28 August 2015

Now, Later and After: Trench Dress

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We're inching towards cooler temps here in the Southeast, so I thought it's time to another wearing now, later and after post, this time featuring the sleeveless trench dress.

Now granted when I started seeing sleeveless trenches take off last fall, I had a bit of a Why? moment. Like, if you wanted to wear a trench coat, don't you want your arms to be covered so you can actually stay warm/dry? What is up with some sort of long half jacket?  

But then retailers started making the look a little softer and calling it a trench dress and it was like some cartoon balloon went up over my head and a light bulb danced around in it. Because suddenly, hello layering possibilities
Wear Now    ♥     ♥    

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Dress: Banana Republic (similar long trench vests or similar long suiting vests)
Top: Old Navy (similar white tees)
Belt: H&M (similar brown belts)
Necklace: Loli & the Bean via Shoptiques (similar blue statement necklaces
Bracelets: J.Crew & c/o Style Lately (similar turquoise bracelets)
Shoes: Zara (similar gold sandals)
Bag: Zara (similar crossbody bags)

Wear Later    ♥     ♥    

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Top: J.Crew crinkle boy shirt (similar black gingham pieces)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar animal print pumps)
Bracelet: J.Crew (similar gold cuffs)
Ring: c/o JewelMint (similar statement rings)
Bag: J.Crew (similar taupe-tan bags - these Cambridge Satchel push lock bags are fantastic)

Wear After That    ♥     ♥      

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Tee: H&M (similar B&W striped tees)
Top: J.Crew (similar red plaid shirts)
Jeans: Banana Republic (similar medium-wash jeans)
Shoes: Kate Spade (similar embellished slip-ons)
Bag: Furla (similar red mini totes - these Rebecca Minkoff mini MABs are gorge lookalikes)

trench dress 3 ways

trench dress 3 ways

trench dress 3 ways

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  1. I love that dress open as a vest! I never would have thought to do that!

    1. I used the regular sleeveless trench as inspiration for that one, thanks much!

  2. I have 2 trench dress and love all the options it offers. It really is such a great piece to wear year round. Love the ways you've styled yours!


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    1. Yes I've seen you rocks yours. I missed out on the beige AT version from last year(?)!

  3. I love these posts, great inspirations for how to take things from Summer to Winter! I totally need a trench dress after seeing how versatile they are, you look gorgeous in all 3 outfits! XO -Kim

  4. This is great. I was a bit iffy on the sleeveless trenches and jackets at first too, but I really do think they're great layering pieces. And you've demonstrated that perfectly!

  5. I had the same thoughts about the sleeveless trench, but you're right, a trench dress makes so much more sense. And I love how you've styled it for several seaons - so smart!

    NCsquared Life

    1. They seem just made for layering and showing off interesting sleeves, hehe.

  6. Love the trench vest and how you've styled it! It is a great layering piece!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  7. You are so right! A sleeveless trench seems useless but a sleeveless trench dress has endless possibilities! I am seeing this trend all over now and am starting to really like it! Love how you styled this one!


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