I first caught a glimpse of Kikki in the Maroon color before the coat arrived in stores. It looked so luxe and versatile–the kind that would take one from office to runway in no time. When I saw the price tag in stores, I was discouraged–€430 seemed steep. But once I tried it on, I fell in love with the quality and fit and couldn’t resist adding this piece to my work wardrobe.
During a 20% off Ted Baker flash sale in September, I bought Kikki in the black color. I have been wearing it non-stop since. With the Christmas/End of Season sales coming up, I thought this would be a good time to write a short review of Kikki by Ted Baker, in case any of you are planning on snagging it at a discounted price.
Kikki is warm and cozy enough for the Western European winter–not once I have found myself shivering in Amsterdam or London. That is attributed to Kikki’s wool and cashmere content (80%). It also looks stylish whether the collar is buttoned (right) or not (left). I love the gold hardware detailing and the way it cinches at the waist.
The fit is true to size. I am usually a UK8/EU36/US4, but I sized up despite the UK8 fitting me perfectly. That was just so I could wear blazers and such underneath the coat without feeling suffocated. If your lifestyle does not demand that, you would be fine choosing your true size.
One honorable quality of Kikki is how quickly it dries–more than once my coat was wet in the unpredictable rains of Amsterdam and London–and in all instances I was surprised by how quickly the wetness and water stains disappeared. So, if you live somewhere rainy, this is a definite advantage of this coat.
There are two drawbacks to the coat for me. First is the lint it collects. I have to remove lint almost every two days if I wear the coat regularly. In all my work trips, I carried a lint roller in my bag just to pamper Kikki. I am fine doing that, but if you’re not a fan of this exercise or have fur babies at home, you might not be happy buying the darker colors of Kiki like black or maroon. Second is the dry-cleaning bill because it cannot be cleaned at home.
Overall, would I repurchase Kikki? In a heartbeat. For me, the quality and fit overshadow the two drawbacks. And that’s the reason why I would also recommend any working women out there looking for a professional-looking winter coat to definitely give Kikki by Ted Baker a consideration. 🙂
D E T A I L S
De Bijenkorf (other colors can also be found on the site)