I also was looking to upgrade from my thinner and less pricey plain long black jacket that was not ideal for the cold weather we get here. The high, furry neck is perfect for blocking the wind and keeping in your warmth. Also the zip zippers up to the side, not irritating your chin. This coat does a good job keeping u warm in cold weather, its bulky but not too heavy (compared to some other hoodlambs especially) and could definetly be warn in warmer weather as well! Hood is removable so with an unzipped front and bare legs...I can see myself wearing this jacket for multiple seasons.
I was looking for something not too dressy or similar to alot of the coats I see sold in stores in my town, I receive many compliments on the style of this jacket..honestly I feel I like it more everyday.
The only thing I would say that isn't so positive but is nothing too negative is the zipper closure at the bottom can sometimes be a bit fussy when first doing it up. U get used to it and just need to line them up right.
I found the reviews helpful when I ordered this coat, I got a M and I am not too small but not very large and still have plenty of room for a sweater. Hope u find this helpful!