3 February 2017

The Oversize Trench

I have always wanted a midi or long trench coat. Watching a show with an angel who wears a trench coat since I was about 12 or 13 probably has something to do with it. The Trench is a classic wardrobe piece, timeless, sophisticated and goes with pretty much anything. I've tried so many on over the years but I could never seem to find one that felt like me. I can't not mention the frenchie aspect of this coat, having lived in France for most of my life, it feels like a little piece of home aswell.

The Trench Coat was originally created during the first World War, tailored to meet the military troops needs on the battlefield. The lightweight, waterproof fabric and length allowed soldiers to move with more ease, unlike the long wool overcoats that were simply impractical. The beige colour offered them more protection, helping them blend in with their surroundings and the omnipresent artillery smoke.

Today there are so many variations available. Short, midi or long, single or double breasted, one or two storm flaps or none at all. Needless to say there are tons of styles to choose from.

This one from Zara is an oversize fit, I'm wearing an S as they were only available in small, medium or large. It doesn't have any epaulettes or a back vent, but it does have a storm shield at the back and a storm patch on the right side of the front breast area. I did wrap up this day, (you can actually see the extra hidden layers in some of these shots, oops) but overall I was really warm despite spending most of the day outside!

When I first tried this on in store, I soon put it back down after seeing the 120 pound price tag! But, the other day during a trip to Oxford Street with our Mum (who was over in the UK for a little visit!), not only did we find it in my size, but it had been reduced to 50 pounds! Naturally I held on tight as I rarely find sale bargains, and our Mum kindly bought it for me as an early birthday present, so thank you Mum! 

We haven't been to this part of London in a while, and I was surprised we were able to shoot any outfits pictures as usually we can never find a quiet spot! As always, it was filled with tourists but it didn't feel overwhelmingly busy. There is something quite magical about this area, overlooking the Thames, seeing Big Ben and walking over the famous bridges. It's beautiful. We shot a couple of pictures next to the London Eye before walking around to the Embankment station, where we ended up in a lovely park that we had visited once before. We decided to re-shoot some pictures there because it was simply to beautiful to resist!

What is your dream trench coat? Summer x

Summer wears:

Zara long oversize trench coat
Zara striped long sleeve top
Asos high waist jeans
Vagabond Marja ankle boots

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