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Un Imperméable Formidable

Funnel Neck Rain Coat

Yesterday in my “Packing for Paris” guest post at A Femme d’un Certain Age, I mentioned this raincoat from Eileen Fisher.  And then, Patti at Not Dead Yet Style posted about falling in love with your clothes.  May I just say I am crazy about this coat?

I’ve been searching for a stylish, lightweight trench alternative since I can remember, and this one delivers. It’s a raincoat, but also works beautifully as a lightweight topper. Unlike a trench, this looks great without the belt too, and the fabric is soft with a silky feel and slight sheen and drapes beautifully. I’m hopeful that this clothing infatuation will turn in to a long and satisfying relationship.

Sizing runs just a wee bit small I think, so if you’re on the fence, order up. Also availble in Petites sizes!
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  1. March 7, 2012 / 11:22 am

    I love that feeling, I am not buying anything until I feel it again.

  2. March 7, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Une Femme : > And I could most definitely fall for this topper as well. It’s not bulky or overwhelming like many trenches; the lines are so simple and graceful. It’s a great canvas for your scarves too!

  3. March 7, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    That is a great coat!
    Oh joy! I see EF is open now in Vancouver…
    I actually need a jacket and have been looking for the right one.
    I’ll try this one on and see how it looks if they have it in the store.

  4. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    Tres Chic!

  5. March 7, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    The coat looks fabulous and will make a great travel piece — but may I ask just how imperméable it is. Is the fabric water repellent or waterproof or does the coat only work well with a really big umbrella? This really, really matters in my climate — and from my experiences with Paris in May it will matter there as well. Tough for you to test out that aspect of its gorgeousness in LA, I know, but could you splash some water on it and see what happens? 😉

    • March 7, 2012 / 5:50 pm

      materfamilias, this isn’t going to repel water like a waxed Barbour, or a rubberized canvas but splashed water initially beads up on the fabric. I’d say water repellent would be an accurate description, rather than waterproof.

    • March 8, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Pseu — it would certainly lend a polished look, under an umbrella.

  6. Leigh
    March 7, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    I ordered it 🙂 , bit the bullet. I hope I love it as much as you do. Thanks for sharing.

  7. RoseAG
    March 7, 2012 / 11:46 am

    Nice coat! I’m in love with a pea coat in a similar fabric that I bought from LL Bean more than 10 years ago to go to Italy. Pop a sweater or hoodie underneath and it made it through chilly rain no problem.

    Like a favorite item at Trader Joe’s, it disappeared mysteriously from their line-up. Seems like it’s ghost in a slightly different style has reappeared at EF.

  8. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    I, too, admire your coat–the short length, silky fabric, that clever neckline–very flattering, and perfect for travel. I’ve had no luck finding a raincoat that is not stiff or noisy, so maybe I should check this one out.


  9. Frugal Scholar
    March 7, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    That’s gorgeous. A lot of people like the Donatella from Mycra Pac also. One day…

  10. Pam @ over50feeling40
    March 7, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    I thought yesterday that it would make a great topper…so glad to hear you say that it does. It really looks perfect!

  11. March 7, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    Totally agree that it’s adorable. (And for those of us who are little – it looks especially great.)

    I loved this so much when I saw it yseterday I pinned it!(Gotta love Pinterest.)

  12. kathy peck
    March 7, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    Like Tabitha, I’m not buying a thing until I fall in love. I have enough of a foundation wardrobe, and the basics.
    The trench looks perfect and so great for Paris, and California.

  13. Jill Ann
    March 8, 2012 / 12:12 am

    That coat looks gorgeous! But I am happy to report that earlier this afternoon, I bought the Banana Republic navy polka-dot trench I have been stalking for months! I had a 40% off coupon, plus I let them talk me into opening a credit card which was another 25% off. Yay for me! It is adorable, although truly I didn’t NEED it.

  14. Couture Allure Vintage Fashion
    March 7, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    Is it lined? No details on the EF website that I can see.

  15. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell
    March 7, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    That is a lovely coat and one that would probably be useful for years.

  16. metscan
    March 7, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    I am sure, that the coat will fill your needs.
    Over here, a r e a l raincoat is needed, and I would wear one.
    For small rain, an umbrella is enough.

  17. March 8, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    In the 70s or so, one could find silk raincoats in stores like Bergdorf’s. they were a luxurious alternative to bulky cottons or rubber-coated macs, then they just vanished (in North America). It seems that EF have rediscovered them! Most of the time we don’t need a heavy-duty coat for rain, just something that doesn’t absorb like a sponge. All this to say- I can see why you are so delighted!

  18. laurieann
    March 8, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    I really like the Eileen Fisher designs. I just wish she did more in greys and not so much black. Even though black is such a wardrobe staple for so many I find that it just doesn’t work for me any longer.

  19. March 8, 2012 / 5:27 pm

    I can see why you have fallen in love with this raincoat. It makes me want to dig in my vintage raincoat inventory. I have forgotten what I have in this category, so thank you for the inspiration.

  20. Susan Tiner
    March 25, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    Oh, thank you for posting about the raincoat again. I didn’t realize there was a view of it without the belt. I think this one might work very nicely for me. I’ll order it and try it out. The rubberized canvas Lands End trench coat I got for our trip didn’t work out very well.

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