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Every Christmas my in laws usually get my husband and I some item of clothing each, along with other gifts. One item that I got a few year ago, which I had actually admired with my mother in law at our local garden centre which houses a small amount of Joules clothing, was this Joules Byland Quilted jacket, which if I remember right cost around £75 full price, although I think my mother in law had some voucher for the and managed to get a better deal on it. Unlike the picture above my jacket is brown in colour with an orange patterned lining and I have to say the feel of it seems luxurious and it looks so much richer than some of the cheaper quilted jackets on the market. There is a noticeable difference and I have got lots of compliments since getting this jacket. To be honest Joules is not a brand I actually buy one as it is simply out of my price range, although I have picked up some reduced items for my daughter from the range. That said, I have always admired their clothing as there is a country chic look, that makes it stand out against the traditional high street brands. This jacket is 100% polyester so it is can be thrown into the washing machine which I like, and I have done. It is also not a jacket for a bitterly cold day, and is really better designed for a Spring day. What I really love about this jacket is all the fine details that a quick glance might miss, but is actually what adds the quality. There is a lovely cord finish on both the front pockets as well as round the cuff and the bottom of the jacket. Again this makes it just stand out against high street quilted jackets, which were just becoming fashionable around the time I got this. I also love the high neck so you can wrap a scarf around you and the collar will sit up nicely, making it rather dressy. The buttons are like an brushed gold colour and aren't cheap looking at all, in fact make it more elegant and finely I love the little flap at the back, which would appeal to horse riders purchasing this jacket, but instead, I just think it looks more authentic. This jacket sits really well over a pair of well cut jeans and I have worn it to work on many many occasions and it has worn well. Next year will be my third Spring wearing this jacket and it still looks in great condition. I really do like Joules quality of clothing, just a pity it is generally out of my price range - unless I get it as a gift!
I quite like to spend a little more on my coats and jackets, especially ones for autumn and winter, and I particularly love Joules items, so last year when I was in the Lake District I made a somewhat impulse buy when I saw the Joules shop and then saw the most heavenly coat! It fit like a dream and at around £80 it wasn't massively expensive in comparison to the nearly £200 Superdry Pea coat I had opted for the winter before. The Byland quilt jacket is similar in style to the Barbour jacket but I rarely see anyone in the Joules one in comparison to the very popular Barbour jackets. Quilted in style, it comes in a range of colours, but I opted for the navy blue one which would go with more items and outfits. Lightweight, it is waterproof and surprisingly warm. The only downside in my opinion is when it is very cold, the fitted style offers little protection to the face or below the waist line, so you will need to accessorise with a chunky scarf, hat and gloves on colder days. As with all Joules clothing items, they have a little twist and a bit of fun thrown in. This comes in the lining of the coat which is a vintage floral effect in bright colours. I particularly love this and it can be seen straight away when the coat isn't fastened up. The little hare stitched on the bottom of the coat is also a giveaway that you are wearing Joules. The deep pockets are perfect for your phone and keys whilst out for a walk, but don't seem to comfortably fit your hands into because of the way they are positioned. This particular coat is very similar in style to the Moredale jacket also by Joules, and while the Byland can't be bought in Joules stores anymore, the Moredale can and it is just as lovely. The fitted style of the jacket means it can be worn smartly, but at the same time it will look just as fab with a pair of jeans and wellys down the local park. It washes easily and dries quickly too, and the biggest bonus is it doesn't need ironing after washing (I let mine dry naturally on a coat hanger and once dry it will be ready for you to pop it straight on). I should know as I had a corker of a fall in the local woods when I tried to jump on a tree swing and massively missed! The kids thought it was hilarious, I was more worried about what damage I had done to my then fairly new coat! It survived! It still looks as good as the day I bought it, and as this is my main autumn / winter jacket it has had plenty of use. If you want to be a complete geek like me, you can buy mini me versions for the little ones. Similar in style but with the name Mabel, they are perfect for younger children to look just like mummy! Available in plum, navy and brown.
