Superseded my expectations!
This parka is absolutely amazing!! I originally purchased it at full price and was unsure just how warm it would be and returned it. I was at my store a few weeks ago and noted the black on final markdown at $224 and decided to give it another shot as i like the idea of a waterproof warmer winter coat. I have had the chance to test this jacket out the last 2 days in snow and temps around 30 degrees F. And FYI I am the person who is always cold!!
Well, I have fallen in love with this coat these past few days. Keeps me soooo warm. I have only had a sweater under it and seriously felt like it was 50 degrees out. The hood is great and stays up. I am a lulu 2-4, mostly 2 and petite and found the 4 to fit great. I always looove the ability to cinch the waist in. Gives it a more fitted look. The only think i am not crazy about is the buckles from the hood that rest on the shoulder. For my petite frame it overpowers me a bit (feel like a linebacker a bit) but it is a minor detail and I have come to overlook it enough to give it 5 stars!! So, if you have a chance to get one in your size, esp on MD, I highly recommend it!! I would go back and pay full price for it!!!!!
December 10, 2013
Great to-and-from parka
I had been watching this jacket for the longest time but was very hesitant to purchase it, mainly because of the price and because of the variety of good and bad reviews.
I'm 5'3" 135lbs and the size 6 was way to big so I ended up returning it and getting the size 4-- it fit a lot better! This jacket is very form fitting and great for those times you don't feel like bundling up like crazy just to go to the grocery store! I took our dog for a walk when it was -5 with a colder wind, the jacket was great, I wasn't cold at all. I will say that when I received the jacket in the mail I was a little bit worried because it is pretty thin but I'm definitely not planning on running around in -20 weather with this jacket.... That's what a winter jacket is for! I think if you're looking for a jacket to go to and from work/school/groceries this is a great choice! I ended up getting the "inkwell" because the black was sold out, I'm glad I got the inkwell though!! The reason why I gave it 4 stars is because I will have to agree that the zipper does zip up way to high and is also a pain trying to zip up when you're in a hurry. Other then that, I'm very glad I bought it!
December 1, 2013
Warm, flattering, comfortable
I purchased this coat mostly just for running errands, walking the kids to school (from my car to the door haha) and live in Edmonton, where it's horrifically cold in the deep parts of winter. I have yet to test it out in the true cold but so far it's flattering and beautiful and functional. I love it!!!
November 27, 2013
In my opinion, this coat is pretty warm. I live in Syracuse, New York (one of the snowiest cities in the U.S.) and I think it will be great in winter. I will most likely only be wearing it to and from work or out and about running errands. If I were to be out in the snow sledding or shoveling I might use my North Face parka instead. The coat is very flattering. I love the slim fit where as other parkas are so puffy and huge. The one complaint I have is that the zipper is hard to use sometimes and gets stuck - not great while I'm in a hurry to get out the door.
November 23, 2013
Great winter coat
For all you people who think this coat may not be warm.....it is awesome. I live in Atlantic Canada where the winter winds go right through. Trust me, we know cold. Wore this coat today in snow and wind and it was amazingly warm. It is lightweight which makes it so comfortable and it is stylish. I have black and love it. Yes, it can pick up lint so that is my only reason for not giving 5 stars.
November 20, 2013
Just what I was looking for!
I was a little nervous to drop this much money on a jacket but since I love Lulu I knew it could be great. I am an 8 in most things and a 6 in some of the pants. After reading reviews I got an 8 and it fit nice but was kind of loose and bulky. I called every store in Houston to see if they had a 6 I could try on? no luck. So I ordered the 6 and depending on which one fit I was taking the other size back. (Try explaining that to your husband!) I am so glad I did, the 6 fits way better than the 8.
I got this because I own a pet sitting company and I wanted a warm jacket for dog walks in the winter without being constricting or bulky? this fits every need!
November 20, 2013
honestly speaking before i went to the store i had been shadowing the different websites and forums for a good winter jacket and the Polar Parka was getting very mixed reviews...so i went to the store and tried it on but wasn't really impressed by the really lightweight feel of the material since the bulkier the warmer is the mentality..haha...but a very nice surprising experience overall...loved the fitting and the design..i am usually a size 2 but the starting size 4 was an easy fit with the waist cinch-er...roomy hood, thumbholes, 2-way zipper and waterproof material all to the aesthetics:P
November 19, 2013
The more I wear this jacket, the more I am in love with it. Perfect fit and design. It is warm enough for fall Atlantic weather. Not too bulky , but enough room to layer. Feminine...It does collect lint easily though, so my wool scarves are out of picture with this jacket. I am glad i purchased it in black despite this nuisance. For some reason the navy made this jacket look too blue collared, whereas the black felt a bit more classy for the $$$.
November 17, 2013
I'll admit, I was very hesitant when I received this jacket in the mail after ordering it online.
It is very thin. I didn't think a jacket this thin wouldn't stand a chance the cold eastern Canadian winters. I was very upset about spending $300 on it and was about to return it, but decided to do a little research first.
This jacket is filled with Primaloft, and its website has some high claims about this material, originally developed for the U.S Army.
I decided that I would give the jacket a shot, since I trust the quality of Lululemon products, and have yet to be disappointed in anything I have purchased from them.
I was surprised at how warm this jacket is. It far exceeded my expectations, and despite how thin it is, it is extremely warm. The temperatures have not dropped below -10 as it is only mid November, but I have no doubt that with a fleece sweater on those extra cold winter mornings, this jacket will hold up well for to-and-from wear.
I only give it 4 stars because of the fit. I am very petite, so I ordered it in the smallest size offered, a size 4. I understand the need for room because of the option to wear a sweater underneath, but even with a big sweater underneath I have plenty of room. I would prefer it to be a little more snug. I don't understand why Lulu doesn't offer this jacket in a size 2 for us petite ladies.
Also, the length is long. I am 5'2 and it comes all the way down to my knees in the back, and just above my knees in the front. I don't mind the length, but if I had the option, I would prefer it to be a few inches shorter.
All in all, I am happy with my purchase. I am a grad student so this was a big purchase for me, and I did a lot of research online prior to ordering it. I decided to write this review in hopes that it helps other ladies out there :)
November 17, 2013
I bought this jacket because I live in the Pacific Northwest and needed something warm for the winter season but also waterproof. This fit the bill. I don't think its completely waterproof but I don't plan on swimming in it either. I think it will do just fine for the rain we get here in Portland. Its very flattering and not bulky, which is very important to me. So far, I am loving this jacket!
November 16, 2013