How to Wear the Classic Trench Coat

As a young preteen, I discovered my adoration for Audrey Hepburn and her classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ever since then, owning a trench coat has always been a desire of mine and last month, I finally found the perfect one whilst thrifting in New York City. The trench coat is one of the most chicest, timeless outerwear pieces a woman can own and I wanted to style one to adhere to my own tastes.

IN THE TRENCHES

Although it was slightly expensive for a thrifted piece, I thought it was a well justified purchase because it hardly had any wear to it. In fact, it almost looks brand new. The brand is L.K. Bennet (similar style) which at the time I never heard of, but I looked it up and this particular jacket could have gone for $500. Plus, it is a British company and what’s more British than a trench coat?

As for the sizing, I wish it was slightly more form-fitting, but what do expect when it is a size US 6 and I am a 00! Surprisingly, it does not look like I am swimming in it, but it does have a more oversized look which I actually prefer for my trench coats anyway. The length is perfect as it falls in the middle of my thigh and it gives me the illusion of looking much taller than I really am.

Related: 10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

THE OUTFIT

As you can see from my Instagram, I decided to say screw it to the unseasonably warm weather and wore this outfit. Okay yes, it was quite warm and I had to shed the trench coat after a bit, but oh well. It is fall gosh darnnit and I just wanted to finally bust out my new jacket.

I wore it with a basic white turtleneck (another of my fall/winter wardrobe staples), a pair of high-waisted dark wash skinny jeans and these gorgeous deep red Cole Haan boots I thrifted this weekend. I thought it would look très chic by taking this classic trench coat and wearing it a bit more modernly by keeping it loose and slightly disheveled. I slouched it off one shoulder and just used the belt around the waist to cinch everything together.

Related: Fall Trend – Plaid Blazer

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I honestly feel like this is something my wardrobe has been missing for a long time! Now that I own it, I half want to wear it for Halloween and go around crying about loosing my cat named Cat while it is pouring rain. Please, tell me I am not the only Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan here? Haha.

Until next time!

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Light Colors in Fall

I was quite concerned because the first week of Fall felt like an extension of summer with unseasonably high temperatures. However, now that it is officially October, the weather has finally cooled down some. Generally, we all tend to move towards a darker color palette when it gets colder, but I decided to pay some homage to my lighter colors in fall because they are definitely still wearable!

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(On a side note, I apologize for not uploading in quite some time. I am a lot more busy now that I have a full time job and sometimes I do not have enough time to get some blogging done by the time I get home from work. I was also away in New York and Pittsburgh for two weekends, so I did not have time to shoot at all. Last but not least, I have a new baby that is taking up some of my time as well! I adopted a baby Holland Lop bunny after years of wanting to get one. I can dedicate a post to her if you are interested, but if you want to keep up with little Mononoke you can follow her on instagram).

Back to the matter at hand, my new job requires business casual so one day I wore this outfit to the office. I went with a long boyfriend fitted tan blazer, a light pink t-shirt and my white skinny jeans (allowed on Fridays) and a pair of brown chunky heels (not pictured). I dressed it up with my gold layered necklaces and classic Daniel Wellington watch. Clearly, I am breaking two rules by wearing light colors since it is now Fall and it is also after Labor Day – haha!

Related: 10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

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Rules were meant to be broken though, right? I think especially when it comes to fashion. Wear what makes you feel good and confident. I shall wear light colors in Fall and white pants whenever I please! Help fight the establishment with me and…

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Related: Fall Trend – The Plaid Blazer (How to Style & Where to Buy)


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10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

Please understand that Autumn is absolutely my favorite time of year, especially in terms of fashion and this is why I will not let this topic go! I was driving to work the other day and noticed the leaves are beginning to turn vibrant shades of crimson and copper and I immediately busted out all my layering jackets. Last week’s post addressed the biggest Fall trend — the plaid blazer. This week I wanted to share a couple of more casual, transitional coats you need to build up a great fall wardrobe!

Related: Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend – Plaid Blazer

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Slight Chill

Ultimately, these coats are lighter-weight, which makes them perfect for layering. The jacket I am wearing in these photos is a men’s track jacket I found at Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan. The red stripe and the graphic on the back really caught my eye, even though I had no idea what Drakkar Noir is – haha! A quick Google search indicated that it is a men’s fragrance by the brand Guy Laroche. When it comes to outerwear, I always think bigger is better, which is why I was totally digging this oversized fit. Although I am wearing it with a crop top here, you can easily throw on a long-sleeve or a sweater underneath for chillier days.

