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Lust List: April Showers Trench Coats

When it comes to fashion, it’s rare that I step outside the box. Most of the time, I am a minimalist when it comes to fashion, gravitating toward classic lines and styles. Kate Middleton, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly are my style icons. I’m very hesitant to take part in trends, as they are quick to come and go—and I’m too busy to keep up with the latest fad.

Photo credit: Michelle Cox Photography

Several years ago, I watched a show on TV that persuaded viewers to spend money on classic, staple pieces that will last forever. Focusing on timeless lines and structure, rather than trends, ensures you’ll end up with a wardrobe of pieces that will always be fashionable. One of the items suggested investing in was a trench coat, as they are functional and versatile.

| Burberry Trench | Frye ballet flats |

Being 5’9” with long arms, and even longer legs, I found it difficult to track down a trench coat that was the right length for my height and extremities. Finally, after about a year of searching, I spotted this timeless Burberry trench coat on sale at Neiman Marcus—I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on this beauty.

| Kendra Scott Decklyn pendant necklace | Black bandana | H&M sunglasses |

It is an extra-long trench coat, by comparison to shorter (more trendy) styles, and was double-breasted with lots of button details. The stone color is lighter than I initially wanted in a trench coat, but I love how easily it goes with light and dark outfits. It’s both timeliness and seasonless— I will never need another trench. I wear this trench all the time, whether it’s grabbing coffee on weekends, heading to a dinner date, or even to a more fancy outing.

| Fidelity Denim jeans | Louise et Cie bag | Zara top |

To make this coat work on an everyday basis, I often pair it with a simple blouse and jeans.

For spring, I was inspired yet again by classic looks: the French gamine, pulling together an ensemble of a striped top, a great pair of jeans, ballet flats, a trench—and a scarf around my neck for a bit of added flair. It’s classic, yet playful.

I purchased this blue and white top from Zara. The top is thin, breathable, and simple. It’s an easy top I can pair with almost any bottom, and I’m excited to wear it this summer. These jeans pictured were my ever loved Fidelity Denim jeans, care of ZipFit. These are the kind of jeans I truly live in. They’re a nice dark indigo blue, have lots of stretch, and are just ever so slightly high-rise.

I purchased this Louise et Cie leather purse after eyeing for months, while visiting my family for Christmas—Merry Christmas to me! I loved the simple construction, minimal chain detailing, and unique clasp. It’s simple, and understated—I love it.

I have been a big Frye fan for decades. During my horseback riding days, Frye was always a top brand for riders to wear. I was always an Ariat girl, however I have transitioned to being a Frye wearer with my tall black boots and these ballet flats. The flats are durable, simple, and are honestly the only black flats I own.

To top off the look, I chose a black bandana neckerchief, a simple Kendra Scott Decklyn pendant, and H&M sunglasses.

All of these pieces can be matched and paired with anything in my closet, which is why I always go with the classic aesthetic.

To shop my look, as well as our favorite ballet flats, chain-strap shoulder bags, and stripes for spring, browse here:


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