A few days ago I showed my husband a picture of this Turkish overgarment (aka…pardesu, henceforth called manteau in this post!)… and asked him what he thought about it. He said it looked like a WW2 military uniform!
When I got it in the mail I was quite surprised at just how nice it was! Honestly, much nicer than most of the Turkish manteau I’ve seen being sold in the US and definitely a lot nicer than the ones sold in Iran right now. Obviously, my husband changed his mind and actually found it to be quite decent looking and not like some crazy soldiers uniform! LOL
This manteau is from the Turkish company MISS YAĞMUR. Its called a “kap” which is what they call the knee to calf-length overgarments. The full-length, ankle ones are called “pardesu”. I chose the “kap” mateau style because…I have enough ankle length manteau and wanted something that was longer than knee length but not to the floor. I personally dont feel comfortable in anything shorter than calf-length anyway, and although I prefer ankle length garments at times I’ll pair a calf-length garment with a skirt or very wide-legged lengha style jeans or something like that.
This manteau is from their 2011/2012- Fall/Winter line.
Ive worn it about a handful of times sofar and really do like it. One thing that I love about the Turkish garments is their quality! They are always made to be very durable, long lasting and nice looking! They aren’t shabby or cheap looking and come in unique designs…and this manteau is no different.
This particular one is navy and is a heavier-weight cotton blend material. I believe it was treated with a water repellent as it has a slight gloss and a heavier hand than most cotton manteau Ive seen. It came fully lined but…I ended up taking out 3/4th of the lining and just leaving the sleeve lining and upper quarter of lining. It worked out well as the inside is fully serged! Indeed, I find it much more comfortable to wear.
This manteau has thin shoulder pads which lightly cup the shoulder adding definition but not height (no football look!) and there are 2 internal buttons to keep the front panels nicely overlapped. The cut is very A-line and has a unique, “fresh” style that you don’t usually see in manteau sold state-side. It looks equally good with a skirt or wide legged jeans/pants while keeping everything modestly covered
Now, a few drawbacks…these specific problems are pretty common with ALL Turkish made garments regardless of brand or style. Namely…sizing!
The sizes on most off-the rack Turkish manteau are indeed quite small. If your a plus-sized sister its difficult to find them in in larger sizes! Alhamdullah Armine and Zuhre do make plus-sized manteau and Miss Yagmur has some larger sizes as well…still…the selection is quite limited!
The Turkish manteau are also cut to be quite slender around the waist and snugger fitting in the chest. Some American sisters I know also mention a dislike for the narrower shoulder cut on Turkish garments. Personally I dont have this problem…but I reckon the average American women has wider shoulders than the average Turkish woman. ofcourse it boils down to ones body-shape. The only way to avoid this is to size up. I generally do this so I get a slightly looser fit myself.
Other than the potential sizing issues that some Americans sisters may have. I highly, highly recommend this manteau on so many levels…fit, quality, design…you name it. I am also really liking the styles coming out of MissYagmur and am eagerly awaiting their new spring/summer line!
MISS YAĞMUR garments can be purchased from E-Testtur (yes, they know English!)