Thursday, 26 September 2013

Autumn Ready with Dorothy Perkins - Waxed Check Hood Jacket

Autumn is approaching and that means not only a change in the weather but our clothes too! I knew Dorothy Perkin's AW 2013 range wouldn't disappoint, so I've chosen a few key pieces from their new campaign to highlight the new seasons; first being the 'Waxed Check Hood Jacket'. Click Here to check out Dorothy Perkin's new season collections!

Waxed Check Hood Jacket (CLICK HERE)
Front: Waxed Check Hood Jacket - Dorothy Perkins - Navy - Size 8 - £59.00

The Waxed Check Hood Jacket is available online and in stores and comes in two colours - navy and olive. I was instantly drawn to this jacket because of the many key features, attention to detail and versatility of the jacket for the current season.
The exterior of the jacket is the Waxed look. It's very on trend this season and is quite hard wearing and suitable for the changing weather conditions. Some jackets that have a certain finish can often smell unpleasant, although this waxed jacket doesn't.
The jacket is fully lined/padded and is a combination of cotton and polyester (exterior and lining). This makes the jacket machine washable at 40 degrees (although I personally like to wash items at the lowest temperature possible) but it isn't advised to tumble dry. Being able to wash the jacket myself is a major plus point. I hate buying coats and jackets and being told that I can only dry clean them, as it can be quite expensive so big thumbs up there!

Even though I am a size 6, I like to take a size 8 coat as I love wearing thick jumpers in the colder months. I would advise that if you do want to wear this jacket with a thicker jumper that you opt for the next size up to cater for the needed room. In the photos I am wearing a thick jumper and the jacket fits comfortably.
Blue and red check detail in the hood

Inside lining and detail

Metal zip and popper detail
Larger pockets
Starting from top to bottom, the blue and red check detail in the hood and inside back of the neck is keeping in with the Autumn/Winter 2013 season trends - making the jacket a key piece to make a statement this Autumn. The hood is detachable and can be easily and securely reattached with the 5 metal poppers, giving the wearer the option of wearing the jacket with the hood or not! The collar is lined with a fabric that resembles corduroy which is soft to touch and keeps your neck warm.
The jacket is fastened with a metal zip and metal poppers - easy to use and secure. After using the jacket everyday for a week, pulling and unzipping, the jacket is still in excellent condition and the poppers are all still very secure. The popper detail is used all over the jacket - front to fasten, hood,  pockets and cuffs.

The jacket has 4 pockets, 2 large pockets which can be seen at the bottom of the jacket and 2 smaller ones nearer to the top. The 2 larger pockets are huge! They're deep enough to fit my car keys, phone and a few other bits and bobs in without looking fat and over filled. The poppers ensure the pockets are secure and I'm not worrying all day about things falling out! The 2 smaller pockets are also secured with poppers although you can't fit nearly as much in compared to the bigger ones, however I wouldn't want to use these pockets as I feel they add more to the aesthetics of the jacket.
Panel quilting detail
Pocket and cuff detail
Inside drawstring
Panels on the front and sleeves of the jacket are decorated with cross-stitching/quilting detail. I like this as it adds to the aesthetics making it a little more eye catching than plain panels. The sleeves are also decorated with tabbed cuffs which are each attached by a metal popper. It looks like the cuffs are detachable but they aren't - it adds to the look! I personally wouldn't like them if they were detachable as even though the metal popper fastening are secure, I'd be worried they would come off and I'd lose one :(

Looking at the inside of the jacket a key feature that really excited me was the inside drawstring! I was intrigued to find it inside as you usually see these on the outside of the jacket. It's a great way to pull the jacket in a tad if you're a bit more slight, like me! I also use the drawstring as a fastening if I do not wish to zip or use the metal poppers, however the drawstring isn't very long and it's a bit fiddly!

A few other retailers have similar waxed jackets priced roughly the same, although on inspection you tell the difference in construction and attention to detail. Whilst wearing the jacket out and about in the mist, fog and colder mornings, it is snug and comfortable whilst modern and fashionable. Bang on Trend.
Price: 5 STARS Priced at £59.00, the Waxed Check Hood Jacket is within the same price range as other jackets on the high street. However, I personally think the Dorothy Perkins jacket is better than the rest; the construction, finishing, key feature and whole look - bang on trend.

Fit & Wear: 5 STARS I am a size 6 but I like to wear a size 8 in jackets and coats as I usually wear thick jumpers. This jacket fitted lovely and kept me snug and warm. It was easy to move about in and wasn't too heavy.

Anything to Add?: Inside Pocket(s) I would like to have seen an inside pocket(s) as they're easily concealed and would have been an exciting feature with the inside drawstring. It's not a major need as the 2 front larger pockets are more than enough space.

Would I Recommend to a Friend?: YES Dorothy Perkins have some lovely pieces that are great for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season, including the Waxed Check Hood Jacket. It's snug, constructed really well with great features to make you stand out from the crowd.


  1. awesome jacket, has such cool designs and features on it. love the quilting detail.


    1. A lot more features than a lot of other competitors too! very comfy x


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