Fashion experts tend to go on and on about ‘fashion staples’ that you must have in your closet. Many of these staples are not necessary, but a trench coat is! It is very necessary to get a trench coat in your life. They go well with everything and a solid trench will get you stylishly through the Fall and Spring seasons.
I will admit that buying a trench is a bit of a pain in the butt. So I compiled some shopping tips so you get the trench you want the first time (Unlike me. Don’t be me.):
- Be sure to buy a classic trench in a classic color. The first trench I ever bought was baby pink. I loved it at first, but then I realized that a baby pink trench is not exactly wearable. There would be a day when the weather was perfect for a trench coat. But, alas, I would need to put together an outfit that goes with a dumb baby pink trench. Ugh, bad choice. Bad, bad choice! Always just get the khaki or stone colored trench. Learn from my mistakes. Do not buy a trench coat in a novelty color.
- Make sure your trench is fully lined and made of good, thick fabric. Sometimes you’ll get a trench and it is just a thin piece of nothingness. That is not good. You want your trench coat to be both stylish and warm. Don’t settle for less than that.
- You can splurge on a trench but you don’t have to. Yes, a Burberry trench is the gold standard. But don’t feel bad if you can’t get one. I got my trench from J.Crew Factory and I looove it!
- Size up. I almost always wear my trench with bulky layers. Your trench should never be tight or pull so the safest option is to size up!
Trench: J. Crew Factory | Shirt: J. Crew | Dress: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Boots: Nordstrom (similar) | Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (similar)
It kind of looks like I cut all my hair off in these photos. Don’t panic, I didn’t.
I firmly believe that bold florals are ideal for winter and fall. When it starts to get cold, color is essential to keep your mood lifted.
This outfit marks the first cold weather shoot of the year. Look at how stiff I am, lol. I am just standing there like, ‘Take the picture, I’m dying.”
It’s all downhill from here, folks. I will forgive if you quit this blog and resume in May when I am able to move more freely.
Shoes: C. Wonder (old, but these are cute) | Skirt: ChicWish (c/o) | Jacket: J. Crew | Top: Asos
Sometimes I get into a rut in the fall and winter and pretty much only wear black. I am hoping that investing in a few pops of color will add some life to my cold weather wardrobe.
Shoes: J. Crew (similar) | Jeans: J. Brand | Top: H&M (similar) | Sweater: Sincerely Sweet Boutique c/o (love this one) | Bag: Clare Vivier
You guys, I am wearing the first watch I have worn in years in this post. My dear friend started a watch company called Vierra and I, of course, had to have one.
I feel so cool checking my wrist instead of my phone for the time.
Shoes: Necessary Clothing | Jeans: Zara | Shirt: H&M (similar) | Jacket: J. Crew | Hat: H&M | Watch (c/o): Vierra (use coupon code claravierra for 10% off!)
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in New York. The bright foliage and giant concrete buildings make a great pair. So prepare to see a lot of Fall on the blog. I can’t get enough!
Boots: Frye | Leg Warmers: T.J. Maxx | Skirt: Clob Monaco | Sweater: Brooks Brothers | Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger
I think we all know I am big fan of the ruffle collar. So when I saw this top majorly on sale at the J.Crew Factory I was all like, screw my budget! I am buying this! I do not condone this reckless spending behavior, by the way.
Boots: Frye | Shirt: hand made | Cardigan: Old Navy | Top: J.crew Factory
During the day, it is hard to commit to a full-on sparkly look. But one can’t be expected to omit daytime sparkle all together. Luckily, layering season is upon us, so I layered my beloved “Long Island Housewife” sparkle blazer with a jean jacket for a look that is eye catching without being overpowering.
Boots: Zara | Skirt: Club Monaco (also worn here) | Tank top: J. Crew | Sparkle Blazer: Tobi (old) | Jean Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger (super old)
In the wise words of Tobias Fünke, “I’m afraid I just blue myself.”
Sometimes, a girl just has to own wearing blue from head to toe.