Burberry Heritage Trench Coat Reviews (Chelsea vs Sandringham)

From the blog archives, 6 years ago! Trench is old in sz 2 (altered)

The Burberry trench coat was high on my wishlist when I first started shopping for “grownup” clothes. It’s timeless and functional, plus you can wrap it over any ole’ outfit and instantly feel so much more polished. I ended up buying one years ago, and since then, Burberry has changed their trench options and sizing quite a bit. Their classic ones now cost an arm and a leg (maybe 2 legs...consider yourself warned), and the number of cut and length options can cause anxiety for first-time shoppers. I’ve heard from several readers who are thinking of splurging on a Burberry trench but don’t know where to begin, so I've put together a run-down of their current options and some fit photos!
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Trench, 6 years later // Gucci bag (also sold here), Paige jeans, Madewell turtleneck

I've also been working on trench reviews across a variety of other brands, but keep on being thwarted by styles selling out quickly or brands changing their quality. At the bottom of this entry are a few budget-friendly trench options, which I'll be reviewing in a follow-up post!
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3 Ways to style the minimalist sandal

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Spring is finally in full swing! I'm partnering with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse to share three outfits highlighting one of my favorite shoe trends for the season: the minimalist sandal. I love the clean, barely-there look of this style for wearing simply with jeans or dressed up as part of special occasion outfits. I combed through their large selection online and tried on a number of different styles - the three in today's post are each lightweight and comfortable, plus available in small sizes starting at 5 or 5.5 (I found them all to fit true to size). As a bonus, they each also happen to be under $60!

Wailea Beach // Waterfall cardigan coverup + gingham bikini

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Gucci sunglasses (look for less), BP floppy hat (packing-friendly; DIY ribbon added)

I love finding alternate uses for pieces, as well as little DIY hacks for tweaking them! Long "duster" cardigans are very popular this year, designed to be worn flowingly over shorts or a dress. If you find that look a little too trendy for regular wear, I've also been loving them as elegant swim cover-ups! Mine here (comes in navy or grey) has a lightweight crinkled texture, and hits near my ankles at the longest point. It ties at the front center by my natural waist, but I also thought it'd be cute worn crossover wrap style. I used the button hole feature on my sewing machine to add two tiny holes on one side seam ... et voila! See the bottom of this post for more photos...
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J.Crew boyshorts xxs + bikini top xs (love this top too which also suits bigger busts)

Mama's Fish House // Ruffle Stripe Maxi Dress + Vintage Bag

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Banana Republic dress xxs petite (more colors), vintage Lesco Lona bag (similar)
INC sandals sz 5.5 (reviewed here), Talbots sunglasses c/o

Ruffles, stripes, pockets and a waist tie - a combo after my own heart! I saw this dress on BR's "coming soon" page a while back, and was hoping it'd be offered in petite sizes. I can usually rely on their petite maxis to not need any hemming, even with flat or low shoes (which means anyone taller might prefer their maxis in regular sizing). After finally trying this on, my only complaint is the torso is straight-cut and shapeless without the belt tie. When belted (also love this with either my brown leather or bright orange belt), I did like the overall look enough to keep it. I had a hard time getting the stripes to show up in these photos, but they're definitely visible in person!
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