Closeouts. There's an artisan quality about the Alma boiled wool coat from Country Fashion by Venario. Made from a European-caliber fabric and fully lined, this duster-length beauty makes a wonderful statement piece.
Famous for its substantial European-style boiled wool, Venario uses 100% merino wool fibers imported exclusively from Australia and produced using ecologically responsible methods
Warm, breathable and itch-free boiled merino wool is densely crimped for excellent wind resistance
Reviewed by Cassandra from Vancouver, BC on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
This coat has me in a bit of a quandary, size-wise. I am 5'10" and 165 lbs, broad shoulders. An XL was way too big so I got an L, which is still a bit big in the shoulders. But, if I sized down, the sleeves would be shorter. Also, the sleeves are narrow and because the coat is lined and thus does not stretch, I think I would be immobile in a smaller size. So, a bit of a dropped shoulder, and thus a slightly frumpier look than necessary, it is. The width of the bottom part doesn't help with this, but that gives the coat a nice weight. Just too bad they ran out of buttons just below the waist.
For a more formal look, which this coat would lend itself to, I would go to a M.
This is a light coat for outdoors or a really warm sweater for indoors.
Reviewed by Dr Deb from CA and NV on Saturday, November 03, 2012
I like the color and the feel of the fabric. But, when I put it on, it hung like a bag. It had no shape at all. The collar was lower than I thought. You would definately have to have a scarf in cold or wind conditions. Overall, I wasn't pleased and returned it.
Best Uses: Casual Wear, Moderate To Cool Weather, Work
Reviewed by CookinSista from Chicago, IL on Friday, November 02, 2012
The fabric and design is beautiful but the coat is tailored more like a blazer with narrow armholes and shorter, slimmer sleeves. I'm glad I ordered a size larger. I'm a size 16 which would normally be a 1x and I'd have room for a bulky sweater or blazer underneath. I ordered a 2x and I can only wear a blouse or lightweight sweater under this coat. The classic design fits my style even if it has limited function.
Reviewed by Agate Blue from Nor Cal on Monday, May 14, 2012
This coat lacks refinement I would expect of a wool coat. The boiled wool is coarse and the stiches are large. I noticed on the picture the flare and lack of drape and I should have believed my eyes. It would do ok in an eclectic community of individualists, but not for a evening out over a dress.