I was agonising over whether I wanted to spend this much on a formal winter coat. However, after trawling around a department store and finding that more expensive coats were all either too big on the waist or too small on the chest, I decided to call into Bravissimo. I'm so glad I did. I usually wear a 12 or 14 Curvy, but the 12 Really Curvy fitted me perfectly, so I'd say it's slightly small around the bust. It feels great to wear though and I'm very happy with it. A timeless wardrobe staple. I'm not sure what's prompted the "dog blanket" comments, but mine must have been from a different batch, as it's a very nice subtle tweed-like fabric. It's 42% wool, so it's dry clean only, but you expect that from this kind of coat. The only thing I'd say is that I haven't worn it much yet as it's for "best", so I'm not sure about the durability.