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Infanta embroidery/military coat review + photos



I've got review for Infanta here, and one or two photos of aristocrats too. :) Business up top and party down the bottom.

So the coat I bought through Taobaospree was this one: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=10435274065

I got in black and medium, so the measurements go 72cm waist, 92cm bust, 38cm shoulders (I'm too sure on what that means, but it's probably back from shoulder to shoulder), 92cm coat length and 60cm sleeves. The tag in the coat says it's dry clean only and please don't wash this. I haven't followed its advice yet, but last time I bought something printed from Infanta and got it wet in the rain, the print bled everywhere. So the washing advice is probably worth following. My Taobaospree agent informed me that the sizes 'ran a little small', so it was just a bit tighter than what the measurements said it would be, but it fit me just fine.

I apologise for the lousy camera-phone pictures. My proper working camera was, and still is, a little damaged, so it was this camera or nothing at all.

The material is a 50/50 sheep's wool and cotton blend according to the tags. It's also incredibly heavy, about 1kg at least. My mother tells me that good quality wool is very light, which makes sense when you think about high quality wool suits that are lightweight and easy to move around in, and light to carry. So she says that the quality of that coat isn't so great. I haven't Googled this up yet, so I'm not sure if she's right or not. In any case, it's very warm, even if it is uncomfortably to carry around when you're not wearing it.



The package from Taobaospree. Safely packed, no leaks or holes.



The coat. The most important thing to note in these photos is that no matter how it looks in the stock photos, the embroidery and piping is not gold. Or at least, not a nice metallic gold. It's more of a brass-bronze-yellow colour, but it does look very reflective and golden in a lot of photos I've take. Also, the coat is a true black - the flash on my camera phone is just screwy.



The coat laid out.

The first thing - those tabs are crooked. When the Taobaospree agent showed me photos of it and asked if it was alright, I immediately noticed the back tabs were crooked. I told her it was alright and I'll take it, because I thought I could hide it with some black fabric flowers (by pinning them over the tabs) when I got it.

... but, well...



This is the back tab.



These are two of the three front tabs. I'm a little disappointed in how crooked the stitching is, and how uneven the piping is... but it's a small detail. I'll live no matter how disappointed I am.

Even with the stock photos, the stitching and piping on the tabs is uneven. I wish I'd been more eagle-eyed sooner.



It's unfortunate, but what can you do except to be more careful in the future. From a distance, it's not too noticeable.

The gold trim on the sleeves is nice - it looks a little limp without an arm in the sleeve, and could use a little trim on the loose threads, but it's good.



The piping and embroidery elsewhere is perfect.





How it looks worn:





Ignore the messy background, will you...? Unfortunately, the tabs don't sit too straight either.



Not even with the Infanta model...

I suppose if you adjust it, it'll be straight. It doesn't seem like an incredibly obvious mistake, but it's still there. Point it out to me if you notice it in the photos below.



This is how the coat closes - it has snap-up buttons in the front, with the tabs just as decoration in the front.

It's really important you get your coat to fit around your middle but the tabs are not removable. You close the coat by fastening up the tabs, but unless you cut a buttonhole for the left button, you can't get those tabs off. If you don't want to fasten the buttons and just leave the coat open, the tabs will just... hang there awkwardly. I haven't tried doing that yet, but since the coat fits just fine, I have no need right now to not fasten up the tabs.

So there we go. Since previous purchases from Infanta were pretty awesome, this one was just a little... disappointing. However, it's still very nice overall, even with the piping and stitching problems and the somewhat inconvenient design element, and it's very nice and warm. It might be overly warm if you're wearing it and running around in a hurry though.

... and now for pictures!

One last thing: if you want to get this coat for a guy, aristocrat or boystyler or brolita, it's a girl's cut coat (obviously) and the chest part is really narrow. Keep scrolling down. I would say at least a L or XL for an average-sized healthy guy, because the person in the coat below is abnormally thin and even he gives up wearing it in fifteen minutes because it constricts his ribs and makes breathing difficulty.

On the other hand, it's comfortable enough to fall asleep and do taekwondo kicks in. So there's that too. O_o





And foils! I have some of those too.





... hey, look. There's cracks in time and space caused by the exploding TARDIS... [/spoilers]



Y. looks like he's missing his foot here. If someone sees it, mail it back to us.



Badass bookworms.

Sadly, the Infanta coat does not also double as a Badass Longcoat. :( It doesn't billow nicely in the wind enough.

ETA: That awkward moment when... heh, thank you all, but I'm not actually the person in the photos here. ^_^;; I'm just the photographer, and I'm a girl (double oops, should have specified that) - so on the plus side, the coat has no problems fitting a girl with the specified measurements, but if you want to fit it for a guy, it might have to be L or XL because these two here are really, really abnormally thin.
Tags: *infanta, marketplace: taobao, review product: coats/capes
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