Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fashion | The Classic Trench (When Burberry Isn't an Option)

Well.... I said to myself a while back that I wasn't going to do any more fashion posts.  They are by far my least favorite to write, the most awkward to photograph (oh, hello neighbors!  Just me standing in my driveway while my husband takes photos of me.  I mean, really.) and just all around not the best.  But.... I felt this find was worth sharing, so here goes... (fashion bloggers, how do you do it?!)

I tend to only add a few new clothing items each season to my closet.  I really try to find pieces that will have some longevity, at least those that are more than $50.  Every spring and fall, for the last several years, I've been on the hunt for the perfect classic trench coat.  Not too short, not too long, fitted but still roomy enough to layer over a sweater, just the right color and so on and so forth.  Yes, I'd love a Burberry and no, it's not in my budget.  I've tried a number of more reasonably priced designers and sadly I typically end up swimming in the coat and humming the theme song from Inspector Gadget. Until this spring, thanks to J.Crew.  (This is not a sponsored post.)



I ordered the J.Crew Factory Trench and the J.Crew Icon (the name alone made me hopeful) Trench and then compared.  There is about a $150 difference in price between the two coats.  After receiving them, I still couldn't make up my mind.  Having Jimmy take pictures sealed the deal and I knew right away which one would stay in my closet.  (Cue the awkward photo session...)





^^I know you are scrolling up about right now because you don't see a difference, right?  Well, there are a few minor differences.  The collar on the Factory Trench is a bit rounded and has tiny pleats in back so it needs to stay down, the Icon Trench has a pop-able, straighter collar, which I prefer.  The Factory Trench color is a bit warmer versus the Icon Trench.  The buttons are a different color and the Factory Trench has the slightest flare versus the very straight lines here.  They are identical in length, hitting high thigh for me, the ideal length because it looks equally good with a dress as it does with jeans or pants.^^



They are both really pretty coats.  If I'd only ordered one I would have been super happy with the cut and fit for the price, but after comparing the two, I actually found the Factory Trench to be more flattering on me.  Mostly, I prefer the color.  So there you have it.  Why I waited this long to try J. Crew for a trench coat, I don't know.  Add the perfect classic trench to my wardrobe, check. :)

(For reference, I'm 5'7", wearing a size 0 in both jackets.  The cut in the shoulders is very narrow and small across the chest.  I probably could/should have gone up a size, but feared it wouldn't be as fitted.  I'm wearing it with a thin sweater and still found it very comfortable, any thicker though, and it would have been snug in the shoulders. If in doubt, size up one from your usual J.Crew sizing.)



11 comments :

  1. I bought the Factory coat back in January, for only $91! I have been dying to wear it. Not the most ideal coat for winter in Chicago. I think the Factory trench is a great value for a classic wardrobe staple. I really like the pleated detail on the collar. Also, I would love a post on your classic wardrobe staples, maybe one for summer and one for winter. Enjoy your coat!

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  2. I think both coats are wonderful and it's great that you can order something online and have it fit so perfectly. I'm only 5'2 so I have to always look at the measurements and of course, plan for some tailoring. :(

    A trench coat is essential for spring here in Chicago...I know I'll take a peek at J. Crew. Thank you!

    Jane x

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  3. They both really do look great! I need a new trench in that color. I have a short black one but the tan ones are so classic - and much better for spring. Thanks for the tip!
    Shelley

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  4. I love your thoughts on a classic trench coat. I currently have a black one that I wear very much during the transitional seasons. I have been considering purchasing a khaki version. Your notes and tips are much appreciated. The coat you chose suits you well!

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  5. I have been hunting for the trench for so long! I will have to check these out!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  6. I think you made a great choice-- you look great in both but the Factory coat seemed to fit better; there looked like there was extra, unnecessary material in the second coat. I just love it when the better-priced option is the right choice! I am going to look for this coat too, I have a terrible time picking out coats and your post was so helpful. Thanks!

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  7. Great choice, Tessa! I have a trench from Banana Republic that I bought about 8 years ago and love. I'm only 5'1" and they carry petite sizes, which worked out nicely.

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  8. Oh Tess, you are just the cutest! And I love your new trench….great choice ;-)

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  9. Love trench and love your new one!!

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  10. I love a classic trench coat in khaki, but that color just doesn't look good on me. Therefore, I gravitate toward brightly colored trench coats. I recently purchased one by Donna Karan that is hot pink, a color I don't normally wear. It goes beautifully with my black, grey and brown outfits and adds that pop of color I crave on the greyest of rainy days.
    Claudia

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  11. As a footnote to my previous comment, the trench coat I purchased is DKNY (not Donna Karan's high end line). It is the DKNY Buttoned Trench Coat in Pink Glow. It's water repellant and has a detachable hood. I love it. And when I wear that bright pink color, I notice a lot more people smile at me. It exudes happiness.
    Claudia

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