Cropped layering jacket

Getting Colder

Naturally, if we are discussing layering jackets, I obviously need to pay homage to the denim jacket. This is seriously one of my go-tos when it comes to layering in autumn! You cannot get more versatile and classic than a staple denim coat. Again, I think oversized is the best way to go for a casual, relaxed vibe. However, you can switch it up and opt for a different cut and unexpected color like this cropped mustard denim jacket I thrifted. I actually just wore this out this past weekend in NYC!

Related: Transitioning Your Crop Tops for Fall

Suede layering jackets

Winter is Coming

This last category is for a few weeks from now, when Autumn is dissipating (sadly) and when winter is indeed coming. This means, we need to opt for something a bit heavier than a standard track or denim coat. Last season, one of my favorite layering jackets was this tan, suede coat with faux-fur trim. The neutral color made it so easy to pair with any outfit and the details on the jacket just made everything pop and standout.

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again! Jackets are something I personally horde because 1) I am always cold 2) It’s a great way to add some character and style to any outfit. Layering season is upon us ladies! Let’s take advantage, shall we?

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Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend: Plaid Blazer

The first official day of Fall 2017 is not until next week, however, I feel as if everyone is already in a autumnal state of mind. Thus, I wanted to address one of the biggest emerging fall fashion trends I have noticed  – the plaid blazer. This classic silhouette and glen plaid pattern is very reminiscent of timeless European styles and is definitely making a comeback this season. This past NYFW, I saw big names like Chriselle Lim, Aimee Song and Eva Chen rocking a similar style outerwear.

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The week before heading to New York Fashion Week, I happened to stumble upon this glen plaid blazer at Goodwill and it miraculously fit me perfectly. It was a coveted piece and I knew it would be the perfect thing to wear to New York because it’s such a fall trend right now. Although a blazer is often associated with more formal occasions, I knew I wanted to dress it down, so I opted for this plain white crew neck tee from DSTLD (use the code ‘enclothedcognition’ for 10% off) and these grey, distressed boyfriend jeans from Hollister (similar). As far as accessories, my backpack and belt were thrifted years ago and the boots were from H&M (similar).

Related: How to transition your crop tops for Fall

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to styling is adding some juxtaposition. I love this outfit because the structured glen pattern blazer pairs so unexpectedly well with the loose boyfriend denim and cropped tee. This combination is a great fall outfit to wear when you want to look effortlessly put-together.

Also, props to Dennis for taking these amazing photos. I met up with him before the Mochi NYFW presentation and it was such a pleasure working with him. If you are into street style, definitely check out his work. He has really captured some beautiful people and outfits!

Related: Benefits of Shoot with a Professional Photographer

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Fall Wardrobe Staple: Black Ankle Boots

 

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Come fall and winter time, 80% of the time you can find me wearing a pair of black ankle boots. I always gravitate towards these when it is a bit chilly because they seamlessly go with any outfit. Personally, I do prefer boots with a bit of a heel because I am vertically challenged and I’ll take any bit of help to get some extra height. Currently, I have been gravitating more towards boots with an interesting texture or finish – just something to make them stand out from your average black boot. When shopping for a pair, I would look for details that give the shoe more uniqueness. For instance, in the above image, there’s boots with silver hoop hardware, shiny patent leather, faux-snake skin, platform heel, contrasting colored laces, and other embellishments. By opting for a more interesting footwear, you are able to elevate your entire outfit and it automatically makes it more fashion-forward. 
 
In the outfit above, I am wearing a flow asymmetrical black tank top, a silk blouse, cargo pants, and a statement silver necklace from TotalKnockOut. For footwear, I went for these patent leather heeled boots with a silver buckle and pointed toe. I think these add such a different element to my already all-black, monochromatic outfit. I snagged these boots a couple of weeks ago from H&M for only $15. I was actually eyeing them all throughout last year’s F/W season, but never went through and purchased them. It was fate though because I managed to get them on clearance and can now rock them for this upcoming season. Patience is a virtue!
 
 

 

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