Spring is right around the corner and today I'm sharing a neutral trench coat outfit that's perfect for this transitional season we're in right now! It's hard to believe it's already mid-March. We've had a couple frigid weeks last month and some days it felt like the cold will stick around for a loooooong time!
In my last outfit post about 4 weeks ago I talked about how I started the Project 333 wardrobe challenge and that at the end of March I was going to select a new set of 33 items for the next 3 months. Well, with the nice weather we've had since the beginning of March, I actually decided that the first week of March was the perfect week for selecting the next 33 items for the following 3 months.
Let me tell you, this time around it was not as easy as when I did it in the middle of winter when no transitional clothes were needed!! And I have to say I did not manage to keep only 33 items in my closet. I'm still working on it though and with rain in this weekend's forecast I will pick out a few more items to pack away. I know it will get cold again at some point, but I'm sure I don't need 5 winter sweaters!! I'm confident this challenge will get easier as time goes on and it's definitely so rewarding to have fewer clothes to choose from in my closet. Makes getting dressed for the day so much easier!
If you have no idea what this "project 333 challenge" is I'm taking about, I mentioned it more detailed in this blog post from last month.
How to Wear a Trench Coat in a Casual Way
I don't know about you, but in the past years whenever I've worn a trench coat I felt like I need to "dress up" the rest of the outfit. Well, I live a casual lifestyle and don't really have many reasons to dress up too much, so I haven't reached for my trench coat often, but I love the style and plan on wearing it more this spring! But instead of dressing it up, I decided to dress it down and make it work to fit my casual lifestyle. I've already worn it a few times this March. It sort of became my "go-to" spring coat this year.
This light tan colored trench coat was a hand-me-down from my dear sister from Germany and I have no link to it. But trench coats are classic pieces and are always available at most major retailers.
There are a variety of trench coat styles available - short, long and knee lengths; double breasted or single breasted. Shorter and knee length are perfect for petite women (like me), while taller women might prefer a longer or a knee length trench coat. Double breasted styles can make your chest look bigger, so it might work for some, but personally I prefer the single breasted version, maybe because it's the only style I have, as I do like the double breasted one I linked below.
Here are some of my favorites:
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I paired my trench coat with new cigarette jeans by AG which I found at a great discount at Nordstrom Rack about a month ago. These are the AG Prima crop in mid rise - 9" rise (I've linked to them but only very limited sizes are available now, however a slightly different wash is available at Nordstrom although at a higher price. These jeans do run small, and going up one size is recommended. I had ordered both for comparison and while I fit into both, the bigger size was definitely a better fit.
I love that these are a crop lengths (25" inseam) which makes them an ankle lengths on me. If you're short then you will know how hard it is to find ankle lengths jeans that actually fit!
As an alternative I also like this pair of slim straight jeans from of Levi's available at Target, as well as the Joe's Jeans (below right) which is available at Nordstrom Rack. However those are a 28 inch inseam so will be longer than the other two pairs. I'm tempted by the Levi's but really don't need another pair of jeans!
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My alternative to white canvas sneakers
Since my outfit features two different tones of metals (gold chain on the bag and darker metal hardware on the trench coat) I decided to wear a two tone layered necklace I had picked up from Target a few years ago. This exact one is long gone, but I just had a look at Targets multi strand necklaces and they have many pretty styles to choose from! I really like this particular one, although it's not a two tone necklace. You can take a peek at the necklace in the photo above as well as a better look at the golden chain on the bag.
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