Customer Reviews Of:
Icelandic Design Monroe Jacket - Boiled Wool (For Women)
- Practically synonymous with wearable art, Icelandic Design sweaters and jackets are exquisitely designed and well constructed in the handcrafted tradition of founder, Gerdur Kristjansdottir
- Carved oversized button with elastic loop closure
- Silk rosettes are removable
- Princess and shaping seams trimmed in silk piping
- Curved hem also bound in silk
- Length: 25" (based on medium)
- Fabric: Wool (silk appliques)
- Lining: Polyester
- Care: Dry clean
- Classic Fit
- Made in China
Average Rating based on 6 reviews 3.666666 0 5
Reviewed by Lady from Outer suburbs of Chicago on Wednesday, November 14, 2012This jacket is a nice addition to my wardrobe. I was attracted to the fine detailing and fine execution of the construction. When I first put it on, I definitely saw the problem that one other reviewer did: It's styling evoked that of the stereotypical jacket worn by circus ringmasters, in the day. But I loved the fabric and detailing, so I decided to see what I could do to downplay those aspects.
First, I tried removing and repositioning the roses. Much as I liked them in the photo, they just say "theatrical" when the jacket is on. I ended up leaving them off. The jacket does really shine with the presence of red, however, so I decided to wear it with a red knit turtleneck . . . nice. To that, I added an ankle-length 6-gore skirt. Wearing a skirt, rather than slacks downplays the ringmaster thing.
The multi-layered satiny collar is a bit problematic, not wanting to lay right toward the lower parts. Steaming and a careful needle and thread have set that aright.
I moved the button over a bit, to provide more closure in the front, which also helps make this jacket less theatrical and more professional. Having the button off-center looks perfectly natural with this styling, and actually attracts a bit more attention to such a lovely carved design.
I love feminine retro, so I reintroduced the past by wearing a schoolgirl-type black felt hat and mid-height heirloom boots. Now, there's no hint of the circus, just subtle but playful feminine retro. Nice.
I recommend this piece, with the caveat that one must be careful how it is worn.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Agateer from Bandon, OR on Wednesday, July 11, 2012I like the idea of instantly feeling dressed up although the jacket is versatile enough to wear with jeans. Love the fit and style.
- Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
- Fit: Feels true to size
- Pros: Comfortable, I felt instantly elegant, Stylish, Warm
- Sleeve Length: Feels true to length
- Was this a gift?: No
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Florie from San Francisco on Sunday, December 25, 2011This was almost a really great jacket, with wonderful soft wool, nice lines, cute (but subtle) polkadots. But, see my list of "Cons." Alas, it went back. (Note that the lists of Pros & Cons came out in backwards order.)
- Cons: Button too, Very strange collar
- Pros: Nice polkadots, Nice wool, Somewhat stretchy, Very soft
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Vicki from Illinois on Thursday, October 13, 2011I love this jacket. I hemmed and hawed because it is the last thing I need but I am so thrilled with it.
Reviewed by Riley from Minnesota on Monday, October 10, 2011It's really a pretty jacket, and very high quality. It was a little bit too big, but what made me return it was the clownishness of it. The polka dots and lapel flowers just seemed kind of circusy. I have other items by Icelandic Design, though, and they are very beautiful and well-made. As is this.
Reviewed by annmf from philadelphia PA on Monday, October 10, 2011I really wanted to order this jacket for a while. The rather large button seems to be placed a little high on the waste and gaps open beneath. The sleeves are a bit long on me although that's not unusual but they are also kind of loose. Vey nice fabric and construction, and I might keep it, although I'm still not sure.
- Cons: Fit not very flattering
- Pros: Beautiful fabric, nicely made