Yes! The temperature has crept past five degrees two days in a row, so that means my big coat is going back into storage. Never mind that snow is apparently forecast for the weekend! But let's not kid ourselves, it's hardly t-shirt weather, so we still have to cover up, and what better way than a trench coat? A style staple for as long as fashion has been around, it's the ideal spring coat and perfect to layer over jumpers to still keep you warm, and can easily be worn with a tee when the weather eventually gets warmer. The styling options are endless; wear with jeans, skirts over a dress, to work, on the weekend or even out for the night.
Having said all that, I do have a gripe with the trench coat, and that is it's original colour. Most trenches you see are beige. They are beige, camel, neutral, whatever you want to call it, I just know it's a colour that I don't wear and I don't think suits me. I've tried it many times, and every year I get inspired by all the bloggers and influencers out there wearing their fab beige trench coats and think about trying it out again. That was until I found my navy trench coat. It was instant love. It fit like a glove, and I found the navy so much more flattering than the usual beige on my skin tone. It is a bit of a hybrid trench and duster coat style, in a longer length (mid calf for me but i'm a short 5 ft 2 inches), with button fastenings, and no tie belt like usual trenches have. I love the look of longer length coats/jackets as when worn with skinny jeans it creates a welcomed slimming effect.
I paired my H&M coat with black jeans from Madewell and a black V neck tee from ASOS. A V neck is my favourite neckline as it helps to elongate the neck and is flattering on a larger chest. With the basic all black jeans and tee combo (the building blocks to most of my outfits), the best way to infuse some personality is through accessories - my favourite being shoes and handbags. Nothing goes better with navy than tan, and I've paired this trench with my Loewe Fortune Hobo bag with silver hardware, and black sock boots with silver heel from Zara. The pointed sock boots work well with skinny jeans to help elongate the leg, especially when its all the same colour. However, this look could easily be worn with a white trainer for a more casual option.
Shop the look:
H&M Navy Trench €90, (still in stores, plus size here , other alternatives here and here)
ASOS V Neck Tee €11
Madewell Black Skinny Jeans €121
H&M Blue Jumper €19.99
Loewe Fortune Hobo Bag (old)
Jewellery see my blog post