How To Wear A Trench

It’s fall and time to explore a closet staple, the trench coat. I thought it was simple but then I saw all these mechanics. Single-breasted or double? Short or long? And what’s with all these straps? I’ve done a little research to help deconstruct the chemistry of the trench coat.

Single or Double Breasted

Trench coats come with two types of closures. Single breasted with the normal button up and double breasted with the two button up. Most trench coats are double breasted. The double breasted look came from the uniforms of British sailors to provide double protection from the wind, regardless of the direction it blew. The British military also adopted the double-breasted look eventually.

The prettiest looks, in my opinion, are double breasted. There’s a small problem. I’m a bit busty.Double-breasted coats and jackets are harder to fasten on busty girls. They don’t look right if they’re left open…what’s the point?

It’s with a heavy heart that I say, us busty girls should stick with single breasted for the sleekest look. I did some searching and I found some single breasted jackets that’ll stop traffic.

Single Breasted Trench Look

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Short, Medium, or Long?

Short trenches stop at the hips. These are best for short, small framed women because it’ll add the height they need. Curvy women should steer clear because it may hug them in the wrong places.

Short jackets are best for milder climates.

Medium or 3/4 length coats fall at mid-length, just as the name hints. They are best for petite women who are looking for more warmth. They are longer without being overwhelming.

Single Breasted Trench Look 2

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Longer coats are best for tall women, maybe 5”7 and above. Short women with long coats will only get swallowed up. I’m from Cleveland so I know what it’s like in a brutal winter. I’m also 5”3. I’m not saying that us short girls should have cold legs. I personally am not a fan of long coats. I’ve gotten through winters by wearing pants with leggings or skirts with fleece tights.

For tall girls who can wear long coats, try belted waists or ones that flair out to create a better shape.

Color

Trench coats come in all kinds of colors. Your wardrobe should have at least a black or tan trench coat to complete your classic pieces.

Different Trench Coats

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These colors will go with any color scheme of your outfit. Fun colors can come after you’ve gotten either one, or both of these basic colors. Some fun colors to look for are:

White: I have a white shiny coat and I absolutely love it. It reminds me of a mod style of the ‘60s. One thing about a white trench is that it’s a color that doesn’t like company. Meaning, it works best with an all black outfit so it will shine on it’s own. If you’re willing to try it with other neutral colors, stick with no more than one other color.

Red: Such a bright color like red looks best with subtle colors underneath. Try grey or navy outfits in addition to black.

Blue: Blue comes in many different shades. You can have some fun with this color by mixing different shades of blue to create a popped outfit. Try navy and red or blue and white.

Wearing Your Trench

Okay, so you’ve found a coat in the color you want, with the right closure and length. How can you wear it so it looks the most flattering?

Different Trench Coats 2

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A few tips as you style:

Make sure your skirt is shorter than your trench. Nothing ruins your sleek lines and flattering silhouette like a skirt sticking out the bottom of your coat.
Slim fitting pants look best under a trench. The bulkiness of the coat won’t look right with a bulky pant.
A trench coat is a classy piece, so it looks best with other classy pieces in your wardrobe. (think white button up tee, pencil skirts, slim pants, etc.) sportier pieces don’t match well with a trench.

All Black with Floral Accessories

All Black with Floral Accessories

 

My Favorite Fashions: Kotur Bags

There was a time when I didn’t consider myself to be much of a bag person. Then I discovered how fun they can be!

One of my favorite brands are the Kotur bags. I discovered these while playing one of my favorite games, Covet Fashion. (It’s free, but you have optional in-game purchases). Now this has been added to a brand that I follow.

My Favorite Fashions: Kotur Bags

 


KOTUR red purse
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KOTUR black purse
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KOTUR butterfly purse
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KOTUR white handbag
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KOTUR evening handbag
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Above, I compiled some of my favorite bags. There’s way more where these came from. An outfit idea incorporating one of the bags is Red Party.
Kotur was founded by Fiona Kotur in 2005 and they are “about bridging the gap between modern technique and traditional craftsmanship”. The bags have been featured on popular television shows such as Lipstick Jungle and Gossip Girl. Not limited to bags, Kotur also provides shoes and accessories.
I love this brand because the bags are not cookie cutter. One of my favorite things to create are plain outfits with outrageous accessories. A common theme with Kotur are “game” bags. For example, take the green and black Backgammon bag in my collection. The question I love to get asked is  “where’d you get that?”
They define my Individual Alternative Style.

Look Cute in Sneakers: Nov 2015 Fashion Trend

My Favorite Fashion Trend November 2015: Dressy Sneakers

I’m a girl that is dressy. There was a period when I was about ten years old that I lived in jeans, (really lived in them, slept and everything), but once I entered junior high I started to prefer skirts and dresses.

I noticed today that a lot of the outfits I put together are dressy. To mix it up I’m trying to get some more casual looks. In doing so I came across another trend that works for girly girls like me.

Dressy Sneakers

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(Isabel Marant Bobby Calfskin Velvet Leather Sneakers. $550 Image from polyvore.com)

I call them “dressy sneakers” because they can be dressed either up or down. They are great for business casual office looks or get togethers with friends. Another reason I like them is because they provide a fresh alternative to the Ugg boot.

One of my favorite brands is Isabel Marant. If you can afford to break the bank for a check, they are a great choice. I have created outfits such as A Wait For the Bus (casual) and Business Casual Day at the Office (dressier). As I said, you may have to dig into your savings for these shoes because one pair will set you back around $500 at least. It’s worth it though!

If you’re on a tight budget, never fear. There are alternative, more affordable brands to create the same dressy sneaker look. Some suggestions are:

Skechers

Skechers is a popular brand with shoe designs that have expanded beyond traditional sneakers.
A number of different styles and designs are well suited for any purpose, from simple fashion to functional. They’re practical for the winter with a fashion twist.

As far as sneakers go, some of my favorites include the Atomic – Magnetize for $60.00(see my outfit Just Going to The Store), and the very colorful Skechers Women’s EZ Flex 2 Tah-Dah in Black/Multi for $62.00 (showcased in A Pop of Color).

Steve Madden

Steve Madden is another favorite shoe brand that has shoes for every woman’s personal style. According to the website, the brand “represents a lifestyle…embracing fashion while still maintaining that funky independence that defined the brand 20 years ago.”

In addition to dressier shoes, Steve Madden produces boots and sneakers at affordable prices under $100. My favorite styles are the Steve Madden Women’s Decaf Sneakers which I put in my outfit Casual Movie Night and the Steve Madden Women’s Lagoon Sandals Sneakers which I worked into my Going To The Mall outfit.
I had a great time exploring sneakers this month. At work I’m required to wear sneakers because my job is active. Girls like me can see that even when wearing sneakers, it’s still possible to be cute!