For the sake of this post, let’s ignore for the moment that as I type this, it isn’t -16C outside. In April. =/ But I’ve been trying on this long trench coat all weekend (indoors, of course), debating whether or not I want to keep it. Although I love the look, longer coats are particularly tricky on petites as they can easily engulf a small frame. Over the years I’ve been extremely hesitant to wear something that is way beyond the lower part of the knee because I’ve seen it go horribly wrong in real life more times than not. However, as of late, I’ve been seeing the longer coat on petites online done successfully, and I’m figuring that I maybe I should be able to pull this off as well.
To make this work, the focus should be fit–the shoulders, sleeves, and the waist which we don’t want to be too wide and boxy. A lighter fabric also helps with not looking like too heavy a piece that overwhelms the body. This particular trench from Aritzia is designed to be a bit on the slouchier side, hence the drapey fabric, the longer storm flaps, and slightly dropped shoulder. The proportions look better when I’m wearing heels rather than flats (no surprise there), but I’m really like this as a statement piece that is really different from what I currently have in my closet. I could also see this as being really fun to play with the proportions with different layers on underneath, so I’m thinking I’m going to keep it!
Any thoughts or feelings on this? Or any body else loving the longer length coats? How are you wearing them?
Also worth noting, Bloomingdale’s has just started their F&F. Get 25% off many brands OR Loyalists get $25 reward card for every $100 spent on almost everything else. And free shipping for everyone! Use code FRIENDS. I’m all about denim so I have my eye on my favorite flares in white and this pair of black denim with knee slits here and here!
It’s been quite a while since I did one of these “five-ways” posts. Truth of the matter is, posts like these are much more time-consuming than the regular one-outfit posts, but I thought I would put some effort into making one since I’ve been thinking about it for some time now. Having said that, however, I’m going to cheat and use some old outfit posts for these cropped wide leg pants, or alternatively, culottes.
From last spring, an easy, work-appropriate outfit:
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!