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Ask yourself whether you would prefer it to be a little tight or too loose! Personally I would go for the smaller size as I don't wear bulky jumpers when I walk to work (or at work). The walking keeps you warm!
If it helps, I get Lands End tops a lot and find that, as an 18 in general, I am swimming in the L tops (very loose and baggy, so make me look huge) and have been getting M instead to have them fitting without being tight.
As a comparator, in M&S I definitely still take an 18.
For work/commute though, I have an Ilse Jacobsen coat (the longer one to my knees, size 44) and that is great for windy and wet DART platforms etc. And I can easily put a M&S rib jumper over a thermal vest under that.
I know I had tried on the shorter version summer 2016 in a boutique on main street in Lahinch, and then bought the longer version online (Dh had seen it first and knows where to source things - I am rubbish, and I have it over a year now). Sorry. But it is wearing incredibly well, if you do find a stockist! (I think its the softshell raincoat).
(I may have seen them in 53 Degrees North in Carrickmines, if that is any use to you - but don't trust me on that, ring them before making a trek unless it's close to you - or it might have been Avoca Handweavers).
In my case, I sometimes buy from LE UK and sometimes from LE USA - as there are some things (like boys school sports shorts) that we want and they don't stock in the UK. (DD bought some when we were in the US a few years ago and they are much loved and worn to bits so they actually are worth it).
DH uses parcel motel a lot, I don't usually bother but I often go over the threshold to get free delivery by putting a few things I want/need together in a large order.
And I don't remember any additional customs etc on USA purchases from LE, although I know I have had them on various other USA purchases over the years (like the handbag DH got me that DMIL had to pay extra on for Christmas!! )