Sometimes all I want in the world is a really good trench coat. One that’s tailored well enough to be a dress, but can be worn as an actual coat. With my annual month-long sabbatical to DC coming up and two weeks in Barcelona and Rome meeting with important magazine-type people, I need some sort of water resistant outerwear.
Outwear is a real blind spot for me. I’ve got that ridiculous lynx an old admirer had made for me –because nothing’s more practical for someone living in the middle of Texas than a gigantic fur coat– a blonde mink stole I last used as a pillow outside a rest stop in El Paso and an emerald green pea coat that smells like a lamb shank in the rain.
That leaves me with a serious trench gap, and although precipitation here is limited to the first three months of the year, I’d like to get my hands on one before I have nothing to protect me from inclement weather of Rome but prayer and a strategically-held copy of La Repubblica.
I love this shot of Glee’s Amber Riley from Essence Magazine.
Granted, Amber is 5’3″ and I like the trench-as-dress trope much more in editorial than I do in real life –there are always fabric and flow issues– but it works the way a trench coat should work for a big girl.
The shoes are Rene Caovilla and the belt is by Ports 1961 but the trench?
Joan Rivers for QVC.
Do you have any secret outerwear resources? Share them in the comments!