I’m happy to report, my friends, that I have had my first COVID shot. And I’m writing my post this morning with an ice pack on my left arm and joy in my heart. Okay… maybe not exactly joy. But gratitude at any rate. I did feel joy, however, when I tried on my new Everlane spring trench coat the other day. And that’s what I wanted to talk about in this post, spring trenches, wearable and otherwise.
I’ve been looking for a classic trench coat for years. In 2018 I did my research, and then searched all over Ottawa for a trench coat. I wrote about that search here. I am SO happy that I didn’t buy the classic tan trench coat I tried at Aritzia that spring. The slightly warm, almost yellowy tone of that Aritzia coat would have looked dreadful with my new hair.
Luckily I opted for my navy Moncler hooded raincoat instead. But, you know, much as I love my Moncler coat, it just does not fill that classic trench niche in my closet. Partly because, at just above the knee, it’s too short. And partly because I still longed for a classic trench. So based on extensive on-line research, and several consultations with my friend Jeannie who bought an Everlane trench last spring, I ordered the same coat she bought except in black.
Everlane calls this the drape trench. It’s made of cotton and Lyocell and feels soft to the touch. I’ve seen numerous light-weight trenches in stores, and I worried this one might be similar, too light and flowy, almost like a silky dressing gown. But it’s heavier than I thought it would be, more substantial, with just enough structure in the shoulders and lapels. And it’s not silky at all. I don’t do silky. Ha. I checked the stitching, à la Justine Leconte’s YouTube instructions, and it seems well-made to me. The coat is not lined though, which can make pulling it on over a sweater more difficult than if it had a slippy lining.
Now, if you are looking for a trench coat of, say, Burberry quality, this is not the one for you. I would love to own a classic Burberry trench coat. And I did consider holding out for a coat of really high quality. But I find I just cannot justify the Burberry price. Some of you may chuckle at that comment. I’ll admit I have a fairly high threshold when it comes to price tag pain, or sticker shock as they say, but even I can blench at some prices. I’d considered trying to find a vintage Burberry coat, or one of similar quality. But quite frankly I was sick of waiting, and looking. So I settled for something of good enough quality. With a price tag that did not make me fear for my teacher’s pension. And I find I am quite happy with my choice.
I was excited when my new coat was delivered, and downright joyful when I tried it on. Joyful that it fit, and was big enough to qualify as oversized as per the current trend. But not so oversized as to be ever after labelled a trend piece, if you follow my logic. I was joyful that it looked good, and went with so many things in my closet. And allowed me to create many of the outfits that had existed thus far only in my imagination. And on my Pinterest board.
Here are three images I pinned recently. I follow all three of these ladies on Instagram, and subscribe to Lydia’s and to Emma’s YouTube channels. They are all decades younger than me. But their style suits me. Minimalist, classic yet current, and polished without being fussy.
The other day, I tried to recreate some of my favourite Pinterest trench coat looks, or at least the idea of the look, with what was in my closet. My first attempt, the one I showed at the beginning of this post, is my favourite. My new black trench coat with my old A.L.C. striped, long-sleeve tee shirt, black Liverpool Glider jeans, black patent Stuart Weitzman loafers (similar), and my black Mackage cross-body bag.
The outfit below paired my new coat with the same A.L.C. tee shirt, white Frame straight-leg jeans, cream Michael Kors bag, and white Stan Smith sneakers. I like this one too, but it’s a bit too summery for right now, I think.
I wore the outfit below to my vaccine appointment yesterday. This time I tried my new Everlane trench with an oversized hoodie from Aritzia, my white frame jeans, Stan Smith sneakers, and my Longchamp cross-body bag. I purchased this Longchamp bag specifically for travel. It’s super light with zippered inside pockets, and an adjustable cross-body strap. I carried it everywhere in Italy in 2018 and Croatia in 2019. And the other day, I decided that I need to get more wear out of this bag. Travel or not. And it will probably be not, if current trends continue.
You know, there are lots of good enough quality trench coats out there. Not Burberry, but still chic and stylish. Here are a few I found on-line today. That Cole Haan one at Nordstrom Rack is a steal.
I’m not the only one around here who’s been thinking of trenches this week. While I was out on the lawn and on the deck, prancing around in the wind in my new black trench coat, Hubby was occupied with spring trenches of a very different sort. He dug a new trench so the water from the sump pump can continue to flow unimpeded away from the house, and keep our basement dry. All part of life on the river, folks. And yesterday he dug the trenches in the vegetable garden to plant his potato crop. We are in year two of growing potatoes. New potatoes fresh from the garden always warm the heart of this New Brunswick girl.
And while I’m on about trenches, I want to commend everyone out there who is working in the COVID trenches this spring. Especially the health care workers who have been toiling in the trenches for months and months. What a tremendously long haul you have had. And here in Ontario numbers in hospitals are still rising despite a recent lock-down and a stay-at-home order. Yesterday we were told that the restrictions are being tightened further still, with consequences this time for those who refuse to stay at home. Let’s hope this works.
So yeah, we’re stuck at home for a while yet. And as I said, I’m grateful that I was able to get my shot yesterday afternoon at a local sports complex.
What a well-run operation that was. Guys in high-viz jackets directing traffic at the entrances to the parking lot, a loud speaker explaining who should go into the building and who should stay with their vehicles, based on their appointment time. It felt like I was at a big Bingo game, but instead of B54 or O27 the caller announced 5:00 pm or 5:10 pm etc. A couple of times a car drove up, and despite having been told by high-viz guy to stay in his car, the driver climbed out, and bustled over to the door. Thirty seconds later he returned and climbed back into his car to wait. The second time it happened the lady in the car next to me and I exchanged a knowing smile. Those people who think that rules are not for them drive me nutty.
Well, that’s my tale from the trenches here in Manotick, my friends. Where we are well-trenched in every sense this week. Ha.
My arm where I received my shot has stopped throbbing, thanks to the ice. But my head has taken up the slack. So, I’m off to apply an icepack to my head, lie back on the sofa, and feel grateful for all that I have. I am warm, safe, and well. And now partially vaccinated.
And (apologies for spoiling a solemn thought with superficiality) I have a lovely new trench coat around which to plan a myriad of outfits. Life is good, people.
So, how are things in your neck of the woods this week? I’m assuming that many of you are feeling a bit less confined, maybe even visiting the hairdresser? Any tales of trenches you want to tell the rest of us?
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