Icelandic Design Monroe Jacket - Boiled Wool (For Women)

Closeouts. Elegantly retro and demure, the Monroe jacket from Icelandic Design is beautifully made from a softly dotted boiled wool and trimmed with a trio of silk rosettes and pleated silk collar

  • 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

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  • Reviewed by Lady from Outer suburbs of Chicago on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
    This 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, 2012
    I 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, 2011
    This 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, 2011
    I 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, 2011
    It'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, 2011
    I 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
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