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This detailed review focuses on the ultimate petite puffer jacket. The L.L. Bean Petite Ultralight 850 Down Jacket checks all the boxes: it is stylish, petite-friendly, warm, affordable, and comes in other colors besides boring black.
This jacket is one that L.L. Bean brings back season after season in different colorways. Hence, it’s one of the most versatile, all-season jackets out there. The color I chose was Ocean Blue and it was beautiful.
The Details and Features
The length hits at the hip. Fitted style with flattering seams at the side that give you a cute hourglass figure.
The placement of the puffs is strategic to ensure a flattering, shape-enhancing look.
The raglan sleeves are flattering and allow for easier movement and remove the pesky shoulder seam, which can easily rip, on a classic style sleeve. Having the raglan-style sleeve also helps the jacket not get those annoying “wings” when hung on a hanger.
Full Vislon® zipper closure front with a zipper that matches the color of the jacket. This jacket has a collar and no hood.
Elastic at the cuffs. This allows for a more customizable length but overall the sleeves are perfect for a petite frame. The elastic can also be used to hold gloves in place and keep the cold out.
Cinch this jacket with the hemline drawcord to keep drafts / wind out and keep you warm. Although I don’t see myself using that feature it’s a clever design and changes the look of the jacket.
Also, there are several pockets including 2 zipper-closure pockets at the hips. L.L. Bean branded zippers with bungee cord pulls.
The interior of the jacket boasts 2 pockets.
A zipper closure pocket on the inside at the right, near the top of the jacket, and a large pocket on the left-hand side near the bottom of the jacket.
Outfit Details: L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Jacket in Ocean Blue (SOLD OUT – Similar Styles Here), Free People Fireside Slouchy Beanie in Wine (OS), Alo Warm Airbrush High-Waist Nocture Leggings in Black (size S regular), Golden Goose Midstar Sneakers (SOLD OUT – Similar styles here)
Basic Technical Specs
Trying to be more environmentally friendly, L.L. Bean has produced this jacket with a minimum of 20% recycled polyester. Additionally, the Pretex Quantum nylon shell is windproof, water resistant, and created out of 100% recycled fabric.
DownTek PFC- Free Down is the loftiest and more advanced goose-down fill. This special process of treating down makes it 50% more water-resistant while preserving the lightweight and warm nature of goose down.
As a matter of fact, the 850-fill-power goose down is one of the highest quality available for the price on the market. Hence, this jacket is recommended for temperatures between 25 and -25 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the level of activity. Wear this jacket with midweight layers such as thermal, waffle, or lightweight tops and sweaters for optimal comfort in the cold.
Please note that measurements may vary by size. In this case, the size Small Petite measurements are as follows: length: 27 in, sleeve length: 32 in. Ultra-lightweight construction that will keep you warm. Surprisingly compact and packable ideal for travel as it folds into its own stowaway pocket.
Final Thoughts on the L.L. Bean Petite Ultralight 850 Down Jacket
Overall, I really loved the blue color. The jacket had a slight fit and flare silhouette which is flattering. The fabrication was top-notch, it didn’t have too much of that annoying nylon “swoosh” sound when in motion.
The weight of the jacket was optimal and I really appreciated the fact that it was ultra lightweight and did not take up a lot of room when hung up in the closet or packed up in a bag/suitcase. Consequently, I ended up returning this particular jacket because of three main reasons:
- I already own a short and more fitted jacket (from Zara) that is basic black and fits beautifully.
- I just naturally prefer a hood on my jackets because I have a short neck the collar makes me look like I do not have a neck at all!
- Even though the other LL Bean jackets I purchased were a size small petite, this one, in particular, felt a little too small and I would have preferred a size medium petite.
Finally, I wanted to quickly share these wooden coat hangers that I just discovered and I am hooked! My old jackets used to get these annoying “wings” on the shoulders from thin hangers, but no longer is that the case! These hangers changed my life and increased the longevity of my jackets. Undoboutly, I highly recommend these when you purchase your new jacket.
If this jacket isn’t your favorite, check out this article where I review a few petite-friendly winter coats and jackets. You can also find this article by following the menu in this order: Fashion > Women’s Fashion > Women’s Outerwear > The Best Coats for Petite Women
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