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The Perfect Trench Coat for Spring

I think I mentioned that I’ve been looking for a classic single-breasted trench in a cool beige tone for quite some time. Every time I think I find one, I manage to find something wrong with it.

I certainly did not expect to find the unicorn of trench coats at LOFT, but alas….

This trench is polished perfection! It it has a straight but relaxed fit with a back vent, and it hits just below the knee.

The point collar and long sleeves with button tabs are classic details, and you can see a hint of the pinstriped lining in the picture below.

I love the contrasting tortoiseshell buttons, and the single breasted styling is slimming.

And the simple tie belt and front welt pockets are in keeping with the minimalist styling.

You can wear this trench unbuttoned and tie it loosely in the back for a chic, sophisticated look.

Or button it up and tie it for more structure and protection against the elements.

Underneath, I’m wearing a simple white tee and washed black jeans. This is the Caslon rounded v-neck t-shirt, and it’s actually on sale right now, but low inventory. I hope they aren’t discontinuing it. It has been a staple in the Caslon collection for years!

And these jeans are the Fidelity Cher, a slim straight ankle-length style, made by hand in the USA. These are one of my favorites right now; I reach for them at least once a week.

To warm up the color palette a bit, I wore cognac wedge sandals and carried my new Tory Burch leather hobo in the Light Umber.

I found this bag on sale at Zulily, and they actually dropped the price a bit more since I bought mine! I love it and highly recommend it for a neutral everyday handbag that you can carry year-round.

These cognac wedges are the perfect go-with-everything sandal for spring and summer. The puffy straps are right on trend without being over the top, and the raffia wedge keeps them summery and light. They are very comfortable too, but I recommend sizing up half.

I finished the look with oversized sunnies, chunky gold hoops, and a single chain link necklace.

These sunglasses are rag & bone, and the quality is fantastic. I love the oversized square frames in a brown tortoiseshell with hints of lavender.  They retailed for $225 but are at Amazon right now for $106.

So, to bring it back to the point of this post… If you’re looking for a classic single-breasted trench coat in a cool beige tone, I highly recommend trying this one. It also comes in yellow, if you’re wanting something a little less traditional, and it runs true to size.

Also, LOFT is running a Stock Up On Spring sale today. You can get 50% off a $200 purchase, 30% off $100, or 20% off $50 with code MORE.

This coat is $160, so if you need an easy $40 to get to the 50% off threshold, I love and recommend this mixed media shell. I have it in navy, and I’m thinking of grabbing the white too.

LOFT Swing Trench Coat (S) // Caslon tee (S) // Fidelity denim (28) // Dolce Vita wedges (8) // Tory Burch hobo (on sale at Zulily) // rag & bone sunnies // Madewell hoops // Baublebar necklace // Lagos ring

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19 thoughts on “The Perfect Trench Coat for Spring

  1. I bought this coat the moment I saw it on the LOFT website. It is everything you said about it and what’s more, it comes in petites! At just 5’2” and with narrow shoulders and short arms, finding coats that fit is always a challenge. This coat is surprisingly good quality and the fit is perfect in petites. BTW, your dress revue the other day was hilarious!

    1. I am also short at 5’0. Really want to order the trench because of the color, style, and sizes offered, but have concerns about the amount of fullness in the lower portion. I am slender, but have broad shoulders and a short torso, so too much fullness anywhere makes me appear much heavier than I actually am. No cinching at the waist for me. Can you share some info in regard to the “swing” description. Thanks!

      1. Gail, I don’t think the coat has a “swing” shape at all. Classic princess seaming front and back, no waist seam, center back vent for ease in walking, classic sleek shape. Not tight anywhere and not baggy anywhere. I ordered a PS which gives me plenty of room for a sweater underneath without looking baggy. It’s pretty close to the perfect trench coat.

    2. Polly……thanks for your reply. I didn’t realize it came in petite. I had just commented to Jo-Lynne I’m 5’3″ and I think this would be too long. Is the petite short in the sleeves though? I have trouble with petite length sleeves. I really would like to try on in store.

      1. Kathy, on me, the sleeve length is perfect. I am 5’2” with narrow shoulders. I ordered PS and the sleeves hit about 1.5” below my wrist bone. Hope this helps!

  2. That is a very nice looking trench coat! I really like your whole outfit, simple and chic! It sounds like you had a great weekend!

  3. That is the perfect color. 🙂 I have a trench coat I love the fit of but never tend to grab it because its just not as cool color as I’d like. Its better than others, but I love the color of yours. I like my car coat length though. I think this one you have on might be too long for my 5’3″ frame. But, I don’t have a longer coat to wear with Spring and Summer dresses sooooooo, its tempting to try. I know you always have the right coat ready for the right occasion and I don’t. I need to really buy the classics and have them ready. Glad you had such a great weekend with family and friends.

  4. I bought this same coat from LOFT a few years ago (that particular year’s version, anyway), and it is amazing. I love it and plan to wear it for a long time. It’s a classic.

  5. Simple lovely outfit; unfortunately the Calson tee in white (s) is sold out but good deals on other colors.

  6. This coat is classic as well as cozy. It suits on daily life and my workplace. Thanx for your sharing! I love it.

  7. Hi Polly I want to order the coat but can’t decide between a PXS or PS. I used to be a 4p but lately with the vanity sizing I am a size 2p. I’m afraid of the coat being too big or too small. I don’t want to order both sizes. I do like clothes to be fitted. I’m 5’2 and 112 lbs. Based on how it fits you can you advise please?

    1. Hi Terri, I am 66 years old, pear shaped, narrow shoulders, and weigh 124. The PS fits me perfectly…not too loose, not too tight…enough room to wear a sweater underneath. You might be happier with PXS. I hope this helps! It’s really a surprisingly good coat. I wore it yesterday the kick pleat stays neatly in place…it doesn’t billow out…I think there had been some concern expressed in the comments somewhere about a pleat vs a vent.

      1. Hi Polly, thank you so much for your response. It helps me decide. You’re so gracious responding to everyone with questions.

  8. I just bought this trench coat, as it has the features I have been looking for as well. (Thanks!) I have a question: How do you deal with the wrinkles? Iron it? Steam it? Mine came with a lot of wrinkles. Thanks for your thoughts.

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