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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Classic Item: The Trench Coat

Way back in the spring I was looking to replace my ten year old trench coat (see hereand despite an extensive search I couldn't quite find one that ticked all the boxes. I think the main problem was that most of the ones I tried were made of a fairly stiff material and felt quite formal, which is fine if you need to look smart for work, but I wanted one that would look just as good dressed down with jeans and trainers. I obviously abandoned the search in the summer, but happened to see this one in Paris in August, when I wasn't looking for one at all:

Zara Flowy Trench with Camouflage Lining £59.99


I knew straightway that it was THE ONE. For a start, it's a proper camel colour which I prefer to all the lighter beige trench coats around, and more importantly the material is flowy so it feels more casual and easier to wear in a variety of different ways. I also like the modern twist from the camouflage lining:


With hindsight, I'm so glad I've bought it, as with the unbelievably mild autumn weather I've worn it so much and have decided not to get a new winter coat this year, or maybe get one in the sales as I'm sure there will still be lots around. This is how I've worn it dressed down, for a walk at Stourhead en famille this week:

 Scarf - Zara AW14
Trench - Zara AW14
Grey Sweater - American Vintage AW13
Jeans - Zara AW13
Trainers - Stan Smiths
Rucksack - Mint Velvet AW14

And slightly more dressed up for a meeting the other day:

Trench - Zara AW14
Scarf - Zara AW13
Grey Jeans - Zara AW14
Boots - Office AW12
Rucksack - Mint Velvet AW14

And if you're looking for a slightly more structured/smarter trench coat this Topshop one looks really good on, it's a really thick material but isn't stiff:

Topshop Premium Trench Coat £150


And if you do like a trench coat to have a stiffer material I would still recommend this one from Marks & Spencer which has excellent reviews and is a proper camel colour:

Buttonsafe Pure Cotton Belted Trench Mac with Stormwear


Do you have a classic trench coat in your wardrobe and where do you think is the best place to buy one?

Abbi x


11 comments:

  1. Your mac outfit is one of my favourite looks I have seen you in Abbi! The mac is amazing! I don't blame you for holding off on a coat purchase....fingers crossed this mild weather will mean you get tons of wear out of this! xx

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    1. Aw thanks! It's 23 degrees today in London, don't even need a trench! X

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  2. Abbi, I love this. You picked a fantastic one. In the vacuumed my mind I've always thought I'd eventually get a Burberry but it would have to be a birthday purchase given the price. There's always other things I want meow when my birthday comes around. Looking at your mac I'm now rethinking this plan x

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    1. God I would love a Burberry and they were once my client in my financial Pr days and I could have got a discounted one but didn't - der! I agree with you though, there's always other things xx

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  3. Mine is from Gap and is the paler colour which I like but saying that I am a sucker for anything camel coloured and think you look fab in yours especially with the lovely check scarf x

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    1. I do like the pale ones it's just that I'm hopeless and it would filthy in 5 mins! X

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  4. Simply stunning Abbi, love it styled with Stan Smiths and that scarf.
    Sue x
    Bestfr

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    1. It's actually too hot for the scarf but I keep wanting to wear it? A x

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    2. Abbi love it! I too prefer the camel coloured trenches. My Burberry is the paler one and I sometimes regret not getting the honey colour but beggars can not be choosers when I it was 30% off. Love how you have styled it with the check zara scarf. Xx

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  5. Lve yours on you, Abbi, and perfectly styled with your scarves. Lynne xx

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  6. hi
    the trench looks amazing on you! i've been eyeing it online but was wondering if you could give me any tips on sizing? i normally wear a S in zara and am an 8 or sometimes a 10uk if the sizing a bit smaller. it's all sold out but there's one available in XS. dare i? how tight are the sleeves?
    thanks x

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