The Long Trench

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.

Long Trench Coat + Stripes + Destroyed Denim Long Trench Coat + Stripes + Destroyed Denim Long Trench Coat + Stripes + Destroyed Denim Long Trench Coat + Stripes + Destroyed DenimBabaton Nicky Trench / GAP Stripe Tee  (love this by BR)/ J.Crew Martie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps (similar)/ 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Le Chateau Ring 

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!

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One Cropped Wide Leg Pant (or Culottes), Five Ways

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:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysAnn Taylor Cropped Wide Leg Pants (drapey version or try these from J.Crew) / Club Monaco Lindy Trench (currently on sale!) / Ann Taylor Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Large Satchel / Ann Taylor Factory Top

Last month’s post with sleeveless sweater tunic and obi belt:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Belted Tunic Sweater + Cropped Wide Leg PantsDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Belted Tunic Sweater + Cropped Wide Leg PantsWilfred Durandal Sweater (similar by AT) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli Satchel / Leather Obi Belt from eBay (similar in suede by AT) / J.Crew Tunic Shirt (similar by AT) / WoodWatch by Jord / Banana Republic Leather Wrap Bracelet

With a cropped top and a statement necklace for a “going-out” or party look:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 ways Wilfred Free Georgia Top (lots of colors!) / Statement Necklace from Etsy / Forever21 Rings / Aldo Clutch / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps 

Styled with a chunky sweater and suede D&G booties I snagged years ago at TJM, which don’t nearly get enough wear:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesBabaton Nicolas Turtleneck / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Clutch / D&G Suede Booties / Banana Republic Gray Long Peacoat / Forever21 Rings

And finally worn casually, with a relaxed sweater and slipper loafers:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesTheory Cashmere Sweater (similar from J.Crew) / Vince Bogart Loafers (on sale!) / Woodwatch by JORD / Forever21 Rings /  Dogeared Necklace (similar) / Forever21 Rings / Club Monaco Striped Tee (similar) / Madewell Bucket Bag

The round-up:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 ways

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Elusive

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.

DRESSED ACCODINGLY // Spring Layers DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // Spring Layers DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // Spring LayersClub Monaco trench with leather sleeves / Rag & Bone | Jean The Dre Boyfriend Jeans / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / J.Crew Endless Shirt / J.Crew Sweater / Forever21 Rings / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps

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!

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