Spring has been pretty slow to come around this year so I’m still layering up pretty heavily, particularly in the evenings. The elusive spring has been frustrating but at the same time, a part of me is pretty happy that I still have time to experiment with cool weather pieces.
This leather-sleeve trench coat is the thickest trench that I own (so much lining!) and also my most loved. I bought my regular XS, but it generally does not allow for heavy layering underneath like I did here. I finally made it work with a bit (or a lot) of gentle tugging and twisting.
This extra long J.Crew Endless Shirt is an instant favorite in my closet right now. The cuff is extra long which I thought was too unusual for me to keep as I wanted something as classic as possible, but it has definitely grown on me since it allows for a different look when folded over.
I debated long and hard about whether to go with 0P or 2P with the Endless Shirt. It seemed to me that I was getting a lot more lenth in the sleeves on the 2P, but overall the 0P fit much better everywhere else and I got maybe 3mm of extra width in the shoulder which is not enough to make a difference in how high I could lift my arms. I also ordered the LOFT Tunic Softened Shirt for comparison but I am a bit worried about the wrinkle factor as well as the sheerness of the fabric since it is 100% cotton, . We’ll see what happens!
It is by no means appropriate to be wearing this coat right now, as the temperatures as I am sure most many of you are also experiencing is in the, “holy crap it’s cold” category, but I wanted to share it with you just in case some of you want to get a head start on the Spring wardrobe update.
This Banana Republic Swing Trench is just the cutest thing I’ve purchased in a while and very, very similar to the Everlane Swing Trench, but comes in petite sizing (yay!). BR also had a Swing Trench from last season that only came in regular sizing, but it was not a great fit for petites without alterations, and I was not willing to invest the money into it because I know how costly it could be. Jean, on the hand successfully had it altered and it looks great, so it is de
I have also been trying to experiment more with different shapes and silhouettes lately and this fit the bill. Great color, great material and quality. The sizing is a smidge small, so if you have a broader shoulder like I do and want to layer heavily underneath, you may want to consider going up a size. I am wearing a XSP, my normal BR size, but If I close up the jacket with layers underneath (which I would likely never do anyway), it can be borderline too small.
If you are busty, this jacket may not be the best choice as it may look a bit maternity, but I love how the slight change in shape can completely change the look of an outfit.
Year 2014 was a year of purchasing timeless pieces. This is something I always try to do, but last year was I was extremely successful. However, as a somewhat unintended consequence, my outfits were very… safe. I wore a lot of what I was comfortable in, which is not necessarily always a bad thing, but there is something to be said about stepping outside your comfort zone every now and again. And not just in fashion, but in life.
A style resolution that I have made is not only to keep focusing on timeless pieces, but to try stepping outside the box a bit more. I am still going to focus on filling the “gaps” in my wardrobe (there are still quite a few left!), but also to keep an eye out for pieces that are more out of my “norm” are still consistent with my personal style–while still being pieces that I will actually wear!
One of those pieces, I decided was this sleeveless tunic sweater from Aritzia. In the history of this blog, I don’t think I have ever worn a tunic. But when I laid eyes on this sweater, I could see its potential. It’s quite a bit different from my usual silhouette but I see its versatility, which is also so important to me when buying something new.
If it were warmer out (like, not -20C!), then I would just throw a cropped leather jacket over top to play with the juxtaposition with the pieces. But being as freezing as it is, I will have to settle for my heavy duty parka.