If you live in a four-season climate, you may have more than one coat in your wardrobe. They take up a lot of space in the closet and use up a significant chunk of your clothing budget, so it is wise to take your time deciding on a new one. I consider my climate as well as the fabric, color, and style before making a purchase. As with most clothing choices, I intend to wear my coats for years.
I have been looking for alternatives to my dark-colored trench coat for the past three years. On cold clear days, I prefer a brighter coat or a light gray one. I kept searching until I found the right transitional coat for me.
Color and length were my priorities. Tan trench coats wash me out, and I didn’t want a full or mid-calf length. Above the knee is a much better choice since I plan to wear my coat with pants. I also wanted a more fluid rather than stiff fabric. This one is made from cotton, viscose, and elastane. It gets extra points for matching high-quality buttons.
When I saw this pale gray trench, I knew it was the one. I bought a size large so that I could wear it over a sweater or blazer. Here is a similar trench coat. Mine is by Club Monaco, but it is sold out now.
I will only tie the belt (never use the buckle) in front when the rain is pouring down. These pictures reminded me that I should have already tied the belt in the back, as shown above. This is a more casual way to wear a trench while slightly defining the waistline.