You may recall that earlier this month of March, I participated in another poetry reading as Allison. That particular Friday night here in Madison wasn’t too chilly, meaning that the comfy winter coat I had just added to my closet would have been a little too much. But then, it wasn’t anywhere near balmy, meaning a light jacket would leave me chattering my teeth on the walk from my car to Mother Fool’s.
But earlier that day, out of pure coincidence, I came across this College Fashionista article that gave a nice recommendation for the season: Layers are a great way to combat the chilly air that always comes with late winter/early spring weather March forces upon us. The article came with a couple of pictures of outfits featuring long coats. Problem was, I didn’t have any long coat in my closet.
Luckily, I checked out of work a little early that Friday, giving me a little extra time to head down the road to Target to see if they had any long coats. Thankfully, they did.
Here I am later that very night, after I got dolled up and before I performed at Mother Fool’s, sporting the coat I found at Target: A gingham-patterned trench coat from the Who What Wear collection. The coat (which you can find at Target’s website right here) is made of 100% cotton with 100% polyester lining, and its wide collar and notched lapels helps draw attention upwards toward the wearer. The long length and long sleeves of this coat helps keep the chill away, which was necessary for me to do on this particular night. However, if its sunny and not as cool, you can leave it open without any problem.
Of course, if you are leaving the coat open, you’ll have to remove the ribbon that serves as the waist tie and secures the coat when closed. You’ll notice that not only is there a ribbon around the waist but also ribbon accents around the cuffs. You’ll notice as well that, unfortunately, I had the ribbons tied in a rather awkward way. Still, I really like how the ribbons serve as perfect accents.
By far, the most striking feature of this coat is its black-and-white gingham pattern. It gives the coat a classic, almost vintage style, and needless to say when you’re out on the town, the contrast of bright white and black accents gives you quite a lot of attention. Add the flash of a camera (set to “night” setting, of course) and you really, really stand out in the evening crowd.
I’ve worn this trench coat a couple more times this month, including to support groups, and quite a few compliments have come my way. I’m glad it’s now part of my closet, and the $49.99 price was quite reasonable for the style it creates.