REVIEW OF THE CUYANA WRAP WOOL COAT IN NAVY
This is the one piece you need to enter fall – and wear through winter – feeling polished and confident. Timelessly practical and made end-to-end in Italy, every detail of this coat is carefully considered: from the collar – classically statement yet purposefully warm, to the heavyweight, eco-friendly Italian wool – thoughtfully cut and fashioned into a sleek, slim silhouette. Subtle side pockets, a seamless wool belt, and pleated back detail add beautiful and practical finishing touches. This is a thick, heavyweight coat designed specifically for very cold weather.
TOTAL COST = $932.30 CAD
I bought this Cuyana navy wool wrap coat for $495 USD but ended up paying $30 USD in shipping and another $245.30 CAD in customs & duties.
Still, it wasn’t too bad for what it is; a decent wool coat.
By the way, this is not sponsored. I’d love for them to reimburse me for this review though!!!
I generally always take an XS in everything except structured coats or coats with shoulder pads, with that, I always size up and then tailor down.
I normally wear these sizes:
- XS in Banana Republic or a 00 in pants, or a skirt
- XS in Zara
- US4 in Burberry unless it is a very fitted coat then US6 fits my shoulders better
- US6 in Smythe coats (because of the shoulder) and then I tailor in the rest to be a US4
So… I took the XS in Cuyana because that is my normal size.
WHY DIDN’T YOU SIZE UP THEN?
I would have sized up to an S actually because I always take one size larger because of my shoulders (I am an inverted triangle), but this coat has raglan sleeves which means the shoulders are unstructured and therefore I do not need to account for that at all.
Also, they were out of the “S” size as well.
WHAT IS A RAGLAN SLEEVE?
Think: 3/4 baseball shirts.
A raglan sleeve is a type of sleeve whose distinguishing characteristic is to extend in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone giving the garment a relatively undefined look.
So no structured shoulder or shoulder pads, which means it wouldn’t be a tight fit.
How I check for sizing in coats is I button it up or wrap it up, then hug myself.
If it feels tight in the shoulders, I size up.
If it feels comfortable, I keep that size.
The colour is not a brighter navy blue as seen in photos like this below:
It is more of a dark, true navy blue like this in natural light:
I was hoping for a brighter navy blue but in the end, I like the dark midnight ink colour better; it’s more neutral & more black without being black.
WARMTH: 7/10 – AUTUMN / SPRING
This by no means would ever stand up in Canadian winters. NO WAY.
That said, I’d say a cool, windy autumn day about 15C or 59F would be all right to wear that coat with a t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.
If I wore a long-sleeved SWEATER underneath and a scarf, it would hold up well in colder temperatures let’s say 10C or colder down to maybe 0C depending on how hot or cold you run.
COMFORT: 7/10 – SLIGHT ITCHINESS
It is 100% wool, so if you don’t wear a scarf and a long-sleeved shirt, if you have sensitive skin like me, you MAY feel slight itching around the neck and arms.
I wouldn’t say it is a deal breaker because it doesn’t make me want to rip it off my body and scratch uncontrollably, but there is a light sort of woolly itch that COULD be noticeable if my skin rubbed constantly against it (e.g. in a t-shirt without a scarf).
Really though, if I am wearing a wool coat, why the heck would I wear a t-shirt underneath without a scarf?
Not really practical considering what it is used for.
COMPARISIONS TO OTHER COATS
I also looked at the Ted Baker Lorili coat that is a wrap style and similar, and for just about roughly the same price ($619 USD), it was a MUCH thinner still 100% wool, but way softer on my skin and without a hint of that woolly itch.. more like a long wrap wool sweater than a true “wool coat” the way the Cuyana one is.
The Ted Baker Lorili coat would not hold up in colder than 15C temperatures wearing a sweater underneath.
You can see me wearing it here:
I also own this Burberry black Regimental trench coat in wool and cashmere and it is about as warm as the Cuyana one, although WAY softer (because of the cashmere) and a little over double the price (~$2000 paid). The Burberry coat is fabulous.
Well worth the $2000. I wish Cuyana had mixed a little cashmere in the wool so it wouldn’t be 100% wool and with that slight woolly itch. I also am not sure I’d spend another $2000 on a coat though especially since the design and cut looks so good in this Cuyana one.
FEATURES & CONS
PRO: STRUCTURED LAPELS & COAT
PRO: DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A ROBE
The styling of it and the way it is cut, doesn’t make it look like a bathrobe which other wrap coats have a way of looking.
I remember trying on the Max Mara alpaca coat and that looked terrible on me, like a bathrobe because it wasn’t structured enough like this one to hold its shape.
PRO: POCKETS ARE DECENTLY DEEP & WELL PLACED
On either side, can fit a wallet and a phone as well as keys. It DOES bulge out when you put stuff in the pockets though which is to be expected. It looks better without anything in the pockets but I hate that. On my Burberry Regimental Trench, I can stuff the pockets and it still looks great because the bottom flares out a little & hides the bulge.
PRO: LITTLE BUTTON TO HOLD IT CLOSED ON THE INSIDE
CON: A BIT AWKWARD IN TERMS OF LOOSE FIT WHEN BELTED
That said….it’s probably because if I wanted a truly fitted wrap coat I should have taken an XXS (which doesn’t exist). It feels a bit loose and like there’s too much extra fabric when I wrap it closed & belt it. That said, if I wore a sweater underneath it would fit a lot better, I bet. It just feels like a LOT of fabric.
CON/PRO: BELT FEELS CHEAP AT FIRST
The belt is not the same thickness as the coat. I think this might be deliberate because then it belts easily and better than if it were a stiff wool belt the way the rest of the coat is. That said, I did initially expect it to be thicker to match up with the coat but I can see why it was designed that way.