One of my spring wardrobe staples is this super versatile tweed coat (also here): it is warm enough for chilly mornings during transitional weather, but not so bulky as to be shapeless. This statement coat also pulls together outfits in an instant and energizes even the most tired of ensembles (I am looking at you, white-blouse-and-jeans).
I have also been belting ALL of my double-breasted coats (using a wider leather belt), which instantly transforms them into coatdresses (works best for smartly-tailored styles constructed out of lighter-weight material, like flowy trench coats; just don’t forget to wear a slip underneath). This method works only sort-of well here because my coat is (intentionally) a little loose on me, but I do like how it boldly defines the waistline.
As seen below, my favorite way to wear this coat is with sweater dresses and tall leather boots, which requires very little effort but looks well put-together. And less-is-more with tweed coats, as they can feel a tad fussy on their own, so “casualizing” them helps to strike the right balance for daytime dressing.
More tweed coats here:
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I’ve mentioned this sweater trench a few times before, but want to highlight it in its own post as it’s one of those pieces that marry comfort with polish, and has the right weight for transitional weather. But getting the proper fit is key (I sized up), as an adequate amount of front drape is essential to creating that “elegantly unfussy” look that’s at the heart of new minimalism.
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The material is medium-weight (surprisingly substantial for 60% Viscose/40% Nylon, which I associate with legging fabric) and drapes well (on account of the Viscose, probably). And the fit is true to size, though the sleeves feel a little tighter relative to the flowier fit of the piece.
I want to first apologize for my overconfidence, because the posting schedule did not normalize as I promised, and will probably remain in a chaotic state as I struggle to overcome whatever affliction befalls someone after a big project wraps. I just can’t find the motivation to do anything other than running outside (that 70-degree day last week wrecked my productivity) and watching endless hours of Twitch streams. (I know, my life is pretty amazing right now; Feeling as carefree as can be.)
I do have this outfit from a little while ago to share. The cozy Topshop sweater dress pictured here is now 40% off in two colors (the “oatmeal” seen here and a charcoal gray), and is a very reasonable option if you are in want of a turtleneck sweater dress. The style is cut loosely, so size down if you have a smaller frame.