The Trench

Second hand hat// APC trench coat// Theory sweater// Gerard Darel pants// Isabel Marant boots

Hi everyone! Now that I am back home in San Diego, CA from my Euro trip (read here), the world’s known sunny and breezy city finally starts to reveal its “winter-ish” side. It’s been raining cats and dogs here the past couple of days with temperature reaching below 20°C which is quite unbelievable! So I couldn’t hide how excited I was to be able to step out with my trench coat over my oh-so-soft cashmere sweater (note to self: brush off the piling asap!!) from my fav label Theory paired with my wool straight leg trousers from Gérard Darel (I got from Paris a few years back with my mom). I wore my warm knitted hat I bought from a vintage shop during my travel in Dresden, Germany and trotted around with my beloved Isabel Marant Deyissa boots I scored on sale last year!

Second hand hat// APC trench coat// Theory sweater// Gerard Darel pants// Isabel Marant boots

The not-so-basics garment… To me, brilliant basics like the trench coat are the key to a great look! Not only does it radiate polished sophistication, but it also offers protection from the rainy days and unseasonably cold gusts of wind without stifling or overheating.

I’ve been wearing this beige cotton water repellant outwear forever like a second skin. I like to roll up the sleeves and scrunch the collar to make my look less serious. Never buckle the belt like a too proper girl! Instead tie it behind with the belt hanging loose. (Hint: Parisian style!) Here is the guide to achieve the perfect belted knot…

I typically style the trench with jeans, black suit pants, over a little black dress (this one)- Is there any occasion when a trench coat doesn’t work? Non, it goes over everything with everything anytime 🙂 It’s the perfect transitional jacket but I find myself countless times packing this light weight garment (so easy!) in the carry on for my travels. Evidently, the iconic Burberry with the legendary plaid lining is a must have but I am content with a less pricey alternative from APC I purchased in LA, the newly open boutique on Sunset blvd a couple of years ago with my friend Joffrey who was visiting Cali. I favor this version more because of this beige hue and the fabric being more natural and earthy to the touch. I also like how it hangs on my body better without much fuss (no hardware) with a slight negligé look (wrinkles?) à la Parisienne! So much more effortlessly chic in my opinion! (euhh life is too short you know…). Have I mentioned how the fit is perfect where the length hits right above my knees and I prefer it unlined so I have the freedom to choose whether to layer or not.

Do you too own this wardrobe essential? If, yes how do you wear and style it?

 

 

10 comments

  1. Pret A Porter P

    That is a great coat on you. I used to own a few trench coats, wore them almost once a week: black, denim, leopard, etc… got rid of all of them.Strangers would insult me when I wore them, and I woke up one day and realized they were right. Just not practical, too hot where I live and dont keep me warm when its cold.

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    1. Sovannary

      Thank you!!! Strangers insuling??! How crazy? Was that because locals disapproved of the inadequate wear of a coat while in very hot weather? It’s too bad to part away from such essentials as I like to pack it for travel… In fact some friends who used to live in the east coast got rid of their winter puffy coats once they moved to SD and now whenever they have to go back to a rude winter they complain they need a coat haha

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      1. pret a Porter p

        Gems such as, “dont you think youre taking the 2 degrees cooler a little far…? I know why you wont take it off because youre not wearing any clothes underneath” And then she stormed (no pun I intended) away. Complete stranger.

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        1. Sovannary

          Wow that’s insane. I wouldn’t even know how to react to this. I’d say sure I’m not wearing anything under since I’m going on a romantic date duh…haha

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  2. Neil Alvin

    The coat looks great on you. You really look very fashionable. Keep us posted on the latest trend.

    More power to your blog

    Sending love from the Philippines

    Neil Alvin Nicerio
    The Backpack Adventures

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    1. Sovannary

      Thanks Neil for your kind comments 🙂

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  3. Ann

    I own black and gray one and I love to wear it during autumn and spring! Love the look with yours too!

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    1. Sovannary

      Thanks a lot Ann!! Would live to own one in black as I think it’s really sexy for an evening outwear but I am content with just one beige version right now.

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  4. Sombia

    I don’t own a trench coat and I always think they give off that essence of “high” fashion. But, I am a jacket/coat kind of person. They happen to be my favorite clothing item.

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    1. Sovannary

      Hi Sombia, thanks for commenting!! Me too 😀 outwear are my favorite items. Wish I was not living in a city of one season (sunny San Diego) where I could were more jackets and coats but I travel to Europe now and then so I guess it’s ok. Cheers!

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