The drape-front trench appeared on store racks again this season, and I am happy to embrace this trend. Since around 2014, this less-structured alternative to “classic” trench coats has given the wardrobe staple more movement and a softer look. Just as I find stiff trench coats to be a perfect foil for flowy dresses and skirts, a silk-y trench with waterfall front drapes contrasts nicely with utilitarian shirts and fitted bottoms.
The cheerful yellow silk trench I am wearing here is currently 40% off at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Theory, and Saks Fifth Avenue. For anyone around my size (5’2), the size P fits me well (if loosely, as designed), with the only noticeable fit issue being the too-long sleeves. It drapes beautifully, though may require a thorough steam to dewrinkle with every other wear.
Here are some other drape front trench coats at various price points:
Have a great week, everyone!
I want to quickly highlight a few items in my closet that are now on sale:
First, the BP. Crop Trench Coat featured in this post. I probably would not have recommended it at full price, but it’s now 40% off and finally at a price point that I feel is reasonable. The material is lackluster and the fit oversized, but if you are looking for an affordable crop swing trench coat, this is an inoffensive option.
Hundreds of new styles have been marked down at Nordstrom; my picks:
And the Skinny Tie Waist Pants (fits true to size; last seen here) from this post are still available online in most petite sizes in two colors. Along with other sale styles at LOFT, it is now an extra 50% off (full-price styles are 40% off) with code BFFS for a limited time.
Some other LOFT sale picks:
And finally, a sale that is ending tonight that’s worth mentioning: sale styles at Ann Taylor are an extra 60% off, no code needed (but some styles are final sale so be sure to read reviews). My picks (I highly recommend the Cargo Joggers):
J. Crew’s mounting financial woes and frequent leadership changes finally led it to do the one thing that it previously shunned: reintroduce/recycle old designs. Why it waited this long to open its cavernous vault of past hits eludes me. In any case, I am on board this nostalgia train as I missed out on nearly all of its early-aughts bestsellers.
The “iconic” style that caught my eye immediately is The 2007 Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool Toggle Coat that I know well, having come across archived images of it from the Style Guide on Pinterest. J. Crew made some adjustments to the original design that I am indifferent to, like adding a detachable hood and removing some accent seams.
To keep the price of the coat under $300 (retail is $298), J. Crew is using a version of the “stadium-cloth wool” that is 70% wool and 30% nylon, and slightly thinner than some of my older “stadium-cloth” coats. It’s plenty warm despite the lower wool content, though.
I ordered the style in two colors–“Bright Butternut,” a canary yellow, and “Heather Beige,” which is a beige with pink undertones (it reminds me of my “Dusty Giner” Chateau Parka)–and in my usual size (00P). I thought it ran slightly small and short (though the length may have been intentional). I like my coats to end just above the knee, but this style hits at mid-thigh. While I already have a number of bright yellow coats, the style in Bright Butternut was a keeper for me, though in retrospect I probably should’ve exchanged it for a size in regular length.
(The coat in 00P measures about 30″ in length, and 17.25″ from underarm to underarm, with sleeves that are 22.25″ long.)
While debating which of the two colors to keep, I decided to play dress up which resulted in some photos. Here are some ideas for how one might wear this coat.
J. Crew is running a 30% off storewide sale this weekend (use code GOSHOP at checkout) so now’s a good time to order this coat if you are interested, as most sizes have started to sell out.
More sale picks: Academy Loafers in Leather, Sweater with Ruffle Sleeves, Gingham car coat, The 2008 Andover Peacoat in Italian Wool, Gingham One-Shoulder Ruffle Top, Button-Front Puff-Sleeve Top, Lady Jacket with Fringe Hem, Tie-Waist Short with Bees, and Field Trench Coat.
p.s. there is a Columbus Day sale roundup scheduled for tomorrow, so check back then if you are looking to shop.
Around this time every year is when I would start to complain incessantly about the cold, and vow to move somewhere subtropical. So I found it alarming that (so far) I’ve felt no urge to complain or plot my move. For the first time in a while, I really (really!) love late fall, frosted windshield in the morning and all.
My colorful coats therapy must be working… who can stay ornery in a vibrant red coat for long?
Speaking of things that make me happy: Zara has been a gold mine this fall. I struggled to shop there from spring to late summer, but have found a lot to love since its pre-fall collection dropped. One item that I really like from my Black Friday haul is this batwing sleeve sweater, which I now want in all four colors. It is soft, loose in the best way, and is so fun to wear (this outfit doesn’t showcase the batwing sleeves, but they legitimately made me feel like a bat, which is a pretty amusing thing to imagine).
There are almost too many styles to recommend, so I would encourage you to pop into a store and try some things on. I plan to blog about them eventually, but doubt that I’ll get to them all before sizes sell out. Keep your eyes peeled for the following: cable knit sweater (I am thisclose to ordering ten more of these), frilled skirt, frilled tweed dress, and lace top (I own this in all three colors and duplicates in green).
And until 12/7, earn up to $700 in Saks Fifth Avenue gift cards (on purchases over $3000) with code DEC2016. The boots, bag, and scarf from this post all qualify for this promotion. Use code HOLIDAY for free shipping and free returns.
Other picks: Rebecca Taylor Tweed Peplum Jacket, Stuart Weitzman Highland Suede Over-The-Knee Boots, Chloé Drew Mini Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag, and Saint Laurent Baby Sac De Jour Leather Tote.
Sharing some pictures and a few words in time for the current Club Monaco sale (details here).
ITEM Avaline Scalloped Dress, available in two colors
MATERIAL 100% Polyester and lined. The lightly textured crepe-like material is wrinkle-resistant.
FIT Slightly small in the bust area for Club Monaco; see size chart here.
Size 00 normally fits half a size to a full size big on me, but this
style was a close fit in the torso. I would recommend ordering up
a size if you are busty.
ITEM Colby Scalloped Dress, available in three colors. Previously reviewed here.
MATERIAL 100% Polyester and lined.
FIT True to size for Club Monaco; see size chart here.
ITEM Hanne Trench Coat, available in three colors.
MATERIAL 100% Lyocell (Shell) and 100% Polyester (Lining). It is not wrinkle-resistant, so you will need to steam it before wear and hang it to minimize wrinkling.
FIT Sizes run XS-L. The style is intended to be oversized, so depending on your preference, you may want to consider sizing down or taking your normal size.
I decided to keep the Hanne Trench Coat in “Shadow,” a dark gray (slightly darker in real life).
My other sale picks: Hanne Skirt, Evangah Sweater Dress, Marchesellah Glove, Kapana Trench Coat, Julie Ribbed Turtleneck, Jaydea Coat, Layli Coat, Ilysa Coat, Farzin Trench Coat, Raniko Scarf, Verlise Silk Dress, Bahram Sweater, and Julie Turtleneck.