pant. Then just a tiny pop of black from the turtleneck poking out and my black mules. I think this look would have been great with the jacket fully buttoned up as well!

| STATEMENT JEWELRY | since there are several bold elements in this look I decided to keep the boldness rolling with some statement earrings. They help bring the look together and provide a little extra shine! If I had worn more subtle jewelry I’m afraid it would have gotten lost in the outfit. I also opted for earrings instead of a necklace so that I wouldn’t draw away from the jacket or risk my middle area being too cluttered or busy. Sometimes with bold pieces you need to pick your jewelry carefully. The bold earrings work because they are above the main statement pieces (jacket + pants) and provide a nice starting point to the look. A statement ring could have worked as well but I was also itching to try out these earrings 🙂

Outfit Details

1 | chore coat | c/o tradlands | size: small | made in USA

2 | turtleneck | everlane | size: small | made in

3 | langford pants | madewell | size: 26 | purchased secondhand (linked to same cut pants in a different color)

4 | dicey shoes | intentionally blank | size: 8 (go up on size for normal fit) | designed in LA

5 | handbag | coach | vintage | similar vintage option



1 Comment

  • Shauna June 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Great review. Any updates on how you’re liking this coat? Is it as versatile as you thought?

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