lots of input, here in comments but mostly in email or comments on SG. Thank you all for your opinions. I have to agree, the design lines in the Balmain coat would be best done in a solid. I have solids that would be perfect. And, as I put in an email to Mardel, I can afford something really trendy for this coming winter, since it doesn't have to last me 5 years. So I think I'm going to go with the Houndstooth check and this pattern, which was not even under consideration.
and wonder of wonders, I'm going to make it so that it fits me Now. Yes, I plan to lose weight, but it became painfully obvious to me in Denver that I also need clothing that I can wear at This weight.