October 25, 2010

In the trenches

The trench coat is a classic closet staple.  Lucky for you, Target's Deal of the Day is the Mossimo Black: Long Trench Coat.  Normally $49.99, you can get it today only for $20.  Free shipping and 7 different colors, what have you got to lose?

Now, when it finally arrives, make sure it fits properly or it will look like it's worth less than the shipping you didn't pay for.  Here are some tips:
  • Shoulders should hit at the edge of your shoulders and arm holes should be relatively snug.
  • Overall fit of the coat should be close to the body.  This is especially true if you are petite or it will look like the coat has swallowed you.  If it hugs just a little too tight when buttoned, just leave it slightly opened and tie the belt in the back.  This will emphasize your waist and the vertical line of the open jacket will give a slimming effect.
  • The double-breast will emphasize a large chest, so if that's not the look you're going for, opt for a single breasted jacket.
  • The hem should hit at the top of your knee or higher if you're short.
Another tip: you don't have to actually loop the belt through the buckle.  You can simply tie it in a knot around your waist.  You can also switch out belts and use one of your own.  A brown or camel belt adds a modern twist to the black or gray trench.

Wear the trench with skinny pants, or a skirt or dress (it's ok if the hem peeks out).  Add boots, flats or heels and a bright scarf and a rainy day is now a little bit chic-er.

Here are a few more options.  Click the image to see on retailer's site:

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