I need a good quality warm, waterproof coat because I have dogs that need walking everyday come wind, rain, sleet or snow. After looking at reviews of many different makes of hardy winter coats I decided to try this one, mainly because there were lots of women who recommended another style of merrell winter coat. When I ordered the lighter colour online it wasn't a colour that I would normally be attracted to but as the choice in colour was limited this one was the only option for me. I ordered the size 12 initially, in the hope it would be slightly larger than a standard 12. I was able to do it up ok and it looked lovely but it did feel a bit snug to be able to wear bulkier winter clothing underneath. I returned and ordered a 14. The 14 is much bigger than I expected , especially across the hips, which was a bit disappointing, as I was hoping it would just skim my hips compared to the snug fit of the size 12. I can pinch over an inch either side of my hips. I was going to send it back but my family said that it looked very smart and was very flattering and was obviously going to be warm, so I should keep it. Which I have and I'm looking forward to the cold weather for a change! Just one other thing. The fur trim is rather cheap looking which is not the end of the world, but a shame given the cost of the coat!