The people at Grana have been very generous these last few months!
With all the Grana gear I’ve been reviewing, I feel I’m fast becoming an official reviewer haha – only kidding. I’m not getting paid to review these items! They simply suggest an item to me, I say yes or no, I pick the colour and size, they send it to me, I give it a fair go (wearing it around for two weeks or so), and I write what I think about it – the positive and negative.
I do spend some time looking for similar items at Zara, Myer, Target, Country Road and other high street stores… pondering the deep and meaningful questions: How does it compare? Why would someone buy this Grana item?
What I really like about it – Classic, double-breasted trench style. Minimal design. No embellishments!
There are no fancy buttons. No shoulder epaulets. No shiny buckles.
It’s really well made and has a high quality feel to it. The stitching, full inner lining, edges, cuffs, collar, the buttons, the button stitching, button holes… are all fantastic!
The cotton fabric is smooth, soft to touch, strong, has a good weight to it and feels thick enough (to withstand a cold breeze).
It does feel a little stiff and doesn’t drape as luxuriously as I would have liked. Maybe I haven’t worn it long enough for it to soften up?
Sizing – I am a standard AU/ UK 6, so I ordered a Size XXS.
The coat length finishes below my knee.
Sleeves and shoulders are perfect, woohoo! They are not embarrassingly long, or awkwardly short!
It’s a regular fit across the chest. It’s not a slim fit.
I can easily wear a thermal singlet, a white button-down shirt, a thick knit sweater (3 layers underneath) and the coat will NOT feel tight across my chest, back or armpits. It feels perfect actually. I found it great for layering up.
However, when I try to wear as a Spring outfit, with a light top + jeans, or a dress, it feels a tiny bit big and roomy for me in the chest. But as you can see, it looks fine and it’s me being super picky. Would I really have a Winter trench and a Spring trench? Who am I?
I guess you could size down and get a slimmer fit for yourself. Or maybe you have bigger chest than me and ‘fill out’ the coat perfectly? Anyway, I’m already the smallest size, so I won’t be able to have that slimmer fit.
Be sure to check out the garment sizing, it includes body measurements and the product measurements. Very useful.
Colour – On the website, the coat looks like a pale light camel colour. But in real life it’s more yellowy/sand brown, so a bit more like the Burberry trench.
Quality – This coat is much better quality than what you’d find in H&M, Zara and ASOS.
It’s about the same quality as clothes from Country Road, which, it turns out, has a trench coat also selling for $299.
Basically I think it looks and feels like a really good quality coat for its price point!
Price – I guess you have to weigh up between quality vs quantity with this one. Yes $259 sounds a bit high to pay for a coat you haven’t tried on before. But then there are heaps of designer coats on, say Shopbop, between $300 – $750. So in comparison, $259 is pretty good.
Years ago I reviewed a beige trench coat from the ASOS brand and I *think* it was around $80… it looked great, but the fabric was stiff and it wasn’t very fluid. It was OK for a cheap and cheerful coat… but I gave it away after a while, because I didn’t love it. I’m not saying everything from ASOS is bad though! I guess I’m saying, you get what you pay for.
I definitely can’t wait for winter, so I can layer up with a white shirt, cashmere jumper, jeans and long boots.
Would I recommend to my friends? Yes! Totally. The classic style is gorgeous. The perfect fit across the shoulders and arm length is worth it (for petite shorties like me!) .
And lastly, Grana have once again given me a discount to share:
Special Discount Code
If you’re a new customer, you can use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!
No Markup Sale
Oh hey, and Grana still have their “No Markup Sale” with lots of items still for sale. You might pick up a bargain. Do check it out!