Two crazy, big fashion finds from last week. One was a set of trench coats that mysteriously appeared in my pretty-much weekly visited store and the other was finding a new store to go to every week and give all my money to. Yay ! -.-
We all know that the classic beige/black trench coat will never,ever go out of style. Everyone has to own one at some point in their lives. Personally I would never give up my warm, cosy, timelessly styled, perfectly tailored Van Heusen Wool Black Trench coat, it’s the best ever…probably until I acquire a Burberry sometime in the future and fall in love all over again. But for now, its spring-summer-monsoon here in India, the distinction that is quite blurred- a blithe period that is supposed to have begun mid-Jan but lets say March in this case, and will go on till July/August. Days when there’s too much random sunshine and even more random cloud bursts of rain as the skies shift from clear blue to stormy grey like you or I madly trying on new outfits in a rush to go somewhere, but where? How do we dress for the next few months? It’s neither too warm nor too cold. We all find black too dreary for the whimsically sunny day, so how will we deal with the promise of grey rain anytime, anywhere?
Say hello to spring trench coats in colors that come alive. They are the perfect solution. A light cover-all, that sets even the plainest outfit looking so well put-together. It’s a great take on the classic trench and is usually made of light material – cotton, twill, slightly weatherproof and just perfect. There are versions that deal with heavier rain, but the light coats are the best. I’ve seen some beautifully put together outfits with colorful spring trenches since February, but never did I think of the possibility of acquiring one anywhere here. Not to say that I haven’t met people who wear trench coats in this city but it’s always been the safe, warmer beige or black, saved for those trips abroad or to colder cities. The traditional beige, double-breasted trench coat is no comparison to these bold colored layering options, come rain or snow, that’s for sure, but this colorful staple could definitely turn into a wardrobe essential as well, one that will always remain in style around this time, come every year- Provided you choose the right colors – I believe a tan (or a bandolier brown in this case) is safer for the ones who’d still want to dress a little sober, but a beautiful blue or a bright green or red are also great buys. I’m more of a winter-red person than a spring-red, but what color, is absolutely upto you! Yellows,oranges, super-mad acid colored ones and even a few lovely ombre ones are available abroad of course, but I think that would get a bit dated far too soon, and I don’t know if I want to or can pull that off.
I’ll shut up now and show you the ones I found with overwhelming joy annnddd bought out- to the store’s complete glee. Yes, both of them 🙂 Compulsive shopper remember. They’re from Old Navy and supposedly $50 each, these perfect tab-sleeve coats, but hey, when you can thrift and have more at the same good quality, why wouldn’t you take and make real good of an awesome bargain?
I’ll post outfit photos of these soon enough, but right now I can’t get enough of being- Aiyo, that mad girl in the green trench coat mall-trawling away!! These wear-at-any-time, day through evening, 100% cotton trench coats are the perfect cover-up for the next few months. Not only do they keep me dry for when it slightly rains (it’s got some light AstroTurf coating apparently), they also have me comfortably warm with these increasingly intense winds in the evenings, but the best thing is that it pretty much mixes and matches with every single outfit in my wardrobe! I love that you can roll up your sleeves. Obviously it’s nothing like anything from the Burberry Prorsum Runway (sighhhh..) but these Old Navy trench coats have their own charm and bring some more unique, timeless chic to my closet. I can tell you now that they’ll look good on you any which way. They add such gritty-cool 0r mysterious sophistication to any outfit you try- from jeans and flats to skirts,dresses and yes, you can even bring out those stilettos for those cloudy nights. I’m warning you that it’s pretty light, wrinkles easily ( I don’t mind), is just an outfit addition and will not take heavy rain even though it will last you through any cold, windy, rainy days to come right up to winter when you may have to dig out your warmer jackets. So…. SCORE, indeed.
Do you already have one ? What color and what style ? How would you like to wear it ?