I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot of coats. Enough to cover all the bases–rainy weather, only slightly chilly, full on freezing, somewhat casual, full on glamour. I thought I had pretty much everything I needed, especially since I have two coats that feature faux fur. But it occurred to me that I don’t have a more ‘casual’ coat (but my standards) that also has faux fur. Because, as it turns out, that totally exists, and it’s awesome!
In this particular instance ‘casual’ is an entirely subjective term, because I’m aware that this coat is both lovely and fully able to be worn as one’s–as we English would say–‘good coat.’ Let’s face it, this coat is certainly no windbreaker or parka. For me, though, the check pattern, the length, and the detachable faux fur collar all mean it can be worn at times when, say, my longer, black faux-fur trimmed, comes-with-a-matching-capelet Capulet coat set might look…a bit much. So, compared to the level of extra some of my coats exude, yes, this Brooklyn coat will work wonders even for non-vintage lovers, and I’ll definitely grab it as my top warming choice on days I just want to leave the house in skinny jeans and ankle boots, no effort applied.
So with all credit due to the fact that it can and will happily serve for folks across the fashion loving spectrum, let’s get into the nitty gritty of it. I imagine you caught the little detail mentioned above that, yes, the faux fur portion of the collar is detachable. It’s this feature that I think lends this coat such a high level of versatility and, as such, wearability. Said collar is easily attached and detached by 4 sturdy but almost imperceptible elastic loops spaced across the inside of the faux fur collar, which can be fastened onto the tiny black buttons equally spaced around the inner edge of the coat. Those buttons aren’t visible when the coat is being worn sans-fur. The faux fur is comprised of two tones of brown, adding depth to the texture.
The material of the coat itself is a weighty black polyester, criss-crossed by white and brown markings that create the check pattern. It was bloody freezing the morning I took these photos and this coat had me feeling comfortably warm, even though I was wearing a skirt underneath it. It’s lined in a satiny fabric that makes it easy to get the coat on and off.
Double breasted, it closes with black embossed buttons. One of the great features of this coat is that all of the visible buttons are functioning, so you’re able to choose which direction you’d like to fasten the coat, right over left or vice versa. Inside there are 5 smaller hidden buttons on each side to help secure the close as well.
The wide collar has room for you to add brooches, which I do love in a coat. The pockets are roomy and easy to find–that may sound silly, but I always feel like side pockets in A-line or swing coats often leave me scrambling around the skirt trying to find the openings, but these pockets are located slightly to the front and feature faux leather arrow detailing at each end. An identical faux leather arrow frames the large pleat down the skirt in the centre back of the coat.
I asked for my usual Hell Bunny 2XL/18 in this coat and it’s a wonderful fit, with no wrist flashing or fear of ripped lining across my shoulders. It’s hard to give exact measurements of a coat to confirm fit because it’s actually the inner measurement that matters, thanks to the thickness of materials used. I wear a 2XL in everything by Hell Bunny and I can confirm this coat fits slightly roomier than my HB Capulet coat also in the 2XL, but it is still a good fit and sizing down would not have been possible. There’s no straining across my shoulders or upper arms, which are the areas I have the most issues with in coats, and the positioning of the buttons means there’s also no possible strain of trying to do a button up over my bust. Ordering your usual Hell Bunny size should steer you right with this one.
The Brooklyn coat comes in sizes XS-4X. Discount code Amymay20!% will get you 20% off all orders, including sale, and can be used as many times as you’d like. Hell Bunny ship worldwide, and have stockists all over the globe.
Disclaimer: The coat featured in this review was gifted to me by Hell bunny in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken alone and safely in a secluded outdoors area with no other individuals present or passing, thus abiding by the strict social distancing rules currently in place to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.