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!
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?