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I am a big fan of the brand Joules and own quite a considerable amount of their clothing. Joules are not the cheapest but the quality is wonderful and I still own items nearly 6 years old that are still going strong. Joules if you haven't heard of them before is a manufacturer of womens, mens, childrens and even horse and dog wear. They are a big equestrian brand and although they do casual wear for the non-equestrian people Joules debut a lot of their ranges at varying horse events throughout the country and therefore a lot of their clothing is worn by country/horsey folk.
At the beginning of this year I had decided I wanted a nice tweed jacket as something smart to wear when say out walking the dogs or at varying horse/dog events and sometimes my general yard jackets are just a bit too scruffy so I wanted something smart yet practical for country activities. This is the part where I saw a gorgeous Joules jacket in my local Joules store and came away knowing that should I want to buy it I'd have to put money away as at the RRP of £189.00 it would mean a big chunk of change going out of my account all in one go and when you are taking into account your next big hay order you have to be practical!
Needless to say a month later having done a lot of teaching (riding lessons that is!) I bought the Joules Field Jacket for a slightly lower price of £160.00. Yes, it is expensive and it won't fit into everyone's budget but I worked hard for it and I know that this jacket will last for quite some considerable time making the hefty price tag seem worth it in the end. The Joules Field Coat has now been discontinued by Joules itself but can still be bought via other Joules stockists although these are mainly online. The field coat as far as I am aware is available in Angus Blue and Toad Green. I opted for the Angus Blue as I preferred it as I preferred the more checked look where as the Toad Green jacket is paler in colour and doesn't seem as bold.
The Joules Field Coat is classed as a country sports coat and of course being tweed it has a country theme going on right from the start, think people going shooting with their tweed coats, flat caps and Hunter green wellies! This jacket is the epitome of country-esque! The Angus Blue (and no the coat isn't blue!) coat has a lovely large check which stands out nicely as the darker green stripes are set out against the paler green background. The field coat is made from 100% wool so it isn't the lightest of jackets but it is certainly not heavy to wear. However, due to it being made completely from wool it is dry clean only.
The Joules Field Coat is lined with Joules' exclusive floral print material. Although the pattern of the material may differ from coat to coat Joules always use their own exclusive prints which really do contrast nicely against the tweed and add a little girliness to this tweed jacket. The same floral material is also added to the front pockets too and if you lift up the popper fastening you can see the material. The lining of the jacket is lightly quilted, just enough to keep you warm on those cold spring days but not too much so it doesn't look bulky. The jacket is slightly fitted and has been fitted to give a shapely feminine fit which finishes just below the hips. The collar is moleskin lined which adds a touch of luxury to this jacket not to mention it is incredibly soft.
The jacket features two quite large pockets at the front which are fastened with two brass studs which help keep in any items you may have in your pockets. The pockets are however incredibly generous in their depth and size so you can easily fit quite an array of items, ideal if you are wanting to carry the bare minimum and not use a handbag. The front of the field jacket is done up by a concealed colour co-ordinating zip together with poppers (again which are colour co-ordinated with the jacket!) which are down the length of the jacket. The cuffs of the jacket also feature adjustable brass studs so you can loosen or tighten the cuffs around the lower part of your arm.
My jacket has now been worn many times whether I am out walking the dogs or out at a big equestrian event it really is a casual jacket which can be easily made to look smart. Despite being made completely out of wool the jacket isn't heavy to wear nor does it feel bulky. It instead is more of a lightweight wool jacket which is soft and easy to wear. I have owned wool jackets in the past where they feel a bit too rigid as they are quite heavy and weighed down. The key to this jacket is getting the right size because it is semi fitted the look to go for isn't big and baggy it is the fitted look. I find Joules can come up quite small but I did try this jacket on and did opt for my normal size and it fits perfectly but of course everyone is different but I'd personally recommend that you try it on before buying.
The quality of this jacket is wonderful. It has been expertly made and made from good quality materials which is why Joules have such a high price tag and not just for the name. Despite it's pretty much constant use in the colder months earlier this year I did think a few threads may come loose from the seams or a popper may ping off as has done with other jackets I have owned but I am incredibly pleased that this jacket still looks as good as it did when it arrived in the post to me. I have however made an effort to keep it as clean as possible and to generally just look after it so have probably been a little over protective but given its hefty price tag I have reason to be!
I have no doubt that this jacket will be with me for quite some considerable time as it is so well made I can't imagine it falling apart easily. The jacket fits me perfectly and the fact that it is semi-fitted really does add shape and style to the jacket. I really can't find fault with this jacket at all as the material is lovely and soft and of course the floral patterned lining really is lovely and adds a unique twist to the tweed. If you are wanting to spend a decent amount of money on a tweed jacket then this may well be the jacket for you but if budget conscious there are no doubt cheaper alternatives available. I have high hopes that the money I spent on this jacket will be worth it as long as it lasts but for this reason I can only give this jacket 4 stars, knocking 1 star off simply due to the price as it won't be accessible to all.
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Price: RRP £189.00
Colour(s): Angus Blue or Toad Green
Sizes: 8 to 18
Availability: Joules stockists online or in store
Misc: Dry clean only