I am a big fan of Joules clothing not only because of the quality but because it is slightly different to other brands and of course not only do they offer clothing for equestrian wear but they offer clothes for casual day to day whether a woman, man or child. I am lucky enough to have a Joules store about 20 minutes away which as good as it can be it also makes buying their items a lot easier meaning I spend more money which is the slight downside. However, I do try to be sensible and tend to buy items that I am in need of rather than don't need but just like and want! One item I did buy because I needed a lightweight jacket for riding was the Joules Byland Quilt Jacket. Joules was originally started back in 1980 where it started out selling their clothes at county shows - their main target were country folk plain and simple. Their clothes are specifically made for outdoor living but keeping good old British traditions in mind. By 2005 they had launched their kids range in keeping with the adult ranges. Joules do use the highest quality of materials and they are known for their sense of fun when it comes to the material patterns and colours they use. Joules clothing and homewares are available via their stores and website but are also sold by varying stockists so their items are not especially hard to get hold of. In my local Joules store I had noticed their selection of jackets and I had come across the Byland jacket before but had always tried to remain sensible but as I noticed it in the sale it was hard to resist. I managed luckily to find one in my colour of choice shoved on a hanger which had the wrong size on it (I always check the garment size as it doesn't always correspond with the hanger size!) and instantly protected it from the hoards of women all trying to get Joules bargains! The colour I opted for was the plum version but the jacket comes in a variety of other colours such as chocolate brown, navy and maroon. Regardless of the colour choice the jacket comes with a contrasting colour lining which of course is typical of Joules making it a bit more unique and different. For the plum version the coloured lining is a mustard yellow colour with a vintage floral type print which is absolutely gorgeous and although the two colours don't normally go they contrast nicely and the pattern is lovely. Of course each jacket will be slightly different in terms of the pattern but this is very common with Joules as they do like their items looking a bit different. To look at the Byland jacket is quilted with a cord trim which of course is the 'trend' currently and this jacket came out back in 2010 when of course the Barbour quilted jackets suddenly became the must have item (for some anyway!). It is classed as a lightweight jacket which is semi fitted so it is important that you get your correct size as it does fit more around the sides and the waist to give that fitted look. The jacket isn't overly long and on me it fits just over my hip bones which is quite a nice fit for me personally as it covers my waist but isn't too long. The jacket itself is made from 100% polyester so should be quite durable and obviously easily washed. To give the jacket a bit more detail it features two pockets at the front of the jacket with are topped with cordrouy and are lined with the same gorgeous vintage floral print fabric that is on the inside of the jacket, again adding a bit more detail. Now although the pockets are lined which means you can't see the fabric they are done up by a flap of fabric with antique brass poppers so when you get things out your pocket or put them in you can of course see the fabric. A little luxury which may not been seen all that much but it's a nice finishing touch to what would be a very boring pocket! The sleeves have piped detailing which again gives a bit of detail to stand this quilted jacket out from all the rest. Now I have had my jacket for two years and it is still being worn on quite a regular basis. Now I don't just wear it for casual wear but I also ride in it quite a lot simply because of being lightweight it doesn't make me overheat and is great for wearing on the cooler summer and spring days where I still need something to keep me warm. I often wear it if riding out on the roads/ bridle paths as it is warm enough to keep the chill off. But of course this jacket also comes in useful for wearing casually if popping into town or when out at various agricultural shows which I try to attend as much as possible as it is quite a smart jacket too so can be dressed up or dressed down accordingly. I.e. can be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and flat shoes or a pair of breeches and my Ariat country boots! Despite is near constant use for the past few years it has faired well. But I wouldn't expect anything less from a Joules item as they are very well made and they use good quality materials, they certainly don't skimp. My jacket apart from a few pulls here and there mainly from my dogs jumping up at me it still looks as good as new. The jacket is machine washable and mine has seen the inside of my washing machine many times and has always come out with no shrinking or colour loss but I don't put it in the tumble dryer and I always leave it to dry naturally and because of being made of polyester it doesn't take long to dry and of course it doesn't crease! I really can't complain about this jacket at all. It is incredibly well made and still looks in perfect condition. It manages to keep me warm without me over heating and is very light to wear making it ideal for the cooler months/days. This is definitely a lovely ladies jacket which is not only quite stylish but practical too. Definitely a recommendation if wanting a decent, lightweight jacket. However, due to it being released a few years ago limited colours and sizes may only be available. 5 stars from me. ~ Useful Information ~ Brand: Joules Sizes: 8 to 18 (may be bigger sizes) Colours: Various Price: New around £75.99 but can be found a lot cheaper now it is quite limited