Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trench Revisited

I have to thank Kelly for introducing me to the art of hiding excess fabric from the front of a double-breasted trench -- by folding back and buttoning up the extra fabric. No more oh-so-casually pushing aside fabric as I walk.

Continuing with the experiment, I also swapped for a different belt a la Emma Watson for Burberry S/S 2010. As luck would have it, the width of the belt fits perfectly through the trench's belt loops and gives the outfit just a touch of military vibe.

For next time, I think I'll match the number of buttons down the front of the trench. It's not as noticeable at an angle, but from a frontal view, 4 on the left vs. 1 on the right does look a bit odd.

Trench wearers, do you have any other tips or suggestions for me to try?
dress: Express (similar)
belt: Madewell New England stripe (similar)
bracelets: Forever 21 chain link (similar; similar);
Forever 21 mixed bangles (similar)
ring: Forever 21 textured horse shoe (similar)
 wedges: Nine West Smooch (sold here)

20 comments:

  1. Cee, I love this. I need more pictures of this outfit!! The belt does give a fun vibe!

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    1. Sorry this is the only decent pic of the bunch. Perhaps next time? :)

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  2. Ooh, I didn't know that trick with the fold-back thing. I think I was too mesmerized by Kelly's yellow skirt, that I didn't notice her trench. Glad you tested it out! I'm going to try to see if my trench can do that!

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    1. I thought the inside lining of my trench would show through, but this trick works like a charm. That just shows how much I pay attention to my clothes ;) Let me know how your trench turns out!

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  3. That belt is fun! I like your dress too. Sooooo cute!

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  4. I love the look of this trench belted!

    Hope you had a nice weekend! :)

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  5. i dont think it's weird when you have it belted down. mb weird if it wasn't belted? but i'd need to see it unbelted.

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    1. I'm guessing it won't look as good unbelted, unless I tie up some of the extra fabric in the back. Good looking out, I'm going to give the unbelted version a try next time.

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  6. Love the trench, and the belt looks great! Those wedges are too cute :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  7. I've been having a lot of fun with my new trench this spring too - yours is lovely! What about popping the collar (with another popped collar shirt underneath), flower pins, or neon/bright skinny belts? I also love rolling the sleeves of my trench, looks more casual :) HTH

    Tasia

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    1. Umm... you know me too well. I'm definitely going to give them all a try soon ;)

      I contemplated pinning a navy flower with this look, but ultimately decided against it. Thought it was too busy and would detract from the belt. Now looking back at these pics, I'm undecided again, haha.

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  8. I like how you belted the trench. It help to define your waist and add color to the trench coat.

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  9. Ooh, I'm going to have to try this with mine! Another one I've been experimenting with is taking the belt and tying it behind me so the fabric bunches in the back instead and looks more like an open structured cardigan in the front.

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    1. Yes! I love that trick. That's a look I've been sporting a lot before this one. Great minds think alike :)

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  10. I really love this look, I recently tried the sleeveless trench and it works absolutely great with a feminine dress and a statement belt :)
    http://www.insidekatouscloset.blogspot.com/

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    1. I have a sleeveless vest that I'm going to try with a dress soon. Thank you for the suggestion!

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  11. I adore the different belt with the trench - I always hate the super-long fabric belt that comes with a trench, I never know what to do with it. I gotta try that!

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    1. Lisa, have you seen Jean's video on tying belts, particularly for trenches? Hope you find it as helpful as I did :)

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  12. I normally do not belt my trench at all. It's just easier and quicker for me to slip on my trench and go. I just button and that's it.

    I do like your belt. It's neat and not a long piece of fabric.

    Helen

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  13. Just now seeing this (gah...so behind on blog reading)!! It looks great! And now I want to try belting mine too. =)